ABBA Live TV DVD

ABBA Live TV is the name of a DVD recently released in Brazil. As the title indicates it includes ABBA appearances on television.

However it’s not as exciting as it sounds. Most of the clips seem to be sourced from German TV network ZDF’s Kultnacht programme, featuring most of ABBA’s German TV appearances, which has been screened several times in recent years.

Parts of some clips are zoomed in, an obvious attempt at removing on-screen graphics. As a result the picture is often blurred. Most songs are cut off at the start and end. The picture quality at best is the quality of a home recording.

Oddly two official promotional films are also included: ‘No Hay A Quien Culpar’ (the Spanish version of ‘When All Is Said And Done’) and ‘Mamma Mia’.

This is not an official Universal Music release. Judging by the artwork it appears to be a relative of several unauthorised documentary DVDs released in the UK over the last three  or so (some of which are discussed in the previous blog post DVD Overload). Brazil has a habit of releasing unauthorised DVDs. A few years before its official DVD release ABBA Gold, and also More ABBA Gold, appeared there.

Unless you’re a completist, or really, really want dubious quality clips of ABBA performing some of their biggest hits, don’t rush to get this DVD.

Tracklist:

1. SOS (Disco 1975)
2. Dancing Queen (Disco 1976)
3. Fernando (Musikladen 1976)
4. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do (Disco 1975)
5. Mamma Mia (Disco 1976)
6. Take A Chance On Me (Star Parade 1978)
7. Chiquitita (Musikladen 1979)
8. Eagle (Star Parade 1978)
9. The Winner Takes It All (Show Express 1980)
10. I Have A Dream (live Wembley 1979)
11. Super Trouper (Show Express 1980)
12. No Hay a Quien Culpar (promotional film)
13. The Day Before You Came (Show Express 1982)
14. Cassandra (Show Express 1982)
15. Mamma Mia (Versão clipe) (promotional film)

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