ABBA CD reissues

ABBA Gold, More ABBA Gold, Thank You For The MusicJust in time for the July opening of the MAMMA MIA! movie, Universal Music is re-releasing the popular compilations ABBA Gold, More ABBA Gold and the 4 CD box set Thank You For The Music.

ABBA Gold and More ABBA Gold will be repacked in Super Jewel Boxes. Both have updated liner notes and booklets, especially More ABBA Gold, which was last available in 1999, still in its original 1993 format.

Thank You For The Music will be repackaged in a similar format to 2005’s Frida 4xCD 1XDVD box set. It will contain new photographs and the same essays as the original 1994 set, with some “gentle” corrections.

The disc contents will feature the latest remastered versions of the songs.

Reaction to the news is typically split – some fans see the reissues as a “rip off of loyal fans”, while others see them as repromoting ABBA for new markets.

ABBA Gold has reportedly sold 26 million copies to date, while MAMMA MIA! (the stage musical) has been seen by 30 million people – that’s several million who have seen the musical who haven’t bought ABBA’s most popular CD. Many millions more will be seeing the movie in coming months, and may be inspired to go in search of the original ABBA songs.

I think that anything that spreads ABBA music to new audiences is a good thing.

ABBA Gold and More ABBA Gold are released at the end of May. Thank You For The Music is released in early June.

More information at ABBA – The Site.

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5 Responses to “ABBA CD reissues”

  1. Graeme Says:

    I quite agree. Anything that promotes and markets the original ABBA songs is fine with me. Naturally, there is no need for me to go out and buy the re-re-re-releases, but I can certainly sit back and delight in seeing new generations of fans finding their way to the original masters. This is exactly what Mamma Mia! (film and stage version) and tribute bands the world over instigate: the re-awakening of ABBA.

  2. Jonathan Says:

    My first reaction to this was a loud groan at another perceived rip-off from Universal (couldn’t they have rereleased CHESS instead?). After thinking it through, however, it makes sense:

    I think the big thing here is that the current major ABBA Gold version, from 2002, was not released as widely as it should have been — mainly in Europe, I hear. The current version of ABBA Gold here in Canada is the lackluster 1999 version, and for Pete’s sake, the only one available in the USA is the original 1992 version. Neither of them have particularly good sound quality or packaging, and still have the incorrect ABBA logo.

    It’s also nice to see the renewed push on More ABBA Gold. It was always neglected by Universal — tragically so, since it has the songs that more self-professed “ABBA fans” should know.

    Which leaves the old friend Thank You For the Music. Call me crazy, but I think it’ll be nice to have it in a corrected and more accessible version, as a nice middle-of-the-road between the selective The Definitive Collection and the expensive CSR box.

    Too bad average consumers won’t care much for any of this, though.

  3. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi IAN

    Here’s an article on the 2008 re-charting of the ‘ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits’ CD as well as the ‘Mamma Mia!-The Movie’ Soundtrack and other ABBA products on the Australian Music charts.

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles

    The Sydney Morning Herald – Saturday, 26-27 July 2008 (Page 7)

    Weekend Edition

    They’re back: ABBA film’s success reveals an endless taste for Swedes. By Emily Dunn

    ABBA has bounced back into the Australian charts with a new generation of fans saying ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ to the music of the Swedish supergroup.

    Buoyed by the success of ‘Mamma Mia!-The Movie’, albums such as the nine-times platinum ‘ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits’, a best-of compilation released in 1992, re-entered the ARIA charts this week at No.4. Another compilation, ‘18 Hits’, came in at 43, while a third compilation, ‘Number Ones’, scraped in at 49 in the ARIA Top 50 albums chart.

    Released on July 5, the ‘Mamma Mia!’ soundtrack made its debut at No. 4 but this week climbed to No.1, achieving platinum sales status.

    Universal Music, which bought the distribution rights to ABBA in 1990, estimates total sales of its CDs, vinyls and cassettes exceed 5 million, and the DVD version of ‘ABBA Gold’ which returned to the charts this week at 12, has sold more than 250,000 units.

  4. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi IAN

    These are articles about ABBA on the charts at the moment, and a review of the 1999 re-release of the ‘ABBA Gold-Greatest Hits’ CD.

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles

    The Daily Telegraph ( Sydney ) – Tuesday, 29 July 2008 (Page 17)


    How do I shake off ABBA? By Kathy McCabe

    Hidden in a box of old tapes somewhere in my mother’s home is evidence that could destroy the last vestiges of my rock-chick cred.

