Voulez-Vous

Voulez-Vous

by ABBA

CD(Remastered)

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Overview

That it took nearly a year to record Voulez-Vous is an indicator of the creative and personal constraints in which the four members of ABBA found themselves at the end of the '70s. Their sixth album coincided with the marital split between Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus and the massively shifting currents in popular music, with disco, which had been on the wane, suddenly undergoing a renaissance thanks to the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever. Thus, about half of Voulez-Vous shows the heavy influence of the Bee Gees from their megahit disco era. This is shown not just in the fact that the backing track for the title song was cut at Criteria Studios in Miami, where the Bee Gees had cut Main Course, Children of the World, and most of the rest of their disco-era music, but through the funky beat that ran through much of the material; yet the album still had a pair of soft, lyrical Europop-style ballads, "I Have a Dream" and "Chiquitita," both of which proved as popular as any of the more dance-oriented songs, and were reminders of Fältskog's and Ulvaeus' roots, in particular, in popular folk music during the mid- to late '60s. Those two songs, plus "Angeleyes," "Does Your Mother Know," and the title cut, were all Top Five singles in England, although only "Chiquitita" and "Does Your Mother Know" were Top 40 hits in America, where the album's sales peaked at a modest 500,000 or so.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/1999
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731454713122
catalogNumber: 547131

Tracks

  1. As Good As New
  2. Voulez-Vous
  3. I Have a Dream
  4. Angeleyes
  5. The King Has Lost His Crown
  6. Does Your Mother Know
  7. If It Wasn't For The Nights
  8. Chiquitita
  9. Lovers (Live a Little Longer)
  10. Kisses Of Fire

Album Credits

Performance Credits

ABBA   Primary Artist
Janne Schaffer   Guitar
Johan Stengard   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Frida   Vocals
Rolf Alex   Drums
Benny Andersson   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Ola Brunkert   Drums
Lars Carlsson   Horn
Andrew Eijas   Horn
Agnetha Fältskog   Vocals
Joe Galdo   Drums
Malando Gassama   Percussion
Rutger Gunnarsson   Bass
Paul Harris   Piano
Janne Kling   Wind
Nils Landgren   Trombone
Ish Ledesma   Guitar
Roger Palm   Drums
Halldor Palsson   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Arnold Paseiro   Bass
Jan Risberg   Oboe
Ake Sundqvist   Percussion
George Terry   Guitar
Björn Ulvaeus   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Mike Watson   Bass
Lasse Wellander   Guitar
Kajtek Wojciechowski   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Benny Andersson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Anders Eljas   Arranger
Agnetha Fältskog   Composer
Rutger Gunnarsson   Arranger
Michael B. Tretow   Engineer
Björn Ulvaeus   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Anni-Frid Lyngstad   Composer

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Voulez-Vous 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was released shortly after the marriage of Benny and Frida, and the divorce of Björn and Agnetha. By this point in ABBA's journey, the lyrics were starting to reflect what was going on in their personal lives. Frida has us convinced that ''Lovers (Live A Little Longer)'', while Agnetha's caught in a landslide of emotions in ''Kisses Of Fire''. Actually, two of the album's singles made the U.S. Top 40 -- ''Does Your Mother Know'' went to number 19, then ''Chiquitita'' reached number 29. The real hit here should have been ''As Good As New''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Favorite tracks: "Does Your Mother Know" "Chiquitita" "Voulez-Vous" Least favorite: "Lovers (Live A Little Longer)"