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ABBA / Arrival

ABBA's 1976 album Arrival was their fourth and arguably their best. Every song on Arrival seemed to have a certain hit quality about it and it is perhaps not surprising that Arrival sold over ten million copies the world over.

While most countries used the image of the ABBA members sitting inside the helicopter on the Arrival album cover, luckily for the collector, there were a few exceptions. Note the French, Russian and Bulgarian covers used the picture of the group standing outside the helicopter. The French release is particularly interesting as the album is a gatefold sleeve with the more commonly used album art and song lyrics on the inside. In Australia and New Zealand the album also sported a gatefold sleeve and had Fernando included on the track listing. The Australian and New Zealand Arrival album, however, used the group photo inside the helicopter on the front cover.

Also of interest is the East German release with the title Dancing Queen instead of Arrival and using the photo from the Dancing Queen single. Strangely Bang-A-Boomerang replaces Money Money Money on the East German album. Andre Mande from Germany explains that "in the DDR when track lists were changed in this way, albums were considered to be compilations and no longer original albums. As a compilation an album cost the record company less to release!

It's interesting to note that in Holland 'ABBA/Arrival' was printer on the lyrics side of the inner sleeve and not over the photo, in Denmark Arrival was distributed by EMI and one of the Austrian releases has the song lyrics printed over the photo on the back cover.

Arrival was re-released in Ireland without an inner sleeve and with a different catalogue number in 1981 and in the EU in 2001 using a direct metal master.

30th Anniversary
1976
abba
RCA-Victor LP
Australia (Yellow Label)
1976
abba
Polar LP
Denmark
1976
abba
Melba LP
France (Gatefold Sleeve)
1976
abba
Polydor LP
Germany
1976
abba
Polydor LP
Germany (Autographed Inner Sleeve)
1976
abba
Polydor LP
Germany (Plastic Label)
1976
abba
Polydor LP
Hong Kong
1976
abba
Polydor LP
India
1976
abba
Epic LP
Israel
1976
abba
Polydor LP
Malaysia
1976
abba
RCA-Victor LP
New Zealand (Tan Label)
1976
abba
RCA-Victor LP
New Zealand (Orange Vinyl)
1976
abba
RCA-Victor LP
New Zealand (Yellow Label)
1976
abba
Polydor LP
Singapore
1976
abba
Exlibris LP
Switzerland
1976
abba
Polydor LP
The Netherlands
1976
abba
Epic LP
UK
1976
abba
Epic LP
UK (Made In Holland)
1976
abba
Atlantic LP
USA
1976
abba
RTB LP
Yugoslavia
1977
abba
Polydor LP
Germany (Including Poster)
1977
abba
Discomate LP
Japan
1977
abba
Discomate LP
Japan
1977
abba
Discomate LP
Japan
1977
abba
Discomate LP
Japan
1977
abba
Polydor LP
Korea (South)
1977
abba
RCA-Victor LP
Mexico
1978
abba
RCA-Victor LP
Australia (Tan Label)
1978
abba
Melodia LP
USSR
1978
abba
Amiga LP
East Germany (DDR)
1978
abba
New Jen Sheng Triple LP
Taiwan (Gatefold Sleeve)
1978
abba
Record Double LP
Taiwan
1979
abba
Balkanton LP
Bulgaria (Red Label)
1979
abba
Balkanton LP
Bulgaria (Blue Label)
1981
abba
Epic LP
Ireland
1981
abba
Naytilus LP
USA
1986
abba
Polydor LP
Japan
2001
abba
Polar LP
EU
2001
abba
Simply Vinyl LP
UK (Promo)
2001
abba
Polydor LP
UK
2007
abba
Polar LP
Japan (Limited Edition)
     
Total Records: 41
 
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