“Waterloo” by ABBA - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1974Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Staring back at you from the cover of their '74 debut as ABBA were the two couples (l to r): Anni-Frid Lyngstad (28, vocals) and Benny Andersson (27, piano, keyboards, mellotron, clavinet, vocals) with Björn Ulvaeus (28, acoustic and electric guitars, vocals) and Agnetha Fältskog (23, vocals). The shot was taken at a 16th century castle in Mariefred, Southern Sweden. Quite who's in the background playing the part of Napoleon is unclear! Whilst charming at times, their strange old mix of pop-glam, jazz-funk and euroschlager is a bit of a hit or a miss; the two singles “Waterloo” and “Money Honey” certainly falling into the former category. Within a month of the album's March '74 release, the aforementioned “Waterloo” swept to victory in the Eurovision song contest held at the Brighton Dome. The single was a chart-topper in the UK and several countries, and went Top 10 in the States. It would go on to shift six million units, making it one of the world's all-time biggest selling singles. No longer a small Swedish act, ABBA had arrived on the world stage.

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A1 [02:45] 7.0.png ABBA - Waterloo [swedish version] (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson) Pop
A2 [03:39] 3.9.png ABBA - Sitting In The Palmtree (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop
A3 [03:14] 2.5.png ABBA - King Kong Song (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop
A4 [03:05] 4.0.png ABBA - Hasta Mañana (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson) Pop
A5 [03:14] 5.2.png ABBA - My Mama Said (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop
A6 [03:05] 1.8.png ABBA - Dance (While The Music Still Goes On) (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop
B1 [02:56] 6.3.png ABBA - Honey, Honey (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson) Pop
B2 [03:46] 3.5.png ABBA - Watch Out (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop
B3 [02:54] 1.4.png ABBA - What About Livingstone? (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop
B4 [03:35] 1.1.png ABBA - Gonna Sing You My Lovesong (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop Ballad
B5 [03:11] 6.5.png ABBA - Suzy-Hang-Around (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop
B6 [02:46] 7.4.png ABBA - Waterloo [english version] (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson) Pop

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