ABBA Voulez - Vous [Import]
- Released: January 21, 2009
- Label: Universal Japan
Q - 9/01, p.1263 stars out of 5 - "...Represents Abba's last burst of omnipotence...sealing its reputation as their disco album..."
Uncut (magazine) - p.1014 stars out of 5 -- "In the SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER era they embraced disco...they stuck with the genre until 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)' hit the target."
ABBA: Bjorn Ulvaeus (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, banjo); Benny Anderson (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer); Agnetha Faltskog, Anni Frid Lyngstad (vocals).
Additional personnel: Janne Schaffer, Ish Lededma, George Terry, Lasse Wellander (guitar); Jan Risberg (oboe); Lars O. Carlsson, Kajtek Wojciechowski, Halldor Palsson, Johan Stengard (tenor saxophone); Nils Landgren (trombone) Paul Harris (piano); Arnold Paseiro, Rutger Gunnarsson, Mike Watson (bass); Ola Brunkert, Joe Galdo, Rolf Alex (drums); International School Of Stockholm Choir (background vocals).
Recorded at Polar Music Studio, Stockholm, Sweden in 1978 & 1979. Includes reissue liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm.
Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Jon Astley.
1979's VOULEZ-VOUZ, the Swedish foursome's sixth album, was probably their commercial pinnacle, as nearly half of the album's ten tracks became substantial hits. The discofied title track, the anthemic "I Have A Dream," Bjorn Ulvaeus' vocal showcase "Does Your Mother Know?" and the UNICEF benefit single "Chiquitita" were inescapable on AM radio in the waning days of the '70s. However, those tracks aren't the album's only merits, as the bittersweet "Angeleyes" and the downright spiteful "The King Has Lost His Crown" are among ABBA's best and most beloved songs. In 1979, ABBA were the biggest-selling band in popular music. The slick yet substantial VOULEZ-VOUS shows why this position was justified.
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