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'.
Traffic is the first new album of original material released by English band ABC in eleven years. The album's songs were written by lead singer Martin Fry while he toured the United States in 2006. Critics have described the album as the most 'satisfying ABC album since the mid-'80s by far'.
The Remix Collection pulls together extended versions and remixes from ABCs first five releases (Lexicon of Love, Beauty Stab, How to be a Zillionaire, Alphabet City, and Up) that roughly approximates their greatest hits.
"The Remix Collection" pulls together extended versions and remixes from ABCs first five releases ("Lexicon of Love," "Beauty Stab," "How to be a Zillionaire," "Alphabet City," and "Up") that roughly approximates their greatest hits. The tracks skew heavily towards "Lexicon..." (three tracks), "...Zillionaire" (three tracks) and "Alphabet City" (two tracks) but also includes the non-album track "Alphabet Soup." The disc includes the beats per minute (BPM) for each track and the mixes are a must have for any fan of ABC or 80s dance music...
Poco’s biggest-selling album of all time also presented the biggest personnel change at one time for the then-decade-old group, whose lineup had hardly been a model of stability up to that time. Co-founding drummer/singer George Grantham and longtime bassist/singer Timothy B. Schmit were both gone, the latter off to the Eagles. Listening to parts of this album, one gets the sense that, with the arrival of Charlie Harrison (bass, harmony vocals) and Steve Chapman (drums) in the group, Poco was deliberately adopting a change in sound similar to what the Eagles went through when Joe Walsh joined, into much harder rocking territory, at least part of the time.