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Abacab Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 1 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B000002J2H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Abacab
2. No Reply At All
3. Me And Sarah Jane
4. Keep It Dark
5. Dodo/Lurker
6. Who Dunnit?
7. Man On The Corner
8. Like It Or Not
9. Another Record

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Phil Collins might be swinging away the late '90s, but in 1981 he was sharpening his pop chops, from his first solo offering to this, the first Genesis album to break the hallowed million-copy mark stateside. But Abacab wasn't entirely about charting Top 40 singles ("No Reply At All," "Man on the Corner," and the title track); it still exhibited some late-stage evidence of a trio courting the art-rock muse that had graced its past ("Who Dunnit," "Dodo," "Keep It Dark"). However, by 1983's eponymous follow-up, the hit factory that was Genesis in the mid- to late-1980s was operating full steam ahead, and the angel Gabriel's spectre had all but vanished. Then, there were truly only three. --Bob Michaels

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3 2004
Format: Audio CD
Sorry, Mr. Hillstead, but I tend to agree with Ms. Trainor. I remember when this came out... sitting in my college dorm, skipping from track to track, hoping...hoping...HOPING FOR SOMETHING... This is, bar none, THE biggest musical disappointment in my lifetime. To rationalize that this crap is anything creative is to do all those other bands actually doing something creative(Planet X, Bubblemath, Kenso, Flower Kings, etc..) a major disservice. This is absolute crap. Genesis, though progressive, was never about overly flashy technique - but at least their compositions were well thought out and melodically interesting. The specimens on this CD sound like them bandmembers just got together and threw out whatever crossed their minds and fashioned it into a song of sorts in a way that's reminiscent of Frankenstein (e.g. - whodunnit...). Let's not kid ourselves - they DID sell out. Once Phil started making money with his musical trinkets, the other two simply became 'me-too'ers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 7 2003
Format: Audio CD
Just another example of the horrible thing Genesis turned into after both Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett abandoned ship. Perhaps they both had a premonition. The fact that this album went platinum (when albums of such genius as The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Selling England by the Pound, Foxtrot and Nursery Crymes languish in obscurity) is just another example of the mediocrity of the general record buying public. Utter pablum for the philistines.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Ogilby on June 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
Abacab was the second album of the Genesis late period and it is horrible with the exception of the mostly instrumental title track and the psuedo reggae melody changing Dodo/Lurker. It is only on these songs that Genesis reaches back into their Prog Rock past and come up with strong material.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Sidwell on July 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
After purchasing 'Genesis' (the album with the puzzle pieces) I wanted more, so I got this one. I like it almost as much. There seems to be some sort of debate going on here, but I just like good music, and this album has it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ignore the Prog-Rock fans that hate this album. They are not true Genesis fans, but only like Genesis for their progressive rock albums. Nothing else. I don't see them commenting Peter Gabriel or Steve Hackett's solo work if that's any tipoff. Abacab is a fantastic album that deserved to go gold. The title track, No Reply At All, Dodo/Lurker, and yes even the infamous Whodunnit? are my favorite tracks on this album. This album proves that Genesis, still evolving, could change direction yet still show flashes of their old past I loved Selling England By The Pound, but I feel this album is worth 100 of SEBTP or any Peter Gabriel-Steve Hackett Genesis album. Oh yeah, to the prog-rockers, this album WILL NOT get banned because it sounds completely different because it sounds completely different from an album the band put out a few years before. It will get band for suggestive material, and to my knowledge that has never happened. You're just wasting your time. There's more productive things I can do besides listen to you moan and weep that this isn't a progressive rock album. I recommend this album to anybody who doesen't treat a certain music genre like a sacred religion and who treats fellow fans like they've lived in a garbage can all of their lives.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By St. Chris on June 29 2004
Format: Audio CD
Good album. Some fairly pure Phil Collins material (not a bad thing); plenty of good solid Tony Banks. And the sound of this remaster is notably superior to the original CD release: better dynamics, better stereo separation. Better overall.
But wow, look at the vitriol that prog-rock fans will sling at any iconic band that changes its sound. Well, Abacab is where Genesis *started* for me -- that's right, with MTV -- and yes, I have sensed a quality decline in subsequent albums. (If you think Abacab is a pop sell-out, you haven't listened to Invisible Touch or, worse, We Can't Dance.) But! There's always been at least a little good stuff to keep me coming back. (In truth, I still love Invisible Touch, despite my best efforts to go with the anti-corporate flow and hate it.) I haven't yet gotten into Gabriel-era Genesis, but I'm looking forward to exploring it someday. Plenty to choose from! If you don't like their later music, don't buy the darned stuff. Peter Gabriel did move on with a solo career, in case you didn't notice.
"Who Dunnit" is one of my favorite tracks on Abacab. It's weird, but intentionally so. It's a playful riff: "Who Dunnit" always sounded to me like "Abacab" played sideways, if you can picture that.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29 2004
Format: Audio CD
To whoever keeps accusing Genesis of being uncreative because they used "machines" on this album: Drum machines and digital synthesizers are just as much real instruments as pianos and guitars are. Contrary to what some believe, it does not necessarily show a lack of talent to use instruments like these. Granted, a lot of pop singers will simply select a preset drum machine pattern and a digital loop sample and sing over that, but that's not what Genesis did on Abacab. Phil Collins came up with some very inventive rhythms on the drum machine (check out In The Air Tonight, Man On The Corner, etc.) and used them mainly for atmosphere. He didn't use them in place of real drums, because he always added real drums on top of the machine and played against it. This is very different than what most pop acts do.
Likewise, Tony Banks took advantage of the new set of sounds that became available with digital synths in the 1980s. He selected sounds that were appropriate in context and played them as such. This does not show a lack of talent at all, he's still carefully choosing the right sound and playing an appropriate part, just like he always did. I can understand why someone might prefer the analog sounds of the 1970s, but that still has nothing to do with talent.
Also, in reply to the "no Peter no Steve no Genesis" argument: Peter and Steve were certainly important members of Genesis, but the backbone of the band has always been Tony and Mike. Most of the music and a good deal of the sound has usually come from them. Peter was mainly a lyricist and a showman, and Steve is an excellent guitarist but he didn't contribute much to the band in terms of writing. So I think as long as you've got Tony and Mike, you've got Genesis.
Anyway, back to Abacab...
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