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Abacab [Original recording remastered]

Genesis Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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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
1.0 out of 5 stars just.....just....not good. March 3 2004
By A Customer
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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1.0 out of 5 stars This is a very bad album 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Simply awful considering what they once were... Nov. 7 2003
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Does not cut it 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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1.0 out of 5 stars ABACRAP!! Ignore the poser fans!! 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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1.0 out of 5 stars ABACRAP 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Genesis? I just like good music 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album! 5 stars isn't enough! July 8 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad cd.... very bad!!!!!!!!!
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 more
Published on July 8 2004 by Frank Schmit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job Amazon!
(...) 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 more
Published on July 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars What he's waiting for, I don't know
Good album. Some fairly pure Phil Collins material (not a bad thing); plenty of good solid Tony Banks. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by St. Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars "Machines" are still instruments
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... Read more
Published on June 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans with brains know that bands can change.
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 more
Published on June 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars To the prog-rock snobs of this website:
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 more
Published on June 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
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 more
Published on June 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Best three piece era Genesis album
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... Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis' creativity lurks in Abacab
It baffles my mind how many people dismiss this album as pathetic or crappy. Abacab is full of gorgeous songs, and the best song has got to be "Dodo/Lurker. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by Napster
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