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Gracias Por La Música is a 1980 album by Swedish pop group ABBA. Gracias Por La Música was originally released due to the unexpected surge in popularity for the group in Latin American countries such as Mexico and Argentina after the release of the Spanish-language versions of "Chiquitita" and "I Have a Dream" in 1979. These tracks were both released as singles and went on to become big hits. Encouraged by this success, the band therefore decided to record another eight tracks in Spanish and release a full-length album especially for the Latin American market. The songs selected were familiar hits, plus tracks that were thought to have a Latin flavour, such as "Move On" and "Hasta Mañana".
The couple Buddy and Mary McCluskey, both working at RCA Records in Argentina at the time, were again called in to translate the lyrics. During the recording sessions which took place in January 1980 in the Polar Music studios the lead vocalists Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were helped with the pronunciation by Swedish/Spanish journalist Ana Martinez.
Neither Benny Andersson nor Björn Ulvaeus played an active role in the creation of the eight new Spanish tracks, leaving the production in the hands of the group's sound engineer Michael B. Tretow, who recorded the new Spanish vocal overdubs onto existing backing tracks at his home studio.
The absence of Andersson and Ulvaeus is most apparent on "Al Andar" (the Spanish version of "Move On") where the original opening speech from Ulvaeus was replaced by a more conventional opening verse sung by Agnetha.
Meanwhile, some of Tretow's new Spanish mixes were significantly different from their English counterparts, reflecting his own personal preferences regarding the handling of drum sounds as well as the significant time gap between the two versions, with some tracks being revisited up to six years after their original completion.
Also,Gracias por la música was certified Platinum in Spain,and stayed on the charts for twenty-one weeks.
The album was deleted in most territories after the compilation CD ABBA Oro: Grandes Exitos, which contained the ten tracks of Gracias Por La Música, was released in 1992, rendering this album obsolete.
However, the original version of the album continued to be available in Japan and Argentina until the late 1990s.
A CD/DVD 'Deluxe Edition' release of the album is currently being planned by Universal Music Sweden for release worldwide in late 2014.
- Side A
- "Gracias Por La Música" ("Thank You for the Music") – 3:48
- "Reina Danzante" ("Dancing Queen") (written by B. Andersson, Stig Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) – 3:50
- "Al Andar" ("Move On") (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) – 3:05
- "¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame!" ("Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)") - 4:45
- "Fernando (Spanish version)" – 4:15
- Side B
- "Estoy Soñando" ("I Have A Dream") – 4:44
- "Mamma Mia (Spanish version)" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) – 3:32
- "Hasta Mañana (Spanish version)" (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) – 3:05
- "Conociéndome, Conociéndote" ("Knowing Me, Knowing You") (written by B. Andersson, S. Anderson, B. Ulvaeus) – 4:02
- "Chiquitita (Spanish version)" – 5:26
- All songs in Spanish translation by Buddy and Mary McCluskey
- The Spanish version of "Dancing Queen" was originally titled "Reina Danzante", but was retitled "La Reina Del Baile" for the 1993 ABBA Oro CD release.