ABC ‎– Absolutely

Phonogram ‎– 842 967-2, Neutron Records ‎– 842 967-2, Polygram TV ‎– 842 967-2
CD, Compilation, Repress, UK PMDC Pressing

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Poison Arrow
Producer – Trevor Horn
2 The Look Of Love
Producer – Trevor Horn
3 All Of My Heart
Producer – Trevor Horn
4 Tears Are Not Enough
Producer – Steve BrownProducer [Additional] – Trevor Horn
5 That Was Then But This Is Now
Producer – ABC, Gary Langan
6 S.O.S.
Producer – ABC, Gary Langan
7 How To Be A Millionaire
Producer – Mark White, Martin Fry
8 Be Near Me
Producer – Mark White, Martin Fry
9 When Smokey Sings
Producer – Bernard Edwards, Mark White, Martin Fry
10 The Night You Murdered Love
Producer – Bernard Edwards, Mark White, Martin Fry
11 King Without A Crown
Producer – Mark White, Martin Fry
12 One Better World
Producer – Mark White, Martin FryProducer [Additional Production] – Blaze
13 Ocean Blue
Producer – Mark White, Martin Fry
14 The Look Of Love (Remix)
Producer – Trevor HornProducer [Additional Production] – Paul O'Duffy*
15 When Smokey Sings (The Miami Mix)
Mixed By – Phil HardingProducer – Bernard Edwards, Mark White, Martin Fry
16 Be Near Me (Munich Disco Remix)
Producer – Mark White, Martin Fry
17 One Better World (Pickering-Park Mix)
Mixed By – Graeme Park, Mike PickeringProducer – Mark White, Martin FryProducer [Additional Production] – Blaze

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Neutron and Phonogram logo are present on disc, Neutron and Polygram TV logo on the rear cover.

Track 14 is is an edit of the US Remix. The full-length US Remix can be found on ABC: The Remix Collection and runs 7.40 mins.

Tracks 15 & 16 are both edits, although neither is listed as such.

Booklet and tray insert:
This compilation ℗ 1990 Phonogram Ltd London © 1990 Phonogram Ltd London

The copyright on this recording is owned by Phonogram Records Ltd. (London).
This compilation ℗ 1990 Phonogram Ltd London. Original sound recording made by Phonogram Ltd London.
Made in W. Germany

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 042284296724
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 8429672 02
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 8429672 02 &
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 8429672/H 01 &
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 2 +3): IFPI L134
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0430
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0498
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 0453
  • Price Code (On tray insert): PG 900
  • Label Code (On tray insert and label): LC 0268
  • Other (CD innermost ring): MADE IN UK BY PMDC

Other Versions (5 of 39) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
842 967-2 ABC Absolutely(CD, Comp) Neutron Records, Polygram TV, Phonogram 842 967-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
PHCR-4283 ABC Absolutely(CD, Comp, RE) Neutron Records PHCR-4283 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
VALP-3160 ABC Absolutely - The Videos(Laserdisc, 12", S/Sided, Comp, NTSC) PolyGram Music Video, VideoArts VALP-3160 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
842 967-2 ABC Absolutely(CD, Comp, RP, Fre) Neutron Records, Polygram TV, Phonogram 842 967-2 France 1996 Sell This Version
UICY 2548 ABC Absolutely ABC = アブサルートリー・ベスト・オブ ABC(CD, Comp, RE) Mercury UICY 2548 Japan 2002 Sell This Version


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December 25, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
This realease (1193857) and entry 1040392 (Europe) are exactly the same; same barcode, both made in FRG. Actually, this UK entry should be subsumed into the Europe entry.


July 20, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
A history of ABC from 1981-89 with a 16 page booklet. Producers include: Trevor Horn, Steve Brown, ABC, Mark White, Martin Fry. ABC's first four albums are an intriguing litany of '80s pop styles. The lush romanticism of 1982's THE LEXICON OF LOVE, the politicized Roxy Music-style rock of 1983's BEAUTY STAB, the ultra-ironic post-glam dance tracks of 1985's HOW TO BE A ZILLIONAIRE! and finally, the radio-friendly pop-soul of 1988's ALPHABET CITY, create an interesting trajectory. Throughout, singer Martin Fry and guitarist Mark White pick up and discard personas and musical references with the ease of a clotheshorse trying on new suits. Which is not to discount the music, which is flawless, inventive pop that extrapolates from not only Roxy Music-the most constant comparison-but also the Beatles, Motown and David Bowie. Collecting nothing but singles-three each from the last two albums, four from LEXICON and only two from the under appreciated BEAUTY STAB-plus a new track and a handful of pleasant remixes, ABSOLUTELY ABC is not everything you'll ever need, but it's an excellent start.

Editorial reviews
4 Stars - Excellent
Q (08/01/1994)