ABBA (Swedish pop group)

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Annotation

Swedish group. Most of the songs were written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and sometimes Stig Anderson.

There have been 7 known masters of the original studio recordings:

  1. Original releases (1974-1981)
  2. CD releases (1982-1992)
  3. ABBA Gold and Thank You For the Music Box Set (1992-1994), remastered by Michael B. Tretow
  4. Remastered releases (1997), remastered by Jon Astley and Tim Young.
  5. Remastered releases (2001), when Jon Astley revisited his earlier remasters, and fixed some errors.
  6. Remastered releases (2005), made by Henrik Jonsson. Featured on "The Complete Studio Recordings" and "The Albums" box sets.
  7. Remastered releases (2005-), feature on the Deluxe albums. Some of these albums use the same remasters as the previous two box sets, some are completely new remasters (Voulez-Vous, Super Trouper, The Visitors, ABBA).
Annotation last modified on 2012-11-21 22:07 .

Wikipedia

ABBA (Swedish pronunciation: [²abːa]) are a Swedish pop group, formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group's name derives from the first letter in each of the first names of its members. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at The Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest. They are the most successful group to have taken part in the competition.

ABBA's record sales is estimated at 400 million copies worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. They are also the best-selling band from continental Europe and from outside the English-speaking world. ABBA are the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States. They have a joint record eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK. The group also enjoyed significant success in Latin America, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.

During the band's active years, the band was composed of two couples: Fältskog and Ulvaeus, and Lyngstad and Andersson. With the increase of their popularity, their personal lives suffered which eventually resulted in the collapse of both marriages. The relationship changes were reflected in the group's music, with later compositions featuring more introspective and dark lyrics.

After ABBA disbanded in December 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage, while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA's music declined in popularity until the purchase of ABBA's catalogue and record company Polar by Polygram in 1989 enabled the groundwork to be laid for an international re-issue of all their original material and a new Greatest Hits (ABBA Gold) collection in September 1992, which became a worldwide bestseller. Several films, notably Muriel's Wedding (1994) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), further revived interest in the group and spawned several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA's music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. A sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, was released in 2018.

