ABBA - CD Album Box Set - 27 May 2022 Release

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by sathvyre, May 27, 2022.

  1. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
    I got weak and bought the box set in hope for a great mastering - and I am blown away...!!!

    At the time, I am listening to "Ring Ring" and enjoy a nice and balanced sound with an average dynamic range of 10 !!! Unbelievable, but true.

    I started ripping all CDs for my FLAC archives and I hope the rest will be the same.

    I am curious about "Dancing Queen" (I hope they didn't include ANY of the bad restoration jobs from previous remasters) and the whole "The Visitors" (I hope they used the right master this time).

    The box set looks fantastic. The LP replica CD sleeves are very nice. Good job so far, POLAR !!!
     
  2. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    Great news. Please continue to post your findings.

    You may help sell a few more copies of this boxset.

    :D
     
  3. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
    Just some values for the statisticians ;)

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    Analyzed: ABBA / Ring Ring
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR9 -0.10 dB -9.55 dB 3:08 01-Ring Ring (Bara Du Slog En Signal)
    DR9 -0.10 dB -11.20 dB 3:12 02-Another Town, Another Train
    DR11 -0.10 dB -12.82 dB 3:05 03-Disillusion
    DR10 -0.10 dB -10.88 dB 2:45 04-People Need Love
    DR10 -0.10 dB -11.70 dB 2:34 05-I Saw It In The Mirror
    DR9 -0.10 dB -11.39 dB 2:52 06-Nina, Pretty Ballerina
    DR11 -0.10 dB -12.03 dB 2:55 07-Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
    DR10 -0.10 dB -11.67 dB 2:50 08-Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother
    DR10 -0.10 dB -11.18 dB 3:19 09-He Is Your Brother
    DR9 -0.10 dB -10.09 dB 3:04 10-Ring, Ring
    DR10 -0.10 dB -11.42 dB 3:03 11-I Am Just A Girl
    DR9 -0.10 dB -10.86 dB 3:11 12-Rock 'n Roll Band
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    Number of tracks: 12
    Official DR value: DR10

    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 16
    Bitrate: 928 kbps
    Codec: FLAC
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  4. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
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    Analyzed: ABBA / Waterloo
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR9 -0.32 dB -10.06 dB 2:44 01-Waterloo
    DR12 -0.24 dB -13.73 dB 3:39 02-Sitting In The Palmtree
    DR10 -0.25 dB -11.19 dB 3:13 03-King Kong Song
    DR9 -0.25 dB -10.92 dB 3:09 04-Hasta Manana
    DR13 -0.28 dB -14.16 dB 3:14 05-My Mama Said
    DR10 -0.26 dB -11.85 dB 3:12 06-Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
    DR9 -0.37 dB -10.94 dB 2:55 07-Honey, Honey
    DR11 -0.36 dB -13.47 dB 3:46 08-Watch Out
    DR10 -0.33 dB -11.93 dB 2:55 09-What About Livingstone
    DR11 -0.38 dB -14.31 dB 3:37 10-Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
    DR10 -0.36 dB -12.31 dB 3:11 11-Suzy-Hang-Around
    DR9 -0.18 dB -10.14 dB 2:45 12-Waterloo (English version)
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    Number of tracks: 12
    Official DR value: DR10

    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 16
    Bitrate: 975 kbps
    Codec: FLAC
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  5. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe

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    Analyzed: ABBA / ABBA
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR10 -0.10 dB -12.24 dB 3:32 01-Mamma Mia
    DR11 -0.10 dB -12.33 dB 3:17 02-Hey, Hey Helen
    DR12 -0.10 dB -14.03 dB 3:04 03-Tropical Loveland
    DR8 -0.10 dB -10.86 dB 3:22 04-S.O.S.
    DR10 -0.10 dB -11.65 dB 3:02 05-Man In The Middle
    DR9 -0.10 dB -9.68 dB 3:04 06-Bang-A-Boomerang
    DR9 -0.10 dB -10.17 dB 3:15 07-I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
    DR9 -0.10 dB -10.69 dB 3:05 08-Rock Me
    DR9 -0.10 dB -10.06 dB 3:46 09-Intermezzo No.1
    DR9 -0.10 dB -11.11 dB 3:41 10-I've Been Waiting For You
    DR8 -0.10 dB -9.26 dB 3:06 11-So Long
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    Number of tracks: 11
    Official DR value: DR9

    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 16
    Bitrate: 971 kbps
    Codec: FLAC
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  6. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    Hoping The Visitors isn’t the ballsed up version.:cry:
     
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  7. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
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    Analyzed: ABBA / Arrival
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR10 -0.10 dB -11.71 dB 3:02 01-When I Kissed The Teacher
    DR9 -0.10 dB -11.51 dB 3:52 02-Dancing Queen
    DR9 -0.10 dB -12.04 dB 3:52 03-My Love, My Life
    DR11 -0.10 dB -12.95 dB 2:53 04-Dum Dum Diddle
    DR11 -0.10 dB -12.48 dB 4:02 05-Knowing Me, Knowing You
    DR11 -0.10 dB -13.61 dB 3:06 06-Money, Money, Money
    DR11 -0.10 dB -12.80 dB 3:15 07-That's Me
    DR11 -0.10 dB -12.73 dB 3:21 08-Why Did It Have To Be Me
    DR10 -0.10 dB -11.99 dB 2:55 09-Tiger
    DR9 -0.44 dB -12.99 dB 3:02 10-Arrival
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    Number of tracks: 10
    Official DR value: DR10

    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 16
    Bitrate: 932 kbps
    Codec: FLAC
    ================================================================================
     
  8. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
    Same here....and I hope they fixed the Side A tracks for "The Album"...
     
