2 stars out of 10 for Thank You For The Music

Published August 17, 2017

The revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions (abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com) features almost four pages detailing the story behind the compiling of the 1994 box set Thank You For The Music. However, some of the reviewers of the box set at the time of its original release would probably not agree that it was worthy of such attention. 

I thought the most damning review may have been the 2-out-of-5 mauling in Q magazine, but the other day I came across this 2-out-of-10 submission from Vox, written by Steve Malins. You don't need to be a genius mathematician to figure out that 2 stars out of 10 translates as 1 star out of 5. Ouch! So here is the review for your reading pleasure, or displeasure as the case might be.

"After two recent greatest hits packages, the only motivation for this four-CD, 66 track monster is hollow-bellied greed. Most of the material is etched into the psyche of British suburbia, and hardly needs further introduction. This leaves one CD of rare B-sides and six previously unreleased tracks to justify the whole. Most of this paltry addition to the Abba story should have remained locked away in Benny and Bjorn's bottom drawer, with only 'Put On Your White Sombrero' and 'Dream World' exuding any charm. The latter is particularly worthwhile, as it includes a melody later massacred by the boys on the rocky 'Does Your Mother Know?'. As for the rest, it's a pitiful mix of rotten flipsides, folksongs, live recordings, and, worst of all, more Abba songs with the beards on vocals."

Along with the box set and the original albums, those rotten flipsides and songs with the beards on vocals are explored in some detail in ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. Order your copy here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com


The Thank You For The Music box set - rubbished in 1994, explored in detail in 2017.