My first and favourite ABBA album is finally being released as a Deluxe Edition.
The Deluxe Edition of ABBA’s self titled album, originally released in April 1975, will be released on 19 November 2012 (check local sources for local release dates).
ABBA was the album that really broke ABBA internationally, with hit singles ‘SOS’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’. After two hit-and-miss albums ABBA had finally found their own sound on this album.
Curiously, every song on the album appeared on single A or B side somewhere in the world during 1975/76, and five of the album’s songs appeared on ABBA’s first Greatest Hits album.
The Deluxe Edition adds three songs to the original 11-track album – B sides ‘Crazy World’ and ‘Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton-On Top Of Old Smokey-Midnight Special’ and the Spanish version of ‘Mamma Mia’. The CD tracklist is actually identical to the ABBA disc in the box set The Complete Studio Recordings (2005).
As always it’s the DVD that has the fans most excited. The highlight of the DVD is the classic 1976 television special ABBA in Australia, filmed during ABBA’s first visit to Australia in March, 1976. The version included here was compiled for overseas market, which features ABBA appearing between songs at a wildlife park near Sydney, and during ‘Tropical Loveland’ ABBA are seen boating on the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney, and enjoying a beach barbecue. The domestic version (titled The Best Of ABBA) was taped entirely in the studio.
Also on the DVD are ABBA’s three songs from the television special Made In Sweden – For Export; BBC TV performances of ‘SOS’ and ‘Mamma Mia’, which feature re-recorded backing music and live vocals; TV commercials for The Best Of ABBA (Australia) and Greatest Hits (UK) compilation LPs; and a gallery of international album and single sleeves.
This release has come as a huge surprise, as this year we’ve already had the Deluxe Edition of ABBA’s final album, The Visitors, released in April, plus the new compilation CD and DVD The Essential Collection.