ABBA – The Album
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 12 Dec 1977
Style: pop Rock
A1 Eagle 5:51
A2 Take A Chance On Me 4:05
A3 One Man, One Woman 4:25
A4 The Name Of The Game 4:54
B1 Move On 4:42
B2 Hole In Your Soul 3:41
Tracks B3, B4 and B5 are all-together called: “The Girl With The Golden Hair” – 3 Scenes From A Mini-Musical
B3 Thank You For The Music 3:48
B4 I Wonder 4:33
B5 I’m A Marionette 3:54
The Album is the fifth studio album by the Swedish pop band ABBA. It was released on 12 December 1977. The album was released in conjunction with ABBA: The Movie, with several of the songs featured in the film. “The Album” featured longer tracks, more complex structures, and lyrics that aspired to be more than just words that fitted the melody.
The album contained the singles “Take a Chance on Me”, “The Name of the Game”, and what is called ABBAs “goodbye” song “Thank You for the Music”, despite the fact the song was released five years before the band officially broke up. It also features the song “Hole In Your Soul”, which was performed as the last song at many ABBA concerts, including their final 1979 tour, and two other songs, “One Man, One Woman” and “I’m A Marionette”.
The album offers three songs from ABBAs mini-musical “The Girl With The Golden Hair”. These songs are “Thank You for the Music”, “I Wonder (Departure)” and “I’m A Marionette”.
Polars official cover featured an entirely white background, and is the basis for current CD versions. However, Epic Records’ original UK release of the LP featured a blue background on the front cover, fading to white at the bottom. It also featured a gatefold sleeve. The back cover was altered, incorporating a similar photo of ABBA to that used elsewhere in the world for the inner sleeve, and referencing tracks included in ABBA: The Movie. The inner gatefold was designed to look like an air mail envelope, similar to the style later used for Gracias Por La Música and even had a photo of ABBA incorporated into a stamp in the corner.
This was the first and only time that Epic radically broke away from the standard Polar Music design for an ABBA album.
“The Name of the Game”/”I Wonder” (live) (October 1977)
“Take a Chance on Me”/”I’m a Marionette” (January 1978)
“One Man, One Woman”/”Eagle” (Edited version) (1978) (Taiwan only)
“Eagle” (single edit)/”Thank You for the Music” (May 1978)
“Thank You for the Music” / “Eagle” (Edited Version) (1978 (Chile))
“Move On”/”Mamma Mia” (1978) (Chile)
“Thank You for the Music” / “Our Last Summer” (1983)
Benny Andersson keyboards, vocals
Agnetha Fältskog vocals
Anni-Frid Lyngstad vocals
Björn Ulvaeus acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals