10/3/12

Album Covers #28: ABBA


I love ABBA.  Love them.  Have loved them for over thirty years. Even in the nineties, when my car was full of cassette tapes of Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, I was still prone to pop in a little "Waterloo" or "SOS" - the very antithesis of grunge.  These Swedes cast a freakin' spell on me in the seventies and here I am, still totally spellbound.

The girls could sing - and like Lennon and McCartney, there was something inexplicably perfect about the way their voices sounded together.  Plus they were smoking hot.  I had a crush on Agnetha that was unhealthy for a child of that age.

Of course, they weren't big on lyrics.  Bjorn was no Dylan; however, those guys could write a melody that was damn near transcendent.  Ray Davies (The Kinks) attributes their ability to craft such exultant pop to pixie dust - it's the best explanation I've heard thus far.

Anyway, I've got a got a pile of ABBA single/record covers for your viewing pleasure (mostly foreign). As exciting as their music was, their covers were more or less standard fare.  But true ABBA fans will no doubt appreciate this gallery nonetheless.  Enjoy.




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10 comments:

  1. ...and they have their very own museum now!
    http://music-mix.ew.com/2012/10/03/abba-museum-sweden/

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  2. Sweet collection.... some of those covers may need to make a comeback for a miniskirt Monday.

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  3. The lyrics might not be "deep" but I don't think most people fully appreciate their command of the English language. For Swedes to be able to write grammatically correct AND rhyming lyrics in a language different than their native tongue is remarkable!

    Oh and anyone who says they don't like Abba music is a liar :)

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  4. I'm from Sweden, and I've always found the music of ABBA competent but more or less sterile. And a bit nerdy. Sad but true...

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  5. My Dad LOVED ABBA. And pre-Physical Olivia Newton-John. I bought him a couple of their albums for gifts.

    So who is the idiot with the arm raised on I have a Dream/Take a Chance on Me? I think we need to do some research and, even now, after all these years, hunt him down and pound him.

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  6. I had a thing for Freida myself...:) They were basically the Dave Clark Five of the 1970's and I mean that as a complement. Rocking tunes with good melody lines and fine harmonies. Plus "The Visitors (Crackin' Up)" is the best discription of a nervous breakdown that has ever been put to music.

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  7. "Does You Mother Know - Kisses Of Fire" I'll have to ask her.

    1980 Beatles reunion or 2010 ABBA reunion? The world was robbed of both.

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  8. Do we really have to have a reason to see more photos of Anni-Frid and Agnetha ?

    Seriously, after seeing ABBA on their 'flagship' appearance on NBC's Saturday Night back in November of 1975 I was hooked and if anyone else recalls that performance, don't forget to ask for the Senior Citizen discount here at RS !

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  9. I used to own many of these records myself when I was a kid. nice memories.

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  10. Thank you for sharing these! I became an ABBA fan in the mid-80s after the band had broken up and I was a teen. The greatest Christmas gift I could receive was an ABBA album. :) They are candy for the ears AND for the eyes.

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