ABBA single by single thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Haristar, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. cut to the chase

    cut to the chase Forum Resident

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    This thread will continue in December, with the release of 'I Still Have Faith In You', the first new ABBA single in 36 years!
     
  2. Jarleboy

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    Indeed! Bring it on! :edthumbs:
     
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  3. tim_neely

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    ABBA loose ends, Part 3:

    Those who have read this entire thread have learned that some U.S. single releases mentioned and pictured in Discogs haven't been proven to actually exist, but are digital manipulations (a fourth 45 on Playboy; a stock copy of "Eagle"). Others may exist, but the Discogs photos are blurry or inconclusive and no other copies can be found online (a promo 45 combining the English and Spanish versions of "Chiquitita"; an Atlantic 45 rpm promo of "Estoy Sonando"; a long/short 12-inch promo of "The Visitors").

    There is one more purported ABBA single to add to this list, and this one isn't on Discogs at all, but on 45cat.

    In 1986, various record labels, including Atlantic in the U.S., released a post-breakup compilation album called ABBA Live. To promote it, Atlantic sent a video to various outlets called "The ABBA Medley," which combined parts of some of the songs on the album (Waterloo/Money, Money, Money/Chiquitita/Fernando/Super Trouper/Dancing Queen/Thank You for the Music). This video is on YouTube and is unquestionably legitimate:



    Supposedly, also in 1986, a promo-only 45, also called "The ABBA Medley," was released with "Take a Chance on Me (Live)," presumably the same version that appeared on the international single of "I Have a Dream," on the flip, on Atlantic PR 624.

    Whether it's the same medley as on the video above is unknown. For that matter, whether this 45 really exists is unknown. It was first posted in 2012 without a photo, which isn't automatically a disqualifier. (I own plenty of 45s listed on 45cat that have no photos, especially from the 1990s and 2000s, and if my collection and a scanner are ever in the same place, I'll start adding them.) But, as is true of the unusual listings on Discogs, I can't find any other proof that this record exists. So this is yet another alleged ABBA single for which the jury is still out.

    (Unless someone wants a tl;dr summary of the regular Atlantic 45s in this thread, this should be the last in this series.)
     
  4. John Adam

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    Yes, please! :)
     
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  5. John Adam

    John Adam An Introvert In Paradise

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    I'm hoping sooner, sir! :)
     
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  6. Wombat Reynolds

    Wombat Reynolds Jimmy Page stole all my best riffs.

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    Ha! and the chart bois will go wild! I wonder if it will race to number one in the UK, the chart bois will literally pee in the pants in excitement!

    or have their hearts crushed if it doesnt hit number one.... the agony and the exstacy, as it were...
     
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  7. tin ears

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    I own both of these small hole, USA pressed Epic singles. Unfortunately there's not much I can say about them that isn't already listed on Discogs or 45cat.

    "Take A Chance On Me" has no markings or info etched in the runouts, they're completely blank on both sides, hence the lack of detail on Discogs. "The Name Of The Game" does have 5750-176 etched on the A side and something similar etched on the B side, but it's nearly impossible to say what for certain as half of it is underneath the label.

    Not much help I know, but it's all I can tell you.
     
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  8. onionmaster

    onionmaster Tropical new waver from the future

    It was also included as the representative entry of Sweden on the Official World Cup 2002 album (despite them being Finnish). The single version's rap has quite different lyrics to the "Burnin Sneakers" album version. We didn't actually get a lot of Bomfunk MC's releases in the UK, the first single from "Burnin Sneakers" - "Super Electric" - was so unsuccessful here that their UK label refused to release the album or any later releases. Fortunately I got an import copy. A cousin of mine went to Stockholm on business and got me a copy of the "(Crack It) Something Goin On" single which has a pretty cool b-side "Pam Pam" on it.
     
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  9. mBen989

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    Since this thread seems to be winding down, this seems appropriate; the group's last TV appearance.

     
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  10. John Adam

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  11. mBen989

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    I noticed no one's shared the "Doris Day" version of "Thank You for the Music" so I guess I will.

     
  12. mBen989

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    Also, the ending of ABBA: The Movie.

     
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  13. torcan

    torcan Forum Resident

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    I really enjoy these single-by-single threads.

    So far we've covered the Rolling Stones and ABBA.

    Who's up next?:waiting:
     
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  14. boyjohn

    boyjohn Forum Resident

    Pet Shop Boys?
     
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  15. tim_neely

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    Here's the complete list of U.S. ABBA singles from 1972 through 1986. I make no note of pressing plants unless significant differences exist. Let me know if I missed anything.

