Various Artists – Abba (A Heavy Metal) Tribute (2001)

FrontCover1.jpgA Tribute to ABBA is a tribute album of ABBA songs played by a variety of heavy metal and hard rock bands, released on 2 April 2001 by German record label Nuclear Blast. The compilation was also released in Japan under the title ABBAMetal: A Tribute To ABBA.

Well, this is a must hear for any Metal fans, especially those into novelty album. If you own Pat Boone’s In A Metal Mood or The Bluegrass Tribute To AC/DC then here’s another to add to your nutty collection, a bunch of Power Metal bands tributing ABBA!

Actually, novelties aside this is really well done. I was expecting it to sound all silly and goofy but after I listened to this it made me realise how much ABBA needed a tribute. Ok, some of it is silly and goofy, like that electronic-influenced version of Take A Chance On Me which isn’t even far from the original anyway (what can you expect from a band called Rough Silk?) and the last track is pretty bad, it sounds nothing like the rest, with an electronic-beat chorus and dumb indie-rock verses and a very annoying vocalist.

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The rest, however, is brilliant! We open with a cool version of Summernight City by Therion, complete with violins and such, and then Metalium throw out an AWESOME speedy take of Thank You For The Music! Voulez-Vous sounds quite cool, and Paradox’s S.O.S. is pretty fucking insane, especially in the chorus. Thrashiest song on here. Then we go to Eagle, which is the best song ABBA ever did, and Sargant Fury do a fun version (Rob Rock did it better though, on Rage Of Creation). One Of Us sounds pretty damn beautiful too.

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The only think that disappointed me is that The Winner Takes It All wasn’t included (and Does Your Mother Know for that matter) but besides that this is a fun little album to own. (by Muloc7253)

And you have the chance to discover a lot of totally unknown Heavy Metal Bands !

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Tracklist:
01. Therion: Summer Night City (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.58
02. Metalium: Thank You For The Music (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 3.24
03. Sinergy: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.22
04. At Vance: Money, Money, Money (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 3.09
05. Morgana Lefay: Voulez-Vous (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.27
06. Paradox: SOS (Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson) 2.36
07. Rough Silk: Take A Chance On Me” (with Anke Hansen) (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.49
08. Spiral Tower: Chiquitita (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 5.35
09. Sargant Fury: Eagle (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.51
10. Flowing Tears: One Of Us (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 5.05
11. Nation: Waterloo (Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson) 3.18
12. Custard: Super Trouper (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.18
13. Tad Morose: Knowing Me, Knowing You (Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson) 3.27
14. Glow: Dancing Queen (Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson) 2.30

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Abba – Ring Ring (1973)

AbbaFrontCover1Ring Ring is the debut studio album by the Swedish group credited to Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, who later became the pop group ABBA. It was released in Scandinavia and a limited number of other territories, including Germany, Australia, South Africa and Mexico, on 26 March 1973 through Polar Music.[2] The album was a chart-topping album in Belgium, and a big success in the Netherlands, Norway and South Africa.[3]

The album was re-released in Australasia in 1975, but was not released in the United Kingdom until 1992, and the United States until 1995.

When the first song “People Need Love” was recorded in the spring of 1972, the group was just one of many projects the four members were involved in. Only after the title track, “Ring Ring” became a hit, did the four decide to go on working together as a permanent group. The original 1973 Polar version of the album opens with “Ring Ring (Bara du slog en signal)”, the Swedish version of the track, and places the English-language version as track four on side two.

The track “She’s My Kind of Girl”, included on the international editions, is in fact a song by Björn & Benny which dates back to 1969, which was a hit in Japan, and had also been included on the b-side of the English version of the “Ring Ring” single in Scandinavia. Ring Ring also features a song co-written by Agnetha Fältskog. Although she had composed much of her Swedish solo output, the song “Disillusion”, for which she wrote the music, is the only song released on an ABBA album to feature a songwriting contribution from her. (by wikipedia)

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If it seems as though the familiar ABBA sound isn’t present on this album, that’s because there was no entity known as ABBA at the time that the earliest sides here were recorded. Growing out of an attempt by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus to record together with their respective companions, Agnetha Faltskog and Frida “Anni-Frid” Lyngstad, the first side cut here, “People Need Love,” featured the two men singing just as prominently as the women, and was credited to “Bjorn and Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid.” It was only after its release and the cutting of a further single, “Ring, Ring,” that the more familiar sound of the quartet began to coalesce along with the idea of a permanent professional association.

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Unreleased in the United States until 1995, this album is more of a generic European pop release than an ABBA release; the music has several unusual attributes, including Andersson and Ulvaeus singing lead on several cuts, and also one original song, the moody ballad “Disillusion,” co-authored by Agnetha Faltskog. Most of what’s here is pleasantly upbeat Europop, with unusually good playing and a lot of spirit, all showing the influence of mainstream American and British pop/rock, including the late-era Beatles and early Elton John, and on the title track, a Phil Spector-proportioned production. Ring Ring was reissued in October of 2001 with extensive notes, state-of-the-art sound, and three bonus tracks: the single B-sides “Merry-Go-Round” and “Santa Rosa” (a smooth piece of California-style rock in the mold of the early Eagles) and the Swedish version of “Ring, Ring” (which charted number one in Sweden to the English version’s number two spot). (by Bruce Eder)

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Personnel:
Benny Andersson (keyboards, vocals, mellotron)
Agnetha Fältskog (vocals)
Anni-Frid Lyngstad (vocals)
Björn Ulvaeus (guitar, vocals)
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Ola Brunkert (drums)
Rutger Gunnarsson (bass)
Roger Palm (drums)
Janne Schaffer (guitar)
Mike Watson (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Ring Ring (Bara Du Slog En Signal) (Andersson/Anderson/Ulvaeus) 3.07
02. Another Town, Another Train (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 3.13
03. Disillusion (Fältskog/Ulvaeus) 3.08
04. People Need Love (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 2.46
05. I Saw It In The Mirror (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 2-34
06. Nina, Pretty Ballerina (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 2.54
07. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 2.55
08. Me And Bobby And Bobby’s Brother (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 2.52
09. He Is Your Brother (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 3.20
10. She´s My Kind Of Girl (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 2.45
11. I Am Just A Girl (Andersson/Anderson/Ulvaeus) 3.04
12. Rock’n Roll Band (Andersson/Ulvaeus)  3:09

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