Between 1983 and the late 1980s, Abba’s North American label Atlantic issued selected titles from the group’s back catalogue on CD. These now much sought after titles were Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits Vol 2, Super Trouper, The Visitors and The Singles: The First Ten Years.
The earliest titles were initially produced by PolyGram in West Germany due to the lack of CD pressing facilities in the US and Canada. Later, some Atlantic titles were pressed in Japan although there is no evidence that any Abba titles were amongst them.
Early Atlantic titles seem to have been available in two formats: a longbox version, where the CD was attached to a backing and more common standard versions with no backing.
Around 1986, Atlantic finally became able to press CDs in the US while its Canadian division is believed to have started pressing CDs there around 1987.
Of the five Abba titles issued by Atlantic, two were only ever released in Canada: The Visitors and The Singles: The First Ten Years. Compared with the US pressings, information about these Canadian artefacts is scarce.