ABC ‎– The Lexicon Of Love

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Pop
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Notes:
Debut album, released in UK June 1982 on cassette and LP, and later in 1983 on CD.
4 singles were released in UK:
- Tears Are Not Enough (October 1981)
- Poison Arrow (February 1982)
- The Look Of Love (May 1982)
- All Of My Heart (August 1982)

Versions (95)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NTRS 1 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Neutron Records NTRS 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
CRC 1A1 7517 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(8-Trk, Album) Mercury CRC 1A1 7517 US 1982 Sell This Version
VOG4-1-3316Y ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album) Vertigo, Neutron Records VOG4-1-3316Y Canada 1982 Sell This Version
7150 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album) Vertigo 7150 099 France 1982 Sell This Version
7150 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album) Vertigo 7150 099 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
7150 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album) Mercury 7150 099 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
25PT-193 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album) Mercury 25PT-193 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
NTRSC 1 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album) Neutron Records NTRSC 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7150 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album) Mercury 7150 099 Australasia 1982 Sell This Version
MCR-4-1-4059 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album) Mercury MCR-4-1-4059 US 1982 Sell This Version
7150 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album) Vertigo 7150 099 Norway 1982 Sell This Version
822 890-4 M-1, MCR-4-1-4058 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album, 29) Mercury, Mercury 822 890-4 M-1, MCR-4-1-4058 US 1982 Sell This Version
MCR-4-1-4059 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album, CRC) Mercury MCR-4-1-4059 US 1982 Sell This Version
NTRSC 1 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album, Cle) Neutron Records NTRSC 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
NTRSC 1 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album, Gre) Neutron Records NTRSC 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
8166 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album, Unofficial) 747 8166 Saudi Arabia 1982 Sell This Version
UFO 4578 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album, Unofficial) UFO (4) UFO 4578 Singapore 1982 Sell This Version
SA 124 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album, Unofficial) SA (3) SA 124 Saudi Arabia 1982 Sell This Version
IMD 8089 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album, Unofficial) IMD (2) IMD 8089 Saudi Arabia 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 6359 099 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Vertigo 6359 099 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
VOG-1-3316 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Vertigo, Neutron Records VOG-1-3316 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
VOG-1-3316 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Vertigo, Neutron Records VOG-1-3316 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 6359 099 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Vertigo 6359 099 France 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 6359 099 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 6359 099 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
25PP-61 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 25PP-61 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Vertigo 6359 099 Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
VOG-1-3316 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Vertigo, Neutron Records VOG-1-3316 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4059 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Polygram Records SRM-1-4059 Sweden 1982 Sell This Version
6359099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 6359099 Colombia 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 6359 099 Iceland 1982 Sell This Version
NTRS 1 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Philips NTRS 1 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 6359 099 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 6359 099 Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Vertigo 6359 099 Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
MC 7150 099, 6359 099, 2221349 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury, Mercury, PGP RTB MC 7150 099, 6359 099, 2221349 Yugoslavia 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Polygram Discos SARL 6359 099 Portugal 1982 Sell This Version
STAR 5265 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Vertigo STAR 5265 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4059 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury SRM-1-4059 US 1982 Sell This Version
90.026 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 90.026 Venezuela 1982 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 6359 099 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
63 59 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 63 59 099 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4059 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, 26) Mercury SRM-1-4059 US 1982 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4059 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, 26) Mercury SRM-1-4059 US 1982 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4059, 422-822 890-1 M-1 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, Bla) Mercury, Mercury SRM-1-4059, 422-822 890-1 M-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4059, 6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, Bla) Mercury, Mercury SRM-1-4059, 6359 099 US 1982 Sell This Version
