ABBA


Band members               Related acts

- Benny Andersson - keyboard, vocals (1973-83)
- Agnetha Falkskog - vocals (1973-83)
- Frida Lygnstad-Fredriksson - vocals (1973-83)
- Bjorn Ulvaeus - guitar, vocals (1973-83) 
 
  

 

 

- Bjorn Again
- Bjorn & Benny
- Agnetha Faltskog (solo efforts)
- Frida (solo efforts)
- The Hep Stars (Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus)
- Northern Lights (Bjorn Ulvaeus)
- Janne Schaffer (solo efforts) 

 

 

 


 

Genre: pop 

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  ABBA Live

Company: Atlantic

Catalog: SD-81675

Year: 1978

Country/State: Sweden

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: contains original inner sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4

Price: $6.00

Cost: $1.00

 

While we'll probably get flamed for expressing this sentiment, ABBA's one of the bands we wish we'd had an opportunity to see live. Given the quartet reported turned down one billion dollars for a reunion tour, their 1986 live set is probably the closest we'll ever get. Interestingly, given most folks view them as little more than s studio entity, "ABBA Live" is a surprisingly impressive release. According to the liner notes, the 11 tracks were recorded over a five year span, reflecting performances during their1977 Australian tour, a 1979 Wembley Stadium concert and a 1981 Dick Cavett television appearance. First the bad news - the album features curiously distant and echoey sound (close your eyes and you can picture yourself listening to them from the parking lot). Also, if you were expecting to hear something drastically different from their top-40 catalog, be forewarned their performances stick pretty close to the original studio offerings (okay, "I Have a Dream" featured a hokey childrens' chorus and "Two For the Price of One" (Bjorn handling lead vocals) and "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)" were relative obscurities). Those criticisms aside, the fact they were capable of live performances this strong was quite impressive and even after all these years you simply have to smile hearing top-40 dribble such as "Chiquitita" and "Fernando". Congrats to Atlantic for coming up with one of the year's lamest album covers ... cat barf on a carpet would have been just as attractive!

"ABBA Live" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Dancing Queen (Benny Andersson - Stig Anderson - Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 3:32
2.) Take A Chance On Me (Benny Andersson - Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 4:12
3.) I Have a Dream (Benny Andersson - Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 4:14
4.) Does Your Mother Know (Benny Andersson - Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 3:54
5.) Chiquitita (Benny Andersson - Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 5:10
6.) Thank You For the Music (Benny Andersson - Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 3:28


(side 1)

7.) Two For the Price of One (Benny Andersson - Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 3:18
8.) Fernando (Benny Andersson - Stig Anderson - Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 5:11
9.) Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) (Benny Andersson - Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 3:15
10.) Super Trooper (Benny Andersson - Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 4:12
11.) Waterloo (Benny Andersson - Stig Anderson - Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 3:18

 

 

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