Waterloo [Bonus Tracks]

Waterloo [Bonus Tracks]

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by ABBA
     
 
ABBA's second (and U.S. debut) album contains the American Top Ten title track, as well as "Honey, Honey," a minor U.S. hit that deserved better. This album is rather unusual in the group's output, however, for the fact that the guys are still featured fairly prominently in some of the vocals, and for the variety of sounds, including reggae, folk-rock, and hard rock,

Overview

ABBA's second (and U.S. debut) album contains the American Top Ten title track, as well as "Honey, Honey," a minor U.S. hit that deserved better. This album is rather unusual in the group's output, however, for the fact that the guys are still featured fairly prominently in some of the vocals, and for the variety of sounds, including reggae, folk-rock, and hard rock, embraced by its 11 songs. The reggae number "Sitting in the Palm Tree" is quite remarkable to hear, with its perfect Caribbean beat and those radiant female voices carrying the chorus behind the beat. "King Kong Song" is a good example of hard rock by rote, going through the motions of screaming vocals and over-amplified guitar (courtesy of Janne Schaffer), although even here, when the womens' voices jump in on the choruses, it's hard not to listen attentively; the quartet knew what a powerful weapon they had, but not quite how to use it. They get a little closer to their winning formula on the catchy, folky-textured pop song "Hasta Manana," which sounds like a lost Mary Hopkin number. "Dance (While the Music Still Goes On)" is on the money, as the embodiment of the Euro-disco sound that the group would move in the millions on their coming albums, although it also embraces a vague oldies sound, with a melody that somehow reminds this listener of both the Four Seasons' "Dawn" and the Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby." [Waterloo was reissued in November of 2001 in a in digi-pak format with extensive new notes, even crisper state-of-the-art sound, and with three bonus cuts, the 1974 remix of "Ring, Ring" and the Swedish versions of "Waterloo" and "Honey Honey" -- their presence, and the 24-bit digital audio, only serves to make a beautiful album even better.]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/22/2005
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0731454995122
catalogNumber:
5499512
Rank:
86804

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

ABBA   Primary Artist
Janne Schaffer   Guitar
Frida   Vocals
Benny Andersson   Piano,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron
Ola Brunkert   Drums
Christer Ecklund   Tenor Saxophone
Agnetha Fältskog   Vocals
Malando Gassama   Conga
Rutger Gunnarsson   Bass
Per Sahlberg   Bass
Björn Ulvaeus   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Neil Sedaka   Composer
Phil Cody   Composer
Benny Andersson   Composer,Producer
Michael B. Tretow   Engineer
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer,Producer
Sven-Olof Walldoff   Arranger,String Arrangements
Stig Anderson   Composer
Anni-Frid Lyngstad   Composer
Ola Lager   Cover Photo
Carl Magnus Palm   Liner Notes
Fredrik Hurtig   Art Direction,Redesign

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Waterloo [Bonus Tracks] 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...well, there are good songs in this album. But also songs that are not so good. The best songs are defintely 'hasta mañana', 'honey honey' and 'waterloo' but 'watch out'.'what about livingstone' and 'gonna sing you my love song' ain't bad either. This is very peaceful album. The vocals are well done but the level of some songs 'king kong song', 'suzy-hang-around', and 'sitting in a palm tree' is so low that I couldn't believe them. This isn't a classic album but there are some classic songs definitely. This is maybe the most underrated ABBA album.