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]) were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group's name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names. 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.

Estimates of ABBA's total record sales are at least 400 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. They are the best-selling band from continental Europe, and also 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, it was composed of two couples, the one being Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, the other Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny 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, with the first one – "I Still Have Faith in You" – to be released in December 2018.

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2016 Top of the Pops: 1970–1974 Various Artists 1
2016 Top of the Pops: 1975–1979 Various Artists 1
2016 Top of the Pops: 1980–1984 Various Artists 1
2016 Molly: Counting Down the Hits Various Artists 1
2016 Qmusic: Het Beste Uit De Top 1000 - 2016 Various Artists 1
2016 Top of the Pops Christmas Various Artists 1
2016 NOW That’s What I Call 70s Various Artists 1
2016 Radio Kiss Kiss 40 Anni Di Emozioni Vissute Insieme Various Artists 1
2016 1000 Klassiekers - De Absolute Top Vol. 8 Various Artists 1
2016 Joe Top 2000, Volume 8 Various Artists 1
2016 The Eighties Album Various Artists 1
2017 SmoothFM Countdown Favourites Various Artists 1
2017 Classic 80s Pop Various Artists 1
2017 We’re Gonna Make Our Dreams Come True: Popular Songs of Dreams and Wishes and Dreams‐Turned‐Into‐Reality Various Artists 1
2017 101 Disco Classics Various Artists 1
2017 101 Electronic 80s Various Artists 1
2017 101 No.1 Hits Various Artists 1
2017 Joe Top 2000, Volume 9 Various Artists 1
2017 101 Christmas Various Artists 1
2017 101 Girls Night Various Artists 1
2017 101 Party Hits Various Artists 1
2017 Chartboxx Back to the 80s Various Artists 1
2018 101 Jukebox Classics Various Artists 1
2018 Car Hits: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2018 Let’s Dance: Das Tanzalbum 2018 Various Artists 1
2018 101 Long Hot Summer Various Artists 1
2018 Julemusik 2018 Various Artists 1
2018 Magic 80s Various Artists 1
2018 The Ultimate Collection: School Days Various Artists 1
20 Christmas Classics Various Artists 1
20 Original Top Hits, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
20 Original Top Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
30 Years of Number 1’s, Volume 9: 1977–1980 Various Artists 1
35 Unforgettable No 1's Various Artists 1
40 Years of Golden Memories Various Artists 1
50 Years of the Greatest Hit Singles Various Artists 1
70's Number Ones, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
80 Original Eurovision Hits Various Artists 1
100 Eurovisionlög Various Artists 1
Absolute Kursk (European Release) Various Artists 1
Amour Various Artists 1
Best of Pop Various Artists 1
Bonjour les 70 : 1974-75 Various Artists 2
Christmas Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
Christmas No.1 Hits Various Artists 1
Classic Cuts Presents: 70s Theme Nights Various Artists 1
Classic Cuts presents… Wedding in a Box: The Ultimate Wedding Collection Various Artists 1
Den svenska sang Various Artists 1
Die Mega-Hits Karneval Partyknaller Various Artists 1
Disco Various Artists 1
DJ Rainmann: XTC, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
DJ Tools #11 Various Artists 1
Emotions Various Artists 1
Essential Christmas Various Artists 1
Everlasting Love Songs Various Artists 1
Forever Gold Various Artists 1
Heroes & Legends Various Artists 1
huH, Volume 9 (Second serie?) Various Artists 1
It's Christmas Time Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 5: Party Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 50: Party Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 54: Party Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 57: Eurovision Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 83: Party Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 100: Legends Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts, Volume 115: Pop 12″ Various Artists 1
Mastermix Grandmaster 70’s, Part 2 Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs 10: Party Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs B: 50s 60s 70s Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs C: 50s 60s 70s Various Artists 1
Merry Christmas Various Artists 1
Mobile Beat Dance 3 Various Artists 1
More Gold, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
No. 1 Movies Album, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Peaches Party Sampler Various Artists 1
Pop Christmas Various Artists 1
Pop Hits, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Pop Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Pure Disco 3 Various Artists 1
Pure Love: The One & Only Love Album, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Romantic Collection Disco, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Romantic Collection Golden, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Romantic Collection More Gold, Volume 2 Various Artists 5 1
Shades of Red Various Artists 1
Songs from the 70's: All Time Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
Super 70's Summer Various Artists 1
The 80's Collection, Volume One Various Artists 1
The Glory of Christmas Various Artists 1
The Hit Box Various Artists 1
The No. 1 Hits 1974 Various Artists 1
This Is My Song Various Artists 1
Top 40 Hits of All Time, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Top 100 Allertijden 1997 Various Artists 1
Top of the Morning With Terry Wogan Various Artists 1
With Love: A Collection of Timeless Romantic Classics Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Grandmaster Party Various Artists 1
2013 Mastermix: DJ Beats, Volume 11 Various Artists 1
2014 Mastermix: DJ Beats, Volume 16 Various Artists 1
2017 Ministry of Sound: Legends Various Artists 2
70s Grandmaster Various Artists 1

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