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Arrival Original recording remastered, Import

4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 16 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Universal International
  • ASIN: B00005CDNG
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Dancing Queen
3. My Love, My Life
4. Dum Dum Diddle
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
6. Money, Money, Money
7. That's Me
8. Why Did It Have To Be Me
9. Tiger
10. Arrival
11. Fernando
12. Happy Hawaii

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Product Description

Includes Dancing Queen; Knowing Me, Knowing You; Money, Money, Money , and more.


1976's Arrival is among ABBA's best full-lengths. To begin with, it boasts "Dancing Queen", the group's only US No 1 hit and what may well be their most covered song. Almost as good, "Knowing Me, Knowing You" pulls the usual ABBA trick of turning loneliness and alienation into catchy pop. Songs not only withstand repeated listens but continually reveal new sonic layers. Even lesser known tunes, such as "Dum Dum Diddle", are loaded with hooks. Bonus tracks include "Fernando" and the B-side of its single, an early version of "Why Did It Have to Be Me" called "Happy Hawaii". --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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By A Customer on June 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
I truely think that this CD is ABBA's best CD. They must have worked incredibly hard because it shows that they really are talented musicians.
Ratings on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the best.
1."When I Kissed The Teacher" is a really cute song about a student kissing a teacher. Agnetha dreamily croons, "One of these days i'm gonna tell him i dream of him every night. One of these days, gonna show him i care, gonna teach him a lesson alright." It's an adorable song and has really cool lyrics. It's one of those songs that makes you want to get up and dance. (10)
2."Dancing Queen" is as most people describe it, a 'classic'. It was probably ABBA's biggest hit and is very memorable. It's a completely awesome song ad has a wonderful beat to it. I absolutely adore it. (9)
3. "My Love, My Life" is such a beautiful, romantic song. It's definitely the best ballad performed by Agnetha. Agnetha is given the chance to show off her breathtaking voice and Bjorn and Benny get to show off the fact that they can write slow love songs as well as upbeat rock 'n roll songs. It's a sad song, butit has a beautiful meaning behind it. Simply lovely. (10)
4. "Dum Dum Diddle" indeed is about a different topic than most songs, but is nonetheless creative and made me smile because i lay the violin and sound bad sometimes, as does the person in the song. (9)
5. "Knwoing Me, Knowing You" is an awesome song and has meaningful lyrics as well. It's chorus has very powerful words and gets its meaning across very well. Great song. (10)
6. "Money, Money, Money" shows that Frida as well has a lovely, flowing voice. The song is about wishing you were rich and had more money. It's a disco song, but really makes you wanna dance. I LOVE this! Probably ABBA's best upbeat song. (10)
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An internationally massive release this highly enjoyable album is a fan favourite and with good reason. The album spawned 3 big singles and even the filler songs included are melodic & vibrant.

The first song on the album is the charming "When I Kissed The Teacher". The song soars with melody and outstanding harmonies. It is followed by the enduring classic, "Dancing Queen". The single was released in 1976 and reached #1 in almost every territory- the US included. One of the countries where it did not top the charts was in Canada where the single stayed in the # 2 spot for 5 weeks. Agnetha takes the lead in "My Love My Life", a beautiful ballad and one of ABBA's most under-rated songs. Agnetha really knows how to convey emotion in her voice which is probably why she was always given the lead in most of ABBA's tearjerker ballads- "SOS", "I've Been Waiting For You", "The Winner Take's It All", "One of Us", "Chiquitita". That combined with her extraordinary voice makes "My Love My Life" one of the album highlights. "Dum Dum Diddle" is the song that follows and is in sharp contrast. No sorrowful vocals here. Instead we are treated to a 2 and half minute ditty with a gorgeous tune and some great vocal harmonies. Many have complained about the lyrics but what is the big deal? I can name several songs written by many respected artist's with lyrics that make no sense. Appreciate the song for what it is. Proceeding is one of ABBA's masterpiece's - "Knowing Me Knowing you" (a-haaaa) which was another hit reaching #1 in the UK, #2 in Canada and #14 in the US followed by the charming "Money Money Money", a UK top 3 hit and a minor US hit (#56).
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With the arrival of Arrival, their fourth album, ABBA, the Swedish group were definitely on a roll, singles from their previous album having dented the Australian charts, and yielding another British #1. This album would yield two more, including one that was so big, it was easier to list the places where it didn't get to #1. Suffice it to say that Arrival is my favourite album because the songs and sounds, catchy rhythmic devices and great melodic arrangements keep getting better. Plus, along with their eponymous album, I first got a very full taste of these guys.
All I'm saying is that I hope the unnamed protagonist in the engaging "When I Kissed The Teacher" is not named Lolita, as it's a song about a student with a crush on the teacher who stuns the class when she performs the title act, much to the surprise of the teacher.
It was clear that the group was making inroads into disco, which was sweeping the US during this time, and "Dancing Queen," which scarcely requires elaboration, whose disco-like synths, highlighted by the piano work from Benny.
"My Love, My Life" is probably the best ballad I've heard from Agnetha, a lovely song even if it's a breakup song. Which means, yes, there are string arrangements
I've never heard a song about someone's violin practicing paying off and wishing for the same kind of attention to that point that the girl wished she was the fiddle so she'd be noticeable. That about sums it up for "Dum Dum Diddle." The synths hear somewhat mimic the fiddle, but not that much.
Frida sings two songs here and they are back to back.
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