The bare minimum ABBA collection

ABBA's recorded output was originally spread across eight studio albums, three compilation albums, numerous singles, and on other collections. Since the end of the group, many more songs have been released in various formats. The entire ABBA catalogue has been revamped several times.

The following is the "bare minimum" ABBA collection. These CDs and downloads available today that will give the buyer every ABBA song, foreign language version or alternate mix (excluding the multitude of edited versions that simply removed parts or repeated parts of a song).

Ring Ring Deluxe Edition (2013) - twelve songs on original album (including 'She's My Kind Of Girl', not on the original Swedish LP, but included on international versions of the album), plus B sides 'Merry-Go-Round', 'Santa Rosa'; the Swedish, Spanish and German versions of 'Ring Ring' (the Swedish version was on the original Swedish LP), 'Wer Im Wartesaal Der Liebe Steht' (the German version of 'Another Town, Another Train'), and 'En hälsning till våra parkarrangörer', a spoken-word recording promoting Björn, Benny, Agentha and Frida's 1973 Folkpark tour in Sweden. The 2001 remaster includes 'Merry-Go-Round', 'Santa Rosa'; and the Swedish version of 'Ring Ring' only.

Waterloo Deluxe Edition (2014) - twelve songs on the original album (including the Swedish version of 'Waterloo', not included on international versions of the LP), plus the German and French versions of 'Waterloo',the Swedish version of 'Honey, Honey'; the two 1974 remixes of 'Ring Ring' (from the UK single and North American Waterloo LP), the Spanish version of 'Hasta Mañana', and the alternate mix of 'Waterloo' (English version), previously only available on The Complete Studio Recordings box set (2005) and a limited edition CD sent to members of the Official International ABBA Fan Club in 2010. The 2001 remaster only includes 'Honey, Honey' in Swedish; and the 1974 remix of 'Ring Ring' from the North American Waterloo LP.

ABBA Deluxe Edition (2012) or ABBA (2001 remaster) - eleven songs on the original album, plus B sides 'Crazy World' and 'Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton/On Top Of Old Smokey/Midnight Special'; Deluxe Edition adds the Spanish version of 'Mamma Mia', also available on ABBA Oro.

Arrival Deluxe Edition (2006) - ten songs on the original album, plus non-album single 'Fernando'; B side 'Happy Hawaii'; Spanish versions 'Fernando', 'La Reine Del Baile' and 'Conociéndome, Conociéndote'; and Frida's solo Swedish version of 'Fernando'. The 2001 remaster does not include the Spanish recordings (also on ABBA Oro) nor Frida's 'Fernando' (also on Frida ensam). DVD includes early mix of 'When I Kissed The Teacher' in the film ABBA-dabba-doo!!

ABBA - The Album Deluxe Edition (2007) - nine songs on the original album, plus single edit of 'Eagle'; 'Thank You For The Music (Doris Day version)'; live recordings of 'Take A Chance On Me' (alternate mix to other releases, unique to this collection) and 'I Wonder (Departure)' (also on Thank You For The Music); 'Al Andar' and 'Gracias Por La Música' (also on ABBA Oro). The 2001 remaster only includes 'Thank You For The Music (Doris Day version)'.

Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition (2010) - ten songs on the original album, plus the full length version of 'Summer Night City' (also on Thank You For The Music), non-album single 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)', single B side 'Lovelight', 1978 outtake 'Dream World' (also on Thank You For The Music) and 1979 extended remix of 'Voulez-Vous' (also on The Definitive Collection). The 2001 remaster includes only the single version of 'Summer Night City' (also on More ABBA Gold, The Definitive Collection), and does not include 'Dream World', 'Voulez-Vous'(extended remix). DVD includes early mixes of 'Kisses Of Fire' and 'Does Your Mother Know' in the film ABBA In Switzerland.

