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ABCBeauty Stab

Genre:Electronic, Pop
Style:Synth-pop
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Tracklist

That Was Then But This Is Now3:33
Love's A Dangerous Language3:39
If I Ever Thought You'd Be Lonely3:55
The Power Of Persuasion3:31
Beauty Stab2:06
By Default By Design4:07
Hey Citizen!3:55
King Money4:02
Bite The Hand3:06
Unzip2:49
S.O.S.4:48
United Kingdom3:19

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Notes

2nd album, released in the UK November 1983.
Two singles were released in the UK:
- "That Was Then But This Is Now" in October 1983 and
- "S.O.S." (only 7" & picture disc) in January 1984.

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Reviews

WarpedRecord3345's avatar
This is a seriously excellent album, perhaps lost in the shuffle of the seriously excellent albums ABC released before and after this.
Thorpy2112's avatar
Thorpy2112
Having purchased all versions of the available CDs for 'Beauty Stab' this is the best-sounding by far. It is also the ONLY digital version which does not have the awful tape issues on the strings during 'Bite The Hand'. These are very noticeable on both remasters unfortunately, and ruin this song, particularly on headphones. Still my favourite ABC album, with Zillionaire! and Lexicon of Love very close behind.
Voodoo666's avatar
Voodoo666
I personally think it is one of the most underated, but maybe their best album. Less plain pop driven than "The look of...", but not less catchy tunes. One of my favourite songs by ABC is still "Unzip". It has got it all, the pop and the rock elements, that make the band and this record such great. I still prefer the German and the Japanese vinyl record pressings for best possible sound quality
curtisryan9's avatar
curtisryan9
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!?
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Vilss
The best sounding version of Beauty Stab with good bottom-end 'grunt' and open treble. Worth it for this alone. Gary Moore gets the re-remastering credit.
The extras:
• That Was Then But This Is Now (Unedited) – sounds like a different (demo) take, not as glossily produced and more laid-back sounding. The extended elements are wailing guitars and 50 seconds of uniform drumming. Nice to have but not essential.
• Vertigo – instrumental B-side on the ‘tougher’ side of the album but only 1:55
• The flexi-disc extra is OK - but was only an advertisement.
Sleeve notes add some brief retrospectives from Martin Fry. However they are not as comprehensive as the 1997 version.
N.B. there are lots of old versions for sale, so go by the track-listing to get the right one...