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ABBA|Super Trouper

Super Trouper

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Commercially, Super Trouper, ABBA's seventh album, was another worldwide blockbuster. "The Winner Takes It All," its lead-off single, released several months in advance of the album in most territories, was a smash; for example, it was the group's 14th consecutive Top Five hit in the U.K. and their eighth number one there. The title track was also a British chart-topper (their last), as was the album, their sixth. "Lay All Your Love on Me" made the U.K. Top Ten, and "On and on and On" was released as a single in some countries, hitting the Top Ten in Australia. (Typically, American success was more modest, though the album went gold, and "The Winner Takes It All" was a number one adult contemporary and Top Ten pop hit.) Musically, Super Trouper found ABBA, always trend-conscious, taking account of the passing of disco and returning to the pop/rock sound typical of their early albums. Only "Lay All Your Love on Me" employed a dance approach. The title song had the kind of martial beat and pop sound more in keeping with the group that had broken through with "Mamma Mia" and "S.O.S.," and "On and on and On" paid homage to one of their chief influences, the Beach Boys, with an arrangement reminiscent of "Do It Again." Lyrically, there was a distinct sense of world weariness and melancholy, from the divorce lamentations of "The Winner Takes It All" to the dissatisfaction with touring expressed in "Super Trouper" and even the nostalgia for a simpler time in "Our Last Summer." For performers on top of the world, the members of ABBA were putting an unusual amount of what sounded like real unhappiness into their pop music. [The 2001 reissue added "Elaine," a non-LP B-side, and "Put on Your White Sombrero," an outtake. Both were excellent songs.]
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1
Super Trouper
00:04:14

Mike Watson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Janne Schaffer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Per Lindvall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Åke Sundqvist, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 Polar Music International AB

2
The Winner Takes It All
00:04:54

Mike Watson, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rutger Gunnarsson, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Åke Sundqvist, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lasse Wellander, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael B. Tretow, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ola Brunkert, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 Polar Music International AB

3
On And On And On
00:03:40

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

℗ 1980 Polar Music International AB

4
Andante, Andante
00:04:38

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

℗ 1980 Polar Music International AB

5
Me And I
00:04:55

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

℗ 1980 Polar Music International AB

6
Happy New Year
00:04:23

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

℗ 1980 Polar Music International AB

7
Our Last Summer
00:04:19

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

℗ 1980 Polar Music International AB

8
The Piper
00:03:27

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

℗ 1980 Polar Music International AB

9
Lay All Your Love On Me
00:04:34

Rutger Gunnarsson, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lasse Wellander, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ola Brunkert, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 Polar Music International AB

10
The Way Old Friends Do (Live At Wembley Arena, London, England / 1979)
00:02:57

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

℗ 1980 Polar Music International AB

11
Elaine
00:03:47

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

℗ 1980 Polar Music International AB

12
Put On Your White Sombrero
00:04:32

Mike Watson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Janne Schaffer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Per Lindvall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Åke Sundqvist, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1994 Polar Music International AB

Album Description

Commercially, Super Trouper, ABBA's seventh album, was another worldwide blockbuster. "The Winner Takes It All," its lead-off single, released several months in advance of the album in most territories, was a smash; for example, it was the group's 14th consecutive Top Five hit in the U.K. and their eighth number one there. The title track was also a British chart-topper (their last), as was the album, their sixth. "Lay All Your Love on Me" made the U.K. Top Ten, and "On and on and On" was released as a single in some countries, hitting the Top Ten in Australia. (Typically, American success was more modest, though the album went gold, and "The Winner Takes It All" was a number one adult contemporary and Top Ten pop hit.) Musically, Super Trouper found ABBA, always trend-conscious, taking account of the passing of disco and returning to the pop/rock sound typical of their early albums. Only "Lay All Your Love on Me" employed a dance approach. The title song had the kind of martial beat and pop sound more in keeping with the group that had broken through with "Mamma Mia" and "S.O.S.," and "On and on and On" paid homage to one of their chief influences, the Beach Boys, with an arrangement reminiscent of "Do It Again." Lyrically, there was a distinct sense of world weariness and melancholy, from the divorce lamentations of "The Winner Takes It All" to the dissatisfaction with touring expressed in "Super Trouper" and even the nostalgia for a simpler time in "Our Last Summer." For performers on top of the world, the members of ABBA were putting an unusual amount of what sounded like real unhappiness into their pop music. [The 2001 reissue added "Elaine," a non-LP B-side, and "Put on Your White Sombrero," an outtake. Both were excellent songs.]
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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