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ABBA|Voulez-Vous

Voulez-Vous

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That it took nearly a year to record Voulez-Vous is an indicator of the creative and personal constraints in which the four members of ABBA found themselves at the end of the '70s. Their sixth album coincided with the marital split between Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus and the massively shifting currents in popular music, with disco, which had been on the wane, suddenly undergoing a renaissance thanks to the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever. Thus, about half of Voulez-Vous shows the heavy influence of the Bee Gees from their megahit disco era. This is shown not just in the fact that the backing track for the title song was cut at Criteria Studios in Miami, where the Bee Gees had cut Main Course, Children of the World, and most of the rest of their disco-era music, but through the funky beat that ran through much of the material; yet the album still had a pair of soft, lyrical Europop-style ballads, "I Have a Dream" and "Chiquitita," both of which proved as popular as any of the more dance-oriented songs, and were reminders of Fältskog's and Ulvaeus' roots, in particular, in popular folk music during the mid- to late '60s. Those two songs, plus "Angeleyes," "Does Your Mother Know," and the title cut, were all Top Five singles in England, although only "Chiquitita" and "Does Your Mother Know" were Top 40 hits in America, where the album's sales peaked at a modest 500,000 or so.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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1
As Good As New
00:03:24

Benny Andersson, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB

2
Voulez-Vous
00:05:09

Janne Schaffer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Terry, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Harris, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nils Landgren, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stig Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JOE GALDO, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Stengård, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ish Ledesma, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Arnold Paseiro, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Halldor Pålsson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB

3
I Have A Dream
00:04:45

Janne Schaffer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rutger Gunnarsson, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ola Brunkert, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - International School of Stockholm Choir, Voices, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB

4
Angeleyes
00:04:20

Benny Andersson, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB

5
The King Has Lost His Crown
00:03:32

Benny Andersson, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB

6
Does Your Mother Know
00:03:13

Mike Watson, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lars O. Carlsson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Lasse Wellander, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ola Brunkert, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Kajtek Wojciechowski, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB

7
If It Wasn't For The Nights
00:05:09

Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB

8
Chiquitita
00:05:26

Mike Watson, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lasse Wellander, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael B. Tretow, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ola Brunkert, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB

9
Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
00:03:30

Benny Andersson, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB

10
Kisses Of Fire
00:03:16

Benny Andersson, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB

11
Summer Night City
00:03:34

Benny Andersson, Producer, Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Polar Music International AB

12
Lovelight (Original Version)
00:03:46

Benny Andersson, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB

13
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
00:04:52

Rutger Gunnarsson, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Anders Eljas, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Lasse Wellander, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Kling, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ola Brunkert, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 Polar Music International AB, Licensed from Polar Music

Album Description

That it took nearly a year to record Voulez-Vous is an indicator of the creative and personal constraints in which the four members of ABBA found themselves at the end of the '70s. Their sixth album coincided with the marital split between Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus and the massively shifting currents in popular music, with disco, which had been on the wane, suddenly undergoing a renaissance thanks to the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever. Thus, about half of Voulez-Vous shows the heavy influence of the Bee Gees from their megahit disco era. This is shown not just in the fact that the backing track for the title song was cut at Criteria Studios in Miami, where the Bee Gees had cut Main Course, Children of the World, and most of the rest of their disco-era music, but through the funky beat that ran through much of the material; yet the album still had a pair of soft, lyrical Europop-style ballads, "I Have a Dream" and "Chiquitita," both of which proved as popular as any of the more dance-oriented songs, and were reminders of Fältskog's and Ulvaeus' roots, in particular, in popular folk music during the mid- to late '60s. Those two songs, plus "Angeleyes," "Does Your Mother Know," and the title cut, were all Top Five singles in England, although only "Chiquitita" and "Does Your Mother Know" were Top 40 hits in America, where the album's sales peaked at a modest 500,000 or so.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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