EAGLE - The album opens with one of my alltime favourite ABBA songs. Its mystical, space age, almost sci-fi musical backing and effects really got my mind engaged. This is just a superb composition, and in headphones this whisks you away into the sky, free as a bird. Almost 6 minutes of class.
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME - One of the band's most successful singles, a great sing-a-long memorable chorus and chug-a-chug style backing. Europop Disco at its best.
ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN - Piano and synthesised led track with string parts make this a lovely ballad with Frida (Anni-Frid Lyngstad) on the leading vocals.
THE NAME OF THE GAME - Such a clever song, so many different sections in the song, even the vocals are jointly led by Frida and Agentha Faltskog with solo parts too. There is a lot going on and is very complex if you listen closely. Another hit single.
MOVE ON - This is a Waltz song that starts off like a Trucker song like "Teddy Bear" by Red Sovine in 1976. Bjorn Ulvaeus starts the talking first verse then Agnetha takes over for the rest of the song. A nice song but lacks the engaging quality of other songs, but to be fair, the best ABBA songs are tough to beat.
HOLE IN YOUR SOUL - An Electronic Rock N' Roll song, catchy chorus and great beats and tempo. This was a re-working of one of the tracks in the following "mini musical" originally called "Get On Your Carousel".
(THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN HAIR - 3 scenes from a mini musical)
THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC - This is the well known song that wasn't released as a single until 1983 to promote a Greatest Hits package. A great song that fans were singing to ABBA after they split. This mini musical was played on live tours.
I WONDER (Departure) - This is pure musical that wouldn't have been out of place in something like "Evita". Frida takes lead vocal over a variety of orchestral instrumentation.
I'M A MARIONETTE - This is a Rock Opera type song. Electronic Progressive Rock? Is there such a thing? this could be it!