Deluxe editions of ABBA studio albums


Here  are our  short  reviews of all the   ABBA deluxe editions... 

All of these "sound and vision" sets  tend to be more interesting for the DVD then the audio discs, but they also do probably represent the best presentation of each of these albums, as a whole. 

There  remains considerable debate as to which of the numerous issuance's of ABBA's studio albums have the best sound quality. Some people even think the vinyl sounds better.  
Up to now, there have not Deluxe editions of the Ring Ring or the ABBA (limo album)  studio  albums.  There have been various reissues of ABBA Gold, More ABBA Gold and the Spanish albums, but none of those have regarded as "Deluxe editions".  The ABBA live has not been released in Deluxe edition either.  

The last three studio albums have the most interesting selection of audio bonus tracks, since there were more B-sides and such  to include on the later albums.  Only The Visitors has a totally new audio track,   but here and there are a couple of rarities. 

ABBA- Waterloo 30th anniversary edition -CD+ bonus DVD Released March 2004
Not strictly, a deluxe edition, this anniversary edition was already scheduled to come out, around the same time that Carl Magnus Palm suggested that Universal do a deluxe edition of Arrival. Palm had  been inspired by similar 2 disc editions put out by Universal Music, such as of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" album. That  inspired   Karin Häggblom, then head of the Polar label to suggest that they try something similar for  Waterloo.  It's not a full scale deluxe edition, the bonus DVD includes only 4 clips.

The audio part  of this album  has  five bonus tracks, all of which simply alternative versions of tracks already released  and a 20 page booklet. Great perhaps , though one grows tired of these constant reissues of the same albums, each time with some small new thing... The bonus tracks include all four language versions of "Waterloo" as well as the 1974 US remix of "Ring Ring". The bonus DVD has four TV performances including the Waterloo as performed at the Eurovision song contest.
12. Ring Ring (US Remix 1974)13 Waterloo (Swedish version)14. Honey, Honey (Swedish version)
15. Waterloo (German version)16. Waterloo (French version)
Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest, BBC)/ Waterloo (Melodifestivalen, SVT)
Honey, Honey (Star Parade, ZDF) /Hasta Mañana (Señoras y Señores, RTVE

ABBA-Arrival (Deluxe Edition) planned release October  2006 1CD/1dvd

This and the subsequent deluxe albums were suggested by Carl Magnus Palm, who wrote the liner notes  and had some role in the selection of tracks and clips.

This particular set  is the   30th (augh!) anniversary edition of this classic late 1976 ABBA album...The first disc is a audio CD  ,the second a DVD ....The  audio track listing is similar to that found on the ARRIVAL disc of the COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS box set...This CD has the Frida solo version of Fernando which has rarely if ever been released Internationally. It was from the album Frida Ensam).  "Happy Hawaii " is the a Non-LP B-side found  originally on "Knowing Me, Knowing You". 

The reissue people at Universal went to a new level  with all the bonus TV clips...the most unreleased/ rare TV clips  to be found on ABBA release up to this time. Unlike some Universal ABBA releases  this set  actually is quite worthwhile....The rarity of the clips is the long thought lost cartoon for "Happy Hawaii" .

Disc 1, CD track list:
1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Dancing Queen
3. My Love, My Life
4. Dum Dum Diddle
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
6. Money, Money, Money
7. That's Me
8. Why Did It Have To Be Me
9. Tiger
10. Arrival
11. Fernando
12. Happy Hawaii
13. Fernando (Spanish version)
14. La Reina Del Baile (Spanish version of Dancing Queen vocal track recorded 1980 )
15. Conociéndome, Conociéndote (Spanish version of Knowing Me, Knowing You vocal track recorded 1980)
16. Fernando (Frida's Swedish solo version)

