Returning to the Motown and Northern soul that provided the basis of their debut album, ABC turned to the pop songcraft on their fifth album, Alphabet City. The increased songcraft is certainly engaging, particularly on the hit "When Smokey Sings," but the songs are usually indistinguishable from each other, resulting in a sleek, stylish, and thoroughly entertaining album that leaves no lasting memory.
2016 marks 20 years since iconic ABC TV show Recovery was first broadcast on our screens. To celebrate this anniversary, ABC Music have assembled a very special ‘Best Of’ collection, featuring Recovery’s most memorable performances, courtesy of the finest local and international artists of the era. The release includes performances from a galaxy of local and international stars including Powderfinger, Silverchair, Kate Ceberano, Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Something For Kate, The Whitlams, Natalie Imbruglia, The Living End, You Am I, Sonic Youth, Spiderbait and many more.
Moving away from the guitar histrionics of Beauty Stab, Martin Fry reduced ABC to a duo of himself and Mark White for 1985's danceable How to Be a…Zillionaire! Incorporating light hip-hop rhythms, ABC made sure Zillionaire sounded contemporary for mid-'80s dance clubs, and as a result, some of the record sounds stiff and dated. Still, when Fry's sense of melody is on, as on the catchy single "Be Near Me," or when he works in his vicious, cynical wit, as on "How to Be a Millionaire" and "So Hip It Hurts," the record rivals the peaks of Lexicon of Love.
Two CD compilation by this New Wave band fronted by the suave and sophisticated Martin Fry. Disc One features 17 of their biggest hits including 'Look Of Love', 'Poison Arrow', 'When Smokey Sings', 'Be Near Me', 'All Of My Heart' and 'That Was Then, This Is Now'. Disc Two features 13 remixes, demos and live versions of some of their biggest hits plus the rare 'ABC Megamix'.
Recorder virtuosa Genevieve Lacey explores gardens, real and imagined, old and new – from the original ‘Pleasure Garden’, a series of exquisite musical vignettes by the Dutch nobleman Jacob van Eyck, to contemporary compositions contemplating our relationship with the botanical world. Jacob Van Eyck’s mid-seventeenth-century Der Fluyten Lust-hof (The Flute’s Pleasure Garden) is a recorder player’s treasure trove. A compendium of European popular song from the High Renaissance, Der Fluyten Lust-hof is the largest surviving collection of solo woodwind music from any age.
The Look Of Love is a compilation album by ABC, released in 1999 by Spectrum Music. This collection was also released as a "ABC: Poison Arrow".
The Lexicon of Love is the debut album by the English new wave band ABC, released in 1982. The album entered the UK Album Chart at no.1 and has been certified Platinum in the UK. The album features four UK Top 20 hit singles, including "Tears Are Not Enough", "Poison Arrow", "The Look of Love", and "All of My Heart". Though not a concept album, the album features repeated themes in which the singer experiences heartache as he tries and fails to have a meaningful relationship.
Delve into the world of 17th-century England, with music written for kings and nobles during the tumult of the Civil War, and tunes which reverberated in town houses and taverns throughout the country. In their new album for ABC Classics, Australian Baroque trio Latitude 37, performing on instruments that the composers themselves would have known, bring to life the music of the 17th-century English Civil War – including the world-premiere recording of a lost work. The album also features a selection of guest artists hand-picked from Australia’s finest musicians.