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ABC|The Lexicon Of Love

The Lexicon Of Love

ABC

  • Released on 6/21/82 by EMI
  • Main artist: ABC
  • Genre: Pop
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ABC's debut album combined the talents of the Sheffield, U.K.-based band, particularly lead singer Martin Fry, a fashion plate of a frontman with a Bryan Ferry fixation, and the inventive production style of former Buggles member Trevor Horn and his team of musicians, several of whom would go on to form the Art of Noise. Horn created dense tracks that merged synthesizer sounds, prominent beats, and swaths of strings and horns, their orchestrations courtesy of Anne Dudley, who would follow her work with the Art of Noise by becoming a prominent film composer, and who here underscored Fry's stylized romantic lyrics and dramatic, if affected, singing. The production style was dense and noisy, but frequently beautiful, and the group's emotional songs gave it a depth and coherence later Horn works, such as those of Yes ("Owner of a Lonely Heart") and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, would lack. (You can hear Horn trying out the latter band's style in "Date Stamp.") Fry and company used the sound to create moving dancefloor epics like "Many Happy Returns," which, like most of the album's tracks, deserved to be a hit single. (In the U.K., four were: "Tears Are Not Enough," "Poison Arrow," "The Look of Love," and "All of My Heart," the last three making the Top Ten; in the U.S., "The Look of Love" and "Poison Arrow" charted Top 40.) ABC, which began fragmenting almost immediately, never equaled its gold-selling first LP commercially or artistically, despite some worthy later songs.
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1
Show Me
00:04:03

Trevor Horn, Producer - Mark White, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Palmer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Langan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Singleton, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Fry, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Barry Singleton, ComposerLyricist - ABC, MainArtist - Brad Lang, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

2
Poison Arrow
00:03:23

Trevor Horn, Producer - Mark White, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Palmer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Langan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Singleton, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Fry, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Thirkell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Lickley, ComposerLyricist - ABC, MainArtist - Brad Lang, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Clayton, Spoken Word, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

3
Many Happy Returns
00:03:58

Trevor Horn, Producer - Mark White, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Palmer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Langan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Singleton, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Fry, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Barry Singleton, ComposerLyricist - ABC, MainArtist - Brad Lang, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

4
Tears Are Not Enough
00:03:29

Trevor Horn, Producer, Additional Producer - Mark White, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Palmer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Langan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Robinson, ComposerLyricist - Steve Brown, Producer - Andy Gray, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Singleton, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Fry, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Lickley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ABC, MainArtist

℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

5
Valentine's Day
00:03:41

Trevor Horn, Producer - Mark White, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Palmer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Langan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Singleton, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Fry, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Barry Singleton, ComposerLyricist - ABC, MainArtist - Brad Lang, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

6
The Look Of Love, Pt.1 (Pt. 1)
00:03:29

Trevor Horn, Producer - Mark White, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Palmer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Langan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Singleton, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Fry, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Thirkell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Lickley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Christopher Lickley, ComposerLyricist - ABC, MainArtist

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc

7
Date Stamp
00:03:51

Trevor Horn, Producer - Mark White, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Palmer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Langan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Singleton, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Fry, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Barry Singleton, ComposerLyricist - ABC, MainArtist - Brad Lang, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tessa Webb, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

8
All Of My Heart
00:05:18

Trevor Horn, Producer - Mark White, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Palmer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Langan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Singleton, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Fry, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ABC, MainArtist - Brad Lang, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

9
4 Ever 2 Gether
00:05:30

Trevor Horn, Producer - Mark White, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Palmer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Langan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anne Dudley, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Singleton, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Fry, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Barry Singleton, ComposerLyricist - ABC, MainArtist - Brad Lang, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

10
The Look Of Love, Pt.4 (Pt. 4)
00:00:58

Trevor Horn, Producer - Mark White, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Palmer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Langan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Singleton, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Fry, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Thirkell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Christopher Lickley, ComposerLyricist - ABC, MainArtist - Brad Lang, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

11
Theme From "Mantrap"
00:04:19

Trevor Horn, Producer - Mark White, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Palmer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Fry, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Barry Singleton, ComposerLyricist - ABC, MainArtist

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

Album Description

ABC's debut album combined the talents of the Sheffield, U.K.-based band, particularly lead singer Martin Fry, a fashion plate of a frontman with a Bryan Ferry fixation, and the inventive production style of former Buggles member Trevor Horn and his team of musicians, several of whom would go on to form the Art of Noise. Horn created dense tracks that merged synthesizer sounds, prominent beats, and swaths of strings and horns, their orchestrations courtesy of Anne Dudley, who would follow her work with the Art of Noise by becoming a prominent film composer, and who here underscored Fry's stylized romantic lyrics and dramatic, if affected, singing. The production style was dense and noisy, but frequently beautiful, and the group's emotional songs gave it a depth and coherence later Horn works, such as those of Yes ("Owner of a Lonely Heart") and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, would lack. (You can hear Horn trying out the latter band's style in "Date Stamp.") Fry and company used the sound to create moving dancefloor epics like "Many Happy Returns," which, like most of the album's tracks, deserved to be a hit single. (In the U.K., four were: "Tears Are Not Enough," "Poison Arrow," "The Look of Love," and "All of My Heart," the last three making the Top Ten; in the U.S., "The Look of Love" and "Poison Arrow" charted Top 40.) ABC, which began fragmenting almost immediately, never equaled its gold-selling first LP commercially or artistically, despite some worthy later songs.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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