Remastered 180gr Audiophile Reissue

ABBA's self-titled third album was the one that really broke the group on a worldwide basis. The Eurovision Song Contest winner “Waterloo” had been a major international hit and “Honey, Honey” a more modest one, but ABBA was still an exotic novelty to most of those outside Scandinavia until the release of ABBA in the spring of 1975. “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do,” a schmaltzy tribute to the sound of '50s orchestra leader Billy Vaughn, seemed an unlikely first single, and indeed it barely scraped into the Top 40 in the U.K. But in Australia, it topped the charts, causing the Australian record company to pull its own second single, “Mamma Mia,” off the album. This far more appealing pop/rock number followed its predecessor into the pole position Down Under and also topped the charts throughout Europe. “Bang-A-Boomerang,” another big production, was less memorable and had less of an impact, but “S.O.S.” brought ABBA back to big success in the U.S. and the U.K., pulling along the first two singles. Beyond these tracks, the LP-only songs showed off the group's eclecticism, from the crunchy hard rock guitar riff that propelled “Hey, Hey Helen” to the ambitious instrumental “Intermezzo No. 1,” which showed off Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' classical leanings and foreshadowed their bigger composing projects of the 1980s. ABBA was a surprisingly effective synthesis of pop and rock styles, surprising because the non-English-speaking world had not produced such effective Anglo-American-style contemporary music before, at least for more than a song or two. (The 2001 reissue of ABBA, first released internationally and finally in the U.S., contains “Crazy World,” a song from the sessions for the album later released as a B-side, and a medley of folk songs first heard on a charity album.)

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Polar Records – POLS 262 Stereo Vinyl LP Remastered 180gr

Side 1.

  1. Mamma Mia

  2. Hey, Hey Helen

  3. Tropical Loveland

  4. SOS

  5. Man In The Middle

  6. Bang-A-Boomerang

Side 2.

  1. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do

2.Rock Me

  1. Intermezzo No. 1
  2. I’ve Been Waiting For You

  3. So Long

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Polar Music AB
Published By – Union Songs AB
Printed By – SIB-Tryck, Tumba
Recorded At – Glen Studio
Recorded At – Metronome Studio, Stockholm
Mixed At – Metronome Studio, Stockholm

Bass – Mike Watson, Rutger Gunnarsson
Design [Album] – Sten-Åke Magnusson
Drums – Ola Brunkert, Roger Palm
Engineer – Michael B. Tretow
Guitar – Björn Ulvaeus, Finn Sjöberg, Janne Schaffer, Lasse Wellander
Photography By [Cover] – Ola Lager
Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer – Benny Andersson
Producer, Arranged By – Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
Written-By – Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
LP Condition

Near Mint (NM)

Cover Condition

Near Mint (NM)