A suite of special releases has been announced to mark the forthcoming 40th anniversary of ABBA’s Super Trouper album. They’re due from Polar Music/Universal on October 30.
Super Trouper was the group’s penultimate studio LP release and one of only two that the Swedish superstars made in the 1980s. It topped charts around Europe and beyond during the holiday season of 1980 and has continued to be a much-loved part of their unmatched catalog.
The album will be presented in a expansive half-speed master, which was carried out at Abbey Road Studios in London by Miles Showell. In keeping with recent releases, a 7” collector’s box will be available as well as a highly collectible and strictly limited edition picture disc set.
The 2LP half-speed master of the album is on 2 x 12” black 180 gram, 45rpm vinyl discs, in a gatefold sleeve with certificate of authenticity and download card. The numbered box contains three coloured vinyl 7″ singles with download card (tracklists below) and the picture disc 7” singles will be available to buy separately.
Super Trouper, named after a large stage spotlight, was ABBA’s seventh studio album and their sixth No.1 in a row in Sweden. It was a bestseller all over Europe and reached the Top 20 in the US. In the UK, it was the bestselling album of 1980, despite only entering the charts in November, and was supported by the huge singles success of the title track, “The Winner Takes It All” and “Lay All Your Love On Me.”
The album also contained such celebrated ABBA staples as “Happy New Year,” “Andante Andante” and “On and On and On.” It concluded with “The Way Old Friends Do,” recorded at the quartet’s famous Wembley concerts of the year before.
In its review of the 2011 reissue of the album, thequietus.com concluded by observing: “There are sublime moments here, where their gifts for melody and composition felt capable of taking over an entire planet. Which, of course, they did.”
The 40th anniversary Super Trouper releases are out on October 30. Pre-order them here.
The full tracklists are:
Super Trouper – 2LP HALF SPEED MASTER | UPC: 00602508777707
Strictly Limited Edition 2 x 12” on black 180g heavyweight 45rpm vinyl / Gatefold sleeve / Half-speed mastered Abbey Road certificate of authenticity and download card
Side One: “Super Trouper” / “The Winner Takes It All” / “On and On And On”
Side Two: “Andante, Andante” / “Me and I”
Side One: “Happy New Year” / “Our Last Summer”
Side Two: “The Piper” / “Lay All Your Love On Me” / “The Way Old Friends Do”
Super Trouper – Single Box| UPC: 00602508777974
Numbered, limited edition – three coloured vinyl 7″ singles in one boxset with download card
Single One: “The Winner Takes It All” / “Elaine”
Single Two: “Super Trouper” / “The Piper”
Single Three: “Lay All Your Love On Me”/ “On And On And On”
“The Winner Takes It All” / “Elaine” – Picture Disc | UPC: 00602508778629
“Super Trouper” / “The Piper” – Picture Disc | UPC: 00602508778599
“Lay All Your Love On Me”/ “On And On And On” – Picture Disc| UPC: 00602508778643
Highly collectible, strictly limited edition picture disc 7-inch singles, available to buy separately.