Abacab Original recording remastered
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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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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.
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.
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This is one of the worse albums this once great band did. They were nearly booed offstage on tour for this crap!!! YES IT HAPPENED!!!!!! Oct. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Truthteller
Dodo, Keep it Dark, Abacab. This is Genesis with its new stripped down sound but with it's old style song structure. One of there best!!!Published on Jan. 26 2007 by Stephen Bieth
This moron has enough nerve to call us poser fans when these posers Phil Collins fans weren't there were'nt there to support Genesis when "Calling All Stations" came... Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Frank Schmit
(...) Nice work! It was really starting to get to me(but I had this idea in my head that is was over.) Phil once said: "Since the middle ages, there have been religious wars. Read morePublished on July 6 2004
I have absolutely no idea where these prog-rock snobs are getting this garbage about this album is pop rubbish and a sell-out. There is a bunch of 70's-style songs on this album. Read morePublished on June 28 2004
I am sure I speak on the behalf of many Genesis fans when I say that we are tired of your attacks on three of the world's greatest musicians(Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike... Read morePublished on June 26 2004
i am amazed that i am the first person reviewing this great cd as till 3 days back there were a number of reviews posted for this album. Read morePublished on June 23 2004