Abba Fans: Complete Studio Recordings or Thank You For the Music Box?

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So, I'm in the throes of Abba love -- and in so many ways, I really, truly want to splurge and buy the complete box, which has every album they ever released, a CD of rarities and two DVDs. Unfortunately, there are two issues of the box, according to Amazon -- one in '05 and another in '07, and at least one of the boxes requires an all-region DVD player to play the DVD's...but I'm not sure which.

Then, there's the Thank You For the Music box which is...well, you're typical box that you can pick up for twenty bucks or so and was issued a ways back before the amazing remastering job took place. It looks good, too -- but I'm really jonzing for the big kahuna.

Should I be?

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 23:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Good lord, won't ANYONE on ILM provide some much needed advice here?

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 19 July 2007 03:15 (fifteen years ago) link

I have the complete recordings box and it's AMAZING. The remastering alone is sooooo worth it. You'll be glad you took the plunge. I can't offer you any advice re: which release is free of DVD issues though.

Davey D, Thursday, 19 July 2007 03:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Don't have the set, but I noticed that a track from it was used as an example in Wikipedia's article about the loudness wars, implying that the remastering is, well, less than dynamic (for what it's worth). Do those in the know find the 2005 remasters better than the 2001 versions (which seem pretty maxed out already — nice for your iPod jogging, maybe not so much for your hi-fi)?

eatandoph, Thursday, 19 July 2007 08:27 (fifteen years ago) link

go for the complete recordings. its ace. although the editing on the video dvd is *apalling*.

pisces, Thursday, 19 July 2007 11:11 (fifteen years ago) link

Ah, many thanks, folks. So, upon a BIT more investigation, it appears that the $86.99 version on Amazon is CD-only -- no DVD's at all. Anyone feel strongly about the need for their inclusion? Obv., it'd be nice, but it's literally twice as much for the version with them...

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 19 July 2007 17:52 (fifteen years ago) link

If you're not getting the whole package, you could easily find all of their studio albs on CD for about $5 a pop. The two DVDs are nice but won't have nearly as much replay value as the CDs, so that's not a bad price. I got the whole set when it came out and don't have any complaints (I don't note any significant difference between the old CD versions and the new ones, but I'm not good at hearing that sorta thing.)

dabug, Thursday, 19 July 2007 17:58 (fifteen years ago) link

this may sound ridiculous but you really do need the videos. you'll see what I mean. you can pick 99% of them on the ABBA: The Definitive Collection DVD for cheaps though.

you do want the complete box. not like every track is great, but many of my favorite songs of theirs aren't on any compilation.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 19 July 2007 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

i'd get the complete recordings; they have more great non-single tracks than one would think

babedad, Friday, 20 July 2007 01:51 (fifteen years ago) link

plus aren't there spanish versions among the bonus tracks?

babedad, Friday, 20 July 2007 01:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, the complete box is peppered with spanish-language versions as bonuses.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 20 July 2007 01:55 (fifteen years ago) link

What about the Swedish language versions of "Waterloo" and "Honey Honey"?

James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, 20 July 2007 02:48 (fifteen years ago) link

They're on there too.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 20 July 2007 02:51 (fifteen years ago) link

If you're not getting the whole package, you could easily find all of their studio albs on CD for about $5 a pop

This is the way I picked up all of the 2001 CD remasters (well, more like $5.99 - $6.99 a pop) .. no idea why they are always cheap at the used stores. Too many pressed? Made obsolete by the "2005 remasters" mentioned by eatandoplh (never heard of these, btw .. don't think I've ever seen them.)

anyway my CDs sound fine to me, have great bonus tracks, and I can always watch the videos on YouTube.

Stormy Davis, Friday, 20 July 2007 02:57 (fifteen years ago) link

oh wait, "2005 remasters" = the Complete Studio box. got it, duh.

Stormy Davis, Friday, 20 July 2007 02:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Looks like there are some extra bonus tracks that weren't there on the earlier releases, including the Spanish tracks mentioned above. But I think the real reason you need it, Matthew, is to get a hold of that timeline.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, 20 July 2007 03:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I think I've been sold on the box, fellas -- the whole enchilada. Muchas gracias.

Last question: did anyone here buy their copy from Amazon in the US? If so, were the DVD's NTSC or PAL?

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 20 July 2007 21:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Don't remember where I bought mine (I presume it was Amazon but I really don't remember...) but my DVDs are NTSC.

dabug, Friday, 20 July 2007 22:34 (fifteen years ago) link


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