Arrival (ABBA album)

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Studio album by ABBA
Released 11 October 1976
Recorded 4 August 1975 – 18 September 1976
Genre Pop, euro disco
Length 33:16
Label Polar
Producer Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA chronology
Greatest Hits
ABBA: The Album
Alternative cover
French edition using the inner sleeve image
Singles from Arrival
  1. "Dancing Queen"
    Released: 16 August 1976 (Sweden), 21 August 1976 (UK), 12 November 1976 (US)
  2. "Money, Money, Money"
    Released: 1 November 1976
  3. "That's Me"
    Released: 1977 (Japan only)
  4. "Knowing Me, Knowing You"
    Released: 14 February 1977

Arrival is the fourth studio album by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It was originally released in Sweden on 11 October 1976 by Polar Records. Recording sessions began in August 1975 and continued until September 1976. The album was recorded at Metronome and Glen studios in Stockholm, Sweden. Arrival was first released on CD in 1984.

The album has been reissued in digitally remastered form a total of four times; first in 1997, then in 2001, 2005 as part of The Complete Studio Recordings box set, and again in 2006 (as a special Deluxe Edition). Upon its original 1976 release, "Fernando", released as a single earlier the same year, did not appear on Arrival, but it was included on the South African, Australian and New Zealand versions. "Fernando" remained unreleased on Arrival until the first remastered issue in 1997. The album also contains three of the group's biggest hits, "Dancing Queen", "Money, Money, Money" and "Knowing Me, Knowing You". Arrival was the best-selling album of 1977 in the United Kingdom. In April 1977, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Critical reception[edit]

Ken Tucker of Rolling Stone panned the album upon its release, calling it "Muzak mesmerizing in its modality", and wrote, "By reducing their already vapid lyrics to utter irrelevance, lead singers Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog are liberated to matter on in their shrill voices without regard to emotion or expression".[1] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a "C",[2] indicating "a record of clear professionalism or barely discernible inspiration, but not both."[3]

In a review upon the album's 2001 reissue by Universal Records, Allmusic editor Bruce Eder gave the album four-and-a-half out of five stars and found the material "brilliant". He complimented the reissue's "upgraded sound", as well as "those dramatic musical effects that this group played for maximum effect, which gave their music a raw power that their detractors usually overlooked; in the new edition, it's impossible to ignore."[4] In The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), music journalist Arion Berger gave Arrival four out of five stars and recommended its Universal reissue to consumers.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "When I Kissed the Teacher"   3:00
2. "Dancing Queen" (Andersson, Stig Anderson, Ulvaeus) 3:50
3. "My Love, My Life" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) 3:52
4. "Dum Dum Diddle"   2:50
5. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) 4:02
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Money, Money, Money"   3:05
2. "That's Me" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) 3:15
3. "Why Did It Have to Be Me?"   3:20
4. "Tiger"   2:55
5. "Arrival" (Instrumental) 3:00
Total length:

Cassette release[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "When I Kissed the Teacher" (Andersson, Ulvaeus) – 2:58
  2. "Dancing Queen" (Andersson, Stig Anderson, Ulvaeus) – 3:47
  3. "Dum Dum Diddle" (Andersson, Ulvaeus) – 2:50
  4. "My Love, My Life" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) – 3:50
  5. "Tiger" (Andersson, Ulvaeus) – 2:54

Side two[edit]

  1. "Money, Money, Money" (Andersson, Ulvaeus) – 3:02
  2. "That's Me" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) – 3:14
  3. "Why Did It Have to Be Me?" (Andersson, Ulvaeus) – 3:19
  4. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) – 3:55
  5. "Arrival" (Instrumental) (Andersson, Ulvaeus) – 2:58

CD re-issues, bonus tracks[edit]

Arrival was remastered and reissued in 1997 with one bonus track:

  1. "Fernando" (Andersson, Ulvaeus) – 4:12

"Fernando" was released in the original track listing for the South African, Australian and New Zealand version of the original record, after "Why Did It Have to Be Me?" and before "Tiger".

