11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2010
Well, I am a nearly 15-year-old ABBA fan. How come? I watched Mamma Mia! the movie and then searched for ABBA songs. It's been a year now, I've listened to all of their songs and I love nearly all of them. They are delightful. And yet I only own ABBA-The Albums, Arrival Deluxe Edition, The Album Deluxe edition and now this.
The original album is just brilliant. Every single song is a treasure on its own. The usual bonuses, i.e. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! and Lovelight, are a huge magnificent single and a moderate B-Side.
Also what can I say about the real bonuses (or 'boni' maybe)? Summer night city is such an upbeat beautiful song and the intro is just what was missing from the short version. Dream World is an incomprehensively-not-released-at-its-time song. It would have been a hit.
I guess I would agree that the Spanish versions should be included and even Just A Notion, which has to be released at some point of time and this was a great chance.
As for the DVD, I absolutely liked Abba in Switzerland, except of the ski scenes, If it wasn't for the nights and the Swap Shop Interview. I would love some more interviews.
Now, we should review what we do have in possess, so I say that this is a brilliant reissue, with excellent packaging, bonuses, DVD and booklet.
To anyone who hesitates: "Buy it"
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2005
This album is consistently brilliant and is a further example of a near flawless piece of work. From Arrival (1976) right through to The Visitors (1981), Abba produced wonderful albums not just great singles but timeles album tracks which, in their own way, were just as endearing. And it would be foolish to label this album as The Disco Album on account of the admittedly below par title track and the accompanying single ’Summer Night Night City’. Although the latter is a much more successful attempt at this oevre. After all this album contans that great ballad and hit single ’Chiquititta’ which is up there with their very best. And much more besides. The opener ’As Good As New’ is a gorgeous mixture of classic strings, a strong disco beat and those wondeful Agnetha/Frida vocals which need no introduction. Then there is Bjorn’s finest moment in the raucous ’Does Your Mother Know’ which remains an all time party favourite to this day, 28 years later. The minor single ’Angel Eyes’ should have been massive. Here is this band at their magical best. ’If It Wasn’t For The Nights’ is a superb album track. Nothing new here. Great album tracks are a trademark of all their last five albums, and they were not exactly non existent before then. This whole album sounds like a Piece Of Work in the way that no compilation album can. ’I Have A Dream’ is slushy for sure but fits in well here surrounded by more upbeat numbers. It is a great melody. Period. But they save the best track for last, the magestic ’Kisses Of Fire’ which sounded then and sounds even more now like The Great Single That Never Was.
The cover shows the band looking impeccable. On top of the world would not be heavy exaggeration. Sadly the two divorces were to follow shortly afterwards but as songwriters and performers this is something like their peak. Even NME or was it Melody Maker gave this one Five Stars.
Greatest Hits albums have their place of course. But my advice would be to buy this album, because it shows us the consistency that band continually showed themselves capable of from 1976 onwards. More than a Singles Band. Just one listen to ’Kisses Of Fire’ will demonstrate that.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The problem with these CD updates is that nutters like me already have the vinyl, plus the extra tracks on the mutlitudinous compilations that are now available, so I'm not too sure why include the extras at all. Taking that into account I still rate the original 10 tracks as classics one and all. This was the first new ABBA album I bought for myself. I think it still rates as among the top albums written by Benny & Bjorn. Especially so when you consider some of the 'unknown' stuff on here. I would especially single out 'King . . .' & ' . . .Nights'. Any track on here could've been a single without too much trouble. Good production and excellent vocals. Manybe even the last of the albums on a more upbeat note, before the relationships started taking hold of the song-writing. Recommended listening.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2011
Spurred on by the success of the Bee Gees in the genre that was sweeping all before it as the Seventies ended, ABBA made a disco album. And there they stand on the sleeve in Stockholm's Alexandra disco, all dressed up for a night on the town. Except "Voulez Vous" isn't the seamless spin around the mirror ball you might expect. Two of these tracks are guaranteed to clear any dancefloor.
