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Editors’ Notes

There’s a reason ABBA were Sweden’s top export throughout the '70s; their pop hits were in a magical class of their own. This live album is compiled from their four-night stand at London’s Wembley Arena in November 1979. In the days before Auto-Tune, singers had to nail it correctly in the moment—and ABBA’s four members were as shiny and perfect in concert as they were in the studio. The same went for their impeccable backing band. Here on their well-known hits (“Waterloo,” “Dancing Queen”), lesser-known tracks (“Summer Night City”), and the previously unreleased song “I’m Still Alive,” ABBA gave their fans an honestly great show. 

Customer Reviews

My Guilty Pleasure!

5 stars because I just couldn't help myself. The last time ABBA released a "new" album was when I was 16 years old. That album was 'The Visitors'. There have been a few albums since that had some original material that I was not aware of and I got that spark again...but this live album was special! I'm an Agnetha fan and hearing "I'm Still Alive" for the first time was overwhelming.
This live album is pretty raw as they did not add additional "sparkle" from the studio. The first live album (ABBA Live) was polished up with some digital drums and studio "tricks". This one feels real. The voices are a bit washed at times and the drums are heavy but for the true ABBA fan it's an hour and 50 minutes of smiles and giggles.
Enjoy! I did.

The best (live) from the best group of all time.

This live recording of ABBA at Wembley Arena is astoundingly good and proves that live in concert ABBA was a true force with wonderful musicians and singers. Many groups and singers today could not do this at this level. Some major hit songs here with some lesser known tracks including one unreleased song. The greatest pop group of all time. Much love and many thanks to the awesome foursome that is ABBA!!!

Unexpectedly un-doctored.

I expected a similar treatment of this concert as what we heard in the live album from the 80s: live songs, heavily "touched-up" in the studio. This release, however, is surprisingly raw. They’ve left every imperfection, every wayward vocal warble, every awkward transition, and even a couple of weird tempo issues, here for all to embrace. With digital technology as advanced as it is, they could have easily made this release pristine and flawless and I’m SO grateful they didn’t do that. As it is, considering the lack of technology available to them at the time it was recorded, it’s mind-boggling that they were able to wrangle so many moving parts to recreate live even a little of the ethereal experience of their studio work. For me personally, the highlights on the record include the most stirring version of “The Way Old Friends Do” we’ve heard so far, and the heavy-lifting throughout the concert by Frida. We still get a taste of Agnetha’s angelic voice but her live delivery was a bit timid while Frida is loud and bold and seems as if she could have had a great career doing musical theatre. For ABBA fans, this recording will be uniquely treasured.

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The most commercially successful pop group of the 1970s, the origins of the Swedish superstars ABBA dated back to 1966, when keyboardist and vocalist Benny Andersson, a onetime member of the popular beat outfit the Hep Stars, first teamed with guitarist and vocalist Bjorn Ulvaeus, the leader of the folk-rock unit the Hootenanny Singers. The two performers began composing songs together and handling session and production work for Polar Music/Union Songs, a publishing company owned by Stig Anderson,...
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