What a wonderful treat to finally hear a full live concert from Abba. One of my biggest regrets is that I never got to see them live in concert and this has to be the next best thing. Who would have thought we would get this after 35 years?
I first played the CD through our home cinema system set on "concert hall " mode and WOW it just blew me away, the atmosphere of Wembley arena that November night in 1979 is brought back after all these years. I could close my eyes and feel the excitement of the crowd as Abba appear on stage and later on my heart skipped a beat when the crowd shouted for an encore.I admit it brought tears to my eyes a number of times!
As others have mentioned this album is completely different from any of their studio recordings. The raw energy comes through and Abba prove they can deliver an amazing live sound and rock with the best of them.
Stand out tracks for me include Bjorn and Frida belting out Why did it have to be me, oh to have that on DVD would be wonderful! Agnetha's emotional "I'm still Alive" is a real treat to hear for the first time in all its glory rather than a you tube fan recording. Benny is a master of the keyboards on Intermezzo no 1,and Fridas dramatic performance of Money Money Money is also a highlight. The whole concert just builds and builds with song after song especially the high tempo numbers like Hole in your Soul, Summer Night City , Does your mother know and Waterloo you feel quite breathless after listening to it all!
Imagine doing that night after night, no wonder Abba didn't tour very often!
The CD also sounds great in the car and every time I play the download on my phone through earphones I notice something different every time I hear it. Give yourself a treat- play this loud and wallow in the nostalgia of it all.