Thank You for the Music (box set)

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Thank You For The Music
Box set by ABBA
Released 31 October 1994
Genre Pop
Label PolyGram
Producer Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA chronology
More Gold: More Hits
(1993)
Thank You For The Music
(1994)
The Definitive Collection
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Thank You For The Music is the title of a box set by Swedish pop group ABBA, released in 1994. It has 66 tracks (separated onto four discs), including songs from the early, ABBA days, such as "People Need Love" and "He Is Your Brother", as well as their most popular and recognisable songs ("Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia" etc.). Many (but not all) non-album B-sides appear on the box set, many appearing on CD for the first time.

The fourth CD includes a host of rarities, most notable being the "ABBA Undeleted" excerpt, which is a 23 minute medley of various songs that never saw the light of day either as a single or as an album track. It also contains some of the group's songs in different languages, as well as an alternate version of ’Thank You For The Music’, the song ’Dream World’ (dating back to the Voulez-Vous sessions) and the Super Trouper outtake, ’Put On Your White Sombrero’.

In 2008 the Thank You For The Music box set was reissued in downsized packaging with a revised booklet, although the disc contents remain exactly the same as the original release.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

All songs written and composed by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "People Need Love"   2:46
2. "Another Town, Another Train"   3:13
3. "He Is Your Brother"   3:19
4. "Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)"   2:55
5. "Ring Ring" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus, N. Sedaka, P. Cody) 3:02
6. "Waterloo" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 2:44
7. "Hasta Mañana" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 3:09
8. "Honey, Honey" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 2:56
9. "Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)"   3:12
10. "So Long"   3:05
11. "I've Been Waiting For You" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 3:38
12. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 3:17
13. "SOS" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 3:21
14. "Mamma Mia" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 3:32
15. "Fernando"   4:12
16. "Dancing Queen" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 3:50
17. "That's Me" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 3:16
18. "When I Kissed the Teacher"   3:01
19. "Money, Money, Money"   3:08
20. "Crazy World"   3:49
21. "My Love, My Life" (written by Benny Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 3:53

Disc 2[edit]

All songs written and composed by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 4:02
2. "Happy Hawaii" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 4:24
3. "The Name of the Game" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 3:57
4. "I Wonder (Departure)Live Version" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 4:26
5. "Eagle"   5:49
6. "Take a Chance on Me"   4:03
7. "Thank You for the Music"   3:49
8. "Summer Night City" (Full Length Version) 4:14
9. "Chiquitita"   5:26
10. "Lovelight" (Alternate remix) 3:19
11. "Does Your Mother Know"   3:15
12. "Voulez-Vous"   4:19
13. "Angeleyes"   4:18
14. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"   4:48
15. "I Have a Dream"   4:44

Disc 3[edit]

All songs written and composed by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus

No. Title Length
1. "The Winner Takes It All"   4:54
2. "Elaine"   3:46
3. "Super Trouper"   4:13
4. "Lay All Your Love On Me"   4:33
5. "On and On and On"   3:39
6. "Our Last Summer"   4:18
7. "The Way Old Friends Do" (Live) 2:53
8. "The Visitors"   5:48
9. "One of Us"   3:57
10. "Should I Laugh or Cry"   4:27
11. "Head over Heels"   3:46
12. "When All Is Said and Done"   3:15
13. "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room"   3:36
14. "The Day Before You Came"   5:49
15. "Cassandra"   4:50
16. "Under Attack"   3:44

Disc 4[edit]

All songs written and composed by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Put On Your White Sombrero"   4:27
2. "Dream World"   3:36
3. "Thank You for the Music" (Doris Day Version) 4:03
4. "Hej Gamle Man!"   3:21
5. "Merry-Go-Round"   3:20
6. "Santa Rosa"   3:01
7. "She's My Kind of Girl"   2:44
8. "Medley: Pick a Bale of Cotton - On Top Of Old Smokey - Midnight Special" (Traditional, Arranged by B. Andersson & B. Ulvaeus) 4:21
9. "You Owe Me One"   3:25
10. "Slipping Through My Fingers"/"Me And I" (Live) 8:37
11. "ABBA Undeleted: "Scaramouche" / "Summer Night City" / "Take a Chance on Me" / "Baby" (Early version of Rock Me) / "Just a Notion" / "Rikky Rock ’n’ Roller" / "Burning My Bridges" / "Fernando (Frida Swedish Solo Version)" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) / "Here Comes Rubie Jamie" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) / "Hamlet III Part 1 & 2" / "Free as a Bumble Bee" / "Rubber Ball Man" / "Crying Over You" / "Just Like That" (saxophone version)/ "Givin’ a Little Bit More"   23:30
12. "Waterloo" (French/Swedish Version) (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 2:40
13. "Ring, Ring" (Swed./Spa./Ger. Version) (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 4:21
14. "Honey, Honey" (Swedish Version) (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) 2:57

Personnel[edit]

ABBA
Additional personnel
  • Ulf Andersson - saxophone
  • Ola Brunkert - drums
  • Lars Carlsson - horn
  • Christer Eklund - saxophone
  • Malando Gassama - percussion
  • Anders Glenmark - guitar
  • Rutger Gunnarsson - bass
  • Roger Palm - drums
  • Janne Schaffer - guitar
  • Åke Sundqvist - percussion
  • Mike Watson - bass
  • Lasse Wellander - guitar

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
  • Arrangers: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
  • Engineer: Michael Tretow
  • Design: Intro, London
  • Liner Notes: Carl Magnus Palm

References[edit]