ABBA (album)

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Not to be confused with ABBA: The Album.
ABBA
Studio album by ABBA
Released 21 April 1975
Recorded 22 August 1974–16 March 1975 at Glen, Metronome and Ljudkopia Studios in Stockholm
Genre Pop, pop rock
Length 36:09
Language English
Label Polar
Epic (UK)
Atlantic (US original release)
Producer Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA chronology
Waterloo
(1974)
ABBA
(1975)
Greatest Hits
(1975)
CD re-issue with ABBA logo.
Singles from ABBA
  1. "So Long"
    Released: 18 November 1974
  2. "I've Been Waiting for You"
    Released: 18 November 1974 (AUS), December 1977 (NZ)
  3. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"
    Released: 21 April 1975
  4. "SOS"
    Released: June 1975 (Sweden), 8 September 1975 (US), 20 September 1975 (UK)
  5. "Mamma Mia"
    Released: September 1975
  6. "Rock Me"
    Released: 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

ABBA is the eponymously titled third (second internationally) studio album by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It was originally released on 21 April 1975 through Polar Music and featured the hits "Mamma Mia" and "SOS".

Overview[edit]

Following the Eurovision success of "Waterloo", ABBA saw the band gaining worldwide recognition. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" topped the charts in Australia, as did "Mamma Mia" shortly after. "SOS" and "Mamma Mia" became hits in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and two of its most famous songs. The album saw ABBA dabble into reggae with "Tropical Loveland" and includes a grand pseudo-classical keyboard instrumental in the traditions of Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman with "Intermezzo No. 1" (originally entitled "Mama").[1]

ABBA was first released on CD in Japan in 1986, with an alternative mix of "Man in the Middle" not found on any subsequent CD pressing.[2] " ABBA was then released on CD in West Germany in 1987 (later released internationally), with five bonus tracks of songs from Waterloo and Ring Ring, which had not been released on CD at that time. ABBA was released on CD in Sweden in 1988 featuring the original 11 tracks only. The album has been reissued in digitally remastered form several times; first in 1997, then in 2001 and again in 2005 as part of The Complete Studio Recordings box set. In 2012 it was released as a deluxe edition CD / DVD set. Curiously, on the original UK cassette release of the album "Bang a Boomerang" was split in two parts, being faded during the second verse at the end of side one and continued at the beginning of side two.[3]

Track listing[4][edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mamma Mia"   Benny Andersson / Björn Ulvaeus / Stig Anderson 3:32
2. "Hey, Hey Helen"   Andersson / Ulvaeus 3:16
3. "Tropical Loveland"   Andersson / Ulvaeus / Anderson 3:05
4. "SOS"   Andersson / Ulvaeus / Anderson 3:22
5. "Man in the Middle"   Andersson / Ulvaeus 3:00
6. "Bang-A-Boomerang"   Andersson / Ulvaeus / Anderson 2:50
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"   Andersson / Ulvaeus / Anderson 3:15
8. "Rock Me"   Andersson / Ulvaeus 3:03
9. "Intermezzo No. 1 (Instrumental)"   Andersson / Ulvaeus 3:48
10. "I've Been Waiting for You"   Andersson / Ulvaeus / Anderson 3:39
11. "So Long"   Andersson / Ulvaeus 3:06
Total length:
35:56

(P)1975 Polar Music international AB, Stockholm, Sweden.

CD version[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Mamma Mia"   3:32
2. "Hey, Hey Helen"   3:16
3. "Tropical Loveland"   3:05
4. "SOS"   3:22
5. "Man in the Middle"   3:00
6. "Bang-A-Boomerang"   2:50
7. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"   3:15
8. "Rock Me"   3:03
9. "Intermezzo No. 1 (Instrumental)"   3:48
10. "I've Been Waiting for You"   3:39
11. "So Long"   3:06
Total length:
35:56

CD re-issues, bonus tracks[edit]

ABBA was released on CD in 1987 with five additional tracks from the albums Waterloo and Ring Ring:

ABBA was remastered and reissued in 1997 with two further bonus tracks:

  • "Crazy World" (Andersson, Ulvaeus)  – 3:48
  • "Medley: Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokey/Midnight Special" (Trad. Arr. Andersson, Ulvaeus)  – 4:21

ABBA was remastered and reissued again in 2001 with two bonus tracks, but without the five tracks from Waterloo and Ring Ring:

ABBA was remastered and reissued again in 2005 as part of The Complete Studio Recordings box set with following bonus tracks:

  • "Crazy World" (Andersson, Ulvaeus)  – 3:46
  • "Medley: Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokey/Midnight Special (1978 Mix)" (Trad. Arr. Andersson, Ulvaeus)  – 4:21
  • "Mamma Mia" (Spanish version) (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus, Buddy McCluskey, Mary McCluskey)  – 3:34

ABBA was reissued once again in 2008 as part of the The Albums box set but without any bonus tracks.

ABBA (Polar 549952-2) was issued along with ARRIVAL (Polar 549953-2), as part of the dual CD package ABBA+ARRIVAL . Both CD's have the bonus tracks.

