Abba Gold - 33⅓
Starting a song with the chorus is the equivalent of drawing your gun too early
in a shoot-out, of revealing your hand too hastily in a poker game: Once you’ve
given everything you have, where’s the pay off? And yet “Dancing Queen” doesn’t
flag after its flamboyant beginning: The chorus acts as both teaser and
pay off. Ironically for a band that was supposed to be a bunch of control freaks
with a solution to every technical or musical conundrum, it later surfaced that
“Dancing Queen” starts with the chorus because Abba just couldn’t figure out how
to make it work any other way.
Audiobook read by Christina Moore
Perhaps more than any other Greatest Hits compilation, Abba Gold has come
to define a band’s career in one disc. More than that, its release in 1992
heralded the critical rehabilitation of a group which had, since its demise a
decade earlier, become little more than a memory of trashy costumes and cheesy
tunes to many people. Here, Elisabeth Vincentelli charts the circumstances
surrounding the birth of Abba Gold, looks at the impact it had on the
music world, and tells the stories behind some of the greatest pop songs ever
First published USA March 2004/UK May 2004.
iTunes 6 April 2009.