- Audio CD (5 Nov. 2007)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
- Label: Commercial Marketing
- ASIN: B000VZ5SHO
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
ABBA The Album Deluxe Edition CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
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Bonus DVD features clips of the band recording the album, live performances, television commercials and a gallery of the album's international sleeves.
Top Customer Reviews
As a remaster, I hoped it would sound better than the 1984 German Polydor CD. To my disappointment, the remaster sounds worse: it is louder, and at first it seems to have more punch than the 1984 master. But it also sounds much harsher, and the silky vocals of Agnetha and Frida (and the hi-hats) suffer from excessive hissing. The initial impression of more punch is seductive, but it is accomplished by compression of the master tape as a whole. This means that instrument separation is lower - the remaster sounds more muddled. So this remaster is a louder, brighter and more muddled version of the 1984 CD. Really sad. I'll stick with my latter.
As a Deluxe Editions, you might expect some extras. This edition contains a booklet, 6 bonus tracks and a DVD with 12 scenes. The booklet is a 28-page story (with some pictures) of how The Album was created. Really interesting to read. But hey, don't expect to find any lyrics in it. The 6 bonus tracks are a mixed bunch: 2 Spanish versions (I do not care), 2 live versions (nice to hear that the girls could really sing, but why not include a full live set?), the single version of Eagle (shorter than the album version) and the Doris Day version of Thank You For The Music (awful in my opinion). But why do they not include a live recording of Get On The Carousel? The track that is mentioned in the booklet, and was only sung live! The DVD is quite nice, although I would have liked a full concert video.Read more ›
The DVD section was a tad disappointing, although I genuinely laughed aloud at two points:
- The group rush on to a TV show to perform and no sooner have they grabbed their mics, 'Take a Chance on Me' begins, but valuable seconds are lost and neither of the girls' mouths are moving for a few lines.
- The Blue Peter interview, in which the presenter keeps addressing Bjorn as Ba-jorn. Research, woman!
All in all, it's worth a once over but the content is a little dull and the group don't seem very happy in the off-stage interviews, but it's all more than compensated for by the sheer quality of their musical strength.
|Length: 6:36 Mins|
The videos are exellent. A very interesting footage is ABBA In London interview(BBC).
The DVD overall is very good, and by far much better than the CD of the album itself. This remaster is by far the worst I have ever come across - and not even being your typical "audiophile", the distinct lack of noise compression applied during the remastering process is blatantly obvious.
The "raw" remastering effects are worst felt when using headphones, which makes for EXTREMELY unpleasant listening. It's most noticeable on the quieter tracks such as One Man, One Woman, and Thank You For The Music, though is apparent in all tracks residually.
To conclude, this album is worth buying for the DVD. Add to that the excellent linear notes, and for the price you can't go wrong. However, as for the album itself, I would recommend buying an additional copy separately. I don't often rate things so harshly, but honestly, the amount of background noise on the CD tracks is, frankly, appalling.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great Album buy the Greatest Group Ever to set foot on planet earth.Published on 30 Dec. 2014 by leslie beaumont
I had absolutely no problems with the ordering process and supply. The item arrived very quickly and was as describedPublished on 31 Oct. 2011 by IGM
I'd just bought the deluxe edition of Arrival and that was so good I had to buy this one!
The extra tracks are interesting curios and worth having, but the dvd is... Read more