ABBA are a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group’s name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982.
Waterloo is the second studio album by ABBA, and the first released internationally. It was originally released in Sweden on 4 March 1974 through Polar Music. The album’s title track won ABBA the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest and became a global hit, launching the group’s career.
ABBA is the third (second internationally) studio album by the Swedish pop group of the same name. It was originally released on 21 April 1975 through Polar Music and featured the hits “Mamma Mia” and “SOS”
Arrival is the fourth studio album by ABBA. It was originally released in Sweden on 11 October 1976 It became one of ABBA’s most successful albums to date, producing three of their biggest hits: “Dancing Queen,” “Money, Money, Money” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You.”
Voulez-Vous (French for “Do you want?”) is the sixth studio album by ABBA, released in 1979. It features a number of hits such as “Chiquitita”, “Does Your Mother Know” and “I Have a Dream” and showed the group embrace disco music, which was at its peak at the time. The album peaked at No.1 in a number of countries and was one of the top five-selling albums in the UK for that year.
Super Trouper -Led by the international hit “The Winner Takes It All”, Super Trouper was the group’s sixth chart-topping album in the UK. It was also the best-selling album in Britain for 1980. Super Trouper was first released on CD in 1983.
The Visitors is the eighth studio album by ABBA, and their last before their 35-year hiatus. It was released on 30 November 1981.
With The Visitors, ABBA took several steps away from the “lighter” pop music they had recorded previously and the album is often regarded as a more complex and mature effort. The opening track, “The Visitors”, with its ominous synthesizer sounds and the distinctive lead vocal by Frida, announced a change in musical style. With Benny and Frida going their separate ways, the pain of splitting up was explored yet again in “When All Is Said and Done”. The major hit single on the album, “One of Us”, also depicted the end of a love story. Elsewhere there were current Cold War themes—highly topical at the time—and further songs of isolation and regret.
The Visitors was one of the first records ever to be recorded and mixed digitally, and was the first in history to be pressed on the new CD format in 1982 (though in terms of commercial release dates, it was predated by the Japanese release of Billy Joel’s 52nd Street).
The Collection contains Abba’s big- production adult-contemporary ballads like “Thank You for the Music,” “The Winner Takes It All,” and “Fernando.”