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Half-speed mastered 2LP vinyl leads ABBA ‘Super Trouper’ reissue

ABBA / Super Trouper half-speed mastered vinyl

ABBA’s second best album reissued for the 40th anniversary

ABBA‘s 1980 album Super Trouper will be reissued as a 40th anniversary 2LP half-speed mastered pressing next month, along with the now traditional singles box and seven-inch picture discs.

The group’s penultimate studio album (read the 2011 deluxe CD review) featured two UK number ones in the title track and what many consider to be the pinnacle of their achievements: ‘The Winner Takes It All’. Other high profile tracks include ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’ (issued only on 12-inch in the UK), ‘On and On and On’ (a single in some territories) and ‘Our Last Summer’ (elevated thanks to the Mamma Mia film).


Super Trouper 2LP half-speed mastered vinyl (click image to enlarge)

The half-speed vinyl is the usual deal; 2LP set, plays at 45RPM, comes with a certificate and OBI strip etc. The singles box set features ‘Super Trouper’, ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’ and ‘The Winner Takes It All’ on coloured vinyl singles, and all three of those are also available as individual seven-inch picture discs. The 2LP vinyl and the box both come with download codes.

Super Trouper is reissued on 30 October 2020 via UMC/Polydor. Pre-order links for box and picture discs coming…

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Super Trouper 2LP half-speed master

LP1 – SIDE A

  1. Super Trouper
  2. The Winner Takes It All
  3. On And On And On

LP1 – SIDE B

  1. Andante, Andante
  2. Me And I

LP2 – SIDE C

  1. Happy New Year
  2. Our Last Summer

LP2 – SIDE D

  1. The Piper
  2. Lay All Your Love On Me
  3. The Way Old Friends Do

Coloured vinyl seven-inch singles box

Super Trouper

  1. Super Trouper
  2. The Piper

Lay All Your Love On Me

  1. Lay All Your Love On Me
  2. On And On And On

The Winner Takes It All – Side A

  1. The Winner Takes It All
  2. Elaine

Super Trouper – Picture Disc

  1. Super Trouper
  2. The Piper

Lay All Your Love On Me – Picture Disc

  1. Lay All Your Love On Me
  2. On And On And On

The Winner Takes It All – Picture Disc

  1. The Winner Takes It All
  2. Elaine

47 responses to Half-speed mastered 2LP vinyl leads ABBA ‘Super Trouper’ reissue

  1. Micheal Blanke says:

    All 3 picture discs now ready for pre-order at
    Amazon.ca
    $25.93 cad each

  2. Micheal Blanke says:

    The numbered box set now available for pre-order at Amazon.ca ($55.38cad). Release date noted
    for November 6.

  3. Kevin Henry says:

    Ar around 42 minutes the album could have been a two sider without any loss of quality.

    With four sides they could have put the original ten tracks across three sides and put Elaine and Put On Your White Sombrero on side four.

  4. Casper Janssen says:

    Who needs this? What has this to offer to all previously released issues? How many remasters do we need? Recently fans bought the new vinyl box (including ‘Super Trouper’), we had the other vinyl box already a few years ago….. It think Polar/Universal is money grabbing and abusing the collection fury of ABBA’s fans to take their money out of their pockets. I agree that ‘Super Trouper’ is a phenomenal album…. but the marketing machine is going to far here.

  5. Dave Westbury says:

    I was listening to the old analogue recordings of ABBA released on the Pickwick label when CDs were first introduced (before Polar got their act together and protected the copyright, recognising the true value of ABBA) and they’re fascinating – after 20+ years of listening to the digital remasters, the originals almost sound like different songs. Brilliant!

  6. Paul W says:

    This is all becoming a bit formulaic. I wish they’d release a souped up version of “Greatest Hits” with the bench cover and the additions of Fernando and I’ve Been Waiting For You ( Fernando obviously , but IBWFY was a hit in Australia etc. It was the 2nd best selling album of the seventies and a far better compilation than Gold .

