Eagle is my favourite track off this Album I just love the way the girls voices come together and hit those notes, others of course are The Name Of The Game, Hole In Your Soul and of Course Move On. Love all the songs though but for me those are my all time favourites Maxisaxi New Zealand
It took me a while to warm to this album, especially after the bright brilliance of "Arrival." Side 1 is virtually flawless. "The Name Of The Game" is my favourite track. I love how both girls have their very distinct solo moments and still find time for the brilliant "third voice." Lyrically, it was one of their deeper moments too.
Side 2 is something of a mixed bag. "Hole In Your Soul" sounds fantastic (as long as you don't need much weight in your lyrics). Unfortunately, I really can't stand "Thank You For The Music" - and the so-called 'Doris Day' version is even worse. But I love "I Wonder (Departure)" and the brilliant drama of "I'm A Marionette." I adored "Eagle" at the time but I really have to be in the mood for it these days.
From a design point of view, I prefer the European white sleeve to the overdone blue version released here and in the UK.
This was a change of direction. After the mega success of Greatest Hits and Arrival - the anticipation was huge. Even though most of Europe had this album for Christmas, in Ireland and the UK we had to wait until January 1978. The artwork - so much going on: kangaroos, marionettes, planes, claws etc. Great cover but what did it mean? The inside of the gatefold sleeve was a giant AirMail envelope. I agree that the rest of the world artwork is better. The opening track Eagle - wow. Just classy from start to finish, soaring, perfection. Big, west Coast USA feel to it. Take A Chance - brilliant. A No.1 single written all over it, and so it came to be a few weeks later. One Man, One Woman - had a rawness to it. Great guitar work and Frida perfect for the vocal. The Name of the Game - already one of my all time favourites, played incessantly back in October 1977. Move On - liked this track on and off over the years. I think the chorus sounded a bit like a TV commercial, don't know why. Hole In a Your Soul - heavy! Great track but as had been mentioned many times by other commentators, the vocals are a tad squeaky. Thank You For a The Music - I think this is a masterpiece - love the blend of the mandolins and harmonies and one of Agnetha's best vocals. Never tire of this track. I Wonder (Departure) - probably the biggest let down ever. After the brilliant live version from Sydney (b-side on NOTG) this sounded clinical and sterilised. The live version is so much better. I'm a marionette - dark and mysterious. A grower - I've come to appreciate it more over the years, although I like the alternative version in the Movie slightly better.
Definitely a transition album, but another classic - so many memories of that time in my life are linked to that album.
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. I absolutely agree that this album and the Arrival album are ABBA's two best albums, but at first, I didn't care for any of the songs on this album other than Take A Chance On Me. Eagle and One Man, One Woman are great songs, and I love Move On. The only song on this album that I don't really like is I'm A Marionette.