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It’s 40 years TO THE DAY that ABBA‘s Arrival was issued in the UK and to mark the occasion, SDE has created an unboxing video to show off the half-speed mastered 2LP 45RPM vinyl pressing and the seven-inch coloured vinyl box set…

The 2LP reissue is out now. The seven-inch box set seems to have disappeared from the uDiscoverMusic store, so you may be out of luck on that one (update: there is some availability – see below). Check out the 7-inch picture discs online here.

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Arrival half-speed mastered LP

Shop Price GBP Stock
Amazon de 6LP coloured vinyl box 18.95
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 25.63
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 27.02
Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 30.12
Amazon fr 6LP coloured vinyl box 28.92
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 26.80
Amazon es 6LP coloured vinyl box 29.26
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 40.49
HMV uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 37.99
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Arrival seven-inch box set

Shop Price GBP Stock
Amazon de 6LP coloured vinyl box 61.18
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 43.99
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 48.18
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Arrival / half-speed mastered 45RPM 2LP vinyl

LP1
SIDE A
1. WHEN I KISSED THE TEACHER
2. DANCING QUEEN
3. MY LOVE, MY LIFE

SIDE B
1. DUM DUM DIDDLE
2. KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU

LP2
SIDE A
1. MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
2. THAT’S ME
3. WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE ME?

SIDE B
1. TIGER
2. ARRIVAL

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Arrival / Coloured vinyl box set

DANCING QUEEN
SIDE A:
1. DANCING QUEEN

SIDE B:
2. THAT’S ME

FERNANDO
SIDE A:
1. FERNANDO

SIDE B:
2. HEY, HEY HELEN

KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU
SIDE A:
1. KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU

SIDE B:
2. HAPPY HAWAII

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
SIDE A:
1. MONEY, MONEY, MONEY

SIDE B:
2. CRAZY WORLD

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39 responses to SDEtv / ABBA: Arrival anniversary sets

  1. Lee Taylor says:

    Does half-speed mastering sound so much better that it’s worth changing the record every two or three songs? Not trying to be snarky (well, not entirely), asking for real.

    • Andy Vizor says:

      I have a few Half Speed Mastered Vinyls & they are a missed bag – The Original “Dark Side of the Moon”, from back in day sounds pretty good. But I think people had different expectations back then & as such the EQ is very different to those studios might use today.
      I picked up the recent Cream, Police & Simple Minds issues – again they sound good, can you actually hear a difference.. ummm – I remain unconvinced. They are superb pressings, no doubt. I think you need REALLY good kit & good ears!!
      I understand the logic & reasoning behind the Half Speed process, but I’m remain to be totally won over
      A few years ago I picked up the 45rpm 2 Disc of Fleetwood Mac – Rumours, whilst in the USA. It was in the Sale at $30, thought it was worth a punt. What a disappointment. Faster groove velocity should give higher frequency response. But the faster spin rate gave much more background noise on the quiet bits – hope that makes sense??
      I was very disappointed in 45rpm – & yes, it’s is a pain in the arse changing sides every 10 to 15 mins!

      • CJ Feeney says:

        I have the first four Peter Gabriel half speed masters 2 x 45 rpm LPs. They sound great, but I would not have bought them if they hadn’t come with a choice of high res downloads. I sometimes put on a side of one album to get the full effect, but as I can play the 24/96 files through my hi-fi, that’s my main listening experience.

        I value the LPs more as a beautiful physical object!

    • Fatoldbloke says:

      Would it not be better to have these 1/2 speed mastering albums done as BluRay pure audio discs?
      I’d go nuts turning over the record constantly as well as all the maintenance needed to apply to the vinyl, stylus etc

      I prefer to put a disc into the player and just press play and enjoy.

      Secondly why are not ‘all’ vinyl albums done in 1/2 speed mastering if this is the best way to listen to vinyl?
      Now that I have had the pleasure of hearing BluRay pure audio I now have the ultimate digital experience available

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        I’d like some hi-res blu-ray audio discs of ABBA but for some reason they won’t issue anything on that format.

  2. Michael Weber says:

    Thank you Paul for this very informative video. Great album! I bought the ABBA The Studio Albums box set recently. Fell in love all over again!

