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Thank You for the Music [Box]

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ABBA 4/18/1995

Review

Released in Europe in October 1994 and in the U.S. six months later, Thank You for the Music is the ABBA box set retrospective, tracing their ten years of record-making, 1972-1982, including 52 previously released tracks on the first three discs, plus a fourth disc of rarities. Listening to all the singles, plus scattered album tracks and B-sides, provides a clear picture of the group's development. Early on, there is considerable stylistic experimentation, as these pop dabblers ape everything from Phil Spector's Wall of Sound rock to big-band swing. But after "Dancing Queen," they find their niche in disco, and the second disc is loaded with hit songs anchored to the familiar bass-heavy walking beat and swooping synths-meant-to-sound-like-strings that defined that most '70s genres. On the third disc, covering their last years, ABBA returns to the more propulsive pop/rock of early classics like "SOS" and "Mamma Mia," revving up the tempo in acknowledgment of the arrival of new wave. Wracked by romantic discord, they also achieve somewhat more meaningful lyrics before calling it a day. In the album's liner notes, the bandmembers register mild protest at the inclusion of unreleased material on the fourth disc -- what they finished and liked, they released, they note. Fair warning. Most prominent in a collection of alternate takes, miscellaneous B-sides, foreign-language recordings, and TV soundtracks is the 23-and-a-half-minute "ABBA Undeleted," a medley of 15 song fragments and Swedish studio chatter that suggests ABBA had a few more hits in them if they had found the time to finish them off. Nevertheless, this remains fan-only material. [This album is not to be confused with the 1983 compilation of the same title released by Epic Records in the U.K.] ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 People Need Love ABBA 2:47
  3. 2 Another Town, Another Train ABBA 3:14
  4. 3 He Is Your Brother ABBA 3:19
  5. 4 Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) ABBA 2:56
  6. 5 Ring Ring ABBA 3:2
  7. 6 Waterloo ABBA 2:44
  8. 7 Hasta Mañana ABBA 3:9
  9. 8 Honey, Honey ABBA 2:57
  10. 9 Dance (While the Music Still Goes On) ABBA 3:13
  11. 10 So Long ABBA 3:6
  12. 11 I've Been Waiting for You ABBA 3:39
  13. 12 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do ABBA 3:14
  14. 13 S.O.S. ABBA 3:22
  15. 14 Mamma Mia ABBA 3:33
  16. 15 Fernando ABBA 4:12
  17. 16 Dancing Queen ABBA 3:51
  18. 17 That's Me ABBA 3:16
  19. 18 When I Kissed the Teacher ABBA 3:3
  20. 19 Money, Money, Money ABBA 3:9
  21. 20 Crazy World ABBA 3:49
  22. 21 My Love, My Life ABBA 3:53
  23. 1 Knowing Me, Knowing You ABBA 4:3
  24. 2 Happy Hawaii ABBA 4:25
  25. 3 The Name of the Game ABBA 3:58
  26. 4 I Wonder (Departure) ABBA 4:31
  27. 5 Eagle ABBA 5:49
  28. 6 Take a Chance on Me ABBA 4:4
  29. 7 Thank You for the Music ABBA 3:50
  30. 8 Summer Night City ABBA 4:14
  31. 9 Chiquitita ABBA 5:27
  32. 10 Lovelight ABBA 3:20
  33. 11 Does Your Mother Know ABBA 3:15
  34. 12 Voulez-Vous ABBA 4:22
  35. 13 Angeleyes ABBA 4:19
  36. 14 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) ABBA 4:48
  37. 15 I Have a Dream ABBA 4:44
  38. 1 The Winner Takes It All ABBA 4:55
  39. 2 Elaine ABBA 3:46
  40. 3 Super Trouper ABBA 4:14
  41. 4 Lay All Your Love on Me ABBA 4:34
  42. 5 On and on and On ABBA 3:40
  43. 6 Our Last Summer ABBA 4:19
  44. 7 The Way Old Friends Do ABBA 2:54
  45. 8 The Visitors ABBA 5:48
  46. 9 One of Us ABBA 3:57
  47. 10 Should I Laugh or Cry ABBA 4:27
  48. 11 Head Over Heels ABBA 3:47
  49. 12 When All Is Said and Done ABBA 3:16
  50. 13 Like an Angel Passing Through My Room ABBA 3:36
  51. 14 The Day Before You Came ABBA 5:49
  52. 15 Cassandra ABBA 4:50
  53. 16 Under Attack ABBA 3:45
  54. 1 Put on Your White Sombrero ABBA 4:28
  55. 2 Dream World ABBA 3:36
  56. 3 Thank You for the Music ABBA 4:4
  57. 4 Hej Gamle Man ABBA 3:21
  58. 5 Merry-Go-Round ABBA 3:21
  59. 6 Santa Rosa ABBA 3:2
  60. 7 She's My Kind of Girl ABBA 2:45
  61. 8 Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokey/Midnight Special ABBA 4:22
  62. 9 You Owe Me One ABBA 3:26
  63. 10 Slipping Through My Fingers/Me and I ABBA 8:37
  64. 11 ABBA Undeleted ABBA 23:31
  65. 12 Waterloo [French/Swedish] ABBA 2:41
  66. 13 Ring Ring [Swedish/Spanish/German] ABBA 4:22
  67. 14 Honey, Honey [Swedish] ABBA 2:57

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