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  • Audio CD (7 Sept. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000025VKA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,982 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. All That She Wants
  2. Don't Turn Around
  3. Young And Proud
  4. The Sign
  5. Living In Danger
  6. Voulez-Vous Danser
  7. Happy Nation
  8. Hear Me Calling
  9. Waiting For Magic
  10. Fashion Party
  11. Wheel Of Fortune
  12. Dancer In Daydream
  13. My Mind
  14. All That She Wants
  15. Happy Nation

Product Description

ACE OF BASE Happy Nation (1993 UK 15-track CD album featuring the US Version of their debut album including the singles Wheel Of Fortune All That She Wants The Sign and Dont Turn Around complete with the picture booklet inlay)

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Famous for "All that she wants", which is the opening track, Ace of Base's strength on this album is their other melancholic tracks such as "Waiting for Magic", "Happy Nation" and "The Sign". The album is up beat and poppy, but has much more character and depth (and lyrics!) that most 2-male 2-female bands since. They are dancier and more electronic than Abba. Not as sweet but much more meaningful than Spice Girls or modern teenage-aimed bands. Well written and unique pop music, childish yet deep.
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Their first and most popular album, this was released after a series of smash hit singles, and was called 'Happy Nation' in the UK. It sold massively in the States, where for a short while they swept aside the tail-end of grunge.
At the time, they seemed like a cross between Abba (light pop with skewed lyrics, in particularly 'All that she wants' in which, the 'baby' was supposed to be a 'boyfriend', and not an actual 'baby') and the then-huge wave of 'reggae-lite' bands. Combining bouncy beats with surprisingly morose lyrics ('Happy Nation', in particular, is positively glacial, and has a bit in medieval Latin - take that, Enya!), it's very 1993, especially on the 'Bhangra' remix of 'All that she wants', which sounds as if more than seven years have passed.
During that seven years they released a follow-up, 'The Bridge', which didn't sell very well at all, and a further follow-up, 'Flowers', which was slightly more popular, and contained the excellent 'Life is a Flower'.
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Although sometimes ignored by more 'serious' music listeners, Ace of Base's happy nation should be taken seriously for bringing a fusion of various influences together to create some fantastic tunes. 'All that She Wants' is an anthem, but all the tracks stand out. Although some ideas are clearly borrowed from styles such as reggae, funk, r'n'b, and groups such as the excellent Kream Kaik Mischun, the result is a style all their own.
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This has to be one of the finest examples of absolute musical greatness i've ever heard. Simple, yet completely addictive and just all round brilliance. I remember first hearing the signature track 'All That She Wants' waaaaay back in 1993 when it debuted on 'The Chart Show' and i was instantly spellbound. The moody vocals, the somewhat melancholic nature of the song, the compelling composition and it's unashamedly groovy sound had me hooked. As soon as the album was released i bought it. I remember listening to the album for the first time and loving it, well, almost. Being only 11yrs old at the time, i wasn't very knowledgable about some of the subject matter in the songs so they were kind of a mute point for me and i was less appreciative of some songs which i have now come to love.

ALL THAT SHE WANTS 5/5:

'Perfection' is all that can be said really.

DON'T TURN AROUND 4/5:

Can't say i was overly taken by this song when i first heard it. And even though i won't rush to add it on my playlist even today, it has grown on me over the years.

YOUNG AND PROUD 4/5:

I have always like the beat of this but it's only in recent years i have begun to fully appreciate the techno vibe this song has. I do however, prefer the demo version to this.

THE SIGN 5/5:

Another piece of perfection. Everything about this song kicks ass. And along with A.T.S.W is their flagship song.

LIVING IN DANGER 2/5:

I hate to admit it but i have never liked this song. And i still don't have much adoration for it. I Don't know why but i always skip this song. The 'New Buddah Version' is better i must say.

VOULEZ VOUS DANSER 4/5:

Nice dancey track which i can still groove to.
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One of the biggest selling debuts of all time, no mean feat either, not least as, not only where Ace Of Base a European act, but they totally conquered America, seeling as many copies over there as anywhere else. Such an instant and huge success set the bar high, too high perhaps, but looking back, as good as this album is, it's sadly not perfect, and they have actually both equalled it and bettered it since.

But in 1993, when all the synth-driven gems of new wave and other musical styles gave way to dreary grunge pop and aimless, brainless dance-drivel, Ace Of Base appeared to adroitly marry the dancefloor with a clear intelligence barely seen then and since.

Never as strong as Abba, yet arguably mining more styles than Roxette, Ace of Base hit with the unique chart-topping singles 'All That She Wants' and 'The Sign'. Both tunes are perfect, though their version of 'Don't Turn Around' is their weakest single alongside the 1998 motown attempt 'Always Have, Always Will'. The problem is mainly the song-it's typical slushy gush from the pen of Diane Warren, and it could only be made palatable by the powerhouse approach from a set of lungs like Pat Benatar or Laura Branigan. In fact Bonnie Tyler has covered it too, with the best results yet, but it sadly wasn't a single. How Ace Of Base got a hit with it is no mystery-they were on a high in their first year and could have got a hit with a nursery rhyme. Their light musical and vocal approach is just too flimsy to engage on an already unsatisfactory song, though they still beat Aswad's version.

Their other singles have no such problem-the accidentally (?
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