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  • Audio CD (29 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gammal fäbodpsalm
  2. Voulez-Vous
  3. If It Wasn't For The Nights
  4. As Good As New
  5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
  6. Rock Me
  7. Chiquitita
  8. Money, Money, Money
  9. I Have A Dream
  10. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  11. S.O.S.
  12. Fernando

Disc: 2

  1. The Name Of The Game
  2. Eagle
  3. Thank You For The Music
  4. Why Did It Have To Be Me?
  5. Intermezzo No.1
  6. I'm Still Alive
  7. Summer Night City
  8. Take A Chance On Me
  9. Does Your Mother Know
  10. Hole In Your Soul
  11. The Way Old Friends Do
  12. Dancing Queen
  13. Waterloo

Product Description

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'ABBA’s concerts in London at the end of the 70s became the stuff of legend. For a group that toured only a handful of times, these shows were a pinnacle, coming near the end of their touring life. By the time ABBA played London’s Wembley Arena in November 1979, they had spent five years in the public spotlight and that night they delivered some of the most exhilarating performances of their career. When ABBA took the stage, their experience and professionalism showed. Audiences and critics were astounded that ABBA could reproduce their studio sound live. The set covered highlights throughout their career and contained a rare performance of Agnetha’s ‘I’m Still Alive’, unreleased on any album. It is now time to hear Abba at the peak of their live performance again on ABBA – LIVE AT WEMBLEY ARENA.

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What a wonderful treat to finally hear a full live concert from Abba. One of my biggest regrets is that I never got to see them live in concert and this has to be the next best thing. Who would have thought we would get this after 35 years?
I first played the CD through our home cinema system set on "concert hall " mode and WOW it just blew me away, the atmosphere of Wembley arena that November night in 1979 is brought back after all these years. I could close my eyes and feel the excitement of the crowd as Abba appear on stage and later on my heart skipped a beat when the crowd shouted for an encore.I admit it brought tears to my eyes a number of times!
As others have mentioned this album is completely different from any of their studio recordings. The raw energy comes through and Abba prove they can deliver an amazing live sound and rock with the best of them.
Stand out tracks for me include Bjorn and Frida belting out Why did it have to be me, oh to have that on DVD would be wonderful! Agnetha's emotional "I'm still Alive" is a real treat to hear for the first time in all its glory rather than a you tube fan recording. Benny is a master of the keyboards on Intermezzo no 1,and Fridas dramatic performance of Money Money Money is also a highlight. The whole concert just builds and builds with song after song especially the high tempo numbers like Hole in your Soul, Summer Night City , Does your mother know and Waterloo you feel quite breathless after listening to it all!
Imagine doing that night after night, no wonder Abba didn't tour very often!
The CD also sounds great in the car and every time I play the download on my phone through earphones I notice something different every time I hear it. Give yourself a treat- play this loud and wallow in the nostalgia of it all.
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This is a brave release by ABBA, who were far more comfortable in the studio; just last year Agnetha herself said she felt ABBA were not great live. Perhaps modesty influenced her remark, but she had a point. Apart from the unfortunate costumes and the dodgy choreography, the songs are a big sing. Agnetha and Anni-Frid had fabulous voices, but this repertoire would stretch anyone when performed live, and this is a generous selection of their music. In the event there is much to enjoy, and some of the live performances have far more energy and humour than the originals.

Frida was clearly the more confident performer, and is on terrific form, her vibrant resinous voice giving a real kick to the songs. While I hate to sound negative, there is no doubt that Agnetha sounds a little tentative at times, perhaps overwhelmed by the occasion. This brings rewards in terms of an appealing vulnerability, but it also means some of her vocals are a little fragile, sometimes almost inaudible. Ironically, Bjorn sounds in better vocal shape here than in the studio. I suspect the recording balance wasn't quite right for a cavernous venue like Wembley. It certainly does not favour vocals.The sound of their 77 tour (on the evidence of ABBA the Movie) was much better at capturing the voices, and was more slick (and probably over dubbed at a later stage). But perhaps it's more interesting to have these live performances available rather those closer to the studio sound. The effect here is grittier, faster paced and disarmingly genuine. It's a bit like an ABBA karaoke, except it really IS them singing!
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i was 12 well abba did the tour in 1979....i can remember breathing in and wondering i maybe i was breathing the same air as the goddesses of pop - agnetha and frida - i was a troubled child!!!

a few of the tracks appeared on the abba live cd - also an edited version of the concert is available on dvd...

i must admit i approached this with a bit of caution...why has it not been released before? are the recording up to scratch? will i be disappointed? is it a cash in to get money of the fans?

wrong! wrong! wrong!

it is the full concert...with the talkie bits and all!!!

i will admit the sound is totally different if you have only heard the tracks on cd - but it is recorded live and you really get the feel of the event.

as they were touring at the time of the voulez-vous album - (my favourite) you get the singles plus the great album tracks "if it wasn't for the nights" and "as good as new"....wish they had done "kisses of fire" xxx

all the classic songs are hear "knowing me, knowing you" "s.o.s" and "dancing queen" as well as some lesser favourites "rock me" "why did it have to be me" ???

great tracks are "gimme! gimme! gimme! " extended with added desperation..."summer night city"....amazing!!! and "hole in your soul" i will move onto the real gem....

agnetha's solo "i'm still alive" never released apart from bootleg! its such a beautiful song...probably the best she has written...a studio version would make me wet my pants!!!! its bloody amazing...the lyrics sound like a follow up to "the winner takes it all" ....its blown my socks off...!!! its worth buying the cd for this alone!
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