Thank You for the Music [Box]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 4/18/1995
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731452347220
  • Catalog Number: 523472
  • Sales rank: 31,483

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 People Need Love (2:46)
  2. 2 Another Town, Another Train (3:13)
  3. 3 He Is Your Brother (3:19)
  4. 4 Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) (2:55)
  5. 5 Ring Ring (3:02)
  6. 6 Waterloo (2:44)
  7. 7 Hasta Mañana (3:09)
  8. 8 Honey, Honey (2:56)
  9. 9 Dance (While The Music Still Goes On) (3:12)
  10. 10 So Long (3:05)
  11. 11 I've Been Waiting For You (3:38)
  12. 12 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do (3:17)
  13. 13 S.O.S. (3:21)
  14. 14 Mamma Mia (3:32)
  15. 15 Fernando (4:11)
  16. 16 Dancing Queen (3:50)
  17. 17 That's Me (3:16)
  18. 18 When I Kissed The Teacher (3:03)
  19. 19 Money, Money, Money (3:08)
  20. 20 Crazy World (3:49)
  21. 21 My Love, My Life (3:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Knowing Me, Knowing You (4:02)
  2. 2 Happy Hawaii (4:24)
  3. 3 The Name of the Game (3:58)
  4. 4 I Wonder (Departure) (4:30)
  5. 5 Eagle (5:49)
  6. 6 Take A Chance On Me (4:03)
  7. 7 Thank You For The Music (3:49)
  8. 8 Summer Night City (4:14)
  9. 9 Chiquitita (5:26)
  10. 10 Lovelight (3:20)
  11. 11 Does Your Mother Know (3:15)
  12. 12 Voulez-Vous (4:21)
  13. 13 Angeleyes (4:18)
  14. 14 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (4:48)
  15. 15 I Have A Dream (4:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Winner Takes It All (4:54)
  2. 2 Elaine (3:46)
  3. 3 Super Trouper (4:13)
  4. 4 Lay All Your Love On Me (4:33)
  5. 5 On And On And On (3:39)
  6. 6 Our Last Summer (4:18)
  7. 7 The Way Old Friends Do (2:53)
  8. 8 The Visitors (5:48)
  9. 9 One Of Us (3:57)
  10. 10 Should I Laugh Or Cry (4:27)
  11. 11 Head Over Heels (3:46)
  12. 12 When All Is Said And Done (3:16)
  13. 13 Like An Angel Passing Through My Room (3:36)
  14. 14 The Day Before You Came (5:49)
  15. 15 Cassandra (4:50)
  16. 16 Under Attack (3:44)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Put On Your White Sombrero (4:27)
  2. 2 Dream World (3:36)
  3. 3 Thank You For The Music (4:03)
  4. 4 Hej Gamle Man (3:21)
  5. 5 Merry-Go-Round (3:20)
  6. 6 Santa Rosa (3:01)
  7. 7 She's My Kind Of Girl (2:44)
  8. 8 Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokey/Midnight Special (4:21)
  9. 9 You Owe Me One (3:25)
  10. 10 Slipping Through My Fingers/Me And I (8:37)
  11. 11 ABBA Undeleted (23:30)
  12. 12 Waterloo (2:40)
  13. 13 Ring Ring (4:22)
  14. 14 Honey, Honey (2:57)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Misses The Mark

    Of course I'm pleased to have these discs in my CD player. However, being a devoted Abba fan for so many years, I know this could have been just a little bit better. The 23-minute ''Abba Deleted'' from Disc 4 could easily be shortened by 10 minutes and still get the same point across. Do we need multiple-language versions of ''Waterloo'', ''Ring Ring'' and ''Honey Honey''? Give us ''What About Livingstone'', ''Hey, Hey Helen'' and ''The Piper'' instead. Take from us ''My Love, My Life'' and ''Like An Angel Passing Through My Room'' and treat listeners to ''Rock Me'' and ''Tiger''. Do we need live versions of ''Slipping Through My Fingers'' and ''Me And I''? Why not the studio version of ''Me and I'', and replace the edited versions of ''The Name Of The Game'' and ''Voulez-Vous'' with the original album cuts? Add ''As Good As New'' and ''Two For The Price Of One'', and you'd have one heck of an enjoyable listening experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great music still lives on

    Good selection of their music, could have included my momma said and watch out, but very good. I wonder if they could do a rerelease and put the whole version of just like that on it.

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    Posted May 26, 2010

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