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Super Trouper [Deluxe Edition]

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ABBA 5/9/2011

Review

Commercially, Super Trouper, ABBA's seventh album, was another world-wide blockbuster. "The Winner Takes It All," its lead-off single released several months in advance of the album in most territories, was a smash; for example, it was the group's 14th consecutive Top Five hit in the U.K. and their eighth number one there. The title track was also a British chart-topper (their last), as was the album, their sixth. "Lay All Your Love on Me" made the U.K. Top Ten, and "On and on and On" was released as a single in some countries, hitting the Top Ten in Australia. (Typically, American success was more modest, though the album went gold, and "The Winner Takes It All" was a number one adult contemporary and Top Ten pop hit.) Musically, Super Trouper found ABBA, always trend-conscious, taking account of the passing of disco and returning to the pop/rock sound typical of their early albums. Only "Lay All Your Love on Me" employed a dance approach. The title song had the kind of martial beat and pop sound more in keeping with the group that had broken through with "Mamma Mia" and "S.O.S.," and "On and on and On" paid homage to one of their chief influences, the Beach Boys, with an arrangement reminiscent of "Do It Again." Lyrically, there was a distinct sense of world-weariness and melancholy, from the divorce lamentations of "The Winner Takes It All" to the dissatisfaction with touring expressed in "Super Trouper" and even the nostalgia for a simpler time in "Our Last Summer." For performers on top of the world, the members of ABBA were putting an unusual amount of what sounded like real unhappiness into their pop music. [The 2011 Deluxe Edition reissue adds three bonus tracks (Spanish versions of "Andante, Andante" and "Happy New Year," and a version of "On and On and On") to the two that were included on the 2001 reissue (the B-side "Elaine" and the outtake "Put on Your White Sombrero"). It also comes with a DVD made up of promo films, television appearances, documentaries, and TV commercials.]] ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Super Trouper ABBA 4:13
  3. 2 The Winner Takes It All ABBA 4:57
  4. 3 On and On and On ABBA 3:42
  5. 4 Andante, Andante ABBA 4:40
  6. 5 Me and I ABBA 4:56
  7. 6 Happy New Year ABBA 4:24
  8. 7 Our Last Summer ABBA 4:20
  9. 8 The Piper ABBA 3:27
  10. 9 Lay All Your Love on Me ABBA 4:35
  11. 10 The Way Old Friends Do ABBA 3:0
  12. 11 Elaine ABBA 3:46
  13. 12 On and On and On [Full-length Version, Stereo Mix] ABBA 4:14
  14. 13 Put on Your White Sombrero ABBA 4:27
  15. 14 Andante, Andante [Spanish Version] ABBA 4:42
  16. 15 Felicidad [Spanish Version of Happy New Year] ABBA 4:27
  17. 1 ABBA on German TV: The Winner Takes It All/Super Trouper/On and On and On [Show Express, Zdf] ABBA null:null
  18. 2 Happy New Year [SVT] ABBA null:null
  19. 3 Super Trouper [Remastered Promo Clip] ABBA null:null
  20. 4 Happy New Year [Remastered Promo Clip] ABBA null:null
  21. 5 Bonus Material ABBA null:null

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