Arrival was remastered and reissued in 2001 with another bonus track:

  1. "Happy Hawaii" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) – 4:25
    • Early version of "Why Did It Have to Be Me?".

Arrival was remastered and reissued again in 2005 as part of The Complete Studio Recordings box set with several bonus tracks:

  1. "Fernando" (Andersson, Ulvaeus) – 4:14
  2. "Happy Hawaii" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus) – 4:25
  3. "La Reina Del Baile" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus, Buddy McCluskey, Mary McCluskey) – 4:03
    • Spanish version of "Dancing Queen". When the track was first released in 1980, the Spanish title was "Reina Danzante".
  4. "Conociéndome, Conociéndote" (Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus, McCluskey, McCluskey) – 4:04
    • Spanish version of "Knowing Me, Knowing You".
  5. "Fernando (Spanish Version)" (Andersson, Ulvaeus, McCluskey, McCluskey) – 4:17

Tracks 13–15, vocals recorded January 1980. These three songs are from the album Gracias Por La Música (Septima SRLM 1, 23 June 1980).

Arrival was reissued again in 2006 (16 October) as a 30th Anniversary of the original release, called the Deluxe' Edition. This features the same track listing as the 2005 release, with one additional track "Fernando" sung in Swedish by Frida (solo version, not with ABBA) and with slight difference in bonus tracks order (Spannish version of "Fernando" was shifted as track 12 before "Happy Hawaii"). The album also came with a bonus DVD with the following clips:

  1. ABBA-DABBA-DOOO! One hour Television Special. Includes interviews to the group, the official "Dancing Queen" promo clip, the English version of "Waterloo" at the Eurovision contest, and seven videos of the songs:[6]
    1. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" (filmed song)
    2. "When I Kissed the Teacher" (filmed song, includes an early mix of the song different from the one of the album)
    3. "Dum Dum Diddle" (live performance at television studios of Sveriges Radio)
    4. "My Love, My Life" (filmed song featuring only Agnetha)
    5. "Money, Money, Money" (playback performance at television studios of Sveriges Radio)
    6. "Tiger" (filmed song)
    7. "Why Did It Have to Be Me?" (live performance at television studios of Sveriges Radio)
  2. "Dancing Queen" (Musikladen, Radio Bremen)
  3. "Fernando" (Top of the Pops, BBC), an alternate version with live vocals over prerrecorded sound
  4. "Happy Hawaii" (Cartoon, Fremantle Media)
  5. "Dancing Queen" Recording Sessions(Mr. Trendsetter, SVT), includes every bit available of the recording sessions with the "lost verse" of the song.
  6. ABBA in London, November 1976 (Young Nation, BBC)
  7. ABBA's 1976 Success – News Report (Rapport, SVT)
  8. Arrival TV Commercial I – (UK)
  9. Arrival TV Commercial II – (UK)
  10. International Sleeve Gallery

Arrival was reissued once again in 2008 as part of The Albums box set but without any bonus tracks.

Arrival (Polar 549953-2) was issued along with the new logo ABBA (Polar 549952-2), as part of the dual CD package ABBA+ARRIVAL . Both CD's have the bonus tracks.


  1. "Dancing Queen"/"That's Me" (August 1976)
  2. "Money Money Money"/"Crazy World" (October 1976)
  3. "Dum Dum Diddle"/"Tiger" (1976) (Argentina only)
  4. "Knowing Me Knowing You"/"Happy Hawaii" (February 1977)
  5. "That's Me"/"Money Money Money" (July 1977) (Japan only)

Non Album Tracks[edit]

  • Funky Feet

Recorded during the Arrival sessions this song was eventually dropped due to the similarity of "Dancing Queen". Later the song was recorded by Svenne & Lotta, Australian group The Studs, Alcazar, and Arrival, a Swedish ABBA tribute band.

  • Monsieur, Monsieur

An early demo version of "My Love, My Life". The theme of a lost love in Paris would later be revisited in "Our Last Summer". Although the demo has never been released, an extract was heard during a Swedish radio interview with Agnetha Fältskog.

