The Essential Collection

Published April 06, 2012 | MORE DETAILS »

The Essential Collection pulls together every official ABBA promo clip as originally conceived and produced by Polar Music in the 1970s and 1980s, plus the 'Chiquitita' clip which was originally made for the BBC. It also sees the first-ever commercial release of the clips for ‘Conociéndome, Conociéndote’ and ‘Gracias por la música’ (Spanish versions of ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and ‘Thank You For The Music’, respectively).

Furthermore, the video for 'On And On And On' now appears in its correct, original edit on DVD for the first time (for the past two decades it's only been available in "butchered" or re-edited versions, but now it has finally been remastered for DVD from an original master). The video has been synchronised with the accurate stereo soundtrack.

The clips are newly remastered in the 16:9 format, as opposed to the normal 4:3 format. However, this does not mean that the aspect ratio of the picture has been compromised - what you get is a 4:3 picture with "black bars" on either side of the picture.

I provided the track listing and edited and updated the liner notes I originally wrote for The Definitive Collection. The liner notes are featured in an 8-page booklet.

The Essential Collection is released in tandem with a double-CD of the same name, and is also available as a Limited Edition package containing both the CDs and the DVD.



The Essential Collection. Projected release dates Germany and Austria: May 21, 2012; rest of the world: September 3, 2012. Catalogue number: Polar 00602527993744.