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Lexicon Of Love (Deluxe Edition +20 Bonus Tracks) Box set, Deluxe Edition, Import, Original recording remastered

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Deluxe remastered reissue of the new wave act's classic 1982 album includes ten bonus tracks ('The original Singles') 'Tears Are Not Enough' (7-inch), 'Alphabet Soup' (12-inch), ''Theme From 'Man Trap''. & 'Poison Arrow' (Jazz Mix), (An Out-Take & An Oddity) 'Into The Valley Of The Heathen Go' ('Lexicon Of Love Out-take, 5/82), 'Alphabet Soup' (BBC Swap Shop Version 29/11/81), (The Route To Lexicon) 'Tears Are Not Enough' (Phonogram Demo 20/07/81), 'Show Me' (Phonogram Demo 20/07/81), & 'Surrender' (Phonogram Demo 20/07/81), & a bonus disc ('The Lexicon Of Love Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, Nov 1982') with an additional 11 tracks. Mercury. 2004.

1. Show Me
2. Poison Arrow
3. Many Happy Returns
4. Tears Are Not Enough
5. Valentine's Day
6. Look Of Love
7. Date Stamp
8. All Of My Heart
9. 4 Ever 2 Gether
10. Look Of Love (Part 4)
11. Overture
12. Tears Are Not Enough (7 Inch)
13. Alphabet Soup (12")
14. Theme From "Man Trap"
15. Poison Arrow (Jazz Mix)
16. Into The Valley Of The Heath Go (Lexicon Of Love Outtake 5/82)
17. Alphabet Soup (Bbc Swap Shop Version 11/29/81)
18. Tears Are Not Enough (Phonogram Demo 7/20/81)
19. Show Me (Phonogram Demo 7/20/81)
20. Surrender (Phonogram Demo 7/20/81)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 22, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Universal UK
  • ASIN: B00042YL4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Norton on December 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Before I even knew what a "trevor horn" was, i was in awe of this album and Frankie's "Pleasuredome" within the same year. "Lexicon" set the standard for my pop/rock ears. It was truly the very first album i would obsessively listen to over and over without skipping a single track and all the while wondering "Why aren't all albums made this way??". Later, I would discover "Avalon" by Roxy Music (which actually came first, but not to my ears). ABC's original killer lineup (Fry, White, Singleton, Lickley, and, most of all, Palmer) had hammered out (with Horn) the ulitmate distillation of what HAD been great 70*s music to form the pinnacle of New Romanticism for the 80*s.

The songs are an endless stream of witty couplets, like Satan himself had possesed your average dictionary of qoutations and was using it to sing the evils of love! The lowbrow take on highbrow lyricism all the while laughs at it's own haughty pretension, and Fry's ever-straining (though succeeding!) vocal delivery is emotive and leavening all at once! Tessa Niles (then Webb) made her mark as the angel of the New Romantic bands with her cameo parts here. Duran Duran would allude to her spots on Lexicon with their "Come Undone" single (that record seeming to mourn a bygone era).

Trevor Horn (I know what one is now!) assembled the core army that would march forth as ZTT (and the before-mentioned Frankie) around this effort, and the collective genius of all concerned, coupled with an exacting attention to recorded sonics (predicting the digital era to come...) would rise to heights unimagined. This record is every bit as engaging and lofty as any classical symphony or suite.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MEWZIK on November 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I found out the Deluxe Edition series was adding The Lexicon Of Love to their catalog, I was very excited. Since there was already a remaster, I was more interested in the bonus tracks. Well, both discs are brilliant. This time, The Lexicon Of Love was truly remastered - it sounds better than the first round - you can tell immediately on Show Me. It was a much better job from the master.

The bonus stuff is worth it's weight in gold. The demos are my favorite as the songs are stripped down an a little undeveloped. It's cool to hear the genesis of song without the added production

I have a live show from Germany (same tour) which is excellent. This one is from the Hammersmith 1982. If you have not heard the full live set from this tour - you are in for complete treat. Very classy.

OH - pretty important if you want to save some cash. I bought mine from Amazon UK. For everything, the price was under $30.00. For some reason, our Amazon could not get the price lower. So, go there and save $10.00
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Todd Bartholomew VINE VOICE on July 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The New Romantic movement gave us many memorable artists, but perhaps none left as stylish and indelible a mark as Sheffield's ABC. The band first hit the U.K. charts with "Tears Are Not Enough" on their own Neutron label. Interest in the single lands them a deal with a major label and Trevor Horn (Yes, Art of Noise) agrees to produce their first full length recording. The end result "Lexicon of Love" is one of the quintessential New Romantic recordings. A lush paean to love it summons echoes of Roxy Music, but at the same was very original and unique. Fronted by vocalist extraordinaire Martin Fry the crack four man group was ably augmented by Horn's studio wizardry. Equal parts intelligence, flamboyance and swagger Fry commands the show and his lyrics reflect a mixture of ecstasy and agony, treachery and regret, irony and sorrow. Hearing the original demo of "Tears..." you can hear the genesis of what would evolve under the benevolent tutelage of Trevor Horn. Who made who is obvious.

The curtain lifts on with the dramatic opener "Show Me" with Fry soaring to a wonderful falsetto at points amid a lush orchestrated backdrop, the perfect set up for "Poison Arrow," perhaps one of their best tracks. The video of "Poison Arrow" is perhaps most indelibly etched in people's memories for the band in white ties and Martin cavorting in the infamous gold lamé suit with an 80s beauty. On the pulsating track the wonderful Tessa Niles plays vocal foil to Martin who posits "I thought you loved me, but it seems you don't care" to which Tessa counters "I care enough to know I can never love you" to a crescendo of drums. The song is absolute ecstasy and my all-time favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Taylor VINE VOICE on November 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Yes, the original production was brilliant for its time. Great songs, superb production, an album that arrived just slightly before its time and remains timeless. What you really want to know however, is "Should I buy this version or upgrade my standard version to it?" The answer is an enthusiastic, "Yes!" The remastering makes this sound as if it were recorded yesterday, the bonuses (20 tracks!) are fantastic as they encompass not only b-sides and remixes, but live recordings from the era that have also been cleaned up to match the quality of the studio recordings. Not all remastered or deluxe editions are worth the price of upgrade, but this one truly shines.
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