    • Quante says:

      The ‘bench photo’ is a classic image on the greatest hits sleeve. I always loved this album – one Christmas my brother bought me a second hand turntable and an amp/ speaker joined together with a good old five pin din connector, and then added the Abba greatest hits album to play; so it brings back fond memories. The early Abba tracks were brilliant catchy pop songs, much like the early Beatles songs, before both groups hit greater heights.

    • Fabio says:

      How could it be “a far better compilation than Gold” when it’s missing all their post-1976 hits, like Dancing Queen or The Name of The Game? Indeed, that early GH only included two of their UK number ones (Waterloo and Mamma Mia).

      • Colin says:

        ‘Greatest Hits’ included 3 UK ABBA No.1’s – not two. The UK version also included ‘Fernando’, as was the case in several other Countries. Australia and New Zealand got ‘The Best Of ABBA’, instead. ‘Fernando’ was not on that Compilation Album. Which is why those 2 Countries got ‘Fernando’ as an 11th Track on ‘Arrival’…

  7. Donnie Biscuits says:

    My Abba collection is all charity shop bought, including imports, if you dig deep enough you will always find something. They are all decent copies, somebody took care of them at some point. I was too young to really appreciate ABBA as a kid, but had a greatest hits on cassette and listened my parents vinyl. I would like to have pristine new copies but with so much new collateral out every week by so many collectable bands it is hard to justify with a family to support.
    I can rationalise it by saying ‘this is an investment’ but part of me also thinks we are buying stock for the charity shops 30 years down the line. Still, lets enjoy while we can.

  8. Chris Squires says:

    Interesting statement in the header Paul. Second best album. With that I will absolutely agree. Many, like you, will quite sensibly go with The Visitors as the peak. But this last year for me Voulez-vous has leapt, salmon like, over all-comers to my top spot. Ever since I saw The Martian I have pushed my listening habits back a few years and just love Voulez-Vous’s disco vibe. Particularly when one throws Summer Night City’s hat in to the ring. The non single (Album) tracks just pulse with quality.
    I shall be getting this. I know that two tracks a side can be a bit of a pfaff, but when you want to listen to an album, I mean really listen not just have it on, there is nothing better.
    I wonder whether once The Visitors is done whether they will go back and pick up 1975s Abba which should never be overlooked as this is where the sound of the group was really solidified and contains, in SOS, one of the very best Abba songs ever written plus of course the true catalyst to superstardom Mamma Mia.
    Fingers crossed.

    • Richard Lloyd says:

      I totally agree with Chris Squires about Voulez-Vous being far the best Abba album they released, with the excellent extra tracks on the deluxe CD version being just icing on top of an already gorgeous pop cake.

      If nothing else, Voulez-Vous contains the best track Abba never released as a single IMHO: “If It Wasn’t For Nights”…

      • Colin says:

        ABBA had planned to make ‘If it Wasn’t For The Nights’ the 1st Single off the 1979 ‘Voulez-Vous’ Album. With that plan in mind, they even performed it on the BBC’s 1978 Mike Yarwood Christmas Show. However, they recorded ‘Chiquitita’ that same Month and decided to make that the Single, instead. ‘If It Wasn’t For The Nights’ was left as an Album Track. Except in Japan, where it was made the ‘B’ Side of ‘Super Trouper’ in 1980. So, ‘If It Wasn’t For The Nights’ never got the chance to be a Single. ‘As Good As New’ never got the chance, either. Instead, ABBA released 4 Singles off ‘Voulez-Vous’, with none of them reaching No.1 in the UK. It is a pity, that those other 2 Songs were wasted as Album Tracks. I’m pretty sure that at least one of them would have been a UK No.1…

      • Chris Squires says:

        There is, on YouTube, a rather wonderful version of “If it wasn’t for the nights”. All white cat suits and the sexiest of wiggles to send even the most doubtful of twelve year old boys into a frenzy. It was filmed in Japan and has the clear arch behind them. Frida really shows her dancing chops.
        Absolutely agree with both Colin and Richard. The non-single tracks were the best Abba had ever committed to vinyl. Again a YouTube video of the duo of Kisses of Fire and Lovers live a little longer from the Switzerland special is rather wonderful with Frida in Purple and Agnetha in Pink. Don’t even get me started on the 300 millones version of Voulez Vous!
        Right, just off for a VERY cold shower.

