In 1980, Swedish superstars ABBA released their penultimate album, Super Trouper. Rather wisely, the album transitioned their sound from the disco of previous albums in favor of more sophisticated pop fare. The album featured numerous classics, including “Super Trouper,” “Lay All Your Love On Me,” and “The Winner Takes It All,” most recently used as a plot point in Better Call Saul. For the album’s 40th anniversary, Universal will reissue a singles box set. One highlight of the singles set is “Elaine,” one of the band’s lost jewels. Originally the b-side to “The Winner Takes It All,” “Elaine” serves as a missing link between the disco and New Wave. The song’s catchy melody proves hard to resist, and one hears hints of what would come in the following decade. Additionally, we think it sounds like a lost Erasure track.
Whatever your opinion, “Elaine” is a hidden jewel in a discography of some of the finest music ever made.
Preorder ABBA Super Trouper: 40th Anniversary Singles Box Set: Universal