Disc 2, DVD
1. ABBA-dabba-dooo!!, 1976 one-hour television special, features performances of eight of the ten songs from the Arrival album including live versions of "Dum Dum Diddle" and "Why Did It Have To Be Me", Also features the Dancing Queen - official promo clip and lip sync versions of  Knowing Me, Knowing You; When I Kissed The Teacher (featuring a different, early mix); My Love, My Life; Money, Money, Money and Tiger.
2. Dancing Queen -West German TV- Musikladen Extra, filmed in January 1976.
3. Fernando -Top Of The Pops, April 1976
4. Happy Hawaii - cartoon version of Happy Hawaii 1976.
5. Dancing Queen recording session-Filmed extracts from the actual recording session shown on Swedish TV 1975 documentary, Mr Trendsetter.
6. ABBA in London, November 1976
-A feature on ABBA's promotional  visit to London, promoting the Arrival album. TV show -Nationwide, November 1976.
7. ABBA's 1976 success ­ news report-Swedish news TV  programme Rapport in December 1976.
8. Arrival UK television commercial I, 1977
9. Arrival  UK television commercial II, 1977
10. International sleeve gallery - Arrival-related single and album sleeves from around the world.

 ABBA-The Album Deluxe Edition ,  CD/DVD  Released October 15, 2007

This album was reissued with bonus tracks and an accompanying DVD of rare and previously unreleased performances.
The Album, was originally released 30 years before this in Sweden , in late  1977.
Like last year's Deluxe Edition of Arrival, ABBA - The Album will be extended with six bonus tracks and a DVD of rare and previously unreleased performances and news reports. Of course, there is still no sign of the rare live tracks- "I am an A" or "Get On the Carousel". Unlike,  the other deluxe editions there  were no non-LP studio tracks   found on the B-sides of the singles from this  album.  
The illustrated 28 page booklet includes an  Carl Magnus Palm essay on the making of the album.
Track list:
1. Eagle
2. Take A Chance On Me
3. One Man, One Woman
4. The Name Of The Game
5. Move On
6. Hole In Your Soul
"The Girl With The Golden Hair"
- 3 scenes from a mini-musical -
7. Thank You For The Music
8. I Wonder (Departure)
9. I'm A Marionette
Bonus tracks
10. Eagle (Single Edit)
11. Take A Chance On Me (Live Version; Alternate Mix)
12. Thank You For The Music (Doris Day Version)
13. Al Andar (Spanish Version of Move On)
14. I Wonder (Departure) (Live Version)
15. Gracias Por La Música (Spanish Version of Thank You For The Music)
1. Eagle/Thank You For The Music (Star Parade, ZDF)
2. Take A Chance On Me (Am Laufenden Band, Radio Bremen)
3. The Name Of The Game (ABBA Special, TBS)
4. Thank You For The Music (Mike Yarwood's Christmas Show, BBC)
5. Take A Chance On Me (Star Parade, ZDF)
6. ABBA on tour in 1977 (Rapport, SVT)
7. Recording ABBA ­ The Album (Gomorron Sverige, SVT)
8. ABBA in London, February 1978 (Blue Peter, BBC)
9. ABBA in America, May 1978 (Rapport, SVT)
10. ABBA ­ The Album Television Commercial I (UK)
11. ABBA ­ The Album Television Commercial II (AUSTRALIA)
12. International Sleeve Gallery

ABBA-Voulez-Vous-Deluxe Edition, Universal, 1CD/IDVD,  May 31, 2010

The long awaited deluxe version of Voulez-Vous finally came out on May 31, 2010.
Although no totally new tracks are included, the version of "Dreamworld" included on this release is the full version without fade-in, as a master tape containing the full version was recently discovered. The most obvious omissions are the Spanish versions of "I Have a Dream" and "Chiquitita".
Not surprisingly, None of 1978/1979 rarities found on "ABBA Undeleted" are included here. So that means no full versions of "Just A Notion", "Rubber Ball Man" etc.

The Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition expands the original album with five Voulez-Vous era bonus tracks, as well as a DVD featuring television performances and interviews related to Voulez-Vous. As with the previous deluxe editions, the DVD is more interesting than the CD. The key feature on the DVD is the debut of the entire ABBA in Switzerland TV special. It's not particularly well remastered, but it is nice to have.
This reissue is about a year late, but Universal wanted to give priority to the totally new ABBA in Japan DVD.


1. As Good As New
2. Voulez-Vous
3. I Have a Dream
4. Angeleyes
5. The King Has Lost His Crown
6. Does Your Mother Know
7. If It Wasn’t For The Nights
8. Chiquitita
9. Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
10. Kisses Of Fire
11. Summer Night City (Full Length Version) (Bonus)
12. Lovelight (Bonus)
13. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Bonus)
14. Dream World (Bonus)
15. Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix, 1979 US promo) (Bonus)


1. ABBA In Switzerland (television special, BBC)
Take A Chance On Me
The King Has Lost His Crown
The Name Of The Game
Mamma Mia
Hole In Your Soul
Kisses Of Fire
Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
Does Your Mother Know
Thank You For The Music

2. Chiquitita (Music for UNICEF)
3. I Have A Dream (extended promo)
4. If It Wasn’t For The Nights (Mike Yarwood Christmas Show, BBC)
5. Chiquitita (ABBA Snowtime, BBC)
6. Björn & Benny Interview (Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, BBC)
7. Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Television Commercial I
8. Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Television Commercial II
9. International Sleeve Gallery
ABBA-Super Trouper Deluxe Edition CD/DVD,  Released  May 9, 2011

The fourth in a  series of Deluxe Edition ABBA CD/DVD. The studio album with some relevant odd and ends and    a DVD of TV performances and other relevant video material. . 

The audio tracks have been  remastered yet again for this release,  The disc includes a never before available  stereo mix of the original, full length version of "On And On And On", previously only available in mono. All the other audio tracks have been previously released.  The  television performances of tracks from the Super Trouper album,  have been not released on DVD before. Included is a rare vintage documentary Words And Music, produced by Polar Music , which features the group talking specifically about the Super Trouper album in 1980. 
Also included is  a  new featurette, entitled "Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA". It  compiles footage that was shot on the night when ABBA and their album designer, Rune Söderqvist, assembled a crowd of friends and circus performers to create the spectacular photograph featured on the Super Trouper album sleeve. This archive footage has been sitting in the archives for three decades without ever being made public – until now. You get the feeling that Rune had big ideas for this cover, and that somehow things just didn't come out totally how he envisioned. (His original idea had been to shoot the cover outside in downtown London. )

Also  included are the much released original promo clips for ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Happy New Year’ – both of which feature footage shot on the “album sleeve night” – to give the viewer further glimpses of what took place that night. The sequences included in the promo clips, shot by director Lasse Hallström, are completely different to the footage in the featurette, filmed by a separate film crew. The promo clips are the newly restored and remastered versions, out of which only ‘Super Trouper’ has been released before (on last year’s ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition); the restored ‘Happy New Year’ is seen for the first time.
Disc 1: CD
  1.Super Trouper
 2.The Winner Takes It All
 3.On And On And On
 4.Andante, Andante
 5.Me And I
 6.Happy New Year
 7.Our Last Summer
  8.The Piper
  9. Lay All Your Love On Me
10. The Way Old Friends Do

Bonus Tracks
11 Elaine
12 On And On And On (Full length version, stereo mix)
13 Put On Your White Sombrero
14 Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)
15 Felicidad (Spanish Version of Happy New Year)
Disc 2: DVD
    Songs performed:
   The Winner Takes It All
   Super Trouper
   On And On And On
2 Happy New Year (SVT)
3 Words And Music (DOCUMENTARY)
4 Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA
5 Super Trouper (Remastered promo clip)
6 Happy New Year (Remastered promo clip)
7 Super Trouper TV commercial I (UK)
8 Super Trouper TV commercial II (UK)
9 International Sleeve Gallery
 ABBA-The Visitors (Deluxe Edition), Universal Music CD/DVD International release April 23, 2012  

