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The ultimate ABBA collection for the casual (?) ABBA fan
on 23 May 2014
To dive straight in: why is this compilation called "40th Anniversary"? You are probably thinking that since "Ring Ring" came out in 1973, their timing is off. But actually it's not. "Ring Ring" was officially released as being from "Björn + Benny + Anna + Frieda" and the ABBA name was launched for "Waterloo" at the 1974 Eurosong Festival, yes 40 years ago almost to the day when this compilation came out (to coincide with this year's Eurosong Festival).
"Gold - Greatest Hits - 40th Anniversary Edition" is a 3 CD release containing 59 songs in total. CD1 is the original "Gold" compilation, with no changes. CD2 is the original "More Gold" compilation, also a straight reissue. CD3 is called "Golden B Sides", and for the die-hard ABBA fan and connoisseur such as the previous reviewer, there really is nothing new or unreleased in these tracks. However, for the more casual ABBA fan who is not going to buy all of the re-issued albums with the bonus tracks, this is a gift from heaven and a true treasure trove, as in one fell swoop we now get all of those "rare" tracks. Some of them are probably already familiar to many causal fans (like Andante Andante, Intermezzo No. 1, The King Has Lost His Crown), but many more will be unfamiliar unless you have previously collected these B-sides in one way or another. As a result, it is now clear to me that of the umpteenth ABBA compilations out there, "Gold - Greatest Hits - 40th Anniversary Edition" is the true one-and-only compilation any ABBA casual fan will ever need, period.
Here the exact tracklisting of the "Golden B Sides" CD:
1. She's My Kind Of Girl (2:39) 2. I Am Just A Girl (3:02) 3. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong (3:39) 4. King Kong Song (3:09) 5. I've Been Waiting For You (3:38) 6. Rock Me (3:03) 7. Man In The Middle (3:00) 8. Intermezzo No. 1 (3:48) 9. That's Me (3:16) 10. Crazy World (3:47) 11. Happy Hawaii (4:25) 12. I'm A Marionette (4:09) 13. Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton * On Top Of Old Smokey * Midnight Special (4:22) 14. Kisses Of Fire (3:22) 15. The King Has Lost His Crown (3:34) 16. Elaine (3:46) 17. The Piper (3:27) 18. Andante, Andante (4:38) 19. Should I Laugh Or Cry (4:27) 20. Soldiers (4:40)