Oh not again | 14 August 2011
Seemingly without any proper promotion ABBA's latest compilation album Collected appeared in the Dutch charts. It seems that any compilation CD with the name ABBA on it and with a nice cover could be a hit. And I hate that.
In the past a kazillion number of terrible compilation albums have hit record stores worldwide. When ABBA broke up, Polar / Epic / Polydor / etc. needed a new album so they released various compilation albums in the early eighties. And since that moment every few years we see new ones come and go.
You might think that ABBA Gold, More Gold and The Definitive Collection would be sufficient. OK, add to that the Number Ones CD and you have a more than complete set of albums to choose from. Apparently that's not true.
So 30 years after ABBA's latest official album another compilation CD flooded Dutch stores: ABBA Collected. It's a pretty cheap 3 CD - 50 songs compilation with some odd choices on it: Sitting In The Palm Tree, Crazy World, Happy Hawaii and Lovelight are not exactly ABBA's strongest songs. OK, the sleeve looks nice featuring a great picture from an iconic photo session.
But why would people buy that? This CD is meant for the general public. But doesn't that general record buyers already have at least Gold or The Definitive Collection? ABBA Collected has most, if not all, ABBA's hits on it, but everybody already owns those hits. I truly can't figure out why you would need another ABBA CD.
I have been tempted to buy it. I am a completist, so I must have every ABBA CD ever released, but this time I decided: enough is enough. I don't need nor want another pointless ABBA CD. So I didn't buy it. And I won't. My CD cabinet is full and there's only room for truly motivating releases, such as the Deluxe Editions.
As from now I have stopped buying new compilations. I turn fifty next year and (at last) find that there is much more in life than buying stupid ABBA compilation CDs.
Unless of course they're under € 5,- :)
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