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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: #8,681 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 1 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 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Trainor on Feb. 23 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Phil Collins band have traded the once respected name of Genesis and turned it into a worthless pop band. On the tour of this album this trio was nealy booed off stage in Sweden. Every song on here is very bad. When Genesis consolided their writting into the Banks/Rutherford/Collins trio only, they detroyed the variety in the writtin in the music. Steve Hackett and Peter Gabriel leaving really destroyed this band's sound. The people who like this album are not Genesis fans. They are poser fans that simpathize with the Phil Collins solo sound. The only thing the trio did was create the illusion that the Phil Collins solo and Genesis are the same thing, but in reality they are far from it. Genesis was once a respected band much like King Crimson, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer. Those days are gone in this album and have been changed into a candy coated pathetic pop sound!
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1 of 1 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 1 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 1 people found the following review helpful By Truthteller on Feb. 13 2014
Format: Audio CD
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. 3th 1981 Leiden Holland the whole show is on youtube. It's the concert Atlantic Records didn't want you to hear! You need Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett to make Genesis, otherwise you have trash like this. Tony Banks released The Fugitive Mike Rutherford released Acting Very Strange and Phil Collins released Hello, I Must Be Going! Their better ideas went on their solo albums, so why waste your time with this garbage? Even Peter Gabriel's Security Steve Hackett's Highly Strung and former Genesis writter/guitarist Anthony Phillips' 1984 that came out around this time period and are far better than Abacrap! PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: The people that voted this review as not helpful are NOT GENESIS FANS and ONLY LIKE PHIL COLLINS SO THEIR VOTES DON'T COUNT! I REPEAT ARE NOT TRUE GENESIS FANS BUT IMBECILES THAT ONLY LIKE PHIL COLLINS!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Trainor on Feb. 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
DON'T KNOW WHY A RECORD COMPANY WOULD PICK A BAD ALBUM TO MAKE GOLD. WHAT ABOUT THE LAMB LIES DOWN AND SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND??
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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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