    45 rpm singles, stock

    Playboy P 50014 (9/1972): People Need Love/Merry-Go-Round <A-side credited to Björn & Benny (with Svenska Flicka); B-side credited to Björn & Benny>
    Playboy P 50018 (4/1973): Another Town Another Train/I Am Just a Girl <credited to Björn & Benny with Anna & Frieda; very rare>
    Playboy P 50025 (probably 7/1973): Rock'n Roll Band/Another Town Another Train <credited to Björn & Benny with Anna & Frieda; either extremely rare or does not exist>
    Atlantic 45-3035 (5/1974): Waterloo/Watch Out <credited to ABBA (Bjorn, Benny, Anna & Frida)>
    Atlantic 45-3209 (8/1974): Honey, Honey/Dance (While the Music Still Goes On)
    Atlantic 45-3240 (1/1975): Ring Ring/Hasta Mañana <A-side is the original Swedish mix rather than the mix on the U.S. Waterloo LP>
    Atlantic 45-3265 (4/1975, unreleased): I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do/Rock Me <probably originally planned for this number but canceled>
    Atlantic 45-3265 (6/1975): SOS/Man in the Middle <one error pressing lists the A-side time as 3:33 rather than 3:22>
    Atlantic 45-3310 (1/1976): I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do/Bang-a-Boomerang
    Atlantic 45-3315 (5/1976): Mamma Mia/Tropical Loveland
    Atlantic 45-3346 (8/1976): Fernando/Rock Me
    Atlantic 45-3372 (11/1976): Dancing Queen/That's Me <very late pressings no longer have the 45 prefix and use the ABBA trademark with the reversed first B>
    Atlantic 3387 (4/1977): Knowing Me, Knowing You/Happy Hawaii <first use of ABBA trademark with backward first B on all copies>
    Atlantic 3434 (9/1977): Money, Money, Money/Crazy World
    Atlantic 3449 (12/1977): The Name of the Game/I Wonder (Departure)
    Atlantic 3457 (4/1978): Take a Chance on Me/I'm a Marionette <one error pressing lists the matrix number on A-side label as ST-A-*****>
    Atlantic 3486 (5/1978; 8/1978; unreleased): Eagle/Thank You for the Music <number assigned but single was never pressed>
    Atlantic 3515 (10/1978; unreleased): Summer Night City//Medley: Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokey/Midnight Special <number assigned, records were pressed, but all but a handful were destroyed before release; extremely rare>
    Atlantic 3574 (5/1979): Does Your Mother Know/Kisses of Fire <first pressing has no reference to its album on either label; second pressing does>
    Atlantic 3609 (8/1979): Voulez-Vous/Angeleyes
    Atlantic 3629 (10/1979): Chiquitita/Lovelight
    Atlantic 3630 (10/1979): Chiquitita (Spanish Version)/I Have a Dream (Spanish Version) <B-side also listed as I Have a Dream (Estoy Sonando) (Spanish Version)>
    Atlantic 3652 (2/1980): Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)/The King Has Lost His Crown <A-side is edited from the LP version>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40001 (6/1980): Estoy Soñando/Conociendome, Conociendote <Spanish versions>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40002 (?/1980): Fernando/Al Andar <Spanish versions>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40003 (?/1980): Dame! Dame! Dame! (Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!)/Gracias Por La Musica (Thank You for the Music) <Spanish versions>
    Atlantic 3776 (11/1980): The Winner Takes It All/Elaine <an error pressing has the B-side listed as coming from Super Trouper when it was a non-LP track>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40004 (probably 12/1980): Andante, Andante/Felicidad <Spanish versions>
    Atlantic 3806 (3/1981): Super Trouper/The Piper
    Atlantic 3826 (5/1981): On and On and On/Lay All Your Love on Me
    Atlantic 3889 (12/1981): When All Is Said and Done/Should I Laugh or Cry <an error pressing has the B-side listed as coming from The Visitors when it was a non-LP track>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40005 (2/1982): No Hay A Quien Culpar (When All Is Said And Done)/Reina Danzante (Dancing Queen) <Spanish versions>
    Atlantic 4031 (3/1982): The Visitors/Head Over Heels
    Discos CBS International DAS 40006 (?/1982): Mamma Mia/Hasta Mañana <Spanish versions; probably does not exist as stock copy>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40008 (?/1982): Se Me Esta Escapando/Felicidad <Spanish versions>
    Atlantic 7-89948 (10/1982): The Day Before You Came/Cassandra <all copies claim the B-side was from The Singles when it was non-LP>
    Atlantic 7-89881 (1/1983): One of Us/Should I Laugh or Cry

