Lexicon Of Love (Bonus Tracks) CD (2002)

Artist: Abc

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Label Polygram Label Group
SKU 60514698
UPC 731453825024
UPC 14 00731453825024
Format CD
Release Date 2/5/2002
Author Abc
Artist Influence ABBA
Artist Influence Barry White
Artist Influence Bee Gees
Artist Influence Chic
Artist Influence Curtis Mayfield
Artist Influence Daryl Hall & John Oates
Artist Influence David Bowie
Artist Influence David Essex
Artist Influence Earth, Wind & Fire
Artist Influence Isaac Hayes
Artist Influence Kool & the Gang
Artist Influence Marvin Gaye
Artist Influence Roxy Music
Artist Influence Smokey Robinson
Artist Influence The Beatles
Artist Influence The Temptations (Motown)
Artist Contemporary A Flock of Seagulls
Artist Contemporary Alphaville (German)
Artist Contemporary Bananarama
Artist Contemporary Blancmange
Artist Contemporary Bronski Beat
Artist Contemporary China Crisis
Artist Contemporary Culture Club
Artist Contemporary Dead or Alive
Artist Contemporary Depeche Mode
Artist Contemporary Duran Duran
Artist Contemporary Erasure
Artist Contemporary Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Artist Contemporary Haircut 100
Artist Contemporary Heaven 17
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Artist Contemporary King
Artist Contemporary Naked Eyes
Artist Contemporary Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (O.M.D.)
Artist Contemporary Pet Shop Boys
Artist Contemporary Soft Cell
Artist Contemporary Spandau Ballet
Artist Contemporary Sparks
Artist Contemporary The Art of Noise
Artist Contemporary The Fixx
Artist Contemporary The Human League
Artist Contemporary The Motels
Artist Contemporary Thomas Dolby
Artist Contemporary Ultravox
Artist Contemporary Visage
Artist Contemporary Wang Chung
Artist Contemporary Wham!
Artist Contemporary Yello
Artist Follower Cathy Dennis
Artist Follower Deee-Lite
Artist Follower G-Man (Gez Varley)
Artist Follower George Michael
Artist Follower Happy Mondays
Artist Follower Howard Jones
Artist Follower M People
Artist Follower Paul Young
Artist Follower Pet Shop Boys
Artist Follower Phoenix (France)
Artist Follower Pulp
Artist Follower Rick Astley
Artist Follower Roger Sanchez
Technical Info
Engineer Gary Langan
CatalogID 5382502
Lable Name Universal Distribution
Released 11/16/1998
Original Release 1982
Number of Discs 1
Length 42m : 7s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731453825024
Musical Guests
Anne Dudley
Album Notes and Credits
ABC includes: Martin Fry (vocals); Mark White (guitar, keyboards); Stephen Singleton (alto & tenor saxophones); David Palmer (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Gaynor Sadler (harp); Kim Wear (trumpet); Andy Gray (trombone); Anne Dudley (keyboards); Brad Lang, Mark Lickley (bass); Louis Jardin (percussion); J.J. Jeczalik (programming); Tessa Webb (background vocals).
Producer: Trevor Horn.
Compilation producers: Paul Reidy, Martin Fry.
Recorded in 1982. Includes liner notes by Martin Fry and Giles Smith.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Tessa Webb, Martin Fry (vocals); Mark White (guitar, keyboards); Gaynor Sadler (harp); Kim Wear (trumpet); Andy Gray (trombone); Anne Dudley (keyboards); Brad Lang (bass guitar); David Palmer (drums, percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Giles Smith; Martin Fry.
Recording information: 1981-1982.
Photographers: Gered Mankowitz; Paul Cox.
Easily one of the '80s' finest albums, THE LEXICON OF LOVE not only established singer Martin Fry and guitarist Mark White as two of the decade's smartest and most skillful cross-breeders of Motownish dance grooves, Beatlesque pop and Roxy Music-style art-rock urgency, it cemented ex-Buggle Trevor Horn's status as the era's defining producer.
Throughout THE LEXICON OF LOVE, Horn's over-the-top blend of strings, horns, lush choirs and bizarre production tricks battles Fry's literate, witty lyrics and commanding voice and White's encyclopedic knowledge of pop hooks for the listener's attention. While the singles "Poison Arrow" and "The Look of Love"--aided by stylish, funny videos--garnered the most interest, there's not a single less-than-brilliant track, from the compelling opener "Show Me" to the near-desperate closer "4 Ever 2 Gether" and the lovely orchestral coda "The Look of Love (Part Four)." THE LEXICON OF LOVE is a classic.
Artist Overview
ABC was the epitome of the flashy "new pop" sound that dominated the British charts in the first half of the '80s. The band's roots lay in the Sheffield electro-pop group Vice Versa, which shifted gears when singer/songwriter Martin Fry joined, moving towards a glam/soul sound that fit in nicely with the Duran Duran/Spandau Ballet New Romantic school. Fry's Bowie/Roxy Music-influenced image and witty lyrics, along with the band's smashing pop hooks and Trevor Horn's lush production, earned the band a batch of hits straight out of the gate with 1982's THE LEXICON OF LOVE. While ABC never duplicated that album's success, they persevered through stylistic shifts and personnel changes, achieving a longevity few might have predicted.
Professional Reviews
Q (6/00, p.72) - Ranked #40 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"
Q (9/99, p.124) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...superb....The set has been carefully chosen to reflect the highs...and...lesser known but equally forthright slices of powerpop..."
Uncut (p.160) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] grand love story, or at the very least an elaborate seduction. It's the sound of a band - a generation - falling in love with the new stylistic and technological promise of '80s pop..."
Melody Maker (4/6/96, p.38) - Bloody Essential - "...Martin Fry was 23 when he conceived this masterpiece of orchestral songcraft and audacious lyrical insights, this celebration/deconstruction of photo story romance....sounds like the future, still."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[Including] songs as perfect as 'The Look Of Love' - replete with knowingly absurd talkover - or the jaw-dropping 'All Of My Heart,' still one of the '80s most underrated singles..."
NME (Magazine) (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #15 in NME's list of "The 50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s."
Disc 1
1 Show Me
2 Poison Arrow
3 Many Happy Returns
4 Tears Are Not Enough
5 Valentine's Day
6 Look Of Love, The - (part one)
7 Date Stamp
8 All Of My Heart
9 4 Ever 2 Gether
10 Look Of Love, The - (part four)
11 Theme From "Mantrap"

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