Live At Wembley Arena Live
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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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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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What more can be said....I was at this concert.....brought back inc redible memories of an incredible group !!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
ABBA, consisting of Anni-Frid “Frida’ Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Agnetha Faltskog. Read more
If you love ABBA you'll be more than pleased with this double CD full of many of their hits performed live in an amazing concert. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amaia C.M.