- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: October 29, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Polydor / Umgd
Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.136Ranked #180
in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.People Need Love
- 2.He Is Your Brother
- 3.Ring Ring
- 4.Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
- 6.Honey, Honey
- 7.So Long
- 8.I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
- 10.Mamma Mia
- 12.Dancing Queen
- 13.Money, Money, Money
- 14.Knowing Me, Knowing You
- 15.The Name of the Game
- 16.Take a Chance on Me
- 18.Summer Night City
- 20.Does Your Mother Know
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 3.Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
- 4.I Have a Dream
- 5.The Winner Takes It All
- 6.Super Trouper
- 7.On and on and On
- 8.Lay All Your Love on Me
- 9.One of Us
- 10.When All Is Said and Done
- 11.Head Over Heels
- 12.Visitors, The (Crackin' Up)
- 13.The Day Before You Came
- 14.Under Attack
- 15.Thank You for the Music
- 16.Ring Ring - (1974 Remix, Single Version mix, 1974 single remix)
- 17.Voulez-Vous - (Extended Remix, 1979 US Promo mix)
ABBA: Bjorn Ulvaeus (vocals, guitar); Benny Anderson (vocals, keyboards);
Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog (vocals).
Producers: Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson
Compilation producer: Marko Soderstrom
Recorded between 1972 and 1982. Includes liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Audio Remasterers: Jon Astley; Michael B. Tretow.
Liner Note Author: Carl Magnus Palm.
Photographers: Ola Lager; Anders Hanser; Bengt H. Malmqvist.
Released to coincide with the arrival on Broadway of Mamma Mia!, (a musical based on the songs of Abba), THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION packs two CDs with every single ever released by this Swedish guilty pleasure between 1972 and 1982. Chronologically arranged and expertly remastered, this package kicks off with the flower-power sentiments of "People Need Love" and "He Is Your Brother." These preceded the breakthrough "Waterloo" that won the 1974 Eurovision competition and proved to be Abba's springboard to international superstardom.
From there, it's an infectious ride overflowing with hooks, harmonies and stellar arrangements that bubble over from much-loved songs like "Fernando," "Dancing Queen," "SOS," Take A Chance On Me," and "Winner Takes It All," chronicling Abba's move from Europop to impressive Wall-of-Sound flavored disco. Capped off with a 1974 remix of "Ring Ring" that's getting its American debut and a 1979 extended dance remix of "Voulez-Vous" that was never commercially available, THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION is pure pop manna for die-hards and novices alike.