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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2012)
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  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
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Product description

The Essential Collection is a brand new ABBA singles collection that includes all the hits and more on 2 CDs and one DVD. This releasse is a Limited Edition package featuring the two CDs, the DVD and an illustrated 28-page booklet. The DVD features all the official ABBA promo clips in remastered form, including two previously unreleased videos: "Conociéndome, Conociéndote" and "Gracias por la música" (Spanish versions of Knowing Me, Knowing You and Thank You For The Music, respectively).

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Format: Audio CD
A review of the 2cd+dvd edition.

If you don't give two hoots about audio or picture quality this three disc Essential Collection is great value and at time of writing the only extensive sound and vision combo available by Abba. If you ARE after the best quality you can buy read on....

Like another reviewer on this page, I also purchased this title for the previously unreleased videos and that I'm afraid is the only reason to even contemplate purchasing. It's a poorly compiled release with almost nothing in the way of quality. What you get is a three disc set, 2 cd's and a DVD in the now familiar Universal Music book style packaging. The 39 tracks on the cd's represent some of the best pop music ever made and is essentially an update for the now discontinued Definitive Collection cd/dvd combo from 2004. There are a few different tracks on this new set and a couple have also been omitted/replaced but it's not a problem as the audio content here has been released so many times I've lost count. If you're after a nice chronological collection of Abba's singles you can't go wrong so the two cd set which forms part of this collection is a good starter. I must point out though that the tracks are sourced from a number of different remaster series and the quality varies across the two discs. I'm pretty certain that it's been put through a volume equaliser with varied results. Some tracks sound crystal clear, others sound muffled or distorted. There are better sounding audio sets out there such as the recently released Abba Gold Anniversary Edition. Now onto the dvd where things go from ordinary to down right appalling.
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After all of the fantastic deluxe editions of the studio albums, what more can we expect ? 'The Essential Collection' is exactly what the title suggests. This latest compilation of every ABBA single ever issued. It is a treat to the ears to hear every single release in chronological order on this superb collection. It truly showcases the progression in style and the noticable improvement in the lyrical content with each single release. One of the earliest singles 'People Need Love' is reminiscent of the 70's pop group 'Blue Mink'. Simple lyrics with a sing-a-long style which reminds me of the summer days of the early 70's. 'Waterloo' needs no introduction, but has there ever been a 'Eurovision' winning song that made such an immediate impact on the general public. 'S.O.S.' still sounds outstanding to this day. Although we all have our favourite ABBA song, 'The Name Of The Game' has to be one of the stand out tracks of the time. We have 'ABBA GOLD' 'MORE GOLD' 'THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION' which was released in 2001 ! Treat yourself to the this latest compilation, it really is 'Essential ABBA'.
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This package tells a wonderful story in sound and vision of pop's greatest band ever. There is nothing previously unreleased here (except for two videos), so it is clearly not meant for the fans. This is really an updated and improved version of The Definitive Collection, so if you do not have ABBA in your collection, this is a good choice.

The sticker says that it contains all their hits, which is not entirely true. ABBA was a worldwide phenomenon and they had top 10 hits with songs in various countries with songs like Nina Pretty Ballerina, Hasta Manana, Rock Me, I've Been Waiting for You and As Good as New, none of which is included here. The liner notes are not entirely accurate either. Bang-a-boomerang was actually a single in France, and Happy New Year was released in a few countries at the time.

As for the DVD, it would have been nice to include the clip for Love Isn't Easy, which has never been released. The cartoons for Happy Hawaii and Money Money Money, the royal performance of Dancing Queen and When I Kissed the Teacher could have been included as well.

The fans will still have to wait for the wonderful Just Like That to be released in its entirety, but this is a great package anyway.
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Fabulous compilation filled with great ABBA songs such as Take a Chance on Me, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Lay All Your Love On Me, People Need Love, Ring Ring, Summer Night City and a lot more... Great for music lovers and ABBA lovers
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First of, yes it is yet another compilation. And yes, it has been a commercial flop.

In this review I'll just focus on the product - as reviews are supposed to do.

On the positive side:
1) As all good compilations should be, this is in chronological order (unlike Gold - Greatest Hits). Disc One covers period 1972-78 and Disc Two from 1979-82.
2) You have all the big hits of course - plus excellent tracks that had limited release such as Eagle and When All Is Said and Done. Unlike the Definitive Collection this includes fantastic non-hits such as Bang a Boomerang, One Man, One Woman and Happy New Year.
3) Side One from SOS right through to Summer Night City is sheer bliss. ABBA at their very best...Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Knowing Me, Knowing You, The Name of the Game and so on.

Negatives
1) Included is That's Me, it is the fly in the ointment, placed as it is sandwiched between ABBA classics.
2) The album's first three songs People Need Love, He is Your Brother and Love Isn't Easy (But sure is hard enough) aren't good at all and could have been omitted.

The pluses though outweigh the minuses and I give this four stars.
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