Monday, October 11, 1976

Abba’s Arrival arrives

First posted 3/27/2008; updated 9/13/2020.

Arrival

Abba


Released: October 11, 1976


Peak: 20 US, 110 UK, 4 CN, 18 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 1.65 UK, 10.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: dance pop


Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)

  1. When I Kissed the Teacher
  2. Dancing Queen (8/21/76, 1 US, 1 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU, sales: 3 million)
  3. My Love, My Life
  4. Dum Dum Diddle
  5. Knowing Me, Knowing You (2/26/77, 14 US, 7 AC, 1 UK, 5 CN, 9 AU)
  6. Money, Money, Money (11/20/76, 56 US, 38 AC, 3 UK, 47 CN, 1 AU, sales: 1 million)
  7. That’s Me
  8. Why Did It Have to Be Me?
  9. Tiger
  10. Arrival


Total Running Time: 33:09


The Players:

  • Agnetha Fältskog (vocals)
  • Anni-Frid Lyngstad (vocals)
  • Benny Andersson (synthesizer, piano, accordian, chimes, marimba, backing vocals)
  • Björn Ulvaeus (guitar, vocals, backing vocals)

Rating:

4.209 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)


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About the Album:

“ABBA’s fourth album…shows the quartet at the absolute top of their game.” AMG They had achieved modest success internationally, but with Arrival they achieved global superstardom. WK It was the best-selling album of 1977 in the UK. WK

Of course, the most-celebrated song on the album was Dancing Queen, the biggest hit of Abba’s career. However, “the record was filled with brilliant material, including the spirited When I Kissed the Teacher; the dramatic, achingly beautiful Knowing Me, Knowing You (yet a further hit); the pounding Money, Money, Money (still another hit off the album); and the playful That's Me.” AMG


Notes: “Fernando” was added to the 1997 CD edition of the album. In 2001, the song “Happy Hawaii” was also added as a bonus track.

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Friday, October 1, 1976

Bob Seger releases Night Moves: October 1, 1976

Originally posted October 1, 2011.



“Bob Seger recorded the bulk of Night Moves before Live Bullet brought him his first genuine success, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s similar in spirit to the introspective Beautiful Loser, even if it rocks harder and longer. Throughout much of the album, he’s coming to grips with being on the other side of 30 and still rocking.” STE Critic Robert Cristgau said the album is for those no longer in their teens, but that it is still comprised of classic rock and roll riffs in the vein of Chuck Berry or The Rolling Stones. WK Seger “floats back in time, turning in high-school memories, remembering when wandering down Mainstreet was the highlight of an evening, covering a rockabilly favorite in Mary Lou.” STE

“Stylistically, there’s not much change since Beautiful Loser, but the difference is that Seger and his Silver Bullet Band – who turn in their first studio album here – sound intense and ferocious, and the songs are subtly varied. Yes, this is all hard rock, but the acoustic ballads reveal the influence of Dylan and Van Morrison, filtered through a Midwestern sensibility, and the rockers reveal more of Seger’s personality than ever.” STE Rolling Stone reviewer Kit Rachlis said that Seger sounded like Rod Stewart and wrote like Bruce Springsteen. WK In addition, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section lends a hand on 4 of the album’s songs. WK

“Seger may have been this consistent before (on Seven, for example), but the mood had never been as successfully varied, nor had his songwriting been as consistent, intimate, and personal.” STE

“Thankfully, this was delivered to a mass audience eager for Seger, and it not only became a hit, but one of the universally acknowledged high points of late-‘70s rock & roll. And, because of his passion and craft, it remains a thoroughly terrific record years later.” STE




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