ABBA: Gold - Greatest Hits (repackaged) - (Universal). By DS (ďDino ScatenaĒ)

Tuesday marked the 25th Anniversary of ABBA taking out the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo. That deserves a moment of reflection on the direction pop music has steered us in this past quarter of a century. Um, mmm, okay Ė letís move on.

At least half-a-dozen of these songs can be found in every Australian home in one shape or another. Sure, Murielís Wedding captured something of our unique national connection to these four gifted Swedes but it only scratches the surface. Letís not forget, ABBA-The Movie was mostly filmed here for Godís sake.

Sure, itís all as saccharine as can be and the girls barely had a passable grasp on the English language but there was some serious magic at work, a magic that time has not diminished. The recordings themselves havenít dated that badly either. Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Fernando, The Name Of The Game Ė 19 little slabs of re-issued bliss. Transcribed for ABBA World

Score: 5 out of 5 stars = ĎLord of CDsí.

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) ∑ 8 April 1999 (Page22)


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