A glorious return to form for ABBA at the end of 1980. From the rich artwork to a 'complete' album. Every track is excellent. On first hearing it was so good. The harmonies on Andante, Andante, the great synthesiser on Me and I. Happy New Year was an instant classic. Our Last Summer - Frida on top form vocally, and a nice story to go along with the melody. The Piper had the medieval atmosphere and great production. Lay All Your Love on Me was THE show stopper - what a track. Played this repeatedly on release day. The Way Old Friends Do evoked memories of the 79 concert. This album was a massive success, especially in the UK where it topped the charts for 9 consecutive weeks and was only toppled by John Lennon's Double Fantasy album after he was killed.
You have made some very good points there a great Album Love Me & I and actually love all the tracks, however I have always felt The Way Old Friends do is out of place On this Album. Maxisaxi New Zealand
This is like a textbook example of a perfect album. The quality of the songs is so high, from start to finish, that it's difficult to easily identify high- and low-points. The three singles chosen were corkers but I also think it was the only ABBA album where every track could have made a convincing single. Like "Arrival," there is a certain 'magic' about this release that pulls everything together.
So why is it not my favourite album? I can't put my finger on why I play this so much less than "The Visitors," "Voulez-Vous" or "Arrival." It has everything in spades, so it makes no sense to me.
I remember when I came home from buying this album and started to listen to it. I enjoy all the songs it had good energy and many wonderful songs but at the same time I was getting a feeling that the synergy within the band was changing. But it wasn't until 'The Visitors' that I truly felt the end of ABBA was near. All the songs are well written.
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I have long wondered why they never recorded a studio version of The Way Old Friends Do. But I much prefer a version that they performed on tour. I think it was at Wembly in England. It is on Youtube. I know the version on the album has overdubbing. I just don't care for that version. Maybe the reason I prefer the other version is because it was the first one I heard and became familiar with. It was on a TV show. Incidentally, it was also on that TV show that I first heard Gimme Gimme Gimme and Summer Night City, and I prefer those versions to the studio versions, too.