May 4, 2010 – 3:48 am

There just aren’t enough ABBA bootlegs.

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The Winner Takes It All [Yankee Go Home Records, 1CD]

Live and unreleased tracks.

This is a collection of live tracks and unreleased songs and versions from the studio. The sound quality is variable. - Philip Cohen

“This CD has exactly the same tracks as Rarities And Demos except in a different order. In fact, this page has the same reviews as Rarities And Demos except in a different order. Rarities And Demos is no longer available (nor is Celebration or We Owed You One) but The Winner Takes It All is. The sound quality is fine. It might behove you to check this out.” -

ABBA took out the thoughtfulness of ’60s pop and just offered the saccharin. Sweet being what it is, ABBA attracted fans like sugar attracts ants. The quartet, like the Beatles, probably didn’t enjoy live performances and unlike the Fab Four, lip-synched almost all their “live” TV appearances and TV specials. They did play live on tour but there’s not much of their live recordings in anyone’s vault. Their fans were mostly tweenies who’d never lug their dad’s tape deck to a concert.

This’ll do. With the exception of track 19, sound quality is very good. Thanks Phil for sharing.
- The Little Chicken

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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(All comments from written before 2005)

Track 01. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (5:27) (7.5MB)
Track 02. Super Trouper (4:17) (5.9MB)
These live cuts are from the concerts recorded for the Dick Cavett Meets ABBA TV special in 1981. Both tracks were finally released as a bonus DVD on ABBA The Complete Studio Recordings on DVD2. But when the boxset was reissued in 2006, both DVDs were omitted. It remains out-of-print.

Track 03. Summer Night City (5:54) (7.6MB)
Starting with the just-released intro (on the box set THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC), this live version is great. Recorded at Wembley Arena in 1979, this cut was supposed to close side A of the live album (Remember vinyl?) but was ultimately left off. In some ways, it works better than the studio version.

Track 04. Voulez-Vous (extended) (6:05) (8.3MB)
This extended (not remixed) version of the album cut is okay but ultimately Voulez-Vous was never one of my favorite songs. Sorry…

5. Dreamworld (3:30) [OMITTED]
This studio cut, a precursor of Does Your Mother Know, is now commercially available on the box set THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC.

Track 06. Just Like That (5:00) (6.8MB)
This is a full-length recording of the smidge of a song that is available on the box set THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC. It is the first version of this unreleased track from 1982. This is different from the saxophone version found on LITTLE WHITE SECRETS.

7. I’ve Been Waiting For You (2:14) [OMITTED]
The producers of this CD lie on the packaging and say that this is the complete version. It is not. As it was lifted directly from ABBA - THE MOVIE, only the last part of the song is on this CD but Agnetha is in prime form.

8. Slipping Through My Fingers (4:15) [OMITTED]
This live cut, taken from the concerts recorded for the Dick Cavett Meets ABBA TV special in 1981, is commercially available on the box set THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC.

Track 09. Cassandra (4:47) (6.4MB)
This live version was recorded in November, 1982 for German television. The lyrics refer to a Greek princess, Cassandra, who was given the gift of prophecy from the god, Apollo. Unlike the studio version fade, this take has a cold ending.

Track 10. Every Good Man (2:05) (2.8MB)
This track was recorded in 1982 with lead vocals by Agnetha. Never released, it ultimately became Heaven Help My Heart in CHESS.

Track 11. Tiveds Hambo (2:19) (3.1MB)
The song was Stig Anderson’s first hit and this live version was ABBA’s last performance.

Track 12. Hovas Vitne (2:51) (3.8MB)
This song was written and recorded in 1981 as a special gift for Stig Anderson on his 50th birthday. Only 200 copies were pressed. Catchy but what does it all mean? Happy birthday?

13. On Top Of Old Smokey (2:41) [OMITTED]
Another lie on the packaging. It is not complete. This is an edit from the medley which originally appeared on a German charity album. The full medley was subsequently remixed and released as the B-side of SUMMER NIGHT CITY. It can be found on the current edition of ABBA (1975) as a bonus track.

Track 14. Does Your Mother Know (4:04) (5.6MB)
This live cut from the 1979 ABBA in Switzerland TV special is quite a cooker. With an instrumental intro not on the album cut, this version is very boogie-woogie with Benny’s piano really standing out. And Björn even makes a funny joke at the end.

Track 15. Under My Sun (2.1MB)
Track 16. Under My Sun (4.3MB)
Another unreleased song here in two versions: the first, shorter (1:34) version comes with studio chatter and laughter while the second is complete. (3:08) Frida takes the lead in this very infectious, uptempo song.

Track 17. Love Has Its Way (2.38) (3.6MB)
This single from the pre-ABBA era was released in Japan only. Interestingly, the lyrics were written by Björn and Benny; the music was not. A very ’60s feel brightens up this record, reminiscent in a subtle fashion, to Waterloo.

Track 18. Rock and Roll Band (3:07) (4.2MB)
This version was released only in Japan by Björn and Benny. The instrumental opening is different (It reminds me of Squeeze Box by The Who.) and there are added lyric lines before the chorus. I like this version better.

Track 19. I’m Still Alive (3:51) (5.3MB)
The only known recording of this song, written and performed by Agnetha, was captured in Paris, France during the 1979-80 World Tour. It is a very, very (Did I say very?) bad recording, (probably even worse on this CD) not worthy of the song; but history is history.

Track 20. Opus 10 (3:25) (4.8MB)
This instrumental was supposed to be the title track for the unreleased Opus 10 album. Instead, it was later used for Anthem in CHESS.

Track 21. Dancing Queen (U2) (4:09) (5.7MB)
On one of the most surreal nights of Bono’s life, U2, live in Stockholm, are joined on stage by Benny and Björn.

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  2. ?????

    By sluggo on May 4, 2010

  3. This is fantastic; I’m amazed people are still snooty about Abba - they’re one of the greatest pop bands ever. Thanks very much.

    By Pete on May 4, 2010

  4. It wasn’t easy back in the ’70s being into punk and recognizing the genius that was ABBA. Leaving the record store, I would furtively stick my ABBA disc between new releases by the Jam and Siouxsie.
    Today the elitist rock opinion-makers have, for the most part, given ABBA their due. Good catchy pop is hard to find. Just look at today’s pathetic record charts.

    By ken w on May 4, 2010

  5. About the question regarding track 12, Hovas Vittne.
    Hova was the small place where Stig Andersson originated from and Vittne means Witness. A play with words is what it is - Stig Andersson as a (Je)hova’s Witness.

    By Stockholm on May 7, 2010

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