ABC ‎– The Lexicon Of Love

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Neutron Records ‎– NTRS 1
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Pop
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Computer mix - Sarm Studios London, 1982.

Tracks A1 to A3, A5 to B3, B5: Published by Virgin Music Pub. Ltd. ℗ 1982 Phonogram Ltd. (London)
Track A4: Published by Virgin Music Pub. Ltd. ℗ 1981 Phonogram Ltd. (London)
Track B4: Published by Virgin Music Pub. Ltd./Chappell Music Ltd. ℗ 1982 Phonogram Ltd. (London)
℗ 1982 Phonogram Ltd. (London)
© 1982 Phonogram Ltd. (London)
Original sound recording made by Phonogram Ltd. (London)
Made in Britain

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 1): NTRS 001 A // 7 ∇ 420 H 1 1 1 4 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 1): NTRS 001 B // 4 ∇ 420 H 1 2 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 2): NTRS 001 A // 4 ∇ 420 H 1 1 5 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 2): NTRS 001 B // 6 ∇ 420 H 1 1 3 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 3): NTRS 001 A // 4 ∇ 420 H 1 1 4 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 3): NTRS 001 B // 5 ∇ 420 H 1 2 2 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 4): NTRS 001 A // 4 ∇ 420 H 1 1 1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 4): NTRS 001 B // 6 ∇ 420 H 1 2 1 1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 5): NTRS 001 A // 4 ∇ 420 H 1 1 TOWNHOUSE 2 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 5): NTRS 001 B // 7* ∇ 420 H 1 1 1 u TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 6): NTRS 001 A // 6 ∇ 420 H 1 1 1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 6): NTRS 001 B // 4 ∇ 420 H 1 2 TOWNHOUSE

Other Versions (5 of 95) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album) Mercury 810 003-2 US 1986 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
6359 099 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Album) Mercury 6359 099 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
810 003-2 ABC The Lexicon Of Love(CD, Album, RE) Phonogram 810 003-2 Europe Unknown 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

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curtisryan9

curtisryan9

November 30, 2018
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

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
DonnieBiscuits

DonnieBiscuits

March 17, 2015
I have added a promotional version of the album found in a charity shop.
Risingson

Risingson

November 11, 2010
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.