ABBA were honoured at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when their hit "Waterloo" was chosen as the best song in the competition's history. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song "Dancing Queen" was inducted into the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame. On April 27, 2018, it was announced that the band had recorded two new songs after 35 years of being inactive, the first of which – "I Still Have Faith in You" – will be released in December 2018. In September 2018 it became known that two new songs, "I Still Have Faith In You" and "Do not Shut Me Down", as well as a new documentary called "Thank You For The Music" will be released no earlier than next year. The release date was not specified.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Pure Power Various Artists 1
1984 Gyllene ögonblick på Gröna Lund Various Artists 1
1988 The Ultimate Party Album Various Artists 1
1995 Come Out and Play Various Artists 1
1996 Summer '96 Various Artists 1
2008 Wasser... marsch Blasorchester Feuerwehr Rinteln 5 1
2010 Now! 1970's Various Artists 1
2014 RTL Weihnachten 2014 Various Artists 1
2014 The Very Best of White Christmas Various Artists 1
2017 101 Disco Classics Various Artists 1
2017 101 Christmas Various Artists 1
2017 101 Party Hits Various Artists 1
2018 101 Jukebox Classics Various Artists 1
2018 Car Hits: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
Guitarra española, volumen 4 Domi de Ángeles 1
Piano - Series 3 - Preliminary, First Grade and Second Grade AMEB 1
The Sardine Sessions DJ PaperCuts 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Hit Sound '74 Various Artists 1
1975 Pop Market 1 Various Artists 1
1976 K-Tel’s Mind Bender Various Artists 1
1976 Star Trackin’ ’76 Various Artists 1
1977 High Life: 20 Original Top Hits Various Artists 1
1977 Ten Years of Hits: Radio 1 Various Artists 1
1978 Disco Double Various Artists 1
1978 Midnight Hustle Various Artists 1
1978 Boogie Fever Various Artists 1
1978 Z-Club LP Various Artists 1
1979 Gold of the 70 Various Artists 1
1980 Heta skivan Various Artists 1
1980 Star Traks Various Artists 1
1981 Superhits # 1 Various Artists 1
1981 Chart Hits '81: Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1981 El disco de oro CBS Various Artists 1
1981 Радуга 1 Various Artists 1
1982 Chartbusters ’82: Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1982 Action Trax Various Artists 1
1982 After Hours: The Chart Soaring Hits of Today Various Artists 1
1982 Dreaming Various Artists 5 3
1982 El discos de oro CBS Vol. II Various Artists 1
1982 Original Top Hits: High Life Various Artists 1
1982 WEA Sampler Volume 6 Various Artists 1
1983 Hotline Various Artists 2
1984 Dreamgala '84 Various Artists 1
1984 Droomgala Various Artists 1
1984 Listen to the Future, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1984 Remember The 70’s, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
1984 Super Love Hits Various Artists 1
1986 The Number One Collection Various Artists 1
1987 16 No. 1 Hits: 1974 - 1986 Various Artists 1
1987 Broken Dreams: Heartbreaking Love Songs Various Artists 1
1987 Golden Love Songs, Volume 4: Baby Come to Me Various Artists 1
1987 Golden Love Songs, Volume 6: Need Your Love So Bad Various Artists 1
1988 Hits of the World 1974/1975 Various Artists 1
1988 Ones on 1 Various Artists 1
1988 25 Jaar Tophits Various Artists 1
1988 25 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1974: 20 of the Year’s Greatest Tracks Various Artists 1
1988 25 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1975: 20 of the Year’s Greatest Tracks Various Artists 1
1988 25 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1976: 20 of the Year’s Greatest Tracks Various Artists 1
1988 25 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1977: 20 of the Year’s Greatest Tracks Various Artists 1
1988 25 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1978: 20 of the Year’s Greatest Tracks Various Artists 1
1988 25 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1979: 20 of the Year’s Greatest Tracks Various Artists 1
1988 25 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1980: 20 of the Year’s Greatest Tracks Various Artists 1
1988 25 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1981: 20 of the Year’s Greatest Tracks Various Artists 1
1988 All Time Rock Classics Various Artists 1
1988 Baby Boomer Classics - Lovin’ Seventies Various Artists 1
1988 Baby Boomer Classics: Electric Seventies Various Artists 1
1988 Baby Boomer Classics: Pop Seventies Various Artists 1
1988 CD‐Festival: Highlights of the Seventies Various Artists 1
1988 Go for Gold: CD 1 Various Artists 1
1988 Golden Love Songs, Volume 15: I’ll Write a Song for You Various Artists 1
1988 Hits Of The World 1978/1979 Various Artists 1
1989 25 Jaar Top 40 Hits, Deel 3: ’73–’76 Various Artists 1
1989 36 svenska klassiker 1980-1989 Various Artists 1
1989 Close to You: 16 Forever Love Songs Various Artists 1
1989 Golden Love Songs, Volume 13: Falling in Love Various Artists 1
1989 Golden Love Songs, Volume 16: Love Me Tender Various Artists 1
1989 Golden Love Songs, Volume 20: Close to You Various Artists 1
1989 Heart of Gold Various Artists 1
1989 The Christmas Hit Collection, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1989 The Greatest Hits of the 80s Various Artists 1
1989 The Love Collection, Volume I Various Artists 1
1989 The Love Collection, Volume II Various Artists 1
1989 Warm Aanbevolen Uit 25 Jaar Top 40 Various Artists 1
1990 The Greatest Popsongs of the Century, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1990 18 Explosive Hits and One Real Loser Various Artists 1
1990 1975 Various Artists 1
1990 Gouden Romantic Evergreens Various Artists 1
1990 Great Romantic Hits of the 70s and 80s Various Artists 1
1990 Jack Pop ’90 Various Artists 1
1990 Mega Hits: Die größten Hits aller Zeiten Various Artists 1
1990 Merry Christmas Everybody Various Artists 1
1990 Reflections Various Artists 1
1990 Seventies Collection 1979 Various Artists 1
1990 Sounds of the Seventies: 1977 Various Artists 3
1991 Hits of the World 1980/1981 Various Artists 1
1991 Hits of the World 1982/1983 Various Artists 1
1991 Billboard Top Hits: 1978 Various Artists 1
1991 Dance Explosion: 50 Disco Hits From the 70’s Various Artists 1
1991 De Pre Historie 1974 Various Artists 1
1991 De Pre Historie 1975, Volume 1 Various Artists 1

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