MAMMA MIA - Abba's third studio album is almost like a hits album in itself with so many well known songs on it. This opening track was a mega hit across the globe and was the sixth single from the set and the first UK number 1 since "Waterloo". A classic Abba song, Europop merging with Progressive 70s Rock, a pure timeless gem.
HEY, HEY HELEN - A little Disco, a little Glam Rock and a little Europop. A simple but effective and engaging experimental track.
TROPICAL LOVELAND - Frida carries this song in a Calypso Regga Pop style. It's a nice, summery, feel good, relaxing track.
SOS - Reaching number 6 on the UK chart, this is one of my favourite Abba tracks. An anthemic Rock Pop classic sung beautifully by Agnetha.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE - Led by Bjorn on vocals, this is a cool, funky track with a great chorus and laid back, sleazy attitude. Love it.
BANG-A-BOOMERANG - Both girls are back on vocals for this song. A typical Europop style with a hint of 60s Wall of Sound Motown. It is catchy and again memorable. Not released as a single in UK but was a minor hit in several countries.
I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO - The third single from the album only reached number 36 on the UK chart. Its a nice piano led Pop ballad but not one of my favourites, I must admit. Beautifully sung with orchestrated backing but doesn't really go anywhere for me.
ROCK ME- An absolute favourite of mine. Led by Bjorn as is usually the case on the rockier songs. His throaty, hard rockin' vocal merges with the infectious beat and guitars to make a melodious old fashioned Rock 'n Roll track. Nice. Interestingly not a single worldwide but a hit in Australia and New Zealand!
INTERMEZZO NO1 - An almost Classical/Progressive Rock instrumental, both eerie and off beat quirky. Its cool if you like instrumentals, but for me Abba is the vocal harmonies..
I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU - A big powerful Pop ballad sung by Agnetha. It's anthemic Europop, its not a great Abba song for me, but then it has a lot to live up to!
SO LONG - Similar in vein to "Waterloo", the Rock 'n Roll Pop style is brilliant once again. Another favourite of mine of so many. The first single on the album released in a handful of countries but not UK and yet we still all know it, like so many of the band's lesser songs.