Arrival is the fourth studio album by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It was originally released in Sweden on 11 October 1976 by Polar Records. Recording sessions began in August 1975 and continued until September 1976 at Metronome and Glen studios in Stockholm, Sweden. It became one of ABBA's most successful albums to date, producing three of their biggest hits: "Dancing Queen," "Money, Money, Money" and "Knowing Me, Knowing You." 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. Arrival was the best-selling album of 1977 in the United Kingdom and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album became a major seller all over the world, becoming the top-selling album of 1977 in both the UK and West Germany for example. It housed three of ABBA's biggest hits; "Dancing Queen," "Money Money Money" and "Knowing Me Knowing You," and in some territories a fourth with the inclusion of "Fernando" (which in most markets had featured on their earlier Greatest Hits album). "That's Me" was released as a single in Japan only. Arrival was the second ABBA album I bought. Greatest Hits (even though it actually featured very few UK hits) was the first. It was a massive success in the UK, spurred on by the latest ABBA singles, Mamma Mia, Fernando and Dancing Queen. The latter wasn’t included on the GH but helped the comp sell while the public waited for the new album. Arrival wouldn’t arrive until the end of 1976, but it goes without saying it was a smash hit when it did. I think Arrival was the best pop album I’d ever heard at that point... You could play it all the way through and not want to skip a single track. Everything was catchy. Dum Dum Diddle had ridiculous lyrics but no one cared! The instrumental title track was beautiful and might be the only track your dad would like. There were songs for everyone. There was something joyous about Arrival. A quality that would gradually fade from ABBA’s albums. It’s nigh on perfect pop. Yes, The Visitors is more mature, Voulez-Vous is more disco, but neither lift the spirits like Arrival. I’ve compiled a poll with the usual options. I’ve added the 2 main bonus tracks that would appear on later CD remasters. You can pick as many as you like. Feel free to share what Arrival means to you. Are you still searching for that perfect CD copy? Me too! Do you feel it’s ABBA’s best work? Or are you disappointed there’s nothing like Me & Bobby & Bobby’s Brother and King Kong Song on it?! Do tell.