  9. steelvelvet20

    steelvelvet20 Forum Resident

    Location:
    United Kingdom
     
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  10. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
    WATERLOO: The strange channel swap at the end of "Honey Honey" was fixed :)
     
  11. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
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    Analyzed: ABBA / The Album
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR9 -0.79 dB -11.42 dB 5:51 01-Eagle
    DR8 -0.27 dB -9.29 dB 4:06 02-Take A Chance On Me
    DR8 -0.20 dB -10.15 dB 4:32 03-One Man, One Woman
    DR11 -0.20 dB -12.87 dB 4:52 04-The Name Of The Game
    DR7 -0.20 dB -9.57 dB 4:41 05-Move On
    DR6 -0.20 dB -8.26 dB 3:41 06-Hole In Your Soul
    DR8 -0.20 dB -10.80 dB 3:49 07-The Girl With The Golden Hair - A - Thank You For The Music
    DR9 -0.20 dB -12.12 dB 4:31 08-The Girl With The Golden Hair - B - I Wonder (Departure)
    DR7 -0.20 dB -9.40 dB 4:05 09-The Girl With The Golden Hair - C - I'm A Marionette
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    Number of tracks: 9
    Official DR value: DR8

    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 16
    Bitrate: 922 kbps
    Codec: FLAC
    ================================================================================
     
  12. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    All these things are important. :)
     
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  13. ClausH

    ClausH Senior Member

    Location:
    Denmark
    The Ring Ring deluxe has better DR numbers but hopefully this new box is good enough so that I can retire some of the old Polydor discs.
     
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  14. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
    ARRIVAL:
    "Dancing Queen" is included with the original 1976 edit :))) Not another bad restoration job here :))) I am happy :)))
     
  15. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
    DR numbers are mostly for the people who prefer statistics first. Most important thing is the SOUND itself.
     
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  16. ClausH

    ClausH Senior Member

    Location:
    Denmark
    Agreed. How does it sound?
     
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  17. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
    Nice :)
     
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  18. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
    THE ALBUM:

    "Eagle" seems to be sourced from either a lossless source (???) or has frequency cut above 17 kHz...it has also some more limiting applied and was slightly reduced in volume.
    Rest of the Side A tracks seem to be from non-distorted source tapes, but I have to check further.
     
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  19. Sgt. Abbey Road

    Sgt. Abbey Road Forum Resident

    Location:
    Graz, Austria
    Maybe I’ll buy the box set:cool:
     
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  20. Jon_UK

    Jon_UK Forum Resident

    Location:
    Norfolk, England
    It’s just a shame the main single discs (ie the 2001 set) have such great booklets so we have to keep those no matter how much better later remasters might be.
     
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  21. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe

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    Analyzed: ABBA / Voulez-Vous
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR10 -0.22 dB -13.25 dB 3:23 01-As Good As New
    DR9 -0.20 dB -10.55 dB 5:08 02-Voulez-Vous
    DR12 -0.23 dB -14.62 dB 4:45 03-I Have A Dream
    DR10 -0.30 dB -11.57 dB 4:23 04-Angel Eyes
    DR9 -0.20 dB -12.37 dB 3:34 05-The King Has Lost His Crown
    DR9 -0.30 dB -11.39 dB 3:15 06-Does Your Mother Know
    DR10 -0.25 dB -12.05 dB 5:10 07-If It Wasn't For The Nights
    DR10 -0.80 dB -14.01 dB 5:26 08-Chiquitita
    DR10 -0.30 dB -11.94 dB 3:29 09-Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
    DR10 -0.10 dB -13.36 dB 3:17 10-Kisses Of Fire
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    Number of tracks: 10
    Official DR value: DR10

    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 16
    Bitrate: 922 kbps
    Codec: FLAC
    ================================================================================
     
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  22. c-eling

    c-eling They're made of light,We never would have guessed

    Looks suspiciously close to the 2010 remaster for that one Sath.
     
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  23. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe

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    Analyzed: ABBA / Super Trouper
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR11 -0.22 dB -12.57 dB 4:11 01-Super Trouper
    DR10 -0.22 dB -14.04 dB 4:55 02-The Winner Takes It All
    DR11 -0.22 dB -13.68 dB 3:40 03-On And On And On
    DR12 -0.22 dB -14.50 dB 4:39 04-Andante, Andante
    DR12 -0.10 dB -13.42 dB 4:54 05-Me And I
    DR11 -0.22 dB -14.93 dB 4:24 06-Happy New Year
    DR10 -0.22 dB -12.33 dB 4:20 07-Our Last Summer
    DR11 -0.22 dB -12.54 dB 3:26 08-The Piper
    DR11 -0.22 dB -12.72 dB 4:35 09-Lay All Your Love On Me
    DR11 -0.40 dB -14.23 dB 2:54 10-The Way Old Friends Do
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    Number of tracks: 10
    Official DR value: DR11

    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 16
    Bitrate: 920 kbps
    Codec: FLAC
    ================================================================================
     
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  24. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac Thread Starter

    Location:
    Europe
    SUPER TROUPER:

    "Lay All Your Love On Me" has clean ending, not the "live" transition with "The Way Old Friends Do"...sad, but true :(((
     
  25. c-eling

    c-eling They're made of light,We never would have guessed

    Possible these may end up being the final mastering's used for streaming services, where the transition wouldn't work. They do this with live albums quite often.
     
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