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You Can Dance: New ABBA CD/DVD Compilation Due This Fall

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While there are more than enough deluxe reissues, compilations and box sets to satiate ABBA novices and experts alike, Universal’s European arm is throwing their hat into the ring once more this fall with the release of The Essential Collection, a two-CD/one-DVD singles and videos compilation.

While there’s no new audio material to be had in The Essential Collection (we can’t be too spoiled after the unreleased track on the deluxe reissue of The Visitors), the set may be the most comprehensive singles collection the band has ever released. Familiar tracks like “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Waterloo,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “Super Trouper” take equal footing with lesser-known cuts like “Ring Ring” and “He is Your Brother” from the band’s 1973 debut and international-only single tracks like “Bang-a-Boomerang,” “Eagle” and “Angeleyes.”

The DVD includes 34 of the iconic band’s promo videos, including several of their hits as re-recorded in Spanish. In traditional ABBA fashion, two of those clips – the Spanish versions of “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and “Thank You for the Music” – have been unearthed from the vaults and are making their debut on home video.

Initially due for a release this month, ABBA’s The Essential Collection will be released in Europe on September 3. (Separate packages containing just the CDs or the DVD will be available on the same day.) (Props to Super Deluxe Edition for breaking this story wide!)

Hit the jump to preview the track list!

ABBA, The Essential Collection (Polar/UMC, 2012)

Disc 1

  1. People Need Love
  2. He is Your Brother
  3. Ring Ring
  4. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure is Hard Enough)
  5. Waterloo
  6. Honey, Honey
  7. So Long
  8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  9. SOS
  10. Mamma Mia
  11. Bang-a-Boomerang
  12. Fernando
  13. Dancing Queen
  14. Money, Money, Money
  15. Knowing Me, Knowing You
  16. That’s Me
  17. The Name of the Game
  18. Take a Chance on Me
  19. Eagle
  20. One Man, One Woman
  21. Thank You for the Music
  22. Summer Night City

Disc 2

  1. Chiquitita
  2. Does Your Mother Know
  3. Voulez-Vous
  4. Angeleyes
  5. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  6. I Have a Dream
  7. The Winner Takes It All
  8. Super Trouper
  9. On and On and On
  10. Lay All Your Love on Me
  11. Happy New Year
  12. One of Us
  13. When All is Said And Done
  14. Head Over Heels
  15. The Visitors
  16. The Day Before You Came
  17. Under Attack

Disc 3: DVD – the promo videos

  1. Waterloo
  2. Ring Ring
  3. Mamma Mia
  4. SOS
  5. Bang-a-Boomerang
  6. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  7. Fernando
  8. Dancing Queen
  9. Money, Money, Money
  10. Knowing Me, Knowing You
  11. That’s Me
  12. The Name of the Game
  13. Take a Chance on Me
  14. Eagle
  15. One Man, One Woman
  16. Thank You for the Music
  17. Summer Night City
  18. Chiquitita
  19. Does Your Mother Know
  20. Voulez-Vous
  21. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  22. On and On and On
  23. The Winner Takes It All
  24. Super Trouper
  25. Happy New Year
  26. When All is Said and Done
  27. One of Us
  28. Head Over Heels
  29. The Day Before You Came
  30. Under Attack
  31. Estoy Soñando
  32. Conociéndome, conociéndote
  33. Gracias por la música
  34. Felicidad

Disc 1, Tracks 1-4 from Ring Ring (Polar, 1973)
Disc 1, Tracks 5-6 from Waterloo (Polar, 1974)
Disc 1, Tracks 7-11 from ABBA (Polar, 1975)
Disc 1, Tracks 12-16 from Arrival (Polar, 1976)
Disc 1, Tracks 17-21 from ABBA: The Album (Polar, 1977)
Disc 1, Track 22 from Polar non-LP single, 1978
Disc 2, Tracks 1-4 and 6 from Voulez-Vous (Polar, 1979)
Disc 2, Track 5 from Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (Polar, 1979)
Disc 2, Tracks 7-11 from Super Trouper (Polar, 1980)
Disc 2, Tracks 12-15 from The Visitors (Polar, 1981)
Disc 2, Tracks 16-17 from The Singles: The First Ten Years (Polar, 1982)

Written by Mike Duquette

May 22, 2012 at 12:25

Posted in ABBA, Compilations, News

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  1. Any ABBA fan can tell you ‘Love Isn’t Easy’ ISN’T ESSENTIAL. At this point, ABBA/Universal should sell the Individual-Tracks (from the 48-track mix-down) I’m talking piano, synth, string, etc and the holy grail Agnetha/Frida acapellas on a pre-order-subscription-only basis (to dissuade pirating) at very high prices. I guarantee thousands of true fans would pay big bucks to hear Dancing Queen unmixed. Or we can wait for the next umpteenth Gold remaster with a Benny-belch bonus track.

    Dan (a disgruntled ABBA fan)

    May 22, 2012 at 23:12


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