ABBA ‘The Essential Collection’ Out May 21st

Abba 'The Essential Collection'

ABBA is set to release their best of CD/DVD set ‘The Essential Collection’, featuring the Swedish pop group’s hits and and other classic tracks on two CDs and one DVD, on May 21st via Universal Music.

Tracklisting
CD 1:
1. People Need Love
2. He Is Your Brother
3. Ring Ring
4. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
5. Waterloo
6. Honey, Honey
7. So Long
8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
9. SOS
10. Mamma Mia
11.Bang-A-Boomerang
12. Fernando
13. Dancing Queen
14. Money, Money, Money
15. Knowing Me, Knowing You
16. That’s Me
17. The Name Of The Game
18. Take A Chance On Me
19. Eagle
20. One Man, One Woman
21. Thank You For The Music
22. Summer Night City

CD 2:
1. Chiquitita
2. Does Your Mother Know
3. Voulez-Vous
4. Angeleyes
5. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
6. I Have A Dream
7. The Winner Takes It All
8. Super Trouper
9. On And On And On
10. Lay All Your Love On Me
11. Happy New Year
12. One Of Us
13. When All Is Said And Done
14. Head Over Heels
15. The Visitors
16. The Day Before You Came
17. Under Attack

DVD:
1. Waterloo
2. Ring Ring
3. Mamma Mia
4. SOS
5. Bang-A-Boomerang
6. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
7. Fernando
8. Dancing Queen
9. Money, Money, Money
10. Knowing Me, Knowing You
11. That’s Me
12. The Name Of The Game
13. Take A Chance On Me
14. Eagle
15. One Man, One Woman
16. Thank You For The Music
17. Summer Night City
18. Chiquitita
19. Does Your Mother Know
20. Voulez-Vous
21. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
22. On And On And On
23. The Winner Takes It All
24. Super Trouper
25. Happy New Year
26. When All Is Said And Done
27. One Of Us
28. Head Over Heels
29. The Day Before You Came
30. Under Attack
31. Estoy Soñando
32. Conociéndome, conociéndote
33. Gracias por la música
34. Felicidad
35. No Hay A Quien Culpar
36. The Last Video

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The Associated Press reports former ABBA drummer Ola Brunkert was found dead with cuts to his neck in the garden of his house on the Spanish island of Mallorca on Sunday evening. An autopsy indicated the 62-year-old’s death was an accident. A Civil Guard spokesman in Arta said that Brunkert hit his head against a glass door in his dining room, shattering the glass and cutting himself in the neck. After Brunkert wrapped a towel around his neck, he left the house to seek help, but collapsed in the garden. Yahoo.com has since removed the full article.

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Support For Madonna

November 7, 2006 – Our previous poll asking if you thought Madonna made the right choice in adopting David Banda of Malawi saw a majority back the Material Girl, with 62% saying “Yes, his family is happy and the boy will be too,” while 38% said “She should’ve adopted a true orphan without a family.”

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