lunes, 16 de noviembre de 2009

ABBA - Arrival (1976)

Composed by Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus, this theme from their eponymous album released in 1976, was lately covered by Mike Oldfield for his 1980 studio album 'QE2'. Here it is how it originally sounds, a beautiful song based on Swedish folk music.

Concerning the album, "Arrival" is the fourth album by Swedish pop group ABBA, first released in Sweden on October 11, 1976. 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 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 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" & "Knowing Me, Knowing You". The helicopter used for the album art is a Bell 47. Arrival was the UK's best selling album of 1977. In April 1977 the album was certified Gold in the USA.

Mike Oldfield did a nice cover version of this song, with a richer but excessive instrumentation and vocals. However, it remains one of his best covers made in his career, from the very few he did arrange. Incidentally, the 7" single release has a photo artwork that resemblances in many ways to original ABBA album cover concept. Look for the differences between them:


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