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Gracias Por La Musica

Swedish supergroup ABBA, in Spanish.

Let me make one thing perfectly clear. In the next life, I wish to be reborn as Benny Andersson (he's the second from the left in this photo). It's not because I long for the riches and fame that go with being an international pop star, or even so I could get to pose for pictures wearing silly purple jumpsuits, although those are both nice fringe benefits. No, it's so I could, if even for a short time, be married to my idol, Frida.

Ah, Frida. While the other boys were fixated on cutesy blonde Agnetha, it was you, the sultry dark-haired member of ABBA, who became the object of my teenage fantasies. Your smile, so beautiful and sincere. Your eyes, so delicate and inviting. And oh, your voice, exotic and sexy, like a thousand golden angels on reverb pumping through my cheap Panasonic speakers at maximum volume. I'd give every record I own just to spend a moment near you. True, you eventually became a freak with big hair and painted-on eyebrows, but I loved you just the same.

Anyway, here's a record of ABBA songs recorded in Spanish, which is a pretty clever trick when you consider that the members of the group regularly recorded in four languages besides their native Swedish. Talk about bending over backwards to cater to us lazy Americans.

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Songs:

Mamma Mia (MP3) You can really here Frida's voice coming through on this version of Mamma Mia.
Reina Danzante (MP3) Yep, it's their #1 hit, Dancing Queen, in Spanish.



Your Comments:

oriana (ory19_69@hotmail.com) says:
me gustaria encontrar mas informacion acerca del grupo europe para poder traducir la cacion kerry gacias (07-16-2005)

one who knows says:
Yeah, Frank. I agree with An American. Putting Frida down because of her make-up and hair is incredibly shallow. Besides, they're all pink on the inside. (06-17-2005)

Pardon Me While I Rock You says:
In all my years on this planet, and there have been many, I don't believe I've ever seen anyone get so passionate and melodramatic about the Swedish disco pop band Abba. Or, more accurately, about one comment made about one member of Swedish disco pop band Abba. If I ever get worked up into a lather about ANYTHING to do with Abba, I'd prefer it if someone came along and slapped me upside the head with a large metal pipe. I would deserve it.

Oh, and I too have met many Abba fans...well, okay, I wouldn't say "many" per se...a few Abba fans...but anyway, they may in fact be the "kindest and most giving group of people" ever to walk this Earth, but you'd be negligent if you failed to mention one other fact. They're gay. (06-17-2005)

An American says:
Comicgirl...

Nice that you've lumped all of us Americans in with Wacko Jacko. Thank you for that...no, really...

Frank, I'm assuming you are the one that wanted to be married to Anni-Frid...? Then why would you write something like "True, you eventually became a freak with big hair and painted-on eyebrows"? Man, you almost sound like Andrew Oldham in "The Name of the Game" calling her "the other one". That's not respect. It's cruelty and it is hurtful. Ever wonder if maybe she is on the internet? She is. What if she came in here? Think about it.

Fellow ABBA fans, my Mother used to tell me to think before I spoke, because words couldn't be unsaid. I've met a lot of ABBA fans this year, but have never run across any like this...until today.

I'd suggest removing that line about Frida from your site, Frank... You have a wonderful place here, and a great opportunity to show people who ABBA fans really are. I've found that ABBA fans are by and large the kindest, most giving group of people I have ever been fortunate enough to meet. I'm sure that you and Comicgrl are the same...I hope you are, anyway.

(06-16-2005)

comicgrl says:
Uhm..DOnt you look down on Europeans..Swedish folks are really good when it comes to speaking english....So typical American..Blergh..Why dont you go and dance to that freak who likes to rape lil boys..What was his name again..AH mr.Jackson..Victim nr1. of your total warped society (06-10-2005)

Blair Necessities says:
I lived in South America, and loved the Spanish version of Chiquitita!
I love ABBA (04-30-2005)

Super Trouper (seba_the_visitors@hotmail.com) says:
Gracias Por La Musica, es para mi una inspiracion, sobretodo por que yo soyde habal hispana y me llega al corazon.

Un saludo a todos,
Super Trouper
(Sebastián, Chle) (03-09-2005)

Buffy (buffy_summers_0u812@yahoo.co.nz) says:
Great Stuff (02-07-2005)

Carolina (carito_shelob@hotmail.com) says:
if you want to get this LP just write me. i want to sell it!

bye bye
cheers and years of bliss!! (02-02-2005)

Juan (supplementary post) (jclaye@montevideo.com.uy) says:
I forgot to say that in the "ORO" album containing the 15 tracks that ABBA ever recorded in Spanish, Frida's pronunciation clearly stands out. Some songs featuring Agnetha on lead vocals suffer, unfortunately, from poor pronunciation and can be very hard to understand properly (or without making a fool of yourself thinking she's saying something that she is not) if you don't have the lyrics sheet.
There are a few songs that have "weaker" or less complete musical backing tracks as well, such as Dancing Queen and Move On. They sound inferior producing-wise than their English counterparts.
Anyway, we have to be grateful to ABBA for having recorded 15 songs in our language.

Juan (01-25-2005)

Juan (jclaye@montevideo.com.uy) says:
I am a native Spanish speaker. However, I have never liked this album so much.
Anyway, if you really want to get it, try to find the 1999 release called "ORO" (not the one from 1992). The 1999 release contains not only the 10 songs originally available on the origianl 1980 release, but also 5 additional songs from 1980 and 1981, plus a previously "forgotten" recording of "Ring, Ring" in Spanish, which is really good.

The "ORO" album cover is different, though, but you get all 15 ABBA songs in Spanish rather than just ten of them, and they are remastered!

Good luck!
Juan

(01-25-2005)

Hector Cardona (casba65@yahoo.com) says:
El mejor album, cuando escucho "Gracias por la musica en español" es algo unico. Tenia 15 años cuando tuve este album.
Hector Cardona
40 years old
Guatemala
cabsa65@yahoo.com (01-18-2005)

Lester Mosley (Lestermosley@gmail.com) says:
Intresting! (01-11-2005)

AbbaMan says:
I don't care what anyone says, Frida Lyndstadt is the coolest of them all. Case in point: "I KNOW THERE'S SOMETHING GOING ON". 'Nuff said! (12-27-2004)

Joey Traughber (Joeysaved@aol.com) says:
YEAH MAN!!!!! AWESOME!! (12-21-2004)

awolo (awoloawolo1@yahoo.com) says:
i a deed (12-01-2004)

Walter (walterraleigh69@hotmail.com) says:
Excellent stuff (11-26-2004)

don jeff (donaba@hotmaga.com) says:
LOOKING GOOD AND COOL FOR YOU GUYS TAKE NOTE OF THIS OK OFFFFFFFFFFFF GUYMAN (11-24-2004)

Mad Dr. Matt (magob@aol.com) says:
They did them in German and Japanese, too. ABBA was a mean-lean hit-making machine! They had the whole world COVERED! People in the USA tend to not know that they were MONSTERS! Huge-r than huge. We had Alice - the rest of the world had ABBA. Man, the US had it's head up it's collective ass. Do any Ostrich proud! There was so much great music going on in the world - we didn't know about it and didn't WANT to know about it. Somethings NEVER change...

Yeah, the babes were hot - but the fact that those skinny little guys with the beards were boning them was a total turn-off for me.

E-uuuuuew!!! (11-11-2004)

KERRY & EDWARDS IN '04! says:
VOTE KERRY/EDWARDS! (10-27-2004)






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