ABBA are to reissue their evergreen ABBA Gold ‘best of’ for its 30th anniversary next month.
Is the album called Gold, or ABBA Gold? It’s a moot point since 32m global sales and counting means no one cares and despite missing some excellent singles such as ‘Under Attack’ and ‘The Day Before You Came’ (neither was a big hit in the UK so it’s understandable) it cannot be denied that the 19-track collection does a great job of bringing together all the big singles, including ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Money Money Money’, ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’, ‘Take A Chance On Me’ and ‘Mamma Mia’. As you would expect, the album contains all nine of the band’s UK chart-toppers.
While SDE would prefer to see some love given to 1982’s The Singles: The First Ten Years, you can see why the band persist with ABBA Gold. It is the second highest selling album of all time in the UK (behind Queen’sGreatest Hits) and I’m sure the longterm goal is to try and surpass Queen (there’s around a million sales between them). That isn’t going to happen if you start directing people’s attention to some-other-compilation. ABBA Gold is a big snowball and they want it to get bigger and bigger, not start a new one!
For the 30th anniversary ABBA are reissuing the album as a 2LP gold-coloured vinyl package, which is something they’ve done before, so not overly exciting. However there is also a 2LP picture disc option which could be enticing even if it’s not particularly cheap. A ‘gold’ cassette edition is also available via certain channels.
ABBA Gold is reissued on 23 September 2022 via UMC / Polydor.
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