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Definitive Collection (2cd) [Double CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (6 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00005QJFL
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. People Need Love
2. He Is Your Brother
3. Ring Ring
4. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
5. Waterloo
6. Honey, Honey
7. So Long
8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
9. SOS
10. Mamma Mia
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Voulez-Vous
2. Angeleyes
3. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
4. I Have A Dream
5. The Winner Takes It All
6. Super Trouper
7. On And On And On
8. Lay All Your Love On Me
9. One Of Us
10. When All Is Said And Done
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Is there anything which screams the 1970s most indelible pop cultural clichés-more than the Swedish pop phenomena Abba and their Definitive Collection? While many a pundit snootily dismissed them during their prime as some sort of prefabricated aberration, their worldwide popularity peaked somewhere just south of Beatlemania. Indeed, Abba's music was as finely tooled and crafted as anything to come from a Volvo or Ikea factory --if occasionally more economically potent. This double-disc, 37-track anthology comes neatly on the heels of Mama Mia, the smash, if unlikely, stage show based on the band's hits, and documents every single released by the band's Polar label in their home country was as well as key tracks released as singles elsewhere internationally.

When you hear the term "Europop," this is the canon from whence the term sprang. With a continental sense of vocal neo-classicism, informed by just the right ethnic clichés (and oft wed to the era's insistent 4/4 disco beat) to make songs like "Mama Mia", "Fernando", "Chiquitita" and "Voulez-Vous" work on a global scale, the writing team of Bjorn Ulvaeus/Benny Anderson and their respective partners in music and life, Agnetha Faltskog and Frida Lyngstad, developed the seamless, wall-of-sound productions contained herein. Definitive Collection features a rare single remix of "Ring, Ring" and a 1979 promo-only extended mix of "Voulez-Vous" as bonus tracks, as well as a concise, illustrated history of the band and each track. --Jerry McCulley

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2CD -POLAR MUSIC EEC-37 TRACKS-2001-EAN 731454997423

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103 of 105 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Believe it or not, there are some of us who have never bought an Abba album. Well, not until this week, anyway. I was certainly around during the 70s, but fell into the category of being far too serious about Deep Purple etc to be seen dead with an Abba LP. I was certainly aware of Abba -- it was one of the many contradictions in the teenage bloke psyche that we watched 'Top of the Pops' whenever we could. And anyway, my Dad fancied the blonde one -- Agnetha, not Benny. So buying this marvellous compilation is part nostalgia, and part demonstration for my own children.
This 2CD set takes us chronologically through Abba's history. There are four tracks which precede the historic 'Waterloo' Eurovision winner. You can sense that the group are still feeling their way towards a defining formula even after that 1974 victory. To my ear, it's only when they created 'SOS' (track #9 here) that they found the correct gear, and from then on they never looked back. Abba stood for very high production values, attractive videos, middle-of-the-road pop and wholly inoffensive lyrics. (As revealed in the sleevenotes, Bjorn was always more concerned with the sound of a word than its meaning.) From that point, the lead vocals on all the singles would always be performed by the girls. Abba absorbed disco, but never pretended to be creating black music.
My favourite Abba song is one of the last, 'One of Us', which has many flaws but a gorgeously plaintive chorus. Agnetha really meant those words as she sang them on the video. It was 1981, the band was nearing the end, and even I fancied her now.
To people who haven't already purchased an Abba CD, I cannot recommend this highly enough. The remastered sound is excellent, bringing out the acoustic guitar particularly well.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the real "Abba Gold"! 9 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although there are rich pickings on the massive selling "Abba Gold" there are greater treasures here - basically all the singles they ever released anywhere in the world! What better option for the individual keen to purchase the very best of Abba?
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still a good excuse to have this... 7 Oct 2001
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Format:Audio CD
some fans might think this is overkill - another compilation? we already have "gold", "more gold", "thank you for the music" and "the singles collection" what do we need another one for?
"the definitive collection" puts abba's singles in an international perspective - some tracks released exclusively to one or two territories(ie: honey honey - which was released in the u.s. after waterloo and peaked at 30 and was released as a single as well in germany). the cd also contains liner notes by carl magnus palm - the single most authoritative "abba historian" todate.
to sweeten the pot: 2 bonus tracks: the us remix of "ring ring" appearing originally in the us version of waterloo and the extended dance version of voulez-vous. while there's no certainty that this would be the last compilation released of the group's hits, it's still worthwhile having - until another one comes along...who knows there might be one featuring "just like that" a few years from now?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal 15 Aug 2008
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For all its world-conquering success, ABBA Gold didn't really "rehabilitate" ABBA. The casual track sequencing and the choice of only the biggest hits means that a lot of good stuff was missed. The kitsch that dogged the early part of ABBA's career seems to be reinforced.

