Thank You for the Music [Box]

Thank You for the Music [Box]

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by ABBA
     
 

Released in Europe in October 1994 and in the U.S. six months later, Thank You for the Music is the ABBA box set retrospective, tracing their ten years of record-making, 1972-1982, including 52 previously released tracks on the first three discs, plus a fourth disc of rarities. Listening to all theSee more details below

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Released in Europe in October 1994 and in the U.S. six months later, Thank You for the Music is the ABBA box set retrospective, tracing their ten years of record-making, 1972-1982, including 52 previously released tracks on the first three discs, plus a fourth disc of rarities. Listening to all the singles, plus scattered album tracks and B-sides, provides a clear picture of the group's development. Early on, there is considerable stylistic experimentation, as these pop dabblers ape everything from Phil Spector's Wall of Sound rock to big-band swing. But after "Dancing Queen," they find their niche in disco, and the second disc is loaded with hit songs anchored to the familiar bass-heavy walking beat and swooping synths-meant-to-sound-like-strings that defined that most '70s genres. On the third disc, covering their last years, ABBA returns to the more propulsive pop
ock of early classics like "SOS" and "Mamma Mia," revving up the tempo in acknowledgment of the arrival of new wave. Wracked by romantic discord, they also achieve somewhat more meaningful lyrics before calling it a day. In the album's liner notes, the bandmembers register mild protest at the inclusion of unreleased material on the fourth disc -- what they finished and liked, they released, they note. Fair warning. Most prominent in a collection of alternate takes, miscellaneous B-sides, foreign-language recordings, and TV soundtracks is the 23-and-a-half-minute "ABBA Undeleted," a medley of 15 song fragments and Swedish studio chatter that suggests ABBA had a few more hits in them if they had found the time to finish them off. Nevertheless, this remains fan-only material. [This album is not to be confused with the 1983 compilation of the same title released by Epic Records in the U.K.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/1995
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0731452347220
catalogNumber:
523472
Rank:
39453

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. People Need Love
  2. Another Town, Another Train
  3. He Is Your Brother
  4. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
  5. Ring Ring
  6. Waterloo
  7. Hasta Mañana
  8. Honey, Honey
  9. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
  10. So Long
  11. I've Been Waiting For You
  12. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  13. S.O.S.
  14. Mamma Mia
  15. Fernando
  16. Dancing Queen
  17. That's Me
  18. When I Kissed The Teacher
  19. Money, Money, Money
  20. Crazy World
  21. My Love, My Life

Disc 2

  1. Knowing Me, Knowing You
  2. Happy Hawaii
  3. The Name of the Game
  4. I Wonder (Departure)
  5. Eagle
  6. Take A Chance On Me
  7. Thank You For The Music
  8. Summer Night City
  9. Chiquitita
  10. Lovelight
  11. Does Your Mother Know
  12. Voulez-Vous
  13. Angeleyes
  14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  15. I Have A Dream

Disc 3

  1. The Winner Takes It All
  2. Elaine
  3. Super Trouper
  4. Lay All Your Love On Me
  5. On And On And On
  6. Our Last Summer
  7. The Way Old Friends Do
  8. The Visitors
  9. One Of Us
  10. Should I Laugh Or Cry
  11. Head Over Heels
  12. When All Is Said And Done
  13. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
  14. The Day Before You Came
  15. Cassandra
  16. Under Attack

Disc 4

  1. Put On Your White Sombrero
  2. Dream World
  3. Thank You For The Music
  4. Hej Gamle Man
  5. Merry-Go-Round
  6. Santa Rosa
  7. She's My Kind Of Girl
  8. Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokey/Midnight Special
  9. You Owe Me One
  10. Slipping Through My Fingers/Me And I
  11. ABBA Undeleted
  12. Waterloo
  13. Ring Ring
  14. Honey, Honey

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

ABBA   Primary Artist
Janne Schaffer   Guitar
Rolf Alex   Drums
Benny Andersson   Piano,Keyboards
Ola Brunkert   Drums
Malando Gassama   Percussion
Rutger Gunnarsson   Bass
Roger Palm   Drums
Raphael Ravenscroft   Saxophone
Finn Sjoberg   Guitar
Björn Ulvaeus   Guitar
Mike Watson   Bass
Lasse Wellander   Guitar
Michael Areklew   Guitar
Anders Elijas   Keyboards
Anders Glennmark   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dennis Brown   Composer
Neil Sedaka   Composer
Peter Gabriel   Composer
Anthony Phillips   Composer
Phil Cody   Composer
Benny Andersson   Composer
Tony Banks   Composer
Agnetha Fältskog   Composer
Mike Rutherford   Composer
Chris Stewart   Composer
Michael B. Tretow   Remixing
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
John Silver   Composer
Fred Bronson   Liner Notes
Andy Greetham   Art Direction
Stig Anderson   Composer,Liner Notes
Denis McNamara   Liner Notes
Anni-Frid Lyngstad   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Chris Griffin   Liner Notes

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