ABC ‎– The Lexicon Of Love

Mercury ‎– SRM-1-4059
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Show Me 4:02
A2 Poison Arrow
Bass – Mark Lickley
A3 Many Happy Returns 3:57
A4 Tears Are Not Enough
Bass – Mark LickleyTrombone – Andy Gray (2)Written-By – Anne Dudley
A5 Valentine's Day 3:40
B1 The Look Of Love (Part One)
Bass – Mark Lickley
B2 Date Stamp 3:50
B3 All Of My Heart 5:16
B4 4 Ever 2 Gether
Written-By – Anne Dudley
B5 The Look Of Love (Part Four)
Bass – Mark Lickley



Computer Mix - Sarm Studios London, 1982.

Back Cover:

(6359 099)
©℗ 1982 Phonogram Ltd. A4 ℗ 1981 Phonogram Ltd.
Manufactured and Marketed by PolyGram Records, Inc., 810 Seventh Avenue, New York NY 10019
Printed in U.S.A.
Also available on Cassette (MCR-4-1-4059)

An alternate issue exists with same catalogue number but with different font & layout on labels.

The inner sleeve comes in at least two colors: purple and b&w.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1, Etched): P SRM-1-4059-A-1C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2, Etched): P SRM-1-4059B-1B

Other Versions (5 of 91) View All

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
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



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August 6, 2013

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