A couple of reasons for my preference for Arrival. There are more But I would prefer to hear what others think
There's an early refrain in Intermezzo that immediately brings to mind 'oompah oompah stick it up your jumpah'. I'm afraid that once that gets ingrained into my head it is fighting a losing battle against Arrival straight away. Plus the girls are singing on Arrival; I think Intermezzo must be the only ABBA track with neither of them on it (Agnetha is completely missing from the version of LAAPTMR eventually chosen for release).
Arrival is a track that I often expect to skip but don't. Once I don't, I get lost in it. It's as if I'm in that helicopter on the back of the album cover (although that would be more like "departure" wouldn't it?). It's a piece of music that just takes me somewhere. The ladies' voices, like sirens, just carry me off.
Arrival is a beautiful piece of music - but Intermezzo No. 1 is so full of energy and is kind of exciting. I may be a little biased due to it being performed Live in 1977 (and 1979 of course) but it is such a great reflection of Benny's personality in my opinion
Definitely Arrival! It sounds like Swedish new age music in the development. The girls' vocals are definitely top notch... I'm not in favor of Intermezzo No. 1 as the drums ruined a bit of the song while the orchestration was tight, but it's a nice song for running, though. Arrival feels a lot more like an opening song to a live concert before ABBA and their touring ensemble roll out with a jamming song like 'Tiger'
"I think it's really tragic when people get serious about stuff. It's such an absurdity to take anything really seriously … I make an honest attempt not to take anything seriously: I worked that attitude out about the time I was eighteen, I mean, what does it all mean when you get right down to it, what's the story here?"
It's Intermezzo for me. It has so much energy. I have never really cared for Arrival too much, though I never skip it. It is a fine closing of the Arrival album but nothing more than that. I remember when I listened to the album for the very first time and it finally got to the last track, I thought, well, this is a nice tune and I waited and waited impatiently for the moment, when the girls would start singing... and then it suddenly ended (I had no clue it was an instumental then). Maybe I have never quite got over this initial disappointment :-)