ABBA-The Essential Collection

  The Essential Collection is finally out!

Universal hasn't done a new major  ABBA compilation in awhile,  so here comes another internationally available ABBA compilation. 

This release will come in three different configurations: a double-CD, a single DVD, and a Limited Edition package featuring the Double CD set and  the DVD and an illustrated 28-page booklet, with liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm.  The ABBA Intermezzo web site  says this compilation will replace The Definitive Collection as the two disc ABBA compilation.  These products will all be released in  September except in Germany. Germany has retained the original late May release date to help take advantage of some ABBA TV specials.
ABBA-The Essential Collection, Universal Polar 00602527993720, 2CD Available internationally September 2012 except in  Germany where they were released on May 28, 2012

A 39 song collection of ABBA hits and album tracks, no B-sides or rarities in the CD's, The liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm are based on those he wrote  in the Definitive Collection.  (The Definitive Collection shares about 30 songs) .. The album tracks included are songs that  had videos made for them,  such as "Happy New Year" or "One Man, One Woman".  The cover photo is from the Arrival era.  Scandecor used a flipped version of the same photo for one of their ABBA posters.

ABBA scandecor poster
CD 01:
1. People Need Love
2. He Is Your Brother
3. Ring Ring
4. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
5. Waterloo
6. Honey, Honey
7. So Long
8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
9. SOS
10. Mamma Mia
12. Fernando
13. Dancing Queen
14. Money, Money, Money
15. Knowing Me, Knowing You
16. That’s Me
17. The Name Of The Game
18. Take A Chance On Me
19. Eagle
20. One Man, One Woman
21. Thank You For The Music
22. Summer Night City
CD 02:
1. Chiquitita
2. Does Your Mother Know
3. Voulez-Vous
4. Angeleyes
5. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
6. I Have A Dream
7. The Winner Takes It All
8. Super Trouper
9. On And On And On
10. Lay All Your Love On Me
11. Happy New Year
12. One Of Us
13. When All Is Said And Done
14. Head Over Heels
15. The Visitors
16. The Day Before You Came
17. Under Attack

ABBA-The Essential Collection, Universal Polar 00602527993744.,Internationally available DVD September 2012 except in Germany

The DVD features all the  official ABBA promo clips in remastered form, including two previously unreleased videos: ‘Conociéndome, Conociéndote’ and ‘Gracias por la música’ which are the Spanish versions of ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and ‘Thank You For The Music’, respectively. the clip for "Chiquitita" is from the BBC. . The videos are in a  16:9 ratio instead of the usual 4:3, so you get to see small bits of the original 16mm films that you might have not seen before.  So the DVD might be worthwhile, if you don't already have a full set of ABBA DVDs .   The DVD is fairly generous with 34 songs.

( Sourced directly from ABBA the Site, which is now up again after  a break for a refit. More info came from Carl Magnus Palm's site.) 
1. Waterloo
2. Ring Ring
3. Mamma Mia
4. SOS
5. Bang-A-Boomerang
6. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
7. Fernando
8. Dancing Queen
9. Money, Money, Money
10. Knowing Me, Knowing You
11. That’s Me
12. The Name Of The Game
13. Take A Chance On Me
14. Eagle
15. One Man, One Woman
16. Thank You For The Music
17. Summer Night City
18. Chiquitita
19. Does Your Mother Know
20. Voulez-Vous
21. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
22. On And On And On
23. The Winner Takes It All
24. Super Trouper
25. Happy New Year
26. When All Is Said And Done
27. One Of Us
28. Head Over Heels
29. The Day Before You Came
30. Under Attack
31. Estoy Soñando
32. Conociéndome, conociéndote
33. Gracias por la música
34. Felicidad
ABBA-The Essential Collection  Limited Edition, Universal Polar 00602527993751., 2CD/1DVD, September 2012 except in Germany

A combination of the contents of both the DVD and 2CD versions of The Essential Collection. This set also has that exciting 28 page booklet. 


  1. Felpin, 'The Essential Collection' will not now be released until September,
    in most of the World.

    Only Germany is getting it earlier than September. In Germany it will be
    released in June, to 'tie-in' with an ABBA Special, on German TV.


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