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Abacab Original recording remastered

3.8 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • 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 41 customer reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Genesis released their classic album entitled Abacab in September of 1981. The album was the band's first to be self-produced and collaboration with engineer Hugh Padgham(Peter Gabriel, The Police) whom drummer/vocalist Phil Collins collaborated with on his Top 10 Multi-Platinum solo effort Face Value. Also, the band built their own studio The Farm in Surrey and this was the first album to be recorded at the band's own studio. The album Abacab showcased the band writing all but three songs together as a band. The lone solo songwriting credit for keyboardist Tony Banks was the excellent Me and Sarah Jane. Also, guitarist and bassist Mike Rutherford had one of his best pieces Like it or Not. The album also contains Phil's Top 40 hit Man On the Corner which predated the theme of Another Day in Paradise by eight years about a homeless man. The songs all three wrote together were the 7 minute opening Top 40 charting title cut and the US Top 30 hit No Reply at All which featured the Earth Wind and Fire horn section. Other highlights are the British hit Keep it Dark, the seven and a half minute Dodo/Lurker medley, the silly Who Dunnit and the classic finale Another Record. This album was the band's first US Top 10 smash and first Platinum seller for the band. I first bought this CD on a whim in August of 1997 when I bought the remastered edition and it is hands down the best effort of the three piece era efforts. Highly recommended!
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