For once, ABBA's record label, Universal,  actually has managed to  surprised us. Universal  Music's  press release about a "new" ABBA song has drawn a considerable attention on world news Websites, much more attention than other recent reissues  have gotten, indeed, probably more attention than it should have gotten.
The deluxe edition of The Visitors will be released in April of 2012 and it will include "From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)" a  recording which has never  been released before. The press release originally did not state exactly what these unreleased demos consist of-but a week later Benny Andersson confirmed that it was merely work  tapes for the released  track, "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room". When, the song was originally recorded it was more  complex, and early  mixes were made of the more complicated versions of the song.   There have  already  been a few "work in progress tapes" already heard  unofficially from The Visitors sessions, due to a theft of tape copies from Bjorn's car.  These bootleg tracks  have included instrumental versions of  songs, and early takes of songs such as "When All is Said and Done, and "Two for the Price of One's  these bootlegs are what is included here.  

It was Benny Andersson's  idea in  October and November of 2011 to edit a   nine-minute medley of the various working tapes of  "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room". Included from  various work tapes   is  the original  demo, with vocals by Björn, a disco version, an alternate lyric version called ‘Another Morning Without You’ and a run-through with Benny on electric piano and Frida on lead vocals.

Bjorn and Benny have usually been hesitant to release their unreleased stuff-so the release of "From a Twinkling Star..." is bizarrely inconsistent from that policy.  Why not do the same thing for the other ABBA deluxe releases, for example release the work tapes for "Chiquitita" which had been contemplated back when when the box set was issued in 1994.  Why not release "Just Like That" the excellent 1982 track  that has yet to see full release.  JLT is the  holy grail of unreleased ABBA tracks. (The various reissues of the Visitors  album  have always contained some selection of the tracks recorded in 1982 after The Visitor album was released.) Bjorn was once asked by a fan on the group's official website if they would ever release a Beatles Anthology style collection of rare tracks and outtakes, his reaction was total disdain for the very idea. Benny  recently said that he hoped this was the last of the unreleased recordings.

The CD/DVD also includes the usual assortment of bonus tracks and TV performances. The other five 1982 recordings are included as well as "Should I Laugh Or Cry" and the nine original songs from The Visitors album. The DVD is notable for not including more from the Dick Cavett Special, which included originally   a interview and nine songs. The DVD includes two songs from Dick Cavett Meets ABBA, where ABBA previewed two tracks from their forthcoming album: ‘Two For The Price Of One’ and ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’.The video included  for ‘When All Is Said And Done’, features  an edit that differs slightly from the version heard on the album – this video is included here with its rare original soundtrack in stereo.
Also featured are two lengthy television appearances,for the promotions for The Singles – The First Ten Years. album.

What's good about this set?  Well it is a wonderful album for fans  of ABBA's more serious work, and the 1982 songs are certainly wonderful as well. A lot of albums don't get this  nice deluxe treatment, so I am happy about that too!

The Visitors - Deluxe Edition track listing...


1.  The Visitors
2.  Head Over Heels
3.  When All Is Said And Done
4.  Soldiers
5.  I Let The Music Speak
6.  One Of Us
7.  Two For The Price Of One
8.  Slipping Through My Fingers
9.  Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
Bonus Tracks:
10. Should I Laugh Or Cry
11. I Am The City
12. You Owe Me One
13. Cassandra
14. Under Attack
15. The Day Before You Came
Extra Bonus Track:
16. From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)

1.    Two For The Price Of One (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
2.    Slipping Through My Fingers (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
3.    When All Is Said And Done (Original Promo Clip)
4.    ABBA In London, November 1982 (The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC)
5.    ABBA In Stockholm, November 1982 (Nöjesmaskinen, SVT)
6.    The Visitors TV commercial I (UK)
7.    The Visitors TV commercial II (Australia)
8.    The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial I (UK)
9.    The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial II (Australia)
10.    International Sleeve Gallery

 ABBa-Waterloo (Deluxe Edition) , April 2014 CD/DVD 

The last of ABBA's eight studio albums to receive the full deluxe edition treatment. 

