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ABBA|The Visitors (Deluxe Edition)

The Visitors (Deluxe Edition)

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ABBA's final album was recorded during a period of major personal shakeups, principally in the decision by Benny Andersson and Frida to follow the same route to divorce that had already been taken by Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog. Both male members of the group would soon remarry, but at the time, despite all of these changes in their circumstances, The Visitors was never intended as ABBA's swan song -- they were to go on recording together. That may explain why, rather than a threadbare, thrown-together feel, The Visitors is a beautifully made, very sophisticated album, filled with serious but never downbeat songs, all beautifully sung and showing off some of the bold songwriting efforts. The title track is a topical song about Soviet dissidents that also manages to be very catchy, while "I Let the Music Speak" sounds like a Broadway number (and a very good one, at that) in search of a musical to be part of, and "When All Is Said and Done" is a serious, achingly beautiful ballad with a lot to say about their personal situations -- even "Two for the Price of One," a lighthearted song sung by Björn Ulvaeus about answering a personal advertisement, offered several catchy hooks and beautiful backup singing. "Like an Angel Passing Through My Room" ended the original album on a hauntingly ethereal note, but not as any kind of larger statement about the quartet's fate. The intention was to keep working together, but Andersson and Ulvaeus' growing involvement with their stage project, Chess, prevented any further work together by the group beyond three songs, "The Day Before You Came," "Cassandra," and "Under Attack" -- they're all present as bonus tracks on the 2001 remastered edition (in gatefold packaging), along with the orphaned B-side "Should I Laugh or Cry" from the same sessions as The Visitors, and only add to the appeal of the original album.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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1
The Visitors
00:05:47

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

℗ 1981 Polar Music International AB

2
Head Over Heels
00:03:47

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

℗ 1981 Polar Music International AB

3
When All Is Said And Done
00:03:18

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

℗ 1981 Polar Music International AB

4
Soldiers
00:04:40

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

℗ 1981 Polar Music International AB

5
I Let The Music Speak
00:05:21

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

℗ 1981 Polar Music International AB

6
One Of Us
00:03:56

Rutger Gunnarsson, Bass Guitar, 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 - Lasse Wellander, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Abba, MainArtist - Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ola Brunkert, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1981 Polar Music International AB

7
Two For The Price Of One
00:03:37

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

℗ 1981 Polar Music International AB

8
Slipping Through My Fingers
00:03:53

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

℗ 1981 Polar Music International AB

9
Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
00:03:34

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

℗ 1981 Polar Music International AB

10
Should I Laugh Or Cry (Intro Version)
00:04:31

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

℗ 1981 Polar Music International AB

11
I Am The City
00:04:03

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

℗ 1993 Polar Music International AB

12
You Owe Me One
00:03:30

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

℗ 1982 Polar Music International AB

13
Cassandra
00:04:52

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

℗ 1982 Polar Music International AB

14
Under Attack
00:03:47

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

℗ 1982 Polar Music International AB

15
The Day Before You Came
00:05:48

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

℗ 1982 Polar Music International AB

16
From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (Demo Medley)
00:09:06

Tomas Ledin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rutger Gunnarsson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Andersson, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mats Ronander, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bjorn Ulvaeus, Producer, Electric Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Agnetha Fältskog, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Frida, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Åke Sundqvist, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Anders Eljas, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Liza Öhman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lasse Wellander, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Abba, MainArtist - Ola Brunkert, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lena Ericsson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Polar Music International AB

Album Description

ABBA's final album was recorded during a period of major personal shakeups, principally in the decision by Benny Andersson and Frida to follow the same route to divorce that had already been taken by Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog. Both male members of the group would soon remarry, but at the time, despite all of these changes in their circumstances, The Visitors was never intended as ABBA's swan song -- they were to go on recording together. That may explain why, rather than a threadbare, thrown-together feel, The Visitors is a beautifully made, very sophisticated album, filled with serious but never downbeat songs, all beautifully sung and showing off some of the bold songwriting efforts. The title track is a topical song about Soviet dissidents that also manages to be very catchy, while "I Let the Music Speak" sounds like a Broadway number (and a very good one, at that) in search of a musical to be part of, and "When All Is Said and Done" is a serious, achingly beautiful ballad with a lot to say about their personal situations -- even "Two for the Price of One," a lighthearted song sung by Björn Ulvaeus about answering a personal advertisement, offered several catchy hooks and beautiful backup singing. "Like an Angel Passing Through My Room" ended the original album on a hauntingly ethereal note, but not as any kind of larger statement about the quartet's fate. The intention was to keep working together, but Andersson and Ulvaeus' growing involvement with their stage project, Chess, prevented any further work together by the group beyond three songs, "The Day Before You Came," "Cassandra," and "Under Attack" -- they're all present as bonus tracks on the 2001 remastered edition (in gatefold packaging), along with the orphaned B-side "Should I Laugh or Cry" from the same sessions as The Visitors, and only add to the appeal of the original album.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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