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Ring Ring (Digitally Remastered)
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Ring Ring (Digitally Remastered)

19 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Release Date: 19 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Polar Music International AB
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  • Total Length: 45:18
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  • ASIN: B001KQFPM6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,677 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Nobody could claim that this is the best Abba album, but it is much better than some would have you believe. Indeed I prefer it to a couple of their later albums.

The title track was a hit in several European countries but not the UK, so this album never got a British release on vinyl. That is a pity, because the songs here are of a remarkably high quality. Five of them appeared on the first Greatest hits album - Ring ring, Another town another train, People need love, Nina pretty ballerina and He is your brother - every one of them superb. It might all have been different if Ring ring had been Sweden's entry in the 1973 Eurovision song contest. It came third in the qualifying contest. The Swedish public thought it should have been their entry. Voting rules were changed and Abba won for Sweden a year later with Waterloo.

Benny and Bjorn both started in Swedish folk groups, while Agnetha and Frida were Swedish pop stars, although Frida was actually born in Norway. At the time of its original release in Sweden, the name Abba had not been invented. This album provides a fascinating insight into the early development of the band. She's my kind of girl just features Benny and Bjorn. People need love features Benny and Bjorn with Svenska Flicka, but Svenska Flicka are actually Agnetha and Frida, so this (it would seem) was the first recording featuring all the Abba members, before the name existed.

This is a great album for Abba fans to have, but anybody not already familiar with their music should try some of their later albums first - I particularly recommend Arrival, The Album and Super trouper - before worrying about this.
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A review for the 2013 cd/dvd deluxe edition.

The Deluxe Edition series for Abba's catalogue of eight studio albums commenced in 2004 with "Waterloo: +DVD" to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Abba's victory at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton. Now, after nearly 10 years, we return to where it all began. With Benny, Björn & Agnetha, Frida...and some people needing love, a ballerina, towns, trains, mirrors, brothers, girls, rock 'n roll bands, some more love (that isn't easy), waiting for that telephone call and of course a little Disillusion.

I loved this album when I was a much younger man...."Where I've Got All My Memories, Those Were My Happiest Days.." and I still love it for all the clichéd lines and awkward rhymes. The thing is, under all that gloss and shimmering sound, beneath the layers of multi-tracked voices and instruments it's full of great melodies. I really think Benny & Björn had a direct line to their respective muse for many years after the release of this album. Just a casual glance at Abba's history after Ring Ring reveals a song catalogue that any music fan or writer could only be envious of. A body of work that has forever shaped pop music as we know it today. Can you think of a world where "Dancing Queen" doesn't exist? I can't. I'm not about to give you a history lesson of how this group came to be. There's plenty of books and an official fan site where the more curious of you can find that out. Needless to say it was pretty much a happy accident and not meticulously planned as some people believe. Anyway, that's enough of my admiration, adulation and acknowledgement.
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This album is often voted least favourite Abba album by the fans, which is a little unfair. True, it doesn't have the Abba "sound" familiar on later albums, and doesn't have any major UK hits on it, but this is of little relevance.

At the time, Abba weren't even yet called Abba. The album was credited to the rather long name of Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida. The remaster replaces this with the later Abba logo. Not released in the UK until the late 1980's (and even then not under the Ring Ring name or artwork), this album provides the opportunity to find out how Abba started.

Then a part-time group, many of the early songs were performed by Bjorn and Benny with Agnetha and Frida taking more of a back seat. The girls do have lead vocals on some songs, and on others there is a constant switch between male and female vocals (People Need Love, He Is Your Brother, Love Isn't Easy). There is a great line in Love Isn't Easy, where the boys say how well they treat the girls, and they respond with "Now listen to that, just look at that cat, you'd think he was an angel but he's talking through his hat!"

There are some awkward moments on this. Another Town, Another Train is basically a goodbye note from a man to his partner, unable to have the guts to say it in person but trying to justify it; I Am Just A Girl is very sexist - "It's an evil world, that has only made me a girl," and People Need Love is a bit heterosexualist (if there is such a word!), but on the whole this is an enjoyable album.

Bonus tracks are the b-sides Merry Go Round and Santa Rosa, tracks that were mythical to Abba fans in the UK in the 1970's and almost impossible to get hold of, but they are now part of their parent album. The Swedish version of the title track is also added.

Better to explore the later, classic Abba albums first (Arrival, The Album, Voulez-Vous), but if you have the others and still want to hear more, then this won't disappoint.
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