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Super Trouper [Vinyl]

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00401JKL0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Inc. Winner Takes It All / Lay All Your Love On Me

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reissue BUT... 12 May 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bjorn & Benny certainly reached a new level of song writing with Super Trouper, originally released back in 1980. Songs such as The Winner Takes It All, Andante Andante, Happy New Year demonstrate this maturer Abba sound. The music on this album cannot be faulted, Abba were firing on all cylinders at this point of their career and Benny had adopted a few new synthesizers which signalled the band were staying up-to-date with the electronic sounds that were starting to dominate the airwaves at the time.
Now onto the Deluxe Edition reissue May 2011. The album has been remastered and sounds great. I am not an audiophile boffin by any stretch of the imagination but it all sounds good to me. The bonus tracks are welcome, especially the stereo mix extended version of 'On & On & On' which was originally only available in mono as the soundtrack to the video of the song.
The DVD includes some wonderful previously unreleased footage which has been thoughtfully compiled. Performances of songs from the German TV 'Show Express' capture Abba in their prime looking wonderful and the documentary footage of the Abba cover-shoot is fascinating viewing. The international record sleeve gallery is a tad repetitive as most of Abba's release used the same artwork around the world at this time.
One disappointment with this release was that it did not come in the hard, clear Deluxe Edition slip case that the previous releases did (Arrival, The Album, Voulez Vous). Instead it was shrink-wrapped and has a Deluxe Edition sticker plastered to the sleeve which looks cheap(are Universal trying to cut costs here?) and rather spoils the continuity with the previous releases.

Overall though an essential purchase for any Abba fan or for that fact anybody wanting to hear one of the bands finest albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA Magic 20 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Super Trouper" is as solid a pop album as you'll find. Although some of the recordings have dated in the 20+ years since its release (understandably), this was the first ABBA album from which ANY of the (original 10) tracks could have been credible single releases. This album marked the first of two giant steps in the 'the maturing of ABBA' (their next and final album 'The Visitors' took it to the limit). The perkiness of previous albums was replaced on "Super Trouper" by a satisfying maturity and depth. The emotional and lyrical "The Winner Takes It All" is a prime example of this advance: the heart was torn out and worn on the sleeve. The production, the singing (oh boy, the singing!) and the playing all knitted marvellously together and there is a very definite cohesiveness about the whole album. Many of ABBA's earlier success featured the women singing together. On this album, both Frida and Agnetha get a real chance to shine as solo vocalists - and shine they do! From Agnetha's career-high of "The Winner Takes It All" to Frida's sensuous "Andante Andante" and beyond, each performance is a gem.
The absolute standout tracks are "The Winner Takes It All", "Our Last Summer", "Andante Andante", "Lay All Your Love On Me" and, of course, "Super Trouper", ABBA's ninth and last UK#1. The less well known but beautiful "The Way Old Friends Do" and the sentimental "Happy New Year" still receive heavy airplay at Christmas/New Year despite not having been A-sides. The Beach Boys' Mike Love chose to cover "On And On And On" for his "Look Back With Love" album.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere in the crowd there's you... 26 May 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I think there are three reasons why the most patient of us Abba fans would shell out their coin for another copy of "Super Trouper".One,the previously unreleased stereo extended version of "On and On and On",for those not in the know it has an extra verse.Two,the bonus dvd with a stack of new to dvd footage.The third reason,sonic improvements to the audio.Two out of three ain't bad.
Here's the breakdown of what my ears and eyes tell me.There's some great stuff on the dvd with 4 performances to playback from German and Swedish tv.A period documentary,what these days we would call an EPK(electronic press kit)made by their record label to promote the album.A newly created featurette on the album cover shoot edited together by Carl Magnus Palm from footage shot by Lasse Halstrom for the title track promo film.That's it for new stuff.You also get two remastered music videos(why only two???),two uk tv commercials and a sleeve gallery.With a running time of around 68 minutes it's not bad value.As always,there is so much more that could have been included on the dvd,the On and On an On video re-edited so the audio matches the vision and the sound in Stereo for one,but I'm thankful for the new stuff from the archives.
Audio wise,I don't notice any improvement over the 2005 Henrik Jonsson remaster from the Complete Studio Recordings box set,in fact,it sounds pretty dull.Honestly I actually prefer those remasters for this album and for "Voulez-Vous"(the 2010 remaster for that album is just awful!).This new remaster for Super Trouper sounds flat and generally,well...dull.It's actually softer in volume than the 2005 master and seems to lack any punchy bass."Lay All You Love On Me" is particularly unimpressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back on Vinyl
Times they are a changing.
Bought original way back on Vinyl, moved to CD and now back buying Vinyl. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. N. D. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Trouper
I like it. Is a very good album, with songs that remind me special moments in my life... Great job!
Published 19 months ago by Nekane
2.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Package is very very poor!!!!
I agree completely. I enter in here just for seing about it. The plastic slide cover, where is it????, a great sin UMG!!!! It left the deluxe package unprotected!!!!! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Roberto de Oliveira
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic improvement, DVD poor
Now this review is about the sound of the CD this being the third reissue not counting box sets. So please take it for granted this is a mile stone in Abba's musical legacy. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by Mr. R. G. Prizeman
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest ABBA studio album of the lot
This has always been my personal favourite ABBA album from when it was first released in 1980. Two huge number one singles are featured here, Super Trouper and The Winner Takes It... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by S. V. Kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars A box for ABBA Fans
This Box is very exciting for ABBA fans for the bonus DVD. Nothing new but all DVD in very good quality.
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by Erik Liebstaedter
3.0 out of 5 stars not so super packaging
My comments are about the actual packaging, not the music. It seems the person responsible for inserting the CD booklet into the envelope was in a bit of a hurry as the front page... Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2011 by J. van der Lugt
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
Fantastic.At last Words and Music on DVD & fabulous quality.The extra footage is a revelation,well woth the 31 year wait.Excellent value.Very prompt service.
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by Mr. Stephen Tooth
2.0 out of 5 stars Not So Special Deluxe Edition
In a time of plummeting cd sales and constant rereleases of ABBA material we - the fans - need something worthy of our hard-earned: the "Deluxe Edition" Super Trouper isn't... Read more
Published on 27 May 2011 by Curmudgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA Super Trouper Deluxe Version 2011
This is one of ABBA,s best albums whilst they were sill together as a group, well produced, mixed & recorded. Read more
Published on 22 May 2011 by Mr. A. Crawford
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