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"Arrival"
Instrumental by ABBA
from the album Arrival
Released11 October 1976 (1976-10-11)
GenrePop
Length3:00
LabelPolar
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Björn Ulvaeus
  • Benny Andersson

"Arrival" is a 1976 composition by Swedish pop group ABBA featured on their album of the same name. It is an instrumental piece, mainly the brainchild of member Benny Andersson and had the working titles of "Fiol", "Ode to Dalecarlia" and "Arrival in Dalecarlia".

Background

"Arrival" was the second and last composition from the group not to contain lyrics, following "Intermezzo No.1" the previous year. As with "Intermezzo No.1", the choral tune, heavily influenced by traditional Swedish folk music, was written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. It was recorded on 30 August 1976 at Stockholm's Metronome Studio. The title of the album, Arrival, gave the instrumental its name, rather than vice versa. It was also one of the last tracks to be recorded for the album before its release on 11 October 1976.

In 1983, a different version of the song with lyrics, called "Belle", was sung by Daniel Balavoine and Anni-Frid Lyngstad ("Frida") as part of the French musical ABBAcadabra. Also in 1983, it was re-recorded with different lyrics, and released as "Time" by B. A. Robertson and Lyngstad.

Cover versions

Mike Oldfield version

"Arrival"
Arrival (Mike Oldfield).jpg
Single by Mike Oldfield
from the album QE2
Released12 September 1980
Recorded1980
GenreFolk rock
Length2:46
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Benny Anderson
Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Mike Oldfield
David Hentschel
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"Blue Peter"
(1979)
"Arrival"
(1980)
"Sheba"
(1980)

In 1980 Mike Oldfield recorded a cover-version of the song, which is found on his QE2 album. The artwork for Oldfield's single is a recreation of ABBA's Arrival album artwork depicting the artist flying in a Bell 47G helicopter (Oldfield is indeed titled as helicopter pilot).

Track listing

  1. "Arrival" – 2:46
  2. "Polka" (live on European tour 1980) – 3:34

Oldfield's credits

Other cover versions, sampling, etc.

References

  1. ^ "QE2 notes". Tubular.net. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  2. ^ "Fyfe Robertson, the great TV reporter". YouTube. 2008-11-04. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2016-10-16.