ABBA - Singles Collection 1972*1982 - the details

Published September 07, 2011

As part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations of ABBA’s victory with Waterloo in the Eurovision Song Contest, PolyGram decided to release a box set of 24-bit remastered CD singles. The box set was based on a German box set of vinyl singles, originally released in 1984 for the 10th Anniversary of the Eurovision win. That release consisted of 27 singles plus a bonus picture disc, featuring the French and German versions of Waterloo.

For the CD box set – which came in a numbered, embossed tin –  this theme was expanded to include all of the above singles, packaged in replicas of the original German picture sleeves, plus a 1-track CD single featuring Waterloo in Swedish. In that way, all four versions of the song (Swedish, English, German and French) were included in the box set. My contribution was to write an introduction and a brief track by track annotation for the 16-page booklet that was included.

The Singles Collection 1972*1982 was released April 5, 1999, originally in a strictly limited edition of 20,000 copies worldwide. In September of that year, a simpler cardboard version of the box set was released. The two bonus singles had been removed from the package, which otherwise remained the same. Both versions of the box set are now out of print, but copies may still be available (try the ordering links to the right).

A curious note: The Honey, Honey single featured a 1974 remix of Ring Ring on the B-side (currently known as ”1974 Remix, single version”). However, this had never been released on CD before, so a digital master was not readily available. Nor was there any time to research the original master tape – the idea for this box set was very much a last minute thing – so ABBA engineer Michael B. Tretow and remastering expert Jon Astley had to resort to a bootleg CD containing a transfer of the vinyl. It wasn’t until 2001 and the release of the double CD compilation The Definitive Collection that a master tape of this Ring Ring remix was located and then properly remastered in 24-bit by Jon Astley. Since then the Ring Ring remix has been remastered again and included in the 2005 box set The Complete Studio Recordings and various other CD releases.


ABBA - Singles Collection 1972*1982. Released April 5, 1999. Catalogue number: Polydor 563 286-2. (Out of print.)