By John Tobler
Arguably the world's most famed Swedes, ABBA--Anni-Frid, Bjorn, Benny, and Agnetha--delighted (or disgusted) track listeners with their too-perfect, chirpy harmonies within the past due '70s and early '80s. This totally approved biography enhances their maximum hits CD, ABBA GOLD, and comprises over 250 images and an entire discography.
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Extra info for Abba Gold: The Complete Story
1 / I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU/SO LONG Remarkably, each of the 11 tracks on 'ABBA' was released in single form either in the UK or US or both, a claim which few other albums could make. Despite this, it must have been one of the slowest albums ever to reach the chart, taking a full six months to make the British Top 50, where it stayed from January to March, 1976. Two smash singles finally forced it into the chart at the start of the New Year, which was when people began to re-assess its worth. Until then few people had been sufficiently interested to investigate the record carefully, and this had been reflected in some of the reviews, Disc's Harry Doherty, who later became one of the group's greatest supporters, ended his review with "Stick to singles, ABBA.
Benny, in fact, seems to be the dominant musician on this album, his clavinet (a keyboard instrument) in particular making its presence felt to great effect. All in all, a fine album, although very few people (myself regrettably included) recognised it as such immediately. In Sweden, 'ABBA' was a runaway best seller, with advance orders exceeding 150,000, a figure never previously dreamt of in ABBA's native land. By the end of 1975, sales of the album had nearly reached half a million, meaning that five per cent of the country's entire population had purchased a copy.
Probably because many feel that there's a good deal of truth in the assertion, it has been constantly repeated ever since, although at one time, a rival posterior, that of Suzi Quatro, also gathered a certain amount of critical support... Rather more relevant to music was the fact that Björn, Benny and Stig had agreed to write a Eurovision song for their old friends Svenne & Lotta. In 1975, Eurovision was being held in Stockholm, following the normal procedure of the winning nation hosting the next contest, and the song chosen for Svenne & Lotta was one of the tracks they were polishing for the upcoming 'ABBA' album.
Abba Gold: The Complete Story by John Tobler