822 890-1, 422-822 890-1 M-1 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, Bla) Mercury, Mercury 822 890-1, 422-822 890-1 M-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4059 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, Club) Mercury SRM-1-4059 US 1982 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4059 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, Club) Mercury SRM-1-4059 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4059 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, Club, CRC) Mercury SRM-1-4059 US 1982 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4059 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, Hau) Mercury SRM-1-4059 US 1982 Sell This Version
VOG-1-3316 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, Mis) Vertigo, Neutron Records VOG-1-3316 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
25PP-61 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, Promo) Mercury 25PP-61 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4059, Intl. # 6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, RE, Bla) Mercury, Mercury SRM-1-4059, Intl. # 6359 099 US 1982 Sell This Version
NTRS 1 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Neutron Records NTRS 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7808 ABC Lexico De Amor = The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album) Mercury 7808 Argentina 1983 Sell This Version
6108 ABC Lexico De Amor = The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, Gat) Mercury 6108 Argentina 1983 Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury, Phonogram 810 003-2 UK, Europe & US 1983 Sell This Version
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Vertigo 6359 099 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
32PD-90, 810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury, Mercury, Phonogram 32PD-90, 810 003-2 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury 810 003-2 US 1986 Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury 810 003-2 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury 810 003-2 France 1986 Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury 810 003-2 UK, Europe & US 1986 Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury, Phonogram 810 003-2 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury 810 003-2 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury 810 003-2 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RE, PDO) Mercury 810 003-2 US 1986 Sell This Version
514 942-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mercury Records Ltd. (London) 514 942-2 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
514 942-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RM) Mercury 514 942-2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
514 942-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RM) Mercury 514 942-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
PHCR-12519 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RE) Mercury PHCR-12519 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
538 250-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mercury, Neutron Records 538 250-2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
314 538 250-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RM) Mercury 314 538 250-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
9824373 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(2xCD, Album, Comp, Dlx, RE, RM, Dig) Neutron Records, Mercury 9824373 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
0600753271063 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(2xCD, Album, Comp, Dlx, RE, RM, Jew) Mercury 0600753271063 UK 2012 Sell This Version
UICY-75607/8 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(2xCD, Album, Comp, Dlx, RE, RM, SHM) Mercury UICY-75607/8 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
378 941-8, 0602537894185 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album, RE, 180) Neutron Records, Universal Music Group International 378 941-8, 0602537894185 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
UICY-77560 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RE) Mercury UICY-77560 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury, Phonogram 810 003-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury 810 003-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury 810 003-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury, Phonogram 810 003-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury 810 003-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
P2 10003 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, Club, Col) Mercury P2 10003 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RE) Phonogram 810 003-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RE) Phonogram 810 003-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
538 250-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mercury, Neutron Records 538 250-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
538 250-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Mercury, Neutron Records 538 250-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
538 250-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Mercury, Neutron Records 538 250-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
822 890 4, 422 822 890-4 M-1 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album, RE) Mercury, Mercury 822 890 4, 422 822 890-4 M-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
EN-3110 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Thomsun Original, Thomsun Electronics EN-3110 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
LPR 19065 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury LPR 19065 Mexico Unknown Sell This Version