The 2012 issue includes the same bonus tracks as the 2005 version along with a bonus DVD.

Singles[edit]

  1. "So Long"/"I've Been Waiting for You" (November 1974)
  2. "I've Been Waiting for You"/"King Kong Song" (November 1974) (Australia only)
  3. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"/"Rock Me" (April 1975)
  4. "S.O.S"/"Man in the Middle" (June 1975)
  5. "Mamma Mia"/"Intermezzo No. 1" (August 1975)
  6. "Bang-a-Boomerang"/"Intermezzo No. 1" (1975) (France only)
  7. "Rock Me" (1976) (Australia, New Zealand and Yugoslavia)

"Tropical Loveland" was released as the B-side of "Mamma Mia" in the United Kingdom and "Hey, Hey Helen" was the B-side of "Fernando" in most territories. In the United Kingdom, nine of the original eleven tracks from the album were eventually released on single as either A or B-sides (plus all the later bonus tracks), the most of any ABBA album.

Non Album Tracks[edit]

"Baby"

Recorded 18 October 1974 at Glen Studio. The lyrics for the song were later re-written and became "Rock Me". "Baby" was first released on CD on the box set Thank You for the Music as part of the ABBA Undeleted section.

"Crazy World"

"Crazy World" was recorded on 16 October 1974 at Glen Studio during sessions for this album. The track was left unreleased until it surfaced again during the Arrival sessions, and was eventually released as the b-side to the "Money, Money, Money" single in November 1976. "Crazy World" was first released on CD on the box set Thank You for the Music, and then appeared as a bonus track on the CD re-issue of the album ABBA.[5]

"Here Comes Ruby Jamie"

"Here Comes Ruby Jamie" was recorded on 16 September 1974 at Glen Studio, and is one of the rare occasions where Benny Andersson sings the lead vocals. The song was first released on CD on the box set "Thank You for the Music" as part of the ABBA Undeleted section.

"Medley
Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokey/Midnight Special"

Recording began on 6 May 1975 at Glen Studio. It remains ABBA's only release of material not written by themselves, and was originally released on the 1975 German charity album "Stars Im Zeichen Eines Guten Sterns". In 1978, it featured (with a slight audio tweak, for many years mistakenly referred to as a 'remix') as the B-side of the "Summer Night City" single. The song was first released on CD on the box set Thank You for the Music, and then appeared as a bonus track on the CD re-issue of the album ABBA.[5]

"Rikky Rock 'N' Roller"

"Rikky Rock 'N' Roller" was recorded on 15 September 1974 at Glen Studio, and was first released on CD on the box set Thank You for the Music as part of the ABBA Undeleted section.Lately released by Jerry Williams on the album Kick Down in 1976.

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Benny Andersson; Björn Ulvaeus – producers
  • Michael B. Tretow – engineer
  • Benny Andersson; Björn Ulvaeus – arrangers
  • Björn J:son Lindh; Sven-Olof Walldoff – string arrangements
  • Björn J:son Lindh – horn arrangements
  • Ola Lager – photography
  • Sten-Åke Magnusson – original album design
  • Jon Astley; Tim Young; Michael B. Tretow – remastering for the 1997 Remasters
  • Jon Astley; Michael B. Tretow – remastering for the 2001 Remasters
  • Henrik Jonsson – Remastered for The Complete Studio Recordings box set

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 UK albums chart 13
ARIA Albums Chart 1
Billboard 200 174
Cashbox album chart – USA 165
RPM album chart – Canada 55
Składnica Księgarska – Poland 1
Belgium 2
Finland 6
The Netherlands 3
Zimbabwe 1
New Zealand 3
Italy 8
Sweden 1
Norway 1
2012 UK[6] 185

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "So Long" UK Singles Chart failed to chart
1975 "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" UK Singles Chart 38
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
Billboard Hot 100 15
Billboard Adult Contemporary 8
"S.O.S." UK Singles Chart 6
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
Billboard Hot 100 15
Billboard Adult Contemporary 19
RPM Top 100 Singles 36
"Mamma Mia" UK Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
1976 Billboard Hot 100 32
Billboard Adult Contemporary 12
RPM Singles 18

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[7] 1× gold 25,358[7]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Robert (2002) 'ABBA: Thank You for the Music – The Stories Behind Every Song', Carlton Books Limited: Great Britain, p.67
  2. ^ "Polydor P33P series (1986) « Abba on CD". Abbaoncd.wordpress.com. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Discogs - ABBA, Epic Records cassette version
  4. ^ http://www.abbasite.com/discography/album/abba/
  5. ^ a b Scott, Robert (2002) 'ABBA: Thank You for the Music – The Stories Behind Every Song', Carlton Books Limited: Great Britain, p.69
  6. ^ Zobbel - artist search 2012, A
  7. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Atlantic Crossing by Rod Stewart
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
8 December 1975 – 22 February 1976
Succeeded by
Desire by Bob Dylan