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1976 – Part 5.2: Abba – Arrival

There is no denying their cultural impact with this album and subsequent re-success in the decades to come.

Before “Arrival”, they had traction, and after “Arrival” they had global success. And it’s all on the back of a few singles.

“Dancing Queen” was everywhere in the 70’s and again in the 90’s and beyond with “Mamma Mia”. In Australia, there was a local film called “Muriel’s Wedding” which was a big hit.

It centered on Muriel, her favorite band ABBA and how all she wants to do is to get married.

So the music of ABBA forms the backbone of the film’s soundtrack.

Songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson allowed their use in the film and permitted “Dancing Queen” to be adapted as an orchestral piece. Additional ABBA songs included are “Mamma Mia”, “Waterloo”, “Fernando”, and “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”.

ABBA only gave permission for their music to be included in the film two weeks before shooting commenced and the filmmakers were considering changing Muriel’s favourite band to “The Village People”.

“Knowing Me, Knowing You” is the embryo of melodic rock. Pianist Benny Andersson said it was one of their five best recordings. Pay attention to the harmony guitars from Bjorn Ulvaeus.

“Money, Money, Money”, I had the 7 inch single and it was another hit.

How good is the music?

Almost theatrical yet melodic with a bit of classical and gypsy chucked in.

“Fernando” was a hit in Australia, spending almost three months at Number 1, but I’m not a fan of it.

In Australia, this album was huge but like all of their albums in the 70s they didn’t sell in the multi-millions. That honor goes to their “Greatest Hits” album from 1993 that sold in the multi millions.

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