AbbA: Waterloo @40
The ABBA Deluxe Edition series, which began in 2006 with the release of the Arrival album, now reaches its eighth album. And what would be more natural in this 40th Anniversary year, celebrating ABBA’s victory in Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Waterloo’, than to release a Deluxe Edition of the album of the same name. On this Waterloo Deluxe Edition the original album has been expanded with 8 bonus tracks, plus a DVD of rare and previously unreleased television material. Waterloo Deluxe Edition will be released April 7, 2014.
The first disc in the 2-disc package is a CD, which features the original album plus 8 bonus tracks. The bonus selections feature all the various versions of ‘Waterloo’ – the Swedish, French and German versions, as well as an alternate mix of the English version – plus the Swedish version of ‘Honey, Honey’; the remix of ‘Ring Ring’ that was first released on the American version of the Waterloo album; the single remix of ‘Ring Ring’ released as the follow-up to ‘Waterloo’ in the UK; and the Spanish version of ‘Hasta Mañana’. The DVD features no less than 13 TV selections, most of which are previously unreleased. Naturally, ABBA’s performances of ‘Waterloo’ in the Eurovision Song Contest and the Swedish selection, Melodifestivalen are featured on the DVD. In both instances, the first performance as well as the winner performance has been included. There is also the rare performance of ‘Waterloo’ intended for Eurovision preview programmes; the equally rare performance of the German-language version of ‘Waterloo’; ABBA’s three appearances on Top Of The Pops, performing ‘Waterloo’; an interview with Frida and ABBA manager Stig Anderson on Eurovision night; plus three performances of ‘Honey, Honey’ from German and Austrian television.
The package also includes a 20-page illustrated booklet featuring an extensive essay on the making of the album, with brand new insights from Björn and Benny.
Disc 01, CD: 1. Waterloo 2. Sitting In The Palmtree 3. King Kong Song 4. Hasta Mañana 5. My Mama Said 6. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On) 7. Honey, Honey 8. Watch Out 9. What About Livingstone 10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong 11. Suzy-Hang-Around Bonus tracks: 12. Ring Ring (US Remix 1974) 13. Waterloo (Swedish Version) 14. Honey, Honey (Swedish Version) 15. Waterloo (German Version) 16. Hasta Mañana (Spanish Version) 17. Waterloo (French Version) 18. Ring Ring (1974 Remix, Single Version) 19. Waterloo (Alternate mix)
Disc 02, DVD: 1. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest performance I, BBC) 2. Waterloo (Melodifestivalen performance I, SVT) 3. Waterloo (Melodifestivalen performance II, SVT) 4. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest preview performance, SVT) 5. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest, performance II, BBC) 6. Interview with Frida and Stig after the Eurovision victory (Rapport, SVT) 7. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance I, BBC) 8. Honey, Honey (Disco, ZDF) 9. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance II, BBC) 10. Honey, Honey (Spotlight, ORF) 11. Waterloo (German version) (Musik aus Studio B, NDR) 12. Honey, Honey (Ein Kessel Buntes, Fernsehen der DDR) 13. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance III, BBC) 14. International Sleeve Gallery
PLUS WATERLOO –7” Single Picture Disc: Also alongside this we will have the Waterloo 7” Picture disc Single. Waterloo is the first single from ABBA and was on the second album titled Waterloo. The song won ABBA the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest on 6 April and began their path to worldwide fame. The Swedish version single was coupled with “Honey, Honey” (Swedish version), while the English version featured “Watch Out” as the B-side. The single became their first No. 1 hit in several countries, reached the U.S. Top 10 and went on to sell nearly six million copies making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. At the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, it was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history!