Ring Ring (album)

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Ring Ring
ABBA - Ring Ring (Original Polar LP).jpg
Studio album by Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid
Released 26 March 1973
Recorded 29 March 1972–15 March 1973
Studio Metronome, Europafilm and KMH Studio, Stockholm[1]
Genre Folk, pop, schlager
Length 35:43
Label Polar
Producer
Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid chronology
Ring Ring
(1973)
Waterloo
(1974)Waterloo1974
Singles from Ring Ring
  1. "People Need Love"
    Released: 1 June 1972
  2. "He Is Your Brother"
    Released: 1 November 1972
  3. "Ring Ring (Bara Du Slog En Signal)"
    Released: 14 February 1973
  4. "Ring Ring (English version)"
    Released: 19 February 1973
  5. "Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)"
    Released: June 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Blender 2/5 stars link

Ring Ring is the debut studio album by the Swedish group credited to Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, who would later become the pop group ABBA. It was released in Scandinavia and a limited number of other territories, including Germany, Australia, South Africa and Mexico, on 26 March 1973 through Polar Music.[2] The album was a chart-topping album in Belgium, and a big success in the Netherlands, Norway and South Africa.[3]

The album was re-released in Australasia in 1975, but was not released in the United Kingdom until 1992, and the United States until 1995.

Overview[edit]

When the first song "People Need Love" was recorded in the spring of 1972, the group was just one of many projects the four members were involved in. Only after the title track, "Ring Ring" became a hit, did the four decide to go on working together as a permanent group. The original 1973 Polar version of the album opens with "Ring Ring (Bara du slog en signal)", the Swedish version of the track, and places the English-language version as track four on side two.

The track "She's My Kind of Girl", included on the international editions, is in fact a song by Björn & Benny which dates back to 1969, which was a hit in Japan, and had also been included on the b-side of the English version of the "Ring Ring" single in Scandinavia. Ring Ring also features a song co-written by Agnetha Fältskog. Although she had composed much of her Swedish solo output, the song "Disillusion", for which she wrote the music, is the only song released on an ABBA album to feature a songwriting contribution from her.

Ring Ring was first released on CD in Sweden in 1988; a West German CD release followed in 1990 (later released internationally). The album has been reissued in digitally remastered form three times; first in 1997, then in 2001 and again in 2005 as part of The Complete Studio Recordings box set.

Track listing[edit]

Scandinavian tracklisting

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

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ring Ring (Bara Du Slog En Signal)" Andersson, Stig Anderson, Ulvaeus 3:04
2. "Another Town, Another Train"   3:12
3. "Disillusion" Agnetha Fältskog, Ulvaeus 3:04
4. "People Need Love"   2:46
5. "I Saw It in the Mirror"   2:34
6. "Nina, Pretty Ballerina"   2:51
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)"   2:53
2. "Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother"   2:50
3. "He Is Your Brother"   3:18
4. "Ring Ring (English Version)" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus, Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody)   3:03
5. "I Am Just a Girl" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus 3:01
6. "Rock'n Roll Band"   3:09
Total length: 35:43

International Tracklisting All tracks written by Andersson and Ulvaeus, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ring Ring" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus, Sedaka, Cody 3:04
2. "Another Town, Another Train"   3:12
3. "Disillusion" Fältskog, Ulvaeus 3:04
4. "People Need Love"   2:46
5. "I Saw It in the Mirror"   2:34
6. "Nina, Pretty Ballerina"   2:51
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)"   2:53
2. "Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother"   2:50
3. "He Is Your Brother"   3:18
4. "She's My Kind of Girl"   2:39
5. "I Am Just a Girl" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus 3:01
6. "Rock'n Roll Band"   3:09
Total length: 35:19

Re-releases[edit]

1997 re-release[edit]

Ring Ring was remastered and reissued in 1997 with the international track listing.

2001 re-release[edit]

Ring Ring was remastered and reissued in 2001 with the international tracklisting and three bonus tracks (all songs produced by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus):

2005 re-release[edit]

Ring Ring was remastered and reissued again with its international tracklisting in 2005 as part of The Complete Studio Recordings box set with several bonus tracks (all tracks were produced by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus):

2008 re-release[edit]

Ring Ring was reissued once again in 2008 with its international tracklisting as part of The Albums box set but without any bonus tracks.

2013 re-release[edit]

Remastered Ring Ring was reissued again in 2013 with its international tracklisting as Deluxe Edition with several "bonus tracks" and "extra bonus tracks - early versions". Also came with a bonus DVD.

Bonus tracks (all tracks were produced by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus):

Extra bonus tracks – early versions (all tracks were produced by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus):

Bonus DVD with the following clips:

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart/Country Position
1973 Sweden 2[4]
Norway 2
1974 Denmark 3
1976 Australia 10

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Benny Andersson; Björn Ulvaeus – producers, arrangers
  • Michael B. Tretow – engineer
  • Björn Almstedt; Lennart Karlsmyr; Rune Persson – assistant engineers
  • Sven-Olof Walldoff – string arrangements on "I Am Just a Girl"[5]
  • Lars Falck; Bengt H. Malmqvist – photography
  • Peter Wiking – 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 – remastering for The Complete Studio Recordings box set

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Robert (2002) 'ABBA: Thank You for the Music - The Stories Behind Every Song', Carlton Books Limited: Great Britain, p. 22
  2. ^ Ring Ring at AllMusic
  3. ^ Scott, Robert (2002) 'ABBA: Thank You for the Music - The Stories Behind Every Song', Carlton Books Limited: Great Britain, p. 24
  4. ^ "ABBA: The Worldwide Chart Page". home.zipworld.com.au. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  5. ^ Scott, Robert (2002) 'ABBA: Thank You for the Music – The Stories Behind Every Song', Carlton Books Limited: Great Britain, p.

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