ABBA - Thank You For The Music (4 Disc Box Set)

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Released in Europe in October 1994 and in the U.S. six months later, "Thank You for the Music" is the ABBA box set retrospective, tracing their ten years of record-making, 1972-1982, including 52 previously released tracks on the first three discs, plus a fourth disc of rarities. Listening to all the singles, plus scattered album tracks and B-sides, provides a clear picture of the group's development. Early on, there is considerable stylistic experimentation, as these pop dabblers ape everything from Phil Spector's Wall of Sound rock to big-band swing. But after "Dancing Queen," they find their niche in disco, and the second disc is loaded with hit songs anchored to the familiar bass-heavy walking beat and swooping synths-meant-to-sound-like-strings that defined that most '70s genres. On the third disc, covering their last years, ABBA returns to the more propulsive pop/rock of early classics like "SOS" and "Mamma Mia," revving up the tempo in acknowledgment of the arrival of new wave. Wracked by romantic discord, they also achieve somewhat more meaningful lyrics before calling it a day. In the album's liner notes, the bandmembers register mild protest at the inclusion of unreleased material on the fourth disc -- what they finished and liked, they released, they note. Fair warning. Most prominent in a collection of alternate takes, miscellaneous B-sides, foreign-language recordings, and TV soundtracks is the 23-and-a-half-minute "ABBA Undeleted," a medley of 15 song fragments and Swedish studio chatter that suggests ABBA had a few more hits in them if they had found the time to finish them off. Nevertheless, this remains fan-only material. [This album is not to be confused with the 1983 compilation of the same title released by Epic Records in the U.K.] ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide


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1, People Need Love, Another Town Another Train, He Is Your Brother, Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough), Ring Ring (English Version), Waterloo (English Version), Hasta Manana, Honey Honey, Dance (While The Music Still Goes On), So Long, I've Been Waiting For You, I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, S.O.S., Mamma Mia, Fernando, Dancing Queen, That's Me, When I Kissed The Teacher, Money Money Money, Crazy World, My Love My Life, 2, Knowing Me Knowing You, Happy Hawaii, The Name Of The Game, I Wonder (Departure), Eagle (Long Version), Take A Chance On Me, Thank You For The Music, Summer Night, Chiquitita, Lovelight (Remixed Edit Version), Does Your Mother Know, Voulez-Vous, Angel Eyes, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), I Have A Dream, 3, The Winner Takes It All, Elaine, Super Trouper, Lay All Your Love On Me, On And On And On, Our Last Summer, The Way Old Friends Do (Wembley Arena Live Version), The Visitors, One Of Us, Should I Laugh Or Cry, Head Over Heels, When All Is Said And Done, Like An Angel Passing Through My Room, The Day Before You Came, Cassandra, Under Attack, 4, Put On Your White Sombrero, Dream World, Thank You For The Music (Doris Day Mix), Hej Gamle Man, Merry-Go-Round, Santa Rosa, She's My Kind Of Girl, Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton/On Top Of Old Smokey/Midnight Special, You Owe Me One, Slipping Through My Fingers/Me And I (Live), Abba Undeleted (Medley), Waterloo (French/Swedish Version), Ring Ring (Swedish/Spanish/German Version), Honey Honey (Swedish Version)
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