Voulez-Vous [Bonus Tracks]

Voulez-Vous [Bonus Tracks]

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That it took nearly a year to record Voulez-Vous is an indicator of the creative and personal box in which the four members of ABBA found themselves at the end of the '70s. Their sixth album coincided with the marital split between Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus and the massively shifting currents in popular music, with disco, which had been on the wane,See more details below

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That it took nearly a year to record Voulez-Vous is an indicator of the creative and personal box in which the four members of ABBA found themselves at the end of the '70s. Their sixth album coincided with the marital split between Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus and the massively shifting currents in popular music, with disco, which had been on the wane, suddenly undergoing a renaissance thanks to the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever. Thus, about half of Voulez-Vous shows the heavy influence of the Bee Gees from their megahit disco era. This is shown not just in the fact that the backing track for the title song was cut at Criteria Studios in Miami, where the Bee Gees had cut Main Course, Children of the World, and most of the rest of their disco-era music, but through the funky beat that ran through much of the material; yet the album still had a pair of soft, lyrical Europop-style ballads, "I Have a Dream" and "Chiquitita," both of which proved as popular as any of the more dance-oriented songs, and were reminders of Fältskog's and Ulvaeus' roots, in particular, in popular folk music during the mid- to late '60s. Those two songs, plus "Angeleyes," "Does Your Mother Know," and the title cut, were all Top Five singles in England, although only "Chiquitita" was even a Top 40 hit in America, where the album's sales peaked at a modest 500,000 or so. Voulez-Vous, which originally appeared in America on the Atlantic label, was reissued by PolyGram in an upgraded remastered form on CD in 1999, and then in a further upgrade by Universal Music in digipack form with extensive historical notes and full lyrics in the fall of 2001, with three bonus cuts. "Summer Night City" only reinforced the stylistic connection of the sessions with the Bee Gees, while the undeservedly overlooked "Lovelight" was a non-LP B-side to "Chiquitita" and "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" was the hit that emerged immediately after the LP, to coincide with the quartet's upcoming tour. The sound on the 2001 reissue makes it superior to any prior edition, all of the vocals coming through with startling clarity and details, such as the crunchy guitar on "Does Your Mother Know" punching through like it's in the same room with you. Coupled with the opulent packaging, it's the obvious choice for anyone looking to buy this record. [The 2001 European reissue adds three more songs: "Summer Night City," "Lovelight," and "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0731454996327
catalogNumber:
549963
Rank:
36343

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

ABBA   Primary Artist
Janne Schaffer   Guitar
Johan Stengard   Tenor Saxophone
Rolf Alex   Drums
Benny Andersson   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Ola Brunkert   Drums
Lars Carlsson   Tenor Saxophone
Agnetha Fältskog   Vocals
Joe Galdo   Drums
Malando Gassama   Percussion
Rutger Gunnarsson   Bass
Paul Harris   Piano
Nils Landgren   Trombone
Ish Ledesma   Guitar
Halldor Palsson   Tenor Saxophone
Jan Risberg   Oboe
Ake Sundqvist   Percussion
George Terry   Guitar
Björn Ulvaeus   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Mike Watson   Bass
Lasse Wellander   Guitar
Kajtek Wojciechowski   Tenor Saxophone
Anni-Frid Lyngstad   Vocals
Paul "Blind Man" Harris   Piano
International School Of Stockholm Choir   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Jon Astley   Remastering
Benny Andersson   Composer,Producer
Anders Eljas   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Agnetha Fältskog   Composer
Rutger Gunnarsson   String Arrangements
Michael B. Tretow   Engineer,Remastering
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer,Producer
Rune Soderqvist   Art Direction
Anni-Frid Lyngstad   Composer
Carl Magnus Palm   Liner Notes
Fredrik Hurtig   Art Direction,Redesign

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