ABBA-The Site write up of this new release:

"Waterloo Deluxe Edition Celebrates The 40th Anniversary Of ABBA’s Eurovision Victory!
The ABBA Deluxe Edition series, which began in 2006 with the release of the Arrival album, now reaches its eighth album. And what would be more natural in this 40th Anniversary year, celebrating ABBA’s victory in Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Waterloo’, than to release a Deluxe Edition of the album of the same name. On this Waterloo Deluxe Edition the original album has been expanded with 8 bonus tracks, plus a DVD of rare and previously unreleased television material. Waterloo Deluxe Edition will be released April 7, 2014.
The first disc in the 2-disc package is a CD, which features the original album plus 8 bonus tracks. The bonus selections feature all the various versions of ‘Waterloo’ – the Swedish, French and German versions, as well as an alternate mix of the English version – plus the Swedish version of ‘Honey, Honey’; the remix of ‘Ring Ring’ that was first released on the American version of the Waterloo album; the single remix of ‘Ring Ring’ released as the follow-up to ‘Waterloo’ in the UK; and the Spanish version of ‘Hasta Mañana’.
The DVD features no less than 13 TV selections, most of which are previously unreleased. Naturally, ABBA’s performances of ‘Waterloo’ in the Eurovision Song Contest and the Swedish selection, Melodifestivalen are featured on the DVD. In both instances, the first performance as well as the winner performance has been included. There is also the rare performance of ‘Waterloo’ intended for Eurovision preview programmes; the equally rare performance of the German-language version of ‘Waterloo’; ABBA’s three appearances on Top Of The Pops, performing ‘Waterloo’; an interview with Frida and ABBA manager Stig Anderson on Eurovision night; plus three performances of ‘Honey, Honey’ from German and Austrian television.
The package also includes a 20-page illustrated booklet featuring an extensive essay on the making of the album, with brand new insights from Björn and Benny.
Be a part of the celebrations of one of the most famous moments in ABBA history!

Disc 01, CD:
01. Waterloo
02. Sitting In The Palmtree
03. King Kong Song
04. Hasta Mañana
05. My Mama Said
06. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
07. Honey, Honey
08. Watch Out
09. What About Livingstone
10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
11. Suzy-Hang-Around
Bonus tracks:
12. Ring Ring (US Remix 1974)
13. Waterloo (Swedish Version)
14. Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
15. Waterloo (German Version)
16. Hasta Mañana (Spanish Version)
17. Waterloo (French Version)
18. Ring Ring (1974 Remix, Single Version)
19. Waterloo (Alternate mix)
Disc 02, DVD:
01. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest performance I, BBC)
02. Waterloo (Melodifestivalen performance I, SVT)
03. Waterloo (Melodifestivalen performance II, SVT)
04. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest preview performance, SVT)
05. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest, performance II, BBC)
06. Interview with Frida and Stig after the Eurovision victory (Rapport, SVT)
07. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance I, BBC)
08. Honey, Honey (Disco, ZDF)
09. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance II, BBC)
10. Honey, Honey (Spotlight, ORF)
11. Waterloo (German version) (Musik aus Studio B, NDR)
12. Honey, Honey (Ein Kessel Buntes, Fernsehen der DDR)
13. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance III, BBC)
14. International Sleeve Gallery"

Here are two interesting links that have more info about the deluxe editions
In fine style, designing the Deluxe Editions
Carl Magnus Palm on the Deluxe Editions  


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