Unlike PolyGram in Europe, it seems that Atlantic never really had a serious Abba CD issuing programme. Following the release of the two Greatest Hits CDs in 1983, it would be another three years before it would issue another Abba title on the fledgling format.
The 1986 issue of Super Trouper has the distinction of being the only Abba original album to receive an Atlantic CD release throughout North America.
It is unclear why that album was ever selected for release but nonetheless Atlantic eschewed the easy option of reusing Polar’s European transfer and came up with its own unique one.
Atlantic’s transfer is superior to the European one: it lacks a major dropout during the title track and has a slightly crisper sound due to the addition of a little extra bass.
The packaging, however, was inferior: most of the album’s back cover was removed to provide space for the CD tracklisting and copyright information. However, this makes it much easier to distinguish this release from other Super Trouper CDs.
The back cover of Atlantic’s Super Trouper omits most of the LP’s artwork
There is no target version of this rare release, meaning that sale values are quite depressed. In some cases, copies can be got for as little as $10 and the release’s absolute maximum value is around $40 – $50.
First issued: 1986. Reissue: None. Deleted: 1988.