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
ABBA chronology
More Gold: More Hits
Thank You for the Music
The Definitive Collection
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 the 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]

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

Disc 1[edit]

Tracks 1 through 5 were first credited to "Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid".

No. Title Place of Origin Length
1. "People Need Love" Ring Ring, 1973; released as a single the previous year 2:46
2. "Another Town, Another Train" Ring Ring 3:13
3. "He Is Your Brother" Ring Ring; released as a single the previous year 3:19
4. "Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)" Ring Ring 2:55
5. "Ring Ring" (Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus, Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody) Ring Ring 3:02
6. "Waterloo" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) Waterloo, 1974 2:44
7. "Hasta Mañana" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) Waterloo 3:09
8. "Honey, Honey" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) Waterloo 2:56
9. "Dance (While the Music Still Goes On)" Waterloo 3:12
10. "So Long" ABBA, 1975; released as a single the previous year 3:05
11. "I've Been Waiting for You" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) ABBA 3:38
12. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) ABBA 3:17
13. "SOS" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) ABBA 3:21
14. "Mamma Mia" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) ABBA 3:32
15. "Fernando" Non-album single, 1976; included on later pressings of Greatest Hits, 1975 4:12
16. "Dancing Queen" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) Arrival, 1976 3:50
17. "That's Me" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) Arrival 3:16
18. "When I Kissed the Teacher" Arrival 3:01
19. "Money, Money, Money" Arrival 3:08
20. "Crazy World" B-side to the "Money, Money, Money" single, 1976 3:49
21. "My Love, My Life" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) Arrival 3:53

Disc 2[edit]

No. Title Place of Origin Length
1. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) Arrival; released as a single the following year 4:02
2. "Happy Hawaii" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) B-side to the "Knowing Me, Knowing You" single, 1977 4:24
3. "The Name of the Game" (Radio edit; Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) ABBA: The Album, 1977 3:57
4. "I Wonder (Departure)" (Live; Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) ABBA: The Album; live recording originally the B-side to the "The Name of the Game" single, 1977 4:26
5. "Eagle" ABBA: The Album 5:49
6. "Take a Chance on Me" ABBA: The Album; released as a single the following year 4:03
7. "Thank You for the Music" ABBA: The Album; released as a single in support of the compilation album of the same name, 1983 3:49
8. "Summer Night City" (Previously unreleased full-length version) Non-album single, 1978 4:14
9. "Chiquitita" Voulez-Vous, 1979 5:26
10. "Lovelight" (Alternate remix) B-side to the "Chiquitita" single, 1979 3:19
11. "Does Your Mother Know" Voulez-Vous 3:15
12. "Voulez-Vous" (Single version) Voulez-Vous 4:19
13. "Angeleyes" Voulez-Vous 4:18
14. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, 1979 4:48
15. "I Have a Dream" Voulez-Vous 4:44

Disc 3[edit]

No. Title Place of Origin Length
1. "The Winner Takes It All" Super Trouper, 1980 4:54
2. "Elaine" B-side to the "The Winner Takes It All" single, 1980 3:46
3. "Super Trouper" Super Trouper 4:13
4. "Lay All Your Love On Me" Super Trouper 4:33
5. "On and On and On" Super Trouper 3:39
6. "Our Last Summer" Super Trouper 4:18
7. "The Way Old Friends Do" (Live) Super Trouper 2:53
8. "The Visitors" The Visitors, 1981 5:48
9. "One of Us" The Visitors 3:57
10. "Should I Laugh or Cry" B-side to the "One of Us" single, 1981 4:27
11. "Head over Heels" The Visitors 3:46
12. "When All Is Said and Done" The Visitors 3:15
13. "Like an Angel Passing Through My Room" The Visitors 3:36
14. "The Day Before You Came" The Singles: The First Ten Years, 1982 5:49
15. "Cassandra" B-side to the "The Day Before You Came" single, 1982 4:50
16. "Under Attack" The Singles: The First Ten Years 3:44

Disc 4[edit]

No. Title Place of Origin Length
1. "Put On Your White Sombrero" Previously unissued, 1994 4:27
2. "Dream World" Previously unissued 3:36
3. "Thank You for the Music" (Doris Day version) Previously unissued 4:03
4. "Hej Gamle Man!" (Released under the duo of Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, with Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad on backing vocals) Lycka, 1970 3:21
5. "Merry-Go-Round" B-side to the "People Need Love" single, 1972 3:20
6. "Santa Rosa" B-side to the "He Is Your Brother" single, 1972 3:01
7. "She's My Kind of Girl" Ring Ring; originally performed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and released as a single in their name in 1970 2:44
8. "Medley: Pick a Bale of Cotton - On Top of Old Smokey - Midnight Special" (Traditional, arranged by Andersson, Ulvaeus) B-side to the "Summer Night City" single 4:21
9. "You Owe Me One" B-side to the "Under Attack" single, 1982 3:25
10. "Slipping Through My Fingers/Me and I" (Live) Previously unissued; recorded for the TV special Dick Cavett Meets ABBA, 1981 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) (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus)/Here Comes Rubie Jamie (Andersson, Anderson, 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" Previously unissued 23:30
12. "Waterloo" (French/Swedish version) (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) Previously unissued 2:40
13. "Ring Ring" (Swedish/Spanish/German version) (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) Previously unissued 4:21
14. "Honey, Honey" (Swedish version) (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) Non-album single 2:57


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