On the 11th of October 1976, ABBA's new album 'Arrival' was released in Sweden.
'Arrival' was the fourth album by ABBA and was originally released by Polar Records.
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.
'Arrival' reached number 1 in Australia, Holland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and West Germany and charted in many other countries.
The only country to sell more copies of this album than Australia ( 900,000 copies ) was West Germany, with sales just over 1,000,000.
To date, it is ABBA's most successful album, producing mega hits such as 'Dancing Queen', 'Money Money Money' and 'Knowing Me Knowing You'. Not to mention 'Fernando' in the countries where it was included on the album. In Australia, only 'The Best Of ABBA' sold more copies.
My second favorite Abba album. I think this is the sound most casual fans in the US know them by. A happy, sort of campy element, dance vibes just teetering at the edge of the disco explosion. With such diversity as "Tiger", "Why Did It Have To Be Me" and the highly underrated "That's Me", I think they were really showing us they could do anything. Whether people agreed or not, obviously millions upon millions enjoyed the effort.
For once, the word 'iconic' is a completely appropriate descriptor. And nothing catches that moment in time when they made the leap from 'pop stars' to 'pop phenomenon' quite like that album cover, does it? The LP might have been called 'Arrival', but everything about that image just screams 'we have lift-off!' to me.
Strangely, it's an album I very rarely play in full these days. Not sure why.
Ausfan - The UK bought more copies of Arrival than either Australia or West Germany. Its Official UK Sales are over 1,675,000. West Germany's Arrival Sales are around 1,200,000.
It is ABBA's biggest Global Studio Album by a big margin, with 11,900,000 Sales. Next are The Album & Super Trouper with 8 Million each. Greatest Hits sold 10,700,000, which becomes 14,400,000 when you add in the 3,700,000 of The Best Of ABBA, as they are more or less the same Album. Then we have ABBA Gold, which has far outsold every ABBA Album, with around 31,000,000 to 32,000,000 copies sold by now. (The usual 29,000,000 figure is now several Years old).