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Abacab Original recording remastered
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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.
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.
Now for the bad or mundane. "Who Dunnit?" is awful. It may have been fun to hear Phil Collins singing this live with his dark glasses grabbing at his shirt, but who really wants to listen to this repetitive nonsense in the comfort of one's living room. The worst part is, it precedes "Man on the Corner" which is a beautiful song and one of the best Genesis songs ever. The best part about having this album on CD is I can skip track six and get right to the wonderful ballad about a forgotten homeless man (at least that is how I interpret the song).Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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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 on Feb. 13 2014 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
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. Read morePublished on July 8 2004
(...) 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
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 morePublished on June 22 2004 by Terrence J Reardon