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Abacab Original recording remastered

3.8 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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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 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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UK 2007 digitally remastered and expanded two disc (Hybrid SACD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) pressing of this classic 1981 album from one of Rock's most successful bands. Disc One features the remastered version of the album on an SACD Hybrid disc which is playable on both normal CD and SACD 5.1 Surround players. The DVD features the album in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound plus five rare video extras including music clips and an interview. From their Progressive Rock beginnings to their commercial superstardom, Genesis created some of the most challenging, creative and rewarding albums of their generation. This special edition not only offers bonus material, but also allows the listener to experience the album as never before! Features 'No Reply At All', 'Like It Or Not' and 'Keep It Dark'. EMI.

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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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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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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Jan. 26 2007
Format: Audio 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!!!
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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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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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