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4.0 out of 5 stars Close to perfection, 7 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The Albums (Audio CD)
In which ABBA's 8 studio albums are gathered together in one box with an additional disc of bonus tracks. Almost all of ABBA's material. Almost. If you're willing to forego the nice packaging - understated box, replicated original outer sleeves plus a timeline booklet - you could buy online at iTunes and get a slew of extra tracks not included here. Those tracks can be downloaded individually - but should one really have had to do that?

On the plus side, the remastered sound is crisp and detailed. The artwork is true to the original (larger format) releases. This all makes for a cute (if slightly fragile) memento for completist fans. For someone who really wanted to plunge into discovering the *real* ABBA, this set is really reasonably affordable.

Listening to these albums in sequence is a fascinating demonstration of how brilliantly ABBA developed over the years - from the frothy let's-see-if-this-works genre-hopping of the "Ring Ring" album, right through to the emotional punch of the extraordinarly beautiful "The Visitors" album. Hearing the albums as they were originally released works extremely well. This shows how bonus tracks on re-issues can sometimes derail a great album.

I have deducted one star for the shunting of certain bonus tracks to the online version only. But, in other respects, this is a great set. To be fair, Universal are showing much more respect for the ABBA catalogue than Polydor did in the 90s.
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