Alphabet City Import, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, February 9, 1999
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What has always worked for these debonair gents is their flair for esoterically correct vocals and their stunning string arrangements. And while many of their songs can be considered a little "glitzy" or "forced," the songs on this collection work because of their unique approach to their subject matters. "When Smokey Sings" is a tribute to Smokey Robinson, and has some clever lyrics, and while it may be seen as a self-confident ode to themselves, I think it's more of a salute to a man whose influence in popular music cannot be underestimated. The synthesized instrumentals saluting "Minneapolis" and "Chicago" are filler fluff, but not bad in that respect. For me, the album's showcase is both the opening "Night You Murdered Love," and it's counterpart (The Whole Story). In this version, the female responds to the male's accusations. It's done in rap and it's so funny and appropriate; also shows that rap music can be done with orchestral backups and gives the singer much more support and is much more interesting than the garbled garbage that exists in rap today.
A clever, well produced and truly listenable musical experience. Hats off to Martin Fry and Mark White.
I've finally tracked down a digital copy (thank you, internezz) and I'm listening to it for the first time in probably 20 years. A couple of things amaze me about this album - first, I remember every song off the album, which is incredible, given how long it's been since I've heard it. Secondly, with another 20 years of musical exposure, I think I appreciate this album more now than I did when it first came out; Martin Fry's soul crooning is fantastic and that element of the music allows this album to hold up much better than so many other 1980's synth-pop bands.
The remixes are easily dismissed - honestly, they're pretty crap - but the album and its b-sides (included here) are well worth seeking out if you've got any fond memories of this undeservedly b-listed 80's pop powerhouse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perhaps capturing the duo at their finest moment of American-influced polished pop perfection, ABC's fourth studio album Alphabet City doesn't disappoint when it comes to smooth,... Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by A J Smith
ABC is a great 80's band and all of their CD's are great! I recommend getting them all. Just search ABC in music here on Amazon.com and you will find all of them. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Charger Rodger
Officially this was not ABC's final album of the 1980's. At the same time it did a lot to some up these survivors of the 1980's. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Andre S. Grindle
This is the best album from ABC that I have ever listened to! The best track on the album is "The Night You Murdered Love". Love that track!!!Published on November 13, 2011 by Joseph B. Pruitt Jr.
I have yet to allow this album to soak in. The most memorable track is the first single, When Smokey Sings. Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by ozone
Wore out this album on vinyl and finally got around to ordering cd. Every song great. Don't miss this record.Published on April 25, 2011 by P. robb