    • Quante says:

      As a family we had lots of fun in the car singing Dame, dame, dame Amor esta noche, as one of the extras on the end of the Voulez Vous album. Abba didn’t do bad albums or songs, they just got better and better. It’s a shame they fell out of love with making music together, and the public were indifferent to the last singles, as Under Attack and The Day Before You Came are as good as any Abba songs. Roll on the five new songs, and wouldn’t it be lovely if they surprised us with a full album.

      • Colin says:

        I hated ‘The Day Before You Came’ in 1982, but I love it now. However, I regard their ‘Under Attack’ Single as being very weak. The instrumentation is rather sparse and half-hearted for an ABBA Single. The vocals are not as strong as they should have been. It sounds like a Demo to me. It was not a Demo, but the fact that ABBA thought that it sounded finished, shows that they’d lost interest. ‘Under Attack’ was one of the very few ABBA Singles that failed to reach the Top 10 of the Pan European Singles Chart…

  9. PdB says:

    Woot! I love these half-speed masters. Something a little different from just collecting the standard LPs. And if I don’t want to flip sides – then I play the CD. Easy. But it’s always interesting to experience the different sounds these editions produce.

    I hope after The Visitors – they revist the ealier albums they missed.

  10. Drbryant says:

    I’m waiting for them to release the Studio Albums box again. I don’t mind the same albums, but this time on all picture discs. Then, I want all metallic colors.

  11. Shane says:

    Well I need to complete my collection so I will buy all formats.
    Weird thing is….the price and shipping of the this-time-smaller (quantity) box set does not mention if it’s 7 or 12 inches, anywhere.
    Could it be 12″ Would make no sens though as all previous were 7″.
    Strange that no European store is listing it other than recordstore and the sound of vinyl aka-shipping-ripoff.
    Hope they dont sell out, I remember The Album’s box, or Voulez Vous sold out very fast (but may have gotten restocked afterwards, cant recall).

  12. df1chicago says:

    anyone know what happened to those two new abba songs that they said they recorded a year or so ago now??? enough with the reissues. put out the new stuff!!!

    • CJ says:

      My hope (but it is only a hope) is that the process of creating those songs rekindled some of the old magic and maybe we’ll get a full album. I may be asking for too much though.

    • Wayne says:

      It’s actually 5 tracks l believe. They should be appearing next year.

  13. Tom m hans says:

    This needs to stop, Ok Benny? Björn you are with us on this? Ridiculous. Lol.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      It’s not going to stop. The Visitors will be next year, and that’s the one I’m really looking forward to mainly because it’s the only ABBA album I truly LOVE. Which means I’ll buy all the formats!

      • Wayne Olsen says:

        My fave abba lp too

      • Tom m hans says:

        The Visitors, to quote my favorite band: An epitaph to a broken dream to exorcise this silent scream, a screa-am, thats born from so-orrow…. (Marillion, Script). To me it could not get better in regards to moods and songwriting from B and B. And then they were passing like Angels through my room and soon afterwards I grew up with 99 Luftballons and Roxanne, Piece of Mind by Maiden. And then Phil Collins plays drums – Something was going on. Abba was over.

      • gwynogue says:

        And then a couple years after The Visitors 40th, B&B will start the 50th campaign!
        It will go on and on and on…

        Keep on rockin’ baby!

