Title - 'Super Trouper' [Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD]
Artist - ABBA
Super Trouper was the seventh studio album by Swedish pop group ABBA. First released in 1980, and probably due to the disco backlash of the time, the album saw ABBA returning to a more straight-forward pop sound - as opposed to the preceding (and noticeably more dance-oriented) Voulez-Vous album.
This brand new 2CD Deluxe Edition comes PACKED with goodies along with the entire original album and the bonus tracks having been remastered especially for this release! And those bonus tracks include a full length version of 'On And On And On,' previously only available in mono!
The DVD contains a number of television performances of tracks from the Super Trouper album, none of which have been released on DVD before. There is also a vintage documentary entitled Words And Music, produced by Polar Music International, which features the group talking specifically about the Super Trouper album in the immediate aftermath of the album's completion.
This wonderful collection also features a brand new featurette, entitled Somewhere In The Crowd There's You - On Location With ABBA. This featurette is a brand new production, compiling footage that was shot on the night when ABBA and their album designer, Rune Söderqvist, assembled a crowd of friends and circus performers to create the spectacular photograph featured on the Super Trouper album sleeve.
There are also included original promo clips for `Super Trouper' and `Happy New Year' - both of which feature footage shot on the "album sleeve night." The sequences included in the promo clips, shot by director Lasse Hallström, are completely different to the footage in the featurette, filmed by a separate film crew. The promo clips are the newly restored and remastered versions, out of which only `Super Trouper' has been released before (on last year's ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition); the restored `Happy New Year' is seen for the first time.
The hit single title track 'Super Trouper' kicks things off in fine style, with the ballad reflecting the end of a romance, the piano-intro'd 'The Winner Takes It All' along next. 'On And On And On' (a song that explores the members' lives in Stockholm's high society circles), 'Andante, Andante,' and 'Me And I' are next, with 'Happy New Year' and the truly beautiful 'Our Last Summer' come forth.
The renasseace feel of 'The Piper' is next before the classic worldwide hit 'Lay All Your Love On Me' follows it closely. For the most part, the remainder of the album plays out with a bunch of lesser-known original tracks. That said, there are some special gems in amongst them. Such as 'The Way Old Friends Do' (a live version recorded at Wembley Arena in the UK in 1979), the synth-fused 'Elaine' (the B-side to 'The Winner Takes It All'), the infectious 'On And On And On (Full Length Video Mix),' and the Spanish-flare of 'Put On Your White Sombrero.'
A lovely Spanish Version of 'Andante, Andante' is next, before the final track, 'Felicidad' is brought forth - a Spanish version of 'Happy New Year' - and it truly is a lovely way to bring the whole musical experience to a close too.
The second disc, the DVD comes with the following:
1. Show Express (German Television)
2. Happy New Year (Swedish Televison)
3. Words & Music
4. Somewhere In The Crowd There's You - On Location With ABBA
5. Super Trouper - Remastered Promo Clip
6. Happy New Year - Remastered Promo Clip
7. Super Trouper - TV commercial I (UK)
8. Super Trouper TV Commercial II (UK)
9. Abba International Sleeve Gallery