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Abracadabra

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00004SOFS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Conquers All
2. Unlock The Secrets Of Your Heart
3. Answered Prayer
4. Spellbound
5. Say It
6. Welcome To The Real World
7. Satori
8. All That Matters
9. This Must Be Magic

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abracadabra 5 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
By 1991, English synth-pop band ABC had been popular on the music scene for nearly 10 years, where the group were reduced to a duo by 1987 when vocalist Martin Fry and musician Mark White slowly took ABC into a new direction. The 1987 album Alphabet City was a commercial success and with the following album Up in 1989, the duo began experimenting with house music. The album, which only peaked at #58 in the UK, was the duo's first album not to make the UK top 30 whilst also being the first album to miss the American album chart altogether. By 1990, the duo had found themselves signing a major deal with EMI Records, where ABC's sixth studio album Abracadabra was released on the label in late 1991. This new album continued to incorporate a lushly produced mix of 1990s dance sounds and house music, whilst adding a 1970s dance groove flavour. The album's most simple but greatly effective artwork immediately gave hints of the album's maturity, sophistication and richness.

Love Conquers All was the album's leading single and unlike the Up album, this track really took the band's experimentation with the 1990s dance sound to the limit. The song is carved in a commercial pop structure, whilst the instrumentation and production give the song and the album such a lush and 1990s dance-themed sound. The immediate "l.o.v.e." chant that introduces the listener to the track is infectious to say the least, before relaxing melodic instrumentation and gospel vocal backing gives the song a rich atmosphere. Fry's vocal has enough sophistication and richness itself to carry the song effectively, and quite often over the lush piano sound of 1990s house music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome CD Addition 21 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have to say I enjoyed listening to this CD, after listening to the MCA version on CD and downloading the 2005 digital version. The highlights for me are Love Conquers All, Say It, Unlock the secrets of your heart and Answered Prayer. I wish this reissued