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Definitive Collection (2cd) Double CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (6 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00005QJFL
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. People Need Love
  2. He Is Your Brother
  3. Ring Ring
  4. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
  5. Waterloo
  6. Honey, Honey
  7. So Long
  8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  9. SOS
  10. Mamma Mia
  11. Fernando
  12. Dancing Queen
  13. Money, Money, Money
  14. Knowing Me, Knowing You
  15. The Name Of The Game
  16. Take A Chance On Me
  17. Eagle
  18. Summer Night City
  19. Chiquitita
  20. Does Your Mother Know

Disc: 2

  1. Voulez-Vous
  2. Angeleyes
  3. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  4. I Have A Dream
  5. The Winner Takes It All
  6. Super Trouper
  7. On And On And On
  8. Lay All Your Love On Me
  9. One Of Us
  10. When All Is Said And Done
  11. Head Over Heels
  12. The Visitors (Crackin' Up)
  13. The Day Before You Came
  14. Under Attack
  15. Thank You For The Music
  16. Ring Ring (1974 Remix, Single Version) (Bonus Track)
  17. Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix) (Bonus Track)

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This collection digs deeper than previous hits collections to take you across 37 key cuts by these Euro-Pop kings/queens. That's the 2-CD version; the DVD has every video they shot plus a previously unseen Dancing Queen performance at the Royal Swedish Opera. Hits on both releases: Dancing Queen; Take a Chance on Me; Waterloo; The Winner Takes It All; The Name of the Game; Fernando; SOS; I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do; Knowing Me, Knowing You; Does Your Mother Know; When All Is Said and Done; Mamma Mia; Chiquitita , and more!

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Is there anything which screams the 1970s most indelible pop cultural clichés-more than the Swedish pop phenomena Abba and their Definitive Collection? While many a pundit snootily dismissed them during their prime as some sort of prefabricated aberration, their worldwide popularity peaked somewhere just south of Beatlemania. Indeed, Abba's music was as finely tooled and crafted as anything to come from a Volvo or Ikea factory --if occasionally more economically potent. This double-disc, 37-track anthology comes neatly on the heels of Mama Mia, the smash, if unlikely, stage show based on the band's hits, and documents every single released by the band's Polar label in their home country was as well as key tracks released as singles elsewhere internationally.

When you hear the term "Europop," this is the canon from whence the term sprang. With a continental sense of vocal neo-classicism, informed by just the right ethnic clichés (and oft wed to the era's insistent 4/4 disco beat) to make songs like "Mama Mia", "Fernando", "Chiquitita" and "Voulez-Vous" work on a global scale, the writing team of Bjorn Ulvaeus/Benny Anderson and their respective partners in music and life, Agnetha Faltskog and Frida Lyngstad, developed the seamless, wall-of-sound productions contained herein. Definitive Collection features a rare single remix of "Ring, Ring" and a 1979 promo-only extended mix of "Voulez-Vous" as bonus tracks, as well as a concise, illustrated history of the band and each track. --Jerry McCulley

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Believe it or not, there are some of us who have never bought an Abba album. Well, not until this week, anyway. I was certainly around during the 70s, but fell into the category of being far too serious about Deep Purple etc to be seen dead with an Abba LP. I was certainly aware of Abba -- it was one of the many contradictions in the teenage bloke psyche that we watched 'Top of the Pops' whenever we could. And anyway, my Dad fancied the blonde one -- Agnetha, not Benny. So buying this marvellous compilation is part nostalgia, and part demonstration for my own children.
This 2CD set takes us chronologically through Abba's history. There are four tracks which precede the historic 'Waterloo' Eurovision winner. You can sense that the group are still feeling their way towards a defining formula even after that 1974 victory. To my ear, it's only when they created 'SOS' (track #9 here) that they found the correct gear, and from then on they never looked back. Abba stood for very high production values, attractive videos, middle-of-the-road pop and wholly inoffensive lyrics. (As revealed in the sleevenotes, Bjorn was always more concerned with the sound of a word than its meaning.) From that point, the lead vocals on all the singles would always be performed by the girls. Abba absorbed disco, but never pretended to be creating black music.
My favourite Abba song is one of the last, 'One of Us', which has many flaws but a gorgeously plaintive chorus. Agnetha really meant those words as she sang them on the video. It was 1981, the band was nearing the end, and even I fancied her now.
To people who haven't already purchased an Abba CD, I cannot recommend this highly enough. The remastered sound is excellent, bringing out the acoustic guitar particularly well.
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some fans might think this is overkill - another compilation? we already have "gold", "more gold", "thank you for the music" and "the singles collection" what do we need another one for?
"the definitive collection" puts abba's singles in an international perspective - some tracks released exclusively to one or two territories(ie: honey honey - which was released in the u.s. after waterloo and peaked at 30 and was released as a single as well in germany). the cd also contains liner notes by carl magnus palm - the single most authoritative "abba historian" todate.
to sweeten the pot: 2 bonus tracks: the us remix of "ring ring" appearing originally in the us version of waterloo and the extended dance version of voulez-vous. while there's no certainty that this would be the last compilation released of the group's hits, it's still worthwhile having - until another one comes along...who knows there might be one featuring "just like that" a few years from now?
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Although there are rich pickings on the massive selling "Abba Gold" there are greater treasures here - basically all the singles they ever released anywhere in the world! What better option for the individual keen to purchase the very best of Abba?
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Without a doubt,this has to be the best ABBA compilation in the UK so far.Never before has the entire catalogue of British single releasesbeen available in one collection.The 1974 remix of RING RING is included for the first time,having never been available on any of their British album releases.This version was the only one to chart over here,as a follow up to WATERLOO. The extended remix of VOULEZ-VOUS is a dream for any die-hard ABBA fan,also never released in the UK. The edited version of EAGLE differs from the version on MORE ABBA GOLD, and this would make a great belated single release, 23 years after originally intended. Glad to see the full version of THE NAME OF THE GAME re-appear,but still no extended version of ON AND ON AND ON,as yet only available on THE VIDEO HITS. All in all this album chronicles ten years of unforgettable songs which are as popular today as they ever were.
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It's a shame that Abba are sometimes dismissed as mere purveyors of camp, cabaret pop, with most fans unable to get past the dodgy fashions and elaborate stage-routines that have since become an anachronism in these days of homogenised, corporate rock for children. If I were Benny or Bjorn, I'd be rather insulted by the continual focus on the glitz and glamour, with most music critics refusing to acknowledge the gorgeous melodies, impeccable instrumental work and lyrical themes that cut deeper than the bouncy choruses and stilted delivery would suggest, which really defined the Abba sound.
This collection brings together all of Abba's most-recognisable hit-singles released over the course of their ten-year career, moving largely in chronological order, from the naïve Europop of songs like People Need Love, Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) and their breakthrough Eurovision piece, Waterloo, through to more recognisable hits like Fernando, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You and Voulez-Vous, right the way through to the more sombre stuff, like The Winner Takes It All, Lay All Your Love On Me and The Day Before You Came. Each of the songs demonstrate Benny and Bjorn's musical progression from entertaining but not all that jaw-dropping pop in the early 70's pub-rock tradition, through to something much more vital and progressive, with more emphasis on layered instrumentation, melodious arrangements and creative production.
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