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super trouper
super trouper
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick Starting the '80's!, 11 July 2002
This review is from: super trouper (Audio CD)
By 1980 it was clear that Abba had become the biggest selling artists of the 1970's and that they had nothing else to prove commercially. Early 1980 was spent completing their world tour in Japan, the girls re-recording some of their lyrics in Spanish for the South American market and the boys writing for the new album.
And what a result! In the UK the album was the first ever to get advances order of 1 million, it spent 9 weeks at the top of the chart in the Christmas/New Year period of 1980/81 and was the biggest selling album of 1980 AND their second chart topper of the year (Greatest Hits Vol 2 hit the top again in Jan 1980).
It contained melodic songs, a move away from the disco of 1978/9, back to their earlier style. The title track Super Trouper is a gentle disco number with melodies, hooks and harmonies that just reel you in, sung beautifully by Frida, emphasising the feeling of loneliness and seperation. The Winner Takes It All is a powerhouse of a song, of the emotions of loss and pain sung so convincingly and painfully by Agnetha. On & On & On is a great tongue in cheek disco track with harmonies in the background by the boys sounding like the Beach Boys (Brian Wilson even covered ths song!)
I could go on with all the other songs, but each have their own shining qualities about them, particularly Happy New Year (listen to the lyrics and I bet you've felt like that in the early hours of a New Year!) and Lay All Your Love On Me which is a superb disco work out and the first single available on 12 inch only to enter the UK Top 10.
The bonus tracks includes the B Side to 'Winner', Elaine and the wonderful Put on Your White Sombrero which starts off as a solo record for Frida but kicks in half way through when Agnetha joins her with some soaring harmonies, stretching the girls voices to the limit and producing that sound that make Abba magic. Go on. Buy it! Own another perfect piece of pop history!

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abba's Arrival!, 17 May 2002
This review is from: Arrival (Audio CD)
This album was the make or break album for Abba. Greatest Hits Vol 1 had been the biggest selling album of 1976 and by the time this album was released in November 1976 they had notched up three No.1's in a row in the UK. But could they sell an album of new songs?
The answer was a resounding yes. After taking several months to get to the top of the UK album charts (a 10 week run at No.1!) it became the biggest selling album of 1977. Why did it sell? Because it was full of wonderful, melodies and harmonies. I can honestly say that if you wanted to show anyone how to make a pop album, show them this.
The wonderful When I Kissed The Teacher kicks off the album with the acoustic guitars ringing clear over the stereo as though the group are in the room with you and the song steadily pushes to a crescendo with 'I wanna, ah ah oh yeah' sung high and loud at the end before the fade out, emphasing the yearning of the song. Then there is Dancing Queen. What more is there to be said about a perfect pop song and single that has not already been said?
A change of mood with the haunting My Love, My Life then onto to perhaps the weakest song on the album Dum Dum Diddle (but great intro and exit synthesizer). Then the rest of the album is flawless, great powerful pop songs driven by feeling, hooks and an infectious beat (Money. Money, Money, That's Me and Tiger in particular)
A singles band? Never! After three albums of varying quality, Abba proved without a doubt that they had moved into the major league with this their fourth studio album and this was their second of 8 straight no.1 albums. Only Led Zeppelin can claim that record as well, no other acts can. So if you want slice of '70's pop this is for you!

Doctor Who - The Tomb Of The Cybermen [1967] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Tomb Of The Cybermen [1967] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A total must for any Dr Who fan!, 17 Jan 2002
As someone who was not born until 1972 The Tomb of the Cybermen is a fantastic piece of late '60's TV and the only complete classic Patrick Troughton story to survive the mass junkings of the 1970's (his other surviving complete stories are no where near as good as this).
The story is set on the home planet of the Cybermen in the far distant future where the Cybermen are just archeological relics to be discovered and studied, having been extinct for sometime. The Doctor, Jamie and the new companion Victoria stumble across the archeological team who have just discovered the entrance to the Ttombs. From there they whole group come to discover the delights and horrors waiting for them in the Tombs.
Patrick Troughton's Doctor is a relevation to me personally. He is both restraining and gently cajoling to the archeological team, giving them the answers they want to revive the Cybermen, but viewing the unfolding drama with fascinated horror, one moment manipulating events in the background, the next taking charge. There is some great interplay between the Doctor and Victoria too. And the scene of the Cybermen being thawed out from the impressive cocoons still sends a shiver down the spine 35 years on. Yes there are one or two dodgy special effects but you can see how this terrified children and adults alike in 1967!
This is classic stuff (without giving too much away). The quality of the picture and sound is great and the little documentary on how they restored the episodes (splitting the picture showing before and after restoration)shows how much work was put into this release. All the other extras are great to see but the highlight is the 8mm footage of the special effects ending of the previous story 'Evil of the Daleks' (no longer in existence bar Part 2) matched with the actual soundtrack of Part 7 with the Daleks being blown up left, right and centre.
Lets hope that more Doctor Who DVD's are put together with the care of this one, with more restored and digitally remastered prints, particularly the Hartnell & Troughton years. And lets hope they find some more classic Troughton stories currently missing because if they are anything like this then they deserve to be found!

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