ABBA - The Vinyl Collection - the details

Published September 16, 2010


The following is the original draft for a press release I wrote on behalf of Polar Music International and Universal Music:

The classic vinyl album is all the rage again, with more and more people across the world dusting off their turntables and replacing their worn-out needles for a return to the glory days of microgrooves and the unique feeling of a 12-inch vinyl album. So what could be more natural than making available once more the original album oeuvre of a group who attained global domination during the heyday of vinyl?

ABBA – THE VINYL COLLECTION is a limited edition box set containing ABBA’s eight studio albums, originally released 1973–1981: RING RING, WATERLOO, ABBA, ARRIVAL, ABBA – THE ALBUM, VOULEZ-VOUS, SUPER TROUPER and THE VISITORS. The box set also contains a bonus album, entitled ABBA TRACKS, the A-side of which contains the five single A-sides not included on the original studio albums. The B-side of ABBA TRACKS features a further five non-album songs, personally selected by ABBA’s Benny Andersson.

Going back to the analogue master tapes for each individual album, as originally prepared by ABBA and their associates, the albums in the ABBA – THE VINYL COLLECTION box set have been remastered for vinyl especially for this release. The track listings of the albums mirror the original Swedish releases, as originally planned and conceived by ABBA and their record company Polar Music. Similarly, the eight studio albums are presented in replica covers featuring Polar Music’s original art work and inner sleeves – exactly as they looked when they first hit record shops back in the Seventies and early Eighties.

ABBA – The Vinyl Collection also contains a 52-page full-colour timeline booklet featuring album content details, rare memorabilia, recording paraphernalia and photographs.


The LPs in ABBA - The Vinyl Collection have been remastered from the original Polar Music album master tapes by Janne Hansson, a long-time engineer at the Metronome Studio, where ABBA recorded many of their most well-known tracks. Working at Metronome since the Seventies, Janne is now the owner of the studio, which today operates under the name Atlantis (look it up in Sara Russell's book The ABBA Guide To Stockholm).

The LP sleeves replicate the original Swedish album designs, even down to the inner sleeves. The same goes for the labels on the actual records. To be able to get each and every one of these details right, we enlisted the help of collector and Polar Music label expert Frank Axelsson.

The booklet duplicates the introduction and timeline previously seen in the box sets ABBA - The Complete Studio Recordings and ABBA - The Albums. However, much of the booklet has been redesigned with new illustrations: fun stuff if you're into recording documentation like tape boxes, label copy sheets, etc. There are also a number of photographs which, if not previously unpublished (I wouldn't dare make such a claim), are certainly not among the most commonly used.

The ninth LP, entitled ABBA Tracks, features ABBA's five non-album single A-sides on the A-side, while the B-side features a further selection of non-album tracks, selected by Benny Andersson - not exclusively single B-sides in fact. Click on Track listings in the More Info menu to see which tracks Benny wanted to include as bonus selections in ABBA - The Vinyl Collection.


ABBA - The Vinyl Collection. Projected release date: December 6, 2010.