  3. Ralph says:

    I just don’t see the Point in an LP with two short tracks on one side. I have to get up every six to nine minutes to turn the record while listening to the CD saves me a lot of running. I can’t enjoy Music when I know that have to return to the record Player after just two Songs.

    • emstro says:

      I love turning a record over, and I don’t care how often I have to do it; I feel like I have to listen harder when I have to work harder.

      • Chris Squires says:

        Agreed.

        When I want some music on I use Spotify.
        When I want to LISTEN to music I use Vinyl.

        Most things sound better to me on Vinyl, possibly because I am making an effort and listening rather than just having something on in the background. I am still in love with the ceremony.

  4. Tarek Sobh says:

    I literally LOVE your unboxing videos! You should do more of these <3

  5. Neil says:

    I think we have timewarped back to the 70’s & 80’s with all these vinyl releases. Leave them and cassettes in the past please.

  6. Rob says:

    Arrival is cellebration it’s 40 th anniversary. I am wondering : Is there also a deluxe version of this album on cd ?

  7. eric slangen says:

    Hi Paul,

    if you have a new link where to get the 7 inch box I would be very grateful.

  8. Jeremy says:

    The singles box has been available for pre-order for some time at Amazon.ca. But it’s not cheap at around 42 pounds. At 10 pounds per single, that’s probably 20 times what they cost when they originally came out! Not surprisingly Amazon.ca also has the highest price for the album at close to 50 pounds. Clearly the ‘free’ shipping isn’t really free.

    • emstro says:

      In real terms, the single you paid 59p for in 1976 would now cost about £3.70p. It’s quite a hike, but in the mid-70s you would have been paying for a mass-produced single on recycled vinyl made to haphazard specs. Good pressings now are, on the whole, of a much higher standard than they were then. Production runs are also much lower now, of course, which makes a huge difference.

  9. vinyllistener says:

    if only they cut the singles on 12in. for even better sound.

  10. Chris Squires says:

    You made my morning Paul… a tea snorter

    “In the original Benny has his hand covering his Bollocks”

  11. Andrew Mogford says:

    I second the comments on your unboxing videos Paul. However, I will never be able to look at my vinyl copy of Arrival again without thinking of Benny’s Bollocks!

  12. Rob Deighton says:

    I really don’t get why these are heavily priced. These have been cut at half speed by Miles Showell at abbey road right?

    So were:
    The Phil Collins reissues.
    Queen – Complete Studio Collection (both box and singular releases).
    The upcoming Genesis vinyl reissues (and the past ones too).

    All the above have sensible price points yet these with the Abbey Road OBI strips seem to be more expensive.

    The record companies really do have you by the b*ll*ks

  13. gwynogue says:

    While we’re talking bollocks – ‘Benny and Bjorn’ is the nickname I have for mine…..
    :)

  14. Daniel ( from Berlin ) says:

    A 40th anniversary edition should be much more than this.
    I really hate this fan money milking machine abba. I’m so bored about this!!

  15. don cooper says:

    Readers of a certain vintage may well recall “Miss Diane” having to put up with Benny’s bollocks in the iconic soap Crossroads…
    ;-)

    • Chris Squires says:

      Ah Crossroads, the Brum “Dallas”. Good old Doris Luke & Shughie McFee.

      One final thing from me on the Vinyl debate. Just because there are some terrible, pointless Vinyl re-issues doesn’t necessarily mean that Vinyl is at fault. There are many, more than Vinyl, equally pointless, missed opportunity Digital releases around at the moment and over the last 5 years.
      I hope we don’t go down the line of Digital Fundamentalism. There is room for everything. The Good, The Bad and the Sting Cover.

  16. David M says:

    Have to say, there’s one born every minute. You can pick up excellent quality originals all over the place for a quid or 2.

  17. Tom Elliot says:

    I got my copy of the album yesterday and it’s the usual “how can we manufacture this as cheaply as possible while charging as much as possible?”. If I ever purchase another ABBA vinyl reissue can somebody please punch me in the face?. Actually dont bother, i’ll just do it myself, it’ll save time.

