|VHS: Virgin Video Music Biography VVD 252; 19??|
ABBA, the biggest name of the 70's, had a remarkable run of chart topping hits from 1974 to 1981 which has ensured them a place in pop history. The group's uncanny ability to create melodic masterpieces has only been battered by the Beatles, while their early mastery of the promotional video form was unequalled during their years as the most popular group in the world. The ABBA video biography collects together the video clips which brought Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid from local celebrity to international stardom, while also reflecting the destructive effect which public stardom can exert on private relationships. ABBA remain the only fact from a country where English is not the native tongue to have dominated the world of popular music, and their appeal to all age groups of every nationality is all the more unique because of the language barrier. While it seems unlikely that another non-English speaking act will ever approach ABBA's achievements, the ABBA video biography preserves their magic for future generations.
|ABBA Gold (Greatest Hits)|
|CD: PolyGram Video 085 548-4; 1992|
|LD: PolyGram Video 085 548-1; 1992|
|VHS: PolyGram Video 085 548-3; 1992|
Perhaps mainly due to English being the only universal language of pop and rock, the vast majority of classic modern popular music has been made by either British or American acts, yet one of the most enduring and successful groups of all time came from Sweden, where English is a foreign language. We're talking about ABBA, of course, who dominated charts for around eight years, achieving Nº1 hit singles all over the world (including 9 in UK), and whose heritage remains very familiar despite the passing of time. "ABBA-esque", the EP by Erasure of ABBA cover versions which topped the UK chart in 1992, and the very popular "copy" groups with acts based on ABBA's music, are just some indication of continuing influence of the quartet who where second only to Volvo as Sweden's biggest export earners for several years, and who remain revered and legendary as one of the most accomplished pop/rock groups ever.
John Tobler 1992
|ABBA The Movie|
|LD: MGM/UA Home Video UMLV 10215; 19??|
|VHS: MGM/UA Home Video SMV 10215; 19??|
From their first moment of international triumph, as Sweden's entry in the 1974 Eurovision song contest, everything ABBA have touched has turned to gold.
"Abba: the movie", follows the supergroup on a sensational tour of Australia and captures all the magic and excitement of one of the world's most entertaining live acts; It features an unforgettable selection from the many songs that have taken the four to the top of the charts around the world.
The movie also provides an interesting and thoroughly entertaining insight into their lives off-stage, punctuated by the amusing exploits of Ashley, a disc-jockey who follows ABBA across the continent. Not quite sure who or what ABBA are, Ashley is nevertheless determinated to get his interview.
|Thank You ABBA|
|VHS: PolyGram Video 632 382-3; 19??|
Tom HUDEC, Tom=at=ABBA-dot-cz, Last modification: October 19, 2002