Benny Andersson · Tim Rice · Björn Ulvaeus ‎– Chess

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Polar ‎– POLYXL 2-600
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A1 Merano 6:59
A2 The Russian And Molokov / Where I Want To Be 6:19
A3 Opening Ceremony 9:18
A4 Quartet (A Model Of Decorum And Tranquillity) 2:17
B1 The American And Florence / Nobody's Side 5:25
B2 Chess 5:44
B3 Mountain Duet 4:42
B4 Florence Quits 2:52
B5 Embassy Lament
Vocals [Sung By] – Alan Byers, Leslie Fyson, Peter Bambo*, Vernon Midgley
1:30
B6 Anthem 3:05
C1 Bangkok / One Night In Bangkok
Flute [Bangkok] – Björn J:son LindhVocals [Sung By, Chorus, One Night In Bangkok] – Anders Glenmark
5:00
C2 Heaven Help My Heart 3:29
C3 Argument 1:51
C4 I Know Him So Well 4:15
C5 The Deal (No Deal) 3:54
C6 Pity The Child 5:31
D1 Endgame 10:46
D2 Epilogue: You And I / The Story Of Chess 10:24

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Gatefold sleeve. Includes 20 page 12" booklet with synopsis in English, French and German as well as full English lyrics.

Digitally recorded and mixed at Polar Music Studios, Stockholm.
Additional recordings at CTS Studios, Olympic Studios and Roundhouse Studios, London.

Not all tracks' durations are listed separately.

A Three Knights Production.

℗ © 1984 3 Knights Ltd

Copyright Administered by Union Songs AB

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CPK2-5340 Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus - Chess(2xCass, Album) Polar CPK2-5340 US 1984 Sell This Version
DL PL 619/20 Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus - Chess(2xLP, Album) RCA DL PL 619/20 South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
00602547018335 Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus - Chess (The Original Recording)(2xCD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V, NTSC + Dlx) Polar 00602547018335 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
PD70500(2) Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus - Chess(2xCD, Album + Box) RCA PD70500(2) UK & Europe 1984 Sell This Version
POLYXC 2-600 Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus - Chess(2xCass, Album + Box) Polar POLYXC 2-600 Scandinavia 1984 Sell This Version

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tottrhys

tottrhys

February 25, 2017
Groundbreaking and arguably amongst the best music ever written for a stage musical. The show's staging itself might have been a troubled affair but this is a strong body of work. The recent Polar CD reissue is a poor remaster of the original version and the DVD stuff probably of most interest to fans but worth owning if you are. Vinyl is your best bet for audio but the original CD is the best for CD listeners. Regarded as 'quiet' by modern standards there is much more dynamic to the transfer than the new remaster.
You should also dig out the Danish production cast recording of Chess. It's in English, studio recorded and very engaging.
TabloidWeasel

TabloidWeasel

October 12, 2016
I'm gonna be honest and say that I'm not a fan of ABBA. I find their songs to be uninteresting and think there's better '70's pop music out there. However, the male half (Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus) managed to make something that caught my attention. This concept album about an international chess tournament has a great combination of catchy pop tunes ("One Night in Bangkok", "The Deal", "Nobody's Side") and beautiful orchestral work ("Chess", "You and I", "Anthem"). Never before has chess sounded so exciting.