  • National Song

A short track recorded for the Australian TV commercial of the National appliances. It is a re-recording of "Fernando" with new lyrics, using the backing track from the song.

"Dum Dum Diddle"[edit]

"Dum Dum Diddle", an Arrival album track, which features lead vocals shared by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, was recorded on 19 July 1976.[7]

On 19 September 1976, ABBA performed the song live as part of the ABBA-dabba-dooo!! TV special.[8]

In 1977, the song was released as a single in Argentina. The B-side was "Tiger", another track taken from Arrival.[9] According to Carl Magnus Palm,[10] "Tiger" and "Dum Dum Diddle" can be called direct opposites. While the former track has a rock sound, the latter is "very light-poppy".

Björn Ulvaeus, the group's lyricist, was deeply dissatisfied with the outcome of his work, explaining that the words were written in the early morning, thus being not as good as he might have expected.[10] In her turn, Lyngstad described the track as "silly".[10]

"When I Kissed the Teacher"[edit]

"When I Kissed the Teacher" was recorded on 14 June 1976 at Metronome Studio, with the working title 'Rio de Janeiro'.

A video clip was made for "When I Kissed the Teacher", for inclusion in the 1976 SVT special ABBA-dabba-doo. The clip featured Swedish actor Magnus Härenstam as the titular teacher, and the original broadcast used an alternative mix to the one released on the album.

While never a single in any territory, the song was included on the greatest hits album More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits, and the ABBA-dabba-doo clip (using the album mix) has been included on such video compilations as the VHS Forever Gold and the DVD The Definitive Collection.[11][12]

Benny Andersson considers this one of his favorite ABBA songs.[13]

"When I Kissed the Teacher" cover versions

  • Belgian singer Ann Christy rendered the song in Dutch as "Toen ik de leraar kuste" in 1977.
  • Indie Cincinnati music artist Fungobat (Mike Hagen) covered the song. It was included on his Greatest Hits Vol. 1 compilation, released through the Old 3C Records indie label.
  • The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus recorded a cover of the song for their 1997 album ExtrABBAganza!.
  • Studio 99 released a version on their Studio 99 Perform a Tribute to ABBA, Vol. 2 album in 2006.
  • Russian metal band Boney Nem recorded a cover of the song.

In popular culture

"Why Did It Have to Be Me?" and "Happy Hawaii"[edit]

"Why Did It Have to Be Me?" was originally recorded as "Happy Hawaii" on 26 April 1976 at Metronome Studio. "Happy Hawaii" was originally meant to be unreleased, but was eventually used as the b-side to "Knowing Me, Knowing You". After the melody had slightly been reworked it was re-recorded as the song "Why Did It Have to Be Me?" (which had also been the original working title), and included on Arrival.


Additional musicians[edit]

  • Ola Brunkert – drums, strings
  • Lars Carlsson – saxophone
  • Anders Dahl – strings
  • Malando Gassama – percussion, rhythm
  • Anders Glenmark – electric guitar
  • Rutger Gunnarsson – bass
  • Roger Palm – strings, drums
  • Janne Schaffer – electric guitar
  • Lasse Wellander – acoustic guitar, electric guitar


  • Benny Andersson; Björn Ulvaeus – producers
  • Michael B. Tretow – engineer
  • Benny Andersson; Björn Ulvaeus; Sven-Olof Walldoff – arrangers
  • Rutger Gunnarsson – string arrangements
  • Ola Lager; Rune Söderqvist – cover design
  • Ola Lager – photography
  • Jon Astley; Tim Young; Michael B. Tretow – remastering for the 1997 Remasters
  • Jon Astley; Michael B. Tretow – remastering for the 2001 Remasters
  • Henrik Jonsson – remastering for The Complete Studio Recordings box set


Decade-end charts[edit]

Chart (1970–79) Position
Japanese Albums Chart[20] 14
UK Albums Chart[31] 11

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[citation needed] 18× Platinum 900,000[36]
Canada (Music Canada)[37] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[38] 1× Platinum 86,420[38]
France (SNEP Charts) 200,000
Germany (BVMI)[39] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Japan (Oricon Charts) 645,000[20]
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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