With The Definitive Collection, however, you get (a) all of the tracks that appear on Gold, (b) plus the additional gems that couldn't be included on Gold, and (c) very elegant packaging.

Another great plus with this set is that the tracks are sequenced chronologically. This makes it easier to see how the group progressed from their somewhat "innocent" early days to their remarkably affecting early 80s output. The big hits are well known and have been discussed ad infinitum. But the second disc (1979 to 1982) is loaded with beauties that don't get the attention they deserve: for instance, skip straight to The Visitors, When All Is Said And Done and The Day Before You Came to see how brilliantly this band evolved as songwriters, as producers and as singers. With these diamonds added to the peachy pop hits that you know and love, The Definitive Collection is a far better bet - and ultimately more satisfying - than the instant sugar rush that is ABBA Gold. Get the Sound & Vision set with the matching DVD for the ultimate experience.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST COMPILATION...SO FAR 31 Oct 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Without a doubt,this has to be the best ABBA compilation in the UK so far.Never before has the entire catalogue of British single releasesbeen available in one collection.The 1974 remix of RING RING is included for the first time,having never been available on any of their British album releases.This version was the only one to chart over here,as a follow up to WATERLOO. The extended remix of VOULEZ-VOUS is a dream for any die-hard ABBA fan,also never released in the UK. The edited version of EAGLE differs from the version on MORE ABBA GOLD, and this would make a great belated single release, 23 years after originally intended. Glad to see the full version of THE NAME OF THE GAME re-appear,but still no extended version of ON AND ON AND ON,as yet only available on THE VIDEO HITS. All in all this album chronicles ten years of unforgettable songs which are as popular today as they ever were.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Most of ABBA's hits on this Twin CD collection.
Published 4 days ago by David P. Ashurst
5.0 out of 5 stars It is as the heading says!
What can one say about the most innovative band of the last century.this album contains all the hits before abba became truly famous and each one after finding fame. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Roper
5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection
This was an ideal introduction to Abba for my 7 year old daughter who had heard a few of their songs and wanted more.
Published 1 month ago by Debbie N.Yorkshire
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A good collection of ABBA's best for someone who liked them but never collected everything they produced. Read more
Published 2 months ago by brookwoodsue
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BEST OF
Though im not a big Abba fan I wanted a set that showed all the best aspects of the band
and this 2 cd set does the job well including all the hits and a bit more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Aa James
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love ABBA
We love ABBA and this is double CD has all the ABBA you could ever want. We actually have 2 copies one for home and one for the car.
Published 4 months ago by Suzanne Robins-bird
5.0 out of 5 stars a firm favourite
This is often played by my 7 year old granddaughter who sings along with the tunes. It is a real favourite with her
Published 5 months ago by fred crosskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Abba CD
Bought as a gift and very pleased with it. Will consider more CD's by Abba. Good purchase and quality is good.
Published 5 months ago by Judy Rhead
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA Definitive Collection
What more can I say about this album other than its another truly great album that can be played over and over
Published 6 months ago by leslie beaumont
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA good time....
Great CD - all the hits and more in terrific quality. What not to enjoy on the old Ipod classic.
Published 6 months ago by Jl Andrews
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