Super Trouper Deluxe Edition - the details

Published March 09, 2011


THE HISTORY OF SUPER TROUPER

Super Trouper was first released in Sweden in November 1980. Sessions for the album began in February 1980 and concluded in mid-October the same year, just a couple of weeks before release. The creation of the album seems to have been one of the smoothest in ABBA history - at least, that's how it looks from the outside: sessions starting off with a bang with five completed backing tracks in just a few days, and, when the recording period was over, just a couple of tracks left unreleased (out of which only 'Put On Your White Sombrero' went beyond the first stages of recording). With hits such as 'The Winner Takes It All', 'Lay All Your Love On Me' and the title track, today it is Benny Andersson's favourite ABBA album.


PUTTING TOGETHER THE DELUXE EDITION

Super Trouper Deluxe Edition is the fourth release in the series of ABBA Deluxe Editions (the fifth if you count the 30th Anniversary Edition of Waterloo). Work on this release began in March 2010, but it was put on the backburner to make way for The Vinyl Collection box set and ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition. With those releases over and done with, we could finally give our full attention to Super Trouper. The format is the same as for previous Deluxe Editions: one disc a CD of the original album plus bonus tracks, one disc a DVD of rare and previously unreleased television material relevant to the Super Trouper era.

All tracks on the CD have been remastered especially for this release, and, to my ears, they sound better than ever. The bonus track ‘On And On And On (Full length version, stereo mix)', is the only previously unreleased track on the release - it has only been released in mono on CD before, but now we finally located the stereo mix of this early, unedited version of the song.

As for the DVD, I think it offers a nice picture of "ABBA in 1980", with television performances of four tracks on the album, plus the Words And Music documentary, detailing the making of the Super Trouper album. The DVD also includes a unique 15-minute featurette, entitled Somewhere In The Crowd There's You - On Location With ABBA. This featurette consists of previously unseen footage that was shot on the night when ABBA and their album designer, Rune Söderqvist, assembled a crowd of friends and circus performers to create the spectacular photograph featured on the Super Trouper album sleeve. This archive footage was never used for anything at the time, and has never been made public until now.

As an "extension" of the featurette, we have included the original promo clips for ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Happy New Year’ – both of which feature footage shot on the “album sleeve night” – to give the viewer further glimpses of what took place that night. The sequences included in the promo clips, shot by director Lasse Hallström, are completely different to the footage in the featurette, filmed by a separate film crew. The promo clips are the newly restored and remastered versions, out of which only ‘Super Trouper’ has been released before (on ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition); the restored ‘Happy New Year’ is seen for the first time.

For my liner notes, I interviewed Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus in May 2010. They both offered new details and perspectives on the Super Trouper era and the songs created during that period.

The Super Trouper Deluxe Edition project was co-ordinated by Mia Segolsson. The CD was mastered by Masters of Audio, the DVD was put together by Filmtech, Fredrik Hurtig designed the package, Wouter Timmers helped us with the single and album sleeves, and Thomas Nordin contributed memorabilia for the booklet. Ian Cole helped out with additional comments and suggestions, and, along with Paul Carter, was an invaluable sounding-board and proof-reader when I wrote my liner notes.

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