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Ring Ring is the debut studio album by ABBA, originally credited to Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida. It was released by Polar Music in a limited number of territories including Scandinavia, Germany, Australia, South Africa and Mexico on March 26 1973. The album topped the Belgian charts and was a big success in the Netherlands, Norway and South Africa.

The album was re-released in Australasia in 1975, but was not released in the United Kingdom until 1992 and and in the United States until 1995.

Overview[]

When the first song from the album, People Need Love was recorded in the spring of 1972, the group was just one of many projects the four members were involved in. Only after the title track, Ring Ring became a hit, did the four decide to go on working together as a permanent group. The original 1973 Polar version of the album opens with Ring Ring (Bara du slog en signal), the Swedish version of the track, and places the English-language version as track four on side two.

The track She's My Kind of Girl, included on the international editions, is in fact a song by Björn & Benny which dates back to 1969, which was a hit in Japan, and had also been included on the B-side of the English version of the Ring Ring single in Scandinavia. Ring Ring also features a song co-written by Agnetha Fältskog. Although she had composed much of her Swedish solo output, the song Disillusion, for which she wrote the music, is the only song released on an ABBA album to feature a songwriting contribution from her.

Ring Ring was first released on CD in Sweden in 1988; a West German CD release followed in 1990 (later released internationally). The album has been reissued in digitally remastered form three times; first in 1997, then in 2001 and again in 2005 as part of The Complete Studio Recordings box set.

Track listing[]

Scandinavian edition[]

Side one

No. Title Composers Length
1 Ring Ring (Bara Du Slog En Signal) Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:04
2 Another Town, Another Train Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:12
3 Disillusion Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus 3:04
4 People Need Love Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:46
5 I Saw It in the Mirror Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:34
6 Nina, Pretty Ballerina Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:51

Side two

No. Title Composers Length
1 Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:53
2 Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:50
3 He Is Your Brother Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:18
4 Ring Ring Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus, Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody 3:03
5 I Am Just a Girl Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:01
6 Rock'n Roll Band Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:09
Total Length 35:43

International edition[]

Side one

No. Title Composers Length
1 Ring Ring Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus, Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody 3:04
2 Another Town, Another Train Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:12
3 Disillusion Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus 3:04
4 People Need Love Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:46
5 I Saw It in the Mirror Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:34
6 Nina, Pretty Ballerina Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:51

Side two

No. Title Composers Length
1 Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:53
2 Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:50
3 He Is Your Brother Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:18
4 She's My Kind of Girl Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:03
5 I Am Just a Girl Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:01
6 Rock'n Roll Band Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:09
Total Length 35:19

2001 CD edition[]

Bonus tracks - uses international edition tracks

No. Title Composers Length
13 Merry-Go-Round Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:24
14 Santa Rosa Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:59
15 Ring Ring (Bara du slog en signal) Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:08
Total Length 44:50

The Complete Studio Recordings[]

Bonus tracks - uses international edition tracks

No. Title Composers Length
13 Ring Ring (Bara du slog en signal) Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:08
14 Åh, vilka tider Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:33
15 Merry-Go-Round Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:36
16 Santa Rosa Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:01
17 Ring Ring (Spanish version) Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus, Doris Band 3:01
18 Wer im Wartesaal der Liebe steht Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus, Fred Jay 3:21
19 Ring Ring (German version) Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus, Peter Lach 3:09
Total Length 57:08

2013 deluxe edition[]

Bonus tracks - uses international edition tracks

No. Title Composers Length
13 Ring Ring (Bara du slog en signal) Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:08
14 Merry-Go-Round Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:36
15 Santa Rosa Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:01
16 Ring Ring (Spanish version) Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus, Doris Band 3:01
17 Wer im Wartesaal der Liebe steht Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus, Fred Jay 3:21
18 Ring Ring (German version) Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus, Peter Lach 3:09
19 En hälsning till våra parkarrangörer Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:27
20 Hej gamle man! Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:21
21 There's a Little Man Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:45
22 I Saw It in the Mirror Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 2:20
23 Jag är blott en man Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:04
24 Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan Vittorio Tariciotti, Marcello Marrocchi, Franca Evangelista, Stig Anderson 2:53
25 Välkommen till världen Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:19
Total Length 1:14:44

2013 deluxe edition DVD[]

No. Title Length
1 People Need Love
2 Ring Ring
3 Ring Ring Revealed
4 International Sleeve Gallery

Credits[]

Addititional musicians[]

Production[]

  • Producers, arrangers - Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson
  • Engineer - Michael Tretow
  • Assistant engineers - Björn Almstedt, Lennart Karlsmyr, Rune Persson
  • String arrangements for I Am Just a Girl - Sven-Olof Walldoff
  • Photography - Lars Falck, Bengt Malmqvist
  • Original album design - Peter Wiking
  • 1997 remastering - Jon Astley, Tim Young, Michael Tretow
  • 2001 remastering - Jon Astley, Michael Tretow
  • The Complete Studio Recordings remastering - Henrik Jonsson

Charts[]

Year Country Position
1973 Sweden 2
Norway 2
1974 Denmark 3
1976 Australia 10

Certifications and sales[]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Norway - 10,000
Sweden - 116,627

See also[]

Ring Ring on Wikipedia

Ring Ring on Discogs

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