    45 rpm singles, promo
    Unless noted, all of these have the same song on both sides. Abbreviations are used for regular variations.
    m/s: mono/stereo
    s/s: stereo/stereo
    l/sh: long/short, both sides stereo

    Playboy P 50014 (9/1972): People Need Love/Merry-Go-Round <A-side credited to Björn & Benny (with Svenska Flicka); B-side credited to Björn & Benny>
    Playboy P 50018 (4/1973): Another Town Another Train m/s <credited to Björn & Benny with Anna & Frieda>
    Playboy P 50025 (probably 7/1973): Rock'n Roll Band m/s <credited to Björn & Benny with Anna & Frieda>
    Atlantic 45-3035 (5/1974): Waterloo m/s <credited to ABBA (Bjorn, Benny, Anna & Frida)>
    Atlantic 45-3209 (8/1974): Honey, Honey m/s
    Atlantic 45-3240 (1/1975): Ring Ring m/s <original Swedish mix rather than the mix on the U.S. Waterloo LP>
    Atlantic 45-3265 (6/1975): SOS m/s
    Atlantic 45-3310 (1/1976): I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do m/s
    Atlantic 45-3315 (5/1976): Mamma Mia m/s
    Atlantic 45-3346 (8/1976): Fernando m/s
    Atlantic 45-3372 (11/1976): Dancing Queen m/s
    Atlantic 3387 (4/1977): Knowing Me, Knowing You m/s
    Atlantic 3434 (9/1977): Money, Money, Money s/s
    Atlantic 3449 (11/1977): The Name of the Game l/sh <Specialty test pressing; LP version and unreleased 2:48 edit>
    Atlantic 3449 (12/1977): The Name of the Game s/s <both sides 3:52 edit>
    Atlantic 3457 (4/1978): Take a Chance on Me m/s <all-white label, time 3:25, edit>
    Atlantic 3457 (4/1978): Take a Chance on Me m/s <standard Atlantic promo labels, time 3:30, edit>
    Atlantic 3486 (5/1978): Eagle edited version/faded <Specialty test pressing only; extremely rare>
    Atlantic 3515 (10/1978): Summer Night City m/s <Specialty test pressing only; extremely rare; regular promos were pressed but destroyed before release>
    Atlantic 3574 (5/1979): Does Your Mother Know m/s
    Atlantic 3609 (8/1979): Voulez-Vous l/sh <5:08/3:45>
    Atlantic 3609 (9/1979): Angeleyes s/s <some copies have title as Angel Eyes in error>
    Atlantic 3629 (10/1979): Chiquitita l/sh <5:26/4:38>
    Atlantic 3630 (10/1979): Chiquitita (Spanish Version) s/s
    Atlantic 3630 (?/1980): I Have a Dream (Estoy Sonando) (Spanish Version) s/s <probably exists>
    Atlantic 3652 (2/1980): Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) l/sh <4:45/3:35>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40001 (6/1980): Estoy Soñando/Conociendome, Conociendote <Spanish versions>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40002 (?/1980): Fernando/Al Andar (Move On) <Spanish versions>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40003 (?/1980): Dame! Dame! Dame! (Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!)/Gracias Por La Musica (Thank You for the Music) <Spanish versions>
    Atlantic 3776 (11/1980): The Winner Takes It All m/s <both sides 4:20 edit>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40004 (probably 12/1980): Andante, Andante/Felicidad <Spanish versions>
    Atlantic 3806 (3/1981): Super Trouper m/s
    Atlantic 3826 (5/1981): On and On and On m/s
    Atlantic 3889 (12/1981): When All Is Said and Done m/s
    Atlantic 3889 (12/1981): When All Is Said and Done s/s
    Discos CBS International DAS 40005 (2/1982): No Hay A Quien Culpar (When All Is Said And Done)/Reina Danzante (Dancing Queen) <Spanish versions>
    Atlantic 4031 (3/1982): The Visitors l/sh <5:47/4:22>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40006 (?/1982): Mamma Mia/Hasta Mañana <Spanish versions>
    Discos CBS International DAS 40008 (?/1982): Se Me Esta Escapando/Felicidad <Spanish versions>
    Atlantic 7-89948 (10/1982): The Day Before You Came s/s <album version but time listed as Fade: 4:30>
    Atlantic 7-89881 (1/1983): One of Us m/s

