The Singles: The First Ten Years

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The Singles: The First Ten Years
Compilation album by ABBA
Released November 8, 1982
Recorded March 1972 - August 1982
Genre Pop
Length 92:48
Label Polar (Sweden)
Epic (UK, Ireland, Spain and Italy)
Atlantic (US and Canada)
Polydor (Germany and Netherlands)
Vogue (France)
RCA (Australia and New Zealand)
Sunshine (South Africa)
Producer Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA chronology
The Visitors
(1981)
The Singles: The First Ten Years
(1982)
Thank You for the Music
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[2]

The Singles: The First Ten Years is a double compilation album by the Swedish pop group ABBA, released in 1982.

History[edit]

1982 was ABBA’s final year together as a group. They had originally intended to record a new studio album, like they had done almost every year since they first came together. But as the four members felt the energy run out of the group, they shelved these plans and instead decided to release a double album collection of their singles from 1972 to 1982.

The album contained most of the band's hit singles from their ten years together as recording artists, and included two new tracks: "The Day Before You Came" and "Under Attack". The Singles: The First Ten Years was released on CD By Atlantic Records in 1983, but was deleted in the late 1980s. In 2001, the album was replaced by The Definitive Collection. The Singles: The First Ten Years does not include non-UK singles such as "Honey, Honey", "Eagle" or "When All Is Said and Done", and it also excludes several of ABBA's UK single hits including the 1974 remix of "Ring Ring", "Angeleyes", "Head over Heels", and the 12" single hit "Lay All Your Love on Me". The album features a 3:58 edited version of "The Name of the Game" instead of the full 4:51 version; this edit (which omits the second verse) was released as a promotional single in the USA in 1977, and was mistakenly included on this compilation.[3]

Track listing[edit]

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

Disc 01[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Ring, Ring" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus, N. Sedaka, P. Cody) – 3:04
  2. "Waterloo" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus)
  3. "So Long" – 3:05
  4. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) – 3:16
  5. "SOS" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) – 3:22
  6. "Mamma Mia" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) – 3:31
  7. "Fernando" – 4:12

Side B[edit]

  1. "Dancing Queen" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) – 3:50
  2. "Money, Money, Money" – 3:06
  3. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) – 4:02
  4. "The Name of the Game" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) – 3:58 (edited version)
  5. "Take a Chance on Me" – 4:06
  6. "Summer Night City" – 3:34

Disc 02[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Chiquitita" – 5:26
  2. "Does Your Mother Know" – 3:14
  3. "Voulez-Vous" – 5:08
  4. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" – 4:49
  5. "I Have a Dream" – 4:44

Side B[edit]

  1. "The Winner Takes It All" – 4:55
  2. "Super Trouper" – 4:13
  3. "One of Us" – 3:55
  4. "The Day Before You Came" – 5:50
  5. "Under Attack" – 3:47

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

Reviews[edit]

Rolling Stone: "This twenty-three song collection (singles plus two new cuts) confirms what a lucky few in the US have known for some time - ABBA is the greatest pop band of the last ten years. There are more infectious melodies, grabby hooks, and danceable drum beats on one side of this two-disc set than in most artists' entire catalogs... The Singles provides an ideal introduction to this talented and highly influential band".

Los Angeles Times: "Special-merit release... ABBA create seductive, richly emotional records that put openly sentimental melodies against a nagging instrumental tension...The group's best tracks are mini - masterpieces of the pop form."

New Musical Express: "This isn`t the entire history of pop over the last ten years, but its documentation of the group who altered the course of pop more than anyone else - anyone - is flawless... It resulted in a seam of unbroken, highly individual pop music that in lifespan terms is still unmatched by any rival..."

New York Times: "Abba - The Singles" is a testament to the unstoppable power of the catchy tune"

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1982 UK Albums Chart 1[4]
Billboard 200 62
Australia 18
Norway 33
Belgium 1
France 6
New Zealand 5
South Africa 1
Switzerland 4
Netherlands 4
Germany 5

Singles - UK Singles Chart

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "The Day Before You Came" UK Singles Chart 32
1982 "Under Attack" UK Singles Chart 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Ruhlmann. "The Singles: The First Ten Years". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ The Name of the Game
  4. ^ "Official Charts Company". Album Archive. 
Preceded by
The Kids from Fame by The Kids from "Fame"
UK Albums Chart number one album
November 27, 1982 – December 3, 1982
Succeeded by
The John Lennon Collection by John Lennon