    The tape features the very bad childhood karaoke of my sisters and I reprising ABBA hits.

    Fast forward to 2008 and a new generation of our family are Dancing Queens thanks to the hit movie ‘Mamma Mia!’

    Friends tell of their daughters dragging them to see the film – not once but three times.

    The screening is followed by a visit to a record store or iTunes to buy the soundtrack and the greatest hits compilations which have maintained a constant presence on the ARIA list for two decades.

    Just when you thought there was no one left in Australia who didn’t own an ABBA best-of, check out the charts this week and there are five titles related to the Swedish supergroup, including the regularly reissued ‘ABBA Gold’ (No.4), ‘More Gold’ (No.38), ‘Number Ones’ (No.36), ‘The Definitive Collection’ (No.40) and ABBA 18 Hits (No.67) .

    At No.1 is the movie’s cast recording and, while I would never take issue with Meryl Streep’s acting, that anyone would want to hear her barely adequate renditions of ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘The Winner Takes It All’ seems absurd.

    In the three weeks since the film’s release, more than 140,000 ABBA albums have been sold.

    And this weekend begins the vinyl reissues of their original records, kicking off with ‘ABBA-The Album’.

    The revival of ABBAmania again points to the power of visual media rather than radio to fuel a new generation’s discovery of what the industry politely calls heritage artists, which translates as singer-songwriters of a certain age with a decent catalogue of hits.

    ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ and ‘The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert’ both sparked an ABBA revival in the 1990s and made it cool to like them again.

    But what ABBA’s continued success also proves, much to the joy of industry pundits who despise the manufacturing machine which spits out copycats and Idol finalists, is a good song will endure.

    ABBA’s catalogue – along with that of The Beatles – has always been revered as a lesson in writing perfect pop songs, combining timeless melody with a lyric which sticks.

    It’s all about love won and love lost, the universal themes which will form the backbone of contemporary pop music lyrics forever.

    No one will be singing “When I grow up/I wanna see the world/Drive nice cars/I wanna have hobbies” in 10 years let alone next year no matter how much The Pussycat Dolls’ latest single ‘When I Grow Up’ is played on radio.

    But you can bet your entire iPod playlist that we’ll still be singing “You are the Dancing Queen” in our Zimmer frames.

    ABBA’s DVDs are also charting with ‘ABBA Gold’ at No.6 and ‘Number Ones’ sitting at No.28.

    New Weekly ( Sydney ) – 26 April 1999

    MUSIC: New Releases

    ABBA re-Björn: Take a chance on ABBA and rediscover Sweden ’s top music export. By Pip Harry

    It was through the Eurovision Song Contest 25 years ago that the world was first introduced to Swedish pop phenomenon ABBA. Yes, they dressed like members of a ‘kooky cult’, spoke like the Swedish chef from ‘The Muppet Show’ and did some fairly daggy dance routines, but boy, they had some catchy tunes. Who amongst us hasn’t danced with wild abandon to songs such as ‘ Waterloo ’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Mamma Mia’ or ‘Take A Chance On Me’?

    Despite the passing of time, ABBA , is more popular than ever. A tribute album has been released this month, with songs from Evan Dando and Ash, while a musical based on their hits, ‘Mamma Mia!’, has opened in London ’s West End .

    The ABBA legacy also lives on in British bubblegum band such as Steps and Sweden ’s Ace Of Base, and in cover bands like Björn Again.

    “I take it as a tribute, not a send-up, even though one of them uses hideous Scandinavian accents in their shows,” says Björn Ulvaeus. “It’s amazing it’s still going on. I find it flattering.”

    In the mid-1970s, ABBA sold more records in Australia than anywhere else and they later had a number one hit in the US . The group split in 1982.

    To celebrate 25 years of ABBA, Universal has released a new, improved version of ‘ABBA Gold’. ‘The Gold Signature Edition’ packaged in a limited edition signature case.

    mx News (Sydney) – Monday, 4 August 2008 (Page 3)


    ABBA’s greatest hits compilation ‘Gold’, first released in 1992, has become the oldest disc to top the UK album chart. The record, which has made it to the top spot on four previous occasions, knocked Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’ down to two. The Swedish supergroup is enjoying a popularity surge because of the hit movie ‘Mamma Mia!”, staring Meryl Streep.

  5. Mike Says:

    I agree this was a fine idea, but more importantly, the original Chess soundtrack needs to be remastered and released. The quality is just so low by today’s standards, and a re-released version would be wonderful.

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