      • colinthebruce says:

        That will be a difficult one Paul for the singles box set as it was only One of Us and Head over Heels. But maybe When all is said and done was out in other territories?

    • Craig Hedges says:

      I don’t think Benny and Björn have any say in any of these releases now. When Polar was sold to Universal I think ABBA relinquished their rights. I think it was to give Frida and Agnetha some money. It’ll be interesting to see who the new songs are published through and released by. The agreement with Universal is to keep ABBA in the public consciousness, which is what they are doing.

  14. Stevie B says:

    The ’Andante Andante’ remix was on the Abba : The Singles 40 x 7” Boxset from 2014. It was also in with the download code that came with the set.

  15. Steve F says:

    I’m in – I think these half-speed mastered vinyl are the best-sounding ABBA I’ve heard. Hearing the acoustic guitar at the start of ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ on the 2016 vinyl was one of those ‘hair-standing up’ moments.

    I hope they wrap round after The Vistors and complete the set with Ring Ring, Waterloo and Abba.

  16. Joe H. says:

    This is my favorite ABBA album and I would definitely be interested in the 7” box but it only has 3 singles? Where’s Happy New Year and On and On and On?

  17. Simon says:

    Love the sound of the ABBA half speed masters….pre-ordered!
    Not bothered about the others…..I realised 40 years ago that I’d never own every ABBA release (of the same songs, let’s be honest!), so I stopped trying… Life is so much simpler !!

  18. Grant Burnside says:

    Many will be angry at this saying it’s a cash-in. But from my personal perspective I’m very much looking forward to buying the 7″ box set as I have with the previous three. I don’t need them, I have the original single releases and the new vinyl LP box set, but as a lifelong lover of 7″ releases I just can’t help myself. I don’t feel as if anyone’s doing anything wrong by rereleasing their material again and again, as I only but those I really want to buy. Not a soul out there needs to either, unless they’re OCD, in which case there’s no helping them .

    • Timm Davison says:

      Best explanation for any reissue, ever. Nobody forces anyone to buy anything, and nitpicking and complaining about what’s there (and what isn’t) is just entitlement.

  19. MARK LEVY says:

    I’d like Universal to release an LP version of ABBA Collected. I don’t know why they haven’t.

  20. Craig Hedges says:

    Thanks for the info Paul, really love this (and the next) album. Universal accidentally released an alternative mix of Andante Andante a few years back in the singles box as it was the b-side of Happy New Year, Shame that isn’t in the box set or a picture disc. The sleeve for LAYLOM looks like a doctored version of the 12” version, I thought the 7”sleeve in 1981 was a dark brown colour or is old age playing tricks again.

  21. colinthebruce says:

    LP1 side 2 possibly two of the best abba songs ever. (hugely contrasted songs). I have bought all the 40th anniversary stuff of all the re-releases – cant help myself. I had been wondering what singles would have ended up in the box set as I thought that the only two ACTUAL singles (well UK anyway) would have been a bit pitiful. So I rightly assumed a 7″ Lay all your love on me, but I had also anticipated, to take it up to 4 singles, to have Happy new year/Andante Andante as that was released at the time in a lot of territories and indeed has been since in various formats. Still, I am looking forward to the half speed master of this almost as much as I am of these new fabled songs we have yet to hear (I suspect legal issues there tied in with the Abbatars)

  22. Gareth says:

    I definitely have appetite to put money Abba’s way but not for 2 songs a side – I want to relax not have to get up and down every 10 minutes or less.

    • Dave says:

      Yep ! Thats vinyl for ya . Up s and downs. if that aint bad enough it wears with every play. Whats to like at £20 /30 a pop.?

      • Tim says:

        So how come vinyl I’ve had for 40 years still plays perfectly?

        • Chris Squires says:

          Don’t let reality and experience get in the way of a good anti-vinyl rant Tim.

          It’s rather like a Fast Show catchphrase. Waiting for one to pop up in every thread.

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