The Essential Collection - ABBA User Reviews
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I’m a huge ABBA fan, and this set is an improvement over Gold, their best selling Greatest Hits. GOLD covers all the big hits, and is a great album, but this one digs a little deeper, and includes all of their singles and a few fan favorites that are just as delicious as the big hits. I love seeing the inclusion of Bang-A-Boomerang, That’s Me, and Happy New Year, which are some of their best and hadn’t been included on any official ABBA collections up to this point. Gold is a great starting point if you’re still on the fence, but if you’re willing to shell out just a little more money, than this collection is the one to get!
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As with most bands, a 2-CD greatest hits is about the perfect size since 35-40 songs over 2 1/2 hours is about all but the most ardent fans will want. The only issue with this set is that their 1993 comp ABBA Gold is so perfect, that anyone wanting more may well want to spring the $50 to buy their entire album collection rather than $20 for this (excellent) 2-disc comp.
I may be a dying breed, but I prefer CDs to lossy downloads, I wonder if Apple will ever let me purchase lossless ALAC/FLAC files. That could be enough to kill the CD forever (it's not dead yet, it's just in critical condition).