  18. Mylene says:

    The Australian pressing (on RCA) had both the gatefold AND Fernando.

  19. Colin says:

    Mylene – The reason why the Australian, (RCA), pressing of ‘Arrival’ had ‘Fernando’
    on it, was because that ABBA Single was not on ‘The Best Of ABBA’, (1975), in that
    country. It was the same with the New Zealand releases of ‘The Best Of ABBA’ and
    ‘Arrival’. In 1976 ABBA released ‘Greatest Hits’ in most of the World. That Album
    had been released in late 1975, in Scandinavia. In 1976 ‘Fernando’ was added to it in
    many countries – including the UK. However, instead of ‘Greatest Hits’, Australia
    and New Zealand got ‘The Best Of ABBA’, (in late 1975). Because ‘Fernando’ was not
    included on that ABBA Compilation, RCA added it to ‘Arrival’ in those 2 countries.

  20. Dejan Dozic says:

    born and raised in Sweden, I find these editions a kind of ripping fans out of their hard earned money. Just to get an album in 45 rpm. I mean what’s the point ?!?

  21. Alan says:

    A minor detail but I’m not sure Arrival was issued in the UK on 11 Oct 1976.

    Looking at the charts website:
    http://www.officialcharts.com/search/albums/arrival/
    It entered on week ending 27 Nov 1976. This means it could have been released at least two weeks before then, but I wouldn’t have thought it would have failed to make the chart for a month!

    11 Oct was most likely its release date in Sweden.

  22. Bryan says:

    The four 7″ picture discs was simply awful image reproduction. The worse being “Knowing Me, Knowing You”. I’ve seen bootlegs do it better. All in all, just awful.

    • Alan says:

      You think so? I actually think these saw the best reproductions so far. For every other ABBA reissue that uses original artwork, we’ve had quite dodgy scans. To me these look more like recreations than scans. The picture discs have the titles in different positions so can’t be scans.

      The background on Knowing Me, Knowing You was never white, even though it looks like it should be. It’s not discoloured.

  23. Jopla2 says:

    I almost can’t watch these vinyl unboxing videos with all the finger action on the grooves.

  24. Steve Foster says:

    Whilst we’re talking about the ARRIVAL album, this reissue would’ve been a perfect opportunity to include “Monsieur, Monsieur” [Early Demo Version of “My Love, My Love”] and the full length version of “Dancing Queen” (with the missing verse re-inserted. It’s present in the Spanish Version of the song first released on “Gracias Por La Musica”).

    Lovely re-packaging. It’s always nice to see ABBA’s better albums getting some much deserved attention, but it would’ve been wonderful to have had these two rare recordings included as Bonus Tracks.

  25. Colin says:

    Steve – Benny & Bjorn have made it clear, (via interviews), that they have no intentions of releasing any further unreleased ABBA Tracks, from ‘The Vaults’. Indeed, a few Years ago, Benny claimed that there was ‘nothing left’ to release, as regards ABBA Tracks that ‘The Fans’ haven’t already had. His claim was designed to stop ‘The Fans’ from asking for them. It was not true, however, as there are several unreleased ‘alternative versions’ of ABBA Songs. Indeed, for the past several Months, Swedish ‘ABBA Expert’, Carl Magnus Palm has been allowed to listen to all of ABBA’s unreleased Tracks. He will be describing everything that he’s listened to, in an up-date of his ABBA Book, ‘The Complete Recording Sessions’, which is out in 2017. So, ‘The Fans’ will be able to read about every detail, of the unreleased Tracks, that Benny & Bjorn will not actually let us hear for ourselves. Instead, there will, no doubt, be further re-issues of the ‘SOS’, (Same Old Songs), via still more ABBA ‘Hits’ Albums, as the Years go by. How utterly unadventurous & predictable! It is the 25th Anniversary of ‘Gold’ being released, (September 1992), in 2017. We’ll see if that gets yet another re-issue, as ‘The 25th Anniversary Edition’. Sometimes I think that Benny & Bjorn are laughing at ABBA Fans. They seem utterly incapable of rewarding ‘The Fans’ for Decades of loyalty.

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