Gracias Por La Música Deluxe Edition (2014) -or ABBA Oro - Grandes Exitos (1999 or 2002 remaster) - all fifteen of ABBA's Spanish-language recordings.

Super Trouper Deluxe Edition (2011) - ten songs on the original album, plus B side 'Elaine', the full length version of 'On And On And On' (in stereo, all other releases in mono only), album sessions outtake 'Put On Your White Sombrero', and the Spanish versions 'Andante Andante' and 'Felicdad' ( also on ABBA Oro). The 2001 remaster includes only bonus tracks 'Elaine' and 'Put On Your White Sombrero'.

The Visitors Deluxe Edition (2012) - nine songs on the original album, plus singles 'The Day Before You Came', 'Under Attack', B sides 'Should I Laugh Or Cry', 'Cassandra' and 'You Owe Me One', 1982 outtake 'I Am The City', and previously unreleased track 'From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)', a medley of early versions of the album track 'Like An Angel Passing Though My Room'. 2001 remaster does not include 'You Owe Me One', 'I Am The City' and 'From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel', 1997 remaster (out of print) does not include 'Cassandra', 'I Am The City' and 'From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel'

ABBA Live (1986, rereleased 1997, out of print) - fourteen live recordings of ABBA hits from the 1977 tour of Australia, 1979 at Wembley Arena, London, and the Dick Cavett Meets ABBA TV special, 1981.

More ABBA Gold - More ABBA Hits (1993, re-released 1999, 2008) - 1982 outtake 'I Am The City', also available on The Visitors Deluxe Edition (2012).

Thank You For The Music 4 CD box set (1994, re-released 2008) - alternate version of 'Lovelight'; full-length version of 'Summer Night City'; the 1975 mix of 'Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton/On Top Of Old Smokey/Midnight Special'; B side 'You Owe Me One'; outtakes 'Put On Your White Sombrero', 'Dream World', 'Thank You For The Music (Doris Day version)'; 23 minute medley of outtakes 'ABBA Undeleted'; medleys of 'Waterloo in French and Swedish' and 'Ring Ring' in Swedish, Spanish and German, and 'Honey, Honey' in Swedish'; live versions of 'I Wonder (Departure)', 'Slipping Through My Fingers' and 'Me And I'; plus all non-album single tracks also available on other above-mentioned CDs.

18 Hits - Svenska popklassiker (2005, Sweden) - all four of ABBA's Swedish-language recordings, 'Ring Ring (bara du slog en signal)', B side 'Åh, vilka tider' (otherwise only available in The Complete Studio Recordings box set), 'Waterloo' and 'Honey, Honey'.

LIve At Wembley Arena (2014) - full 25 song concert, recorded 10 November 1979 at Wembley Arena, London. Includes two songs not available on ABBA's studio albums 'Gammal fäbodpsalm' and 'I'm Still Alive', different performances to previously-released live recordings.

The 9 CD/2 DVD box set The Complete Studio Recordings (2005) contains everything on the above CDs (except live recordings). If the Deluxe Editions above are not available, the 2001 remasters of the eight studio albums plus the other CDs listed will include most ABBA recordings, excluding a couple of alternate versions.

The iTunes box set ABBA / The Collection (2014) includes 163 ABBA songs: the full Live At Wembley Arena album, the eight studio albums plus bonus tracks of every released non-album track. Individual tracks can be purchased to fill any gaps not available on CD.

If Deluxe Editions or box sets are unavailable, the following CDs include versions not available on regular remastered versions of ABBA's studio albums:

The Complete Singles Collection (1999, Germany) - all three of ABBA's German-language recordings, 'Ring Ring', 'Wer im Wartesaal der Liebe steht' and 'Waterloo'.

The Definitive Collection (2001) - 1974 single remix of 'Ring Ring' and 1979 extended remix of 'Voulez-Vous'.

18 Hits (2005, international version) - French version of 'Waterloo' and German version of 'Ring Ring'.


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