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You have to love ABC, they have been around since 1981 and are still feverishly touring the UK trying to stay in the public eye. I love eighties music so I thought this best of would be a good place to start
Who are they:
A pop group from the eighties, who were sometimes jovial and also quite cutting edge for their time. Led by the handsome and deep voiced Martin Fry.
On this album:
The best tracks are 'Look Of Love' which is still played over and over on radio, a catchy pop number about the pitfalls of falling in love. 'When Smokey Sings' narrowly missed the top ten but is a charmer with some heartfelt lyrics and one of my faves is 'Poison Arrow' with some bittersweet lyrics and showcasing Fry's range really well.
'Ocean Blue' was not a big hit and was not memorable for me, just a drab tune.
Artwork: Sleek and stylish as always
Overall: There are a handful of good ones that you'll remember and also some ones you won't know at all!
Album - Look of love: The Very Best of ABC.
Album is a single CD, containing 17 songs, as the title suggests 'The Best of ABC'.
Front cover shows Martin Fry reclining in his famous GOLD Suit. Back cover shows the 17 track titles and an empty theatre with just fry's jacket hanging over a chair, suggesting he's on the stage?
Inside is a shockingly red CD and small front cover booklet. This contains some information on martin and some of his songs.
Centrefold is martin reclining in his shockingly loud gold suit.
As with 'Tears for fears', ABC where of the early eighties and had a very distinctive and recognisable sound.
Fry was born in 1958 in Manchester. He was initially asked to join a band put together by Mark White (Guitarist) and Steve Singleton (Saxophonist) but soon he took over the band and gave it its distinctive sound. They where signed up by Phonogram records in 1981.
Success was soon to follow with their releases of 'TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH, POISON ARROW' and 'THE LOOK OF LOVE'.
1. The look of love - 1982
2. All of my heart - 1982
3. Poison arrow - 1982
4. When Smokey sings - 1987
5. That was then but this is now - 1983
6. Tears are not enough - 1981
7. How to be a millionaire - 1984
8. The night you murdered love - 1987
9. Peace and tranquillity - 2001
10. One better world - 1989
11. S.O.S. - 1984
12. King without a crown - 1987
13. Be near me - 1985
14. Ocean blue - 1986
15. Vanity kills - 1984
16. The real thing - 1989
17. Blame - 2001
1982 saw the band Cracking the American market with the help of MTV, where 'The look of love and Poison Arrow' where constantly on air.
Although numerous albums where subsequently released and a small revival of 'New Romatic' music happened in the late nineties the band never came back into vogue.
They continue to tour on a small scale.
In my humble opinion, This album really does contain ALL the best that ABC produced.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Look Of Love (Part 1)
2 All Of My Heart
3 Poison Arrow
4 When Smokey Sings
5 That Was Then But This Is Now
6 Tears Are Not Enough
7 How To Be A Millionaire
8 The Night You Murdered Love
9 Peace And Tranquility
10 One Better World
12 King Without A Crown
13 Be Near Me
14 Ocean Blue
15 Vanity Kills
16 The Real Thing