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The Lexicon Of Love [Original recording remastered]

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00000I2PG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definition of Style September 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
1981: Just when you thought you had heard every David Bowie and Bryan Ferry imitator to warble his discontented angst into the wind, along came ABC. They were smart like Bowie, fashion-mad like Ferry, and (before he became producer du jour) sonically adventurous with Trevor Horn at the dials. Lyrically witty to the point of brilliant, "The Look Of Love" remains a sonic marvel. It combined the lush orchestrations of disco with the propulsion of Motown, with enough English mannerisms to broach "new wave." Horn's production touches also made it sound completely unlike anything else on the radio or dancefloors at the time.
Yet there was more than a dreaded one hit wonder here. Songs like "Poison Arrow" and "Tears Are Not Enough" had more hooks than a hardware department and made radio sound vibrant in the early 80's. Lead Singer Martin Fry also had the looks down for the early generation of MTV, and the high style of the band's early videos (including one of the earliest longform music vid/movies in "Mantrap") gave them the extra boost that they needed to conquer the US. But what really mattered was, and remains, the music. "The Lexicon Of Love" has held its original splendor years after many of the other MTV bands of the period have lost their sheen. This was one of the first CD's I bought when Disc players were relatively new, and the remaster here, as it does with Roxy Music's "Avalon," brings out even more of the original disc's depth and sparkle. I can't imagine my record collection without "The Lexicon of Love."
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A benchmark for the digital recording era. November 5, 2005
By Gizmola
Format:Audio CD
"We spend a lot of time writing and crafting the songs-they must be danceable, memorable, intelligent, functional, passionate. These things shouldn't be excluded from pop music-they should be exploited and exaggerated."

ABC's debut album, coming out in 1982 amongst a flurry of Post-Disco/Brit New Wave acts, linked ABC with bands like Spandau Ballet, Human League, Culture Club, Kajagoogoo, Gary Numan, Scritti Politti and Howard Jones. Certainly many of those bands shared a love of classic Motown, but ABC was never part of any scene, and considered themselves outsiders. From the first "The Lexicon of Love" was something else entirely and seemed to cut through the airwaves like a knife once the first piano chords and wailing saxophone of "The Look of Love" gave way to the funky syncopated baseline and lead singer Martin Fry's choir-boy inflected voice declaring dramatically:

"When your world is full of strange arrangements

And gravity won't pull you through

You know you're missing out on something

Well that something depends on you...."

The song instantly propelled them to fame in the US and Europe, but unlike many of their contemporaries, ABC had a fully realized album to back up their single. Over twenty years later, "The Lexicon of Love" is increasingly mentioned in the list of recording studio masterworks, largely due to the skill, audacity and precociousness of studio engineer wonderboy Trevor Horn, who cut his teeth with the Buggles, and had embraced the DIY - Keyboard/Synth/Pop esthetic and with this recording, declared himself heir apparent the minute it was released and people realized just how damn good a bunch of machines in service of some well crafted pop songs could sound.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can never go over-the-top enough! August 17, 2005
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best of the 80's & All Time
This CD is one of the best compositions of its genre and of 20th century Music greats. Touching on Jazz, Swing, New Wave and orchestral, this music set is a thrill to any serious... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy and polished like few others
I'll keep this simple. This is clearly one of those "new wave" releases that artfully delivered a polished, elegant British sound that immersed the listener in bitter sweet... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gary J. Figueroa
3.0 out of 5 stars it s okay.
I used to listen to this in high school. there are a few good songs on it but it s kind of cheesey.
Published 7 months ago by mary e. bricard
5.0 out of 5 stars An 80's Classic.
Simply an all around great New Romantic/New Wave album. ABC's Debut was like a Night on the Town for anyone who has been there or dreamed of their first all night run around. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jeff Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection.
This must have been the third copy of this CD that I have had to buy to replace lost or damaged older copies. I never get tired of this album.
Published 17 months ago by michael g.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential 80's Pop Album?
OK, let's readily admit that not all of us were fans of 80's pop music. I, for one, suffered through the 80's latching onto the very rare glimpses of creativity that it managed to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Old Prog Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential ABC
As a long time ABC fan, I am still impressed at what a great album this was and still is. There are songs on this album that should have been included on the "best of"... Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
I loved this band and this album in the early 80's and still enjoy it in 2013 more often than most other albums! Just great!!! Enjoy it!
Published 19 months ago by Andrew Boyington
5.0 out of 5 stars ABC Lexicon of Love
I love ABC and this is their best albumn. It is hard to find so I was estatic when I found the digital download on Amazon. Read more
Published on August 10, 2011 by Babs
5.0 out of 5 stars best Pop album ever!
Hands down, the best pop album ever!
Bass lines? Catchiest you will ever hear. Listen to this when driving, and you may dance your way to an accident. So beware. Read more
Published on December 3, 2010 by PuroShaggy
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