19 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Waterloo”–a tune named for a notorious military defeat–spelled victory for ABBA at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. The Swedish quartet went on to ride this upbeat ode to the triumph of love to the top of the charts across Europe, as well as into the Top 10 in the U.S.A. As the title track to the band’s 1974 sophomore album, “Waterloo” sets the tone for an eclectic song set that testifies to the group’s musical diversity and inventiveness. ABBA’s ability to fuse glam-rock aggression with Europop bounce comes through in exuberant, surprisingly hard-edged tracks like “Honey, Honey,” “Watch Out,” and “King Kong Song.” “Dance (While the Music Still Goes On”) and “My Mama Said” capture the group's disco leanings at an early stage, while “Sitting in the Palmtree” finds them making a foray into reggae with winning results. Amid the celebrations of romance and rhythm are such quirky lyric moments as “What About Livingstone?” (a salute to the famed African explorer David Livingstone) and “Suzy-Hang-Around” (a children’s ditty with a bittersweet tone). Waterloo is a dazzling sonic confection that hints at even greater glories to come.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Waterloo”–a tune named for a notorious military defeat–spelled victory for ABBA at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. The Swedish quartet went on to ride this upbeat ode to the triumph of love to the top of the charts across Europe, as well as into the Top 10 in the U.S.A. As the title track to the band’s 1974 sophomore album, “Waterloo” sets the tone for an eclectic song set that testifies to the group’s musical diversity and inventiveness. ABBA’s ability to fuse glam-rock aggression with Europop bounce comes through in exuberant, surprisingly hard-edged tracks like “Honey, Honey,” “Watch Out,” and “King Kong Song.” “Dance (While the Music Still Goes On”) and “My Mama Said” capture the group's disco leanings at an early stage, while “Sitting in the Palmtree” finds them making a foray into reggae with winning results. Amid the celebrations of romance and rhythm are such quirky lyric moments as “What About Livingstone?” (a salute to the famed African explorer David Livingstone) and “Suzy-Hang-Around” (a children’s ditty with a bittersweet tone). Waterloo is a dazzling sonic confection that hints at even greater glories to come.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

CoasterFanDan ,

So Sweet

ABBA will always be a timeless classic group and there music will stay with us for so many years. It’s nice to see this Deluxe Addition but would be nice to hear the unreleased music also, as another review said. ABBA will always have a place in my heart as I grew up with them… very special.

buizel123 ,

classic pop songs

Universal/ Polar for the 40th anniversary can you please persuade bjorn and benny to please release the unreleased song Just Like That or any other unreleased demos or in progress recordings. The fans have been waiting for years for JLT.

NirkOne ,

ABBA!

I remember as a kid, listening to ABBA on our AM radio. They rocked. Every era has it's music. You can't discount this stuff. If you remember it when it was new, you loved it. Jeff from ny

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