I don't clearly recall prices although I still have a few singles in a box somewhere which may still have the price sticker on. I'll have a look later.
I do recall buying TWTIA gatefold sleeve 12" second hand from a hits and misses shop. I saw it in the window display. The stupid twat in the shop had stapled it to a display card. It still has the holes. I paid £1.99 for it anyway as it seemed rather collectable. I have no idea how much it's worth now. Not much, I reckon.
I have it to, as many of us I expect, but I think in Good condition, around £20 ..may be more theses days....
I can remember thinking how exciting at the time, but ultimately a little disappointed as really only a “big “ 7 inch... nothing extra, no 12 inch mega disco remix..lol, not even coloured vinyl... oh those were the days I’d buy anything...
They then ripped us off again with the 12 inch LAYLOM....we should’ve known better..
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I am the exception to the rule as I didn't buy any of the ABBA singles. Instead I spent my money on the albums. Now and again, I sort of regret not purchasing them but maybe was of the opinion that the song would be included within the album. I guess I would loved to lay my hands on a copy of SOS, KMKY, TNOTG, GGG, TWTIA, OOU, TDBYC and DQ of course at the time. I can remember the buzz when each album was released. I am especially proud of purchasing the compilations "The Singles ( The First Ten Years ) and Gold ( Greatest Hits ) on vinyl. I don't like the compilation "Absolute ABBA" as I think the singles were thrown together haphazardly and don't work. I also, have Frida's and Agnetha's solo albums on vinyl. I remember buying them at a reasonable price so I was pleased about that.
If you did wish to purchase some ABBA singles it might be worth checking out charity shops. It's a laborious process filing through but you can occasionally grab a gem. One thing to look out for, though- the shops have got wise and started charging a bomb. Was a time when they'd be going for a few pence. It's like everything- something comes back in fashion and people exploit it and charge the earth. I wouldn't mind, charity and all that, but you just know the CEOs are creaming off the profits. Oh, well.
Having said that, collecting things takes space and why have something physical when we now have the technology to access the songs on other forms of convenient media? Well, that's the question. Some people like to collect. I got rid of most of my vinyl (Air Ambulance) and saved a few treasures. Now vinyl is big again I'm not sure if I regret doing so?
Cassettes are also making a return! I used to see them going for something like 30p...now, my local market has a stall supplying them (old, "vintage", and they're priced a good few quid. Whatever next? The minidisc?
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ABBA singles are quite easy to get hold of, especially the UK Epic ones. eBay is choc-full of them. You might struggle with So Long or Ring Ring, but most of them are plentiful (if you want two familiar ABBA songs in a yellow or orange company sleeve that is).
Do any of you remember how much ABBA singles and albums cost in the 70's and 80's in Sweden, UK, America and Australia?
I can only speak about 'London prices'. Three quid for an album in early 1977 was considered a real bargain, as £3.49 was the going rate. But I vividly remember when, later that year, LPs 'went up' to the slightly odd price of £3.79 - I remember because I couldn't get the price label off my copy of Kraftwerk's 'Trans Europe Express' LP (bought in November '77) without damaging the cover, so the blooming label stayed there until I got rid of most of my vinyl 30 years later when my wife told me we had to 'de-clutter'...
Perhaps, we thought it was not worth forking out for the singles as they would be included on the respective studio albums anyway with the exception of "Fernando", "Summer Night City","Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)","The Day Before You Came" and "Under Attack".
There’s also the exclusive b-sides, edmfio76, which for many years were only available on the singles they were released on. As well as the five you named, you’d also need: Money Money Money Knowing Me Knowing You The Name of the Game - live b-side only Chiquitita I Have A Dream - live b-side only The Winner Takes It All One of Us
Additionally, either version of the Ring Ring single (but preferably the remix) for countries where the Ring Ring album was not released.
Countries that released People Need Love - this single required. And the even fewer countries that released He Is Your Brother. Finally, Ring Ring (Swedish version) for those in Sweden.
This leaves many singles such as Does Your Mother Know, Take A Chance on Me and Super Trouper completely superfluous. Indeed, eight such singles in the UK where you didn’t even get a picture sleeve!