Twenty-Five Years Of ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits
Published on 6 September 2017
September 2017 celebrates twenty-five years of 'ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits'. First released in 1992, the compilation album has topped charts around the world and is now ne of the UK's biggest-selling albums of all time.
September 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the multi chart-topping compilation album that is ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits. First released on 21st September 1992 through PolyGram, ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits was the first compilation album to be released after the company had acquired Polar Music and the rights to the ABBA back catalogue.
Since 1992 ABBA Gold has been re-released several times, most notably in 2008 to coincide with the release of the film Mamma Mia!, and most recently in 2014 to mark ABBA’s 40th anniversary of winning the Eurovision Song Contest.
Prior to its release, all previously released ABBA compilations had been deleted and only the original studio albums (along with the 1986 live album) remained in print. ABBA Gold was well received by the music-buying public and went on to be one of the best-selling albums of all time.
ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits has been re-released in various "special" or "remastered" releases:
1992 (Original release) The original 1992 release included an Edited Version of "Voulez-Vous" and the Us Promo Edit of "The Name of the Game."
1999 (Remastered re-release) Celebrating ABBA's 25th Anniversary of winning the Eurovision Song Contest with "Waterloo". Including the original versions of Voulez-Vous and The Name Of The Game. This new version was called the "signature series" as it came with autographs from the band members embedded into the front plastic casing in gold writing. This new version also contained new sleeve notes and the sound is digitally remastered in 24 bit from the original multitracks.
2002 (10th Anniversary Edition) Contained a revised booklet and updated liner notes. The ABBA logo was changed to the official ABBA font and the back cover was redesigned. It was released in Europe and New Zealand (with the European track list, and not the previous Australasian track list). This version was not released in Australia.
2008 (Second remastered edition) Coinciding with the release of the film Mamma Mia!, in a so-called super jewel case, with updated liner notes and with remastered sound (using the remasters for The Complete Studio Recordings). The Australasian release featured the European track list, not the Australasian track list on previous issues. This version was issued in the US in 2010, although it does not come in a super jewel case, but instead a regular jewel case.
2010 (Special Edition) Included two discs - the original CD (using the 2008 remasters) and a DVD of the video clips, remastered in 2010. The DVD also included five bonus clips.
2014 (40th Anniversary Edition) A three CD edition which includes the original album (disc 1), the More Gold - More Hits album (disc 2) and the "Golden B-sides" (disc 3), containing twenty b-sides.
ABBA Gold has topped many charts around the world including Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and, of course, here in the UK on five separate occasions in 1992, three times in 1999 (celebrating twenty-five years of ABBA winning the Eurovision Song Contest and the opening of the smash-hit musical Mamma Mia!) and most recently in 2008.
ABBA Gold wasn’t the first ABBA compilation album. Thank You For The Music, a compilation of ABBA love songs and ballads, was released by Epic Records back in 1983 and peaked at number 17, breaking ABBA run of eight chart-topping albums.
In 1988, just four years before the release of ABBA Gold, Telstar released the double compilation album Absolute ABBA which, to be honest, contained a very similar track listing to ABBA Gold. Absolute ABBA peaked in the UK at number 70. What a difference four years and some very clever marketing makes!