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Abacab [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

GenesisAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 29, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J2H
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I find it interesting to see other reviewers pointing out that "Abacab", originally released in September of 1981, was a huge departure for Genesis--it's an excellent point, because, indeed, this is the album that truly marks the beginning of the "pop"-era Genesis, as it's generally referred to. There's a certain timeless gloss & punchiness here that sets this album apart from all of the Genesis albums that came before it, and it 'sets the stage', so to speak, for their next couple of albums that followed. It's not exactly a coincidence either--David Hentschel who co-produced the previous two albums was gone, & this album was engineered by Hugh Padgham who had also engineered and assisted on Phil Collins' debut solo album from earlier the same year. "Abacab" was also the first album the group recorded at their own studio. Now, don't get the wrong idea--contrary to what certain people will try to make you believe, this is not an album of light & frothy 'sell-out' pop songs. The level of musical intelligence & sophistication is still astonishing, & track after track is intoxicatingly catchy. The 7+ minute title track starts the album off with a bang--it's got an arresting moody atmosphere, & it's simply loaded with savvy keyboard & guitar licks from Tony Banks & Mike Rutherford respectively, laid over Phil Collins' crisp drumming. Tony Banks' solo composition "Me And Sarah Jane" is a definitive example of his compositional brilliance--it flows seamlessly from section to section, working its way through different moods; it truly takes you on a journey. "Dodo" starts off with an exciting, dramatic blast before the irresitible synth riff kicks in, and it's followed by an arrestingly contemplative minor-keyed section before eventually working its way back to the opening section in thrilling fashion. Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reissue of the Sept. 81 album comes with DVD August 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Abacab is the 5th post-Peter Gabriel album, originally issued in Fall, 1981. It continued the rapidly evolving sound of Genesis from prog rockers to more commercial and mainstream-sounding. Personally, I had a difficult time to accept or like that change as it took place 25 years ago. I never did buy either "Duke" or "Abacab" when they came out. But the temptation of a bunch of DVD bonus materials was such that I did buy the "Genesis 1976-1982" 6 CD/6 DVD set, and now I finally have the "Abacab" album proper.

As to the CD, "Abacab" (9 tracks, 47 min.) is somewhat of a revelation to me. I still don't like "No Reply At All" or "Mman on a Corner" as a Genesis song (how can you differentiate it from Phis Collins' "Face Value" album? you can't, as Phil wrote these at the same time and it just sounds the same), but I found a lot of other things here I like a lot. The title track, of course, but also a brooding "Keep It Dark", the epic 7+ min. "Dodo/Lurker", and "Like It Or Not". Abacab will never be my favorite Genesis album, but I enjoyed it better than I ever expected.

As to the DVD, it first brings the album in a terrific 5.1 surround system, and it sounds fantastic if you have the proper home music set-up (which I do). As to the visuals, it comes with the videos for Abacab, No Reply At All, Keep It Dark, and Man on the Corner, nice but nothing earth-shattering. The "Reissue Interviews 2007" brings about 20 min. of the guys bringing their perspectives on the album, quite entertaining. Regretfully, there is no concert footage, unlike most of the other albums reissued, and that makes this reissue of "Abacab" less essential.

If you are considering buying any of the reissued CD/DVD albums, you really should look at buying the "1976-1982" box instead as it offer far more "bang for the buck" (only $69 here on Amazon), and on top it comes with a bonus CD/DVD of assorted B-sides, EPs and other hard to find tracks from that era.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I think we know who the real poser is. May 15, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Genesis did not "stab their fans in the back" with Abacab. The "fans" who felt this way (like trickoftail and all the rude boo-ers from the Abacab tour) were never really Genesis fans in the first place. They were just progressive rock fans who liked Yes/ELP/Rush etc. and some of the longer epic pieces and concept albums that Genesis did.
Yes, Abacab doesn't sound like early Genesis or other early prog what? It's still a great album full of fresh, creative ideas. Progressive rock isn't the only good style of music on the planet. To say that this is on the same level as Backstreet Boys or N'Sync is just plain ignorant, just as it is to say that it sounds just like Phil Collins' solo material. The only songs that sound anything like Phil solo on this album are No Reply At All and Man On The Corner, the rest are definitely Genesis songs.
Bottom line: if you only like the prototypical "progressive" side of Genesis, like the 10-minute epics and the long keyboard/guitar solos and the classical-sounding arrangements and the concept albums, then you might not like this album. But if you like bands that aren't afraid to change their sound and experiment with new ideas (which is the REAL meaning of "progressive"), then give this one a chance.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job Amazon! July 6, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
(...) 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. But blind faith often kills the innocent." Ain't that the truth in this case. I had better things do then listen to them whine and mope about how mean ol' Phil Collins turned a progressive band into a sell-out which really wasn't the case. I'm not a fan of progressive rock myself, but I loved Selling England By The Pound. But let me tell you something, if the mission of the progreessive rock fans was to convince me to listen to Gabriel and Hackett Genesis, it didn't work. In fact, they DISCOURAGED me to listening to that era because I didn't want to be associated with them. Now that rude reviews are gone, I believe I will be able to freely listen to 70's Genesis without hanging my head in shame. Hopefully, the snob-rockers have been banned, and we Genesis fans can try to get along in peace.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "There's no hiding place, for you"
There are some good songs on the record. I like 'Keep it Dark', and 'Man on the corner', a little bit, but this album just completes "the bands subsequent inch-by-inch descent into... Read more
Published 21 days ago by King of Controversy
3.0 out of 5 stars Genesis - "Abacab"
This is the CD from the band that excites less. He has a very linear characteristic and there is a song that stands out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jose Henrique
4.0 out of 5 stars overall very happy.
Fast shipping, overall very happy.
Published 2 months ago by movieking
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Phil Collins
I bought this cd just for 2 songs, Abacab and Man on the Corner. the other songs are ehhh alright. Don't really listen to them. I'm more of a Phil Collins fan than a Genesis fan
Published 3 months ago by Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars An album of banal pop songs? No: art rock at its best
Conventional wisdom from Gabriel-era-Genesis elitists is that this 1981 album marked the death of Genesis as an interesting `progressive' band and the start of their downhill slide... Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loves Genesis
My minister so as for this for Christmas. price was right, he loved it. Arrived quickly and in excellent condition as claimed
Published 7 months ago by David E. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars A bold new sound for Genesis but not one of my favorites.
Though I give this album a three star rating, I would have to say its more like 3 and 1/4 stars. This was definitely the most drastic change in sound from one album to the next... Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. Recchia
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound
I bought this CD for my husband, who is a big Genesis fan. It contains a lot of their hits. .He loved it - the sound quality is great. Read more
Published 8 months ago by yoyo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
One of my favorite albums, and definitely appreciated by somebody that lived during that era, too bad it's gone by
Published 10 months ago by Steve G
4.0 out of 5 stars Made nice gift!
Made a wonderful gift for my husband as he remembers all the songs and always wanted this album since it came out on vinyl.
Published 11 months ago by Arlene McGonigle
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