Things kick off promisingly with "As Good as New", all Classical strings set to a disco beat, before we get the title track and its whirling dervish call to dancefloor action, one prolonged sexual come-on. But then just as the party is hitting its stride the sappy "I Have a Dream" gatecrashes it (and brings with it a children's choir!). Later we get the second party pooper in "Chiquitita", an inferior South American-flavoured facsimile of "Fernando", the Latin strum-a-long smash from three years earlier.
Around these sentimental show stoppers the tempo picks up again with the remaining perfectly functional shiny dance-pop tracks. They effortlessly showcase the crystal clear girl harmonies while piling on the sexual tension. In many ways disco was a perfect fit for ABBA. Within disco women took centre stage, just as they did in the group. In both it's the woman's experience and female desire that are given voice. And it's a testament to the group's skill at this style that clubs fully embraced these and their later dance-orientated cuts.
That Andersson and Ulvaeus seemed incapable of sticking with one style throughout their albums is a clear drawback when attempting a disco album. Later CD versions of "Voulez Vous" add the non-album hit singles "Summer Night City" and "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)", the foursome's most convincing excursions onto the dancefloor. With these this collection finally begins to look like the epic disco opus we were promised. In fact, I have a dream: had the original album replaced the two schmalzfests with these later triumphs then "Voulez Vous" would have without doubt been the greatest disco album ever. Instead we have to settle for just a good one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2000
For some odd reason the "Voulez-Vous" album is sometimes regarded as a blot on the Abba landscape. But why? This album contains some of Abba's finest moments and yielded five hit A-sides. Ever adaptable, they kept their finger on the pulse of the late 70s by dipping into the buzzing disco culture. Rather than completely immerse themselves in the genre, Abba merely borrowed some of the tools and tricks and applied them to their classic pop creations. "If It Wasn't For The Nights", an absolute highlight, is a perfect example of this marriage of dancefloor pizzazz to Abba's trademark piano-driven tunefulness (it really should have been a single). The disco feel is more strongly felt on the album's zingy title track which, 20 years later, still sounds fresh. Meanwhile, the sexy "Lovers" adds a touch of funk to the disco feel to spectacular effect. Like any Abba album, great tunes are the core. "Angeleyes" and "Chiquitita", of course are among Abba's all-time classics. The structure of the latter owes more to, perhaps, classical music than to pop and demonstrates the breadth of Andersson's and Ulvaeus' talent. Of course, younger pop fans will be familiar with "I Have A Dream" as performed by Westlife - but Abba's version appeared first on this album and was a big Christmas hit in 1979. However, because of the snobbery directed against disco, many excellent songs here have been stupidly overlooked. "The King Has Lost His Crown" is a prime example. With it's dreamy intro, Frida's gorgeous lead vocal and a melting string arrangement, this song could have been a hit single but, just like "If It Wasn't For The Nights", it remains a largely undiscovered album track. To these ears, only one track falls short of the mark and that is "Does Your Mother Know?" (a No.4 hit in 1979) and even that's still pretty popular. This remastered version of the album is augmented by the 1978 hit "Summer Night City" and "Lovelight", a B-side which actually sounds like an A-side.... These bonus tracks were recorded during the album sessions and work well with the set. Make no mistake, this is an excellent Abba album. At mid-price, it is definitely a worthwhile investment.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2010
I agree If it wasn't for the nights should have been 'the' single from the album. Much better than Chiquitita and the horrid I have a dream, my least favourite abba song made even worse by the westlife cover. I think they picked all the wrong tracks for single. As good as new could have done well too. I absolutely love Dream world. With Just like that would have got them back in the top ten i'm sure. Do they have both tracks that they performed on the Mike Yarwood christmas show? They did Thank you for the music too. Unfortunately miming to both. Hilarious interview with Mike as Larry Grayson. Not my favourite abba album but still great.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2001
