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ABBA|Ring Ring

Ring Ring

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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. 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).
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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1
Ring Ring (English Version)
00:03:06

Janne Schaffer, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rutger Gunnarsson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Sedaka, Author - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stig Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Cody, Author - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ola Brunkert, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

2
Another Town, Another Train
00:03:11

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

3
Disillusion
00:03:04

Benny Andersson, Producer - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

4
People Need Love
00:02:49

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

5
I Saw It In The Mirror
00:02:34

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

6
Nina, Pretty Ballerina
00:02:52

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

7
Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
00:02:53

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

8
Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother
00:02:51

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

9
He Is Your Brother
00:03:17

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

10
She's My Kind Of Girl
00:02:46

Benny Andersson, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, ComposerLyricist - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1970 Polar Music International AB

11
I Am Just A Girl
00:03:02

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Stig Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

12
Rock'N'Roll Band
00:03:10

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

13
Merry-Go-Round
00:03:23

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Stig Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1972 Polar Music International AB

14
Santa Rosa
00:03:02

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1972 Polar Music International AB

15
Ring, Ring (Swedish Version)
00:03:11

Benny Andersson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Stig Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Michael B. Tretow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Polar Music International AB

Album Description

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. 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).
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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