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curtisryan9

curtisryan9

November 30, 2018
referencing The Lexicon Of Love, LP, Album, NTRS 1
As nice as the deluxe editions are of the ABC catalogue, they are missing quite a lot of content, such as the extended versions of Tears Are Not Enough, The Look Of Love and Be Near Me to note. Why do this? Why not make a deluxe edition of an album with ALL remixes!?
2112adrian

2112adrian

July 30, 2018
referencing The Lexicon Of Love, LP, Album, NTRS 1

Well , great song writing, great musicianship, great production. In many ways it should not work as everything is in the mix , synths, sound effects, acoustic and orchestra too, but it does.

What I find is amazing is the skill in keeping every element within each song in its own tonal and acoustic space. The album should be crowded and ‘ closed in ‘ with this much content, when there are cresendo’s the sound just gets bigger , not compressed .

Great production from TH and sublime orchestration from AD help here, shouldn’t forget Martin Fry , great Vocalist and Songwriter too.

This album can be picked up for small money, the UK 1st is a great pressing, possibly worth a few pounds, but a great find. Enjoy
dclesley

dclesley

July 31, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing The Lexicon Of Love, LP, Album, Bla, SRM-1-4059, 6359 099
I also have this release with the "skyscraper" label. The runout etching is the same as indicated above. Front cover has SRM-1-4059 in upper right corner above Mercury logo. In the lower left corner of the back corner, it shows SRM-1-4059 above '(6359 099)' which is above the Mercury logo.
Mark5W8C

Mark5W8C

June 21, 2016
referencing The Lexicon Of Love, LP, Album, Bla, SRM-1-4059, 6359 099
I have this release- same deadwax / runout etching, but has the "skyscraper" label. There appears to be variations on this release.
mrlloydcopper

mrlloydcopper

June 1, 2016
referencing The Lexicon Of Love, CD, Album, 810 003-2

A perfect album. Pop perfection, every track is essential for any lovers of a more glitzy era of 80's new romanticism
DonnieBiscuits

DonnieBiscuits

March 17, 2015
referencing The Lexicon Of Love, LP, Album, NTRS 1
I have added a promotional version of the album found in a charity shop.
toshberman

toshberman

August 6, 2013
referencing The Lexicon Of Love, LP, Album, 26, SRM-1-4059

ABC wouldn't exist without Roxy Music, but with even that Martin Fry and company has brought a certain amount of glamour angst to the pop world circa 1982. And it is not only the music but the visuals as well. The Lexicon of Love is an over-the-top concept, that includes the music (of course) but also the graphics of the album cover and 12” & 7” sleeves as well as the videos – and there one hour film by Julian Temple that sort of puts the whole theme in one package. The film “Mantrap” is not great, but the individual videos are still of great charm and intelligence.

Trevor Horn, the producer and his team, brought the songs aurally into the scale of a full-color 1950's cinemascope film. This album and the first album by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, is Horn's masterpiece of production and conception. But one can't underestimate Fry's lyrics/conceptual skills and the sophisticated funk/pop of the band. Also beyond the visuals, one is struck by Fry's face which is acne-scarred, yet beautiful in the context of the ABC world. In other words it adds a certain amount of soul into the illusion of their world.
I remember seeing ABC at the height of the hype for The Lexicon of Love at the Hollywood Palladium with a full orchestra. It was a great spectacle, and ABC is very much about spectacle
bassm99

bassm99

November 10, 2012
referencing The Lexicon Of Love, 2xCD, Album, Comp, Dlx, RE, RM, Dig, 9824373
At the end of The Look Of Love (Part IV) it fades out unlike all other versions on other pressings of the album.
Risingson

Risingson

November 11, 2010
referencing The Lexicon Of Love, LP, Album, NTRS 1
This is a rare album. "The look of love", ABC's one, is an undeniable hit we all know from the radio, 3:30 of catchy pop sang in a very Brian Ferry style, but it was a surprise when I actually listened to the whole album and discovered a kind of gimmicky but very emotional piece of work.

Above the whole album, just from the very first seconds, the amazing talents of Trevor Horn and Anne Dudley surface. You will never, and I say never, listen to an album that merges so well orchestral grandiosity with pop structures, organic and electronic, dance and melodrama. From the very first seconds, from the cover itself, the intentions of making a kind of Broadway musical album about love, oversang, overacted, even a bit camp, are very clear, and from the very first seconds... it works. Just listen to the key song, "The look of love". Some orchestra sounds in key moments, then it goes to the background, then you hear an arp when the emotion is in crescendo, then a soprano choir in the bridge... every detail was there for a reason, like a very complex machinery, an artificial machinery that makes you believe in the heart ache of the amazing Martin Fry. Why do they use blatantly artificial string keyboards in one second, then a full orchestra in the next one? And how they manage to make it sound so well?

Songs like this one, "Date Stamp" or "Valentine's Day" (wonderful violin background) just make me cry. It's like theatrical disco, it's like the best new wave (and it was just the beginning of new wave!) with the grandiosity of progressive rock, which sounds gay and funny and tears you apart. And it has never sounded that powerful than in this deluxe edition.

An essential record to understand the 80s, or the modern musical production. Or, whatever, an essential record, period.