    45 rpm promo-only singles

    Atlantic PR 348 (11/1979): Chiquitita (English & Spanish versions combined) s/s <existence questioned>
    Atlantic PR 380 (12/1980): Happy New Year m/s
    Atlantic PR 624 (8/1986): Live Medley/Take a Chance on Me (Live) <existence questioned>

    45 rpm picture sleeves

    Atlantic 45-3035 (5/1974): Waterloo/Watch Out <credited to ABBA (Bjorn, Benny, Anna & Frida); promo only>
    Atlantic 3387 (4/1977): Knowing Me, Knowing You/Happy Hawaii
    Atlantic 3434 (9/1977): Money, Money, Money/Crazy World
    Atlantic 3457 (4/1978): Take a Chance on Me/I'm a Marionette
    Atlantic 3574 (5/1979): Does Your Mother Know/Kisses of Fire
    Atlantic 3609 (8/1979): Voulez-Vous/Angeleyes
    Atlantic 3806 (3/1981): Super Trouper/The Piper
    Atlantic 3889 (12/1981): When All Is Said and Done/Should I Laugh or Cry
    Atlantic 4031 (3/1982): The Visitors/Head Over Heels
    Atlantic 7-89881 (1/1983): One of Us/Should I Laugh or Cry

    12-inch promo-only singles

    Atlantic DSKO 81 (1977): Dancing Queen s/s <LP version on both sides; counterfeits exist>
    Atlantic DSKO 202 (1979): Voulez-Vous s/s <6:05 version on both sides; counterfeits exist>
    Atlantic DMD 259 (2/1981): Lay All Your Love on Me/On and On and On <LP versions on both sides; bootlegs exist with The Day Before You Came on the B-side>
    Disconet MWDN 401 (Volume 4, Number 1, dated 5/1981): Lay All Your Love on Me <7:50 Raul Mix; Side A of the first of a two-record set; heavily counterfeited and bootlegged>
    Atlantic DMD 308 (12/1981): The Visitors/ When All Is Said and Done <LP versions on both sides; sone copies have incorrect matrix number of 40667 on A-side instead of 40661>
    Atlantic DMD 326 (possibly 3/1982): The Visitors l/sh <5:47 on one side, 4:22 on the other; existence questioned>
    Hot Tracks Volume 1, Issue 3 (1982): The Visitors <8:05 Greg Silva remix; B-side by Sister Sledge and Lipps Inc.; bootleg with The Visitors on both sides exists; this has been legitimately reissued by Hot Tracks several times but with different accompanying tracks>
     
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  16. John Adam

    John Adam An Introvert In Paradise

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    So awesome! Thank you! :) :) :)
     
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  17. bob_32_116

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    There is something deeply ironic about ABBA singing a song called "Thank You For the Music". Surely it's us that should be thanking them?
     
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  18. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac

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    Great !!!
    it seems there is another ABBAmaniac out there ;)
     
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  19. Mylene

    Mylene Forum Resident

    Wasn't Happy New Year released as a single to celebrate the end of the century.
     
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  20. cut to the chase

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    The soundtrack to the second 'Mamma Mia' movie has been released today. It features a piano driven version of 'The Day Before You Came' by Meryl Streep.
    The TV and the book reference in the song have been replaced by contemporary references. There's not a single episode of 'House of Cards' (instead of 'Dallas') that she hasn't seen, and she must have read the latest book by Margaret Atwood (not Marilyn French) or something in that style.

    Meryl Streep's version is available on Spotify (like all songs from the soundtrack). It's not my cup of tea but other ABBA fans seem to like it a lot.
     
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  21. tim_neely

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    What's funny is that I own only a small percentage of the records on that list. I only own four of the picture sleeves, for example. The rarest item I own is the white-label promo of "Another Town Another Train." I also have a stock copy of "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)," which didn't chart and has an edit unique to the U.S.
     
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  22. filip_kbh

    filip_kbh Forum Resident

    I always thought that that cover was making a mixture of their faces - like one of those snapchat filters where you combine faces, if you know what I mean. Because they all look weird in that shot.
     
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  23. filip_kbh

    filip_kbh Forum Resident

    Terra del Fuego :)
     
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  24. filip_kbh

    filip_kbh Forum Resident

    Are you sure that video is legitimate? Some of the songs suffer from PAL speedup (namely those taken from ABBA The Movie) which is highly unlikely if it came from the US as you would have used NTSC/film as the source.
     
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  25. mBen989

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    Well, ABBA: The Movie was never released on VHS on this side of Greenland so Atlantic must've received a PAL copy (the UK VHS, perhaps?) and didn't convert it.
     
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