This album is possibly one of the most highly polished and best produced pop albums ever recorded. Every note, every vocal, every chord, rhythm, drum beat and synth is perfect. "As Good as New" starts off the album with driving disco rythms, hand claps and soaring strings to accompany the girls' impeccable vocals. "Voulez Vous" has to be one of the definitive 70's disco tracks and sounds even better with the remastering (the bass line to this track was recorded in Miami with the help of the Bee Gees!!). "If it Wasn't for the Nights" sees one of the most perfect moments of disco-pop ever - and over five minutes long which was unheard of in those days! "Angeleyes" has to have the bigges hook of any pop song and we see the album finished off "Kisses of Fire" where the girls sound like Baccara (but better of course!). If you like ABBA buy this! If you like disco buy this!! If you like music buy this!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2010
I have owned Abba's "Voulez-Vous" on several formats over the years - cassette, LP, CD, remastered CD, remastered remastered CD etc. The music is essential to me, as the release of the album coincided with my first - and only - heartbreak. Memories... The original CD release was sub-par - far worse than the vinyl version. The remastered editions improved the audio somewhat, but this has to be the best version of "Voulez-Vous" so far. In addition, the attention to details is impressive. There is the mini-LP replica of the cover, the original inner sleeves and even photos of the labels! Quite wonderful. The price is a bit steep, I admit, but the album has just been reissued in Japan. Hint...
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2005
There is nothing I can say that can praise ABBA enough for their gift of music to planet earth (and probably beyond!). I just want to add that this is probably the best-produced and best-performed of the lot. Benny's keyboards and synthesizer work is flawless (even Nick Rhodes will probably testify that!), and the singing by the girls is on such high notes on most of the album that even Barry Gibb will probably envy Agnetha and Frida more than he would wish to admit! So come on angel Agnetha, forgive the world for being so cruel to you, cause we do not know what we do, and give us another chance of experience the magic all over again, so that we can show our children and grandchildren of how proud we were and still are of you!
on 23 June 2012
Voulez-Vous has to be the perfect summer ABBA album and its a full on disco vibe all the way through. It only pauses for breathe with the two major ballads "Chiquitita" and "I Have A Dream" where both Agnetha and Frida shine respectively on their leadvocal. As well as those two mega hits. "Does Your Mother Know" , Bjorns only relevant outing as ABBA's lead vocalist, provided a third single. In the UK we were treated to "Angeleyes" as an A-side, where as in most territories the other record companies responsible for ABBA's 45's went with the album title track "Voulez~Vous". Here in its deluxe form these five tracks are now complimented with the inclusion of "Summer Night City" a top ten hit from 1978 (included here with its full length intro) as well as 1979's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), a number 3 hit in the UK. Of the remaining audio tracks, there really isn't a duff one here. "If It Wasn't For The Nights" , originally chosen as the lead single and, performed on numerous TV shows before being dumped when Benny & Bjorn came up with Chiquitita, is an outstanding ABBA song which would easily have been a huge hit. "As Good As New" is just one of those delicious ABBA pop songs with its fake string quartet intro lulling you into a false sense of security before its kick-ass disco beat bounds into view, and it was a hit single in Mexico! "The King Has Lost His Crown" begins with a majestic intro before Frida's sultry tones carry it through harmonic verses into a rocky chorus and "Kisses Of Fire", with its dreamy Agnetha voiced intro just knocks your sox off when it hits full tempo and an uncountable amount of joyous harmonies wrap around each other as it reaches its crecendo. "Lovers (Live A Little Longer)" is perhaps proclaimed to be the weakest track on the original album. I disagree, its different. Its probably the sexiest song ABBA ever recorded. Of the remaining bonus tracks "Lovelight", originally only released as the B-side to "Chiquitita" is a great slab of solid pop while "Dreamworld" (released for the first time here with its full intro) is unique with its circus-esque intro music and a fun arrangement. This album is one of the groups strongest with extremely high standards maintained throughout the recording. The inclusion of "ABBA - In Switzerland" (albeit an edited version of the original BBC show) is fabulous, especially as it includes the original rocky version of "Does Your Mother Know". All in all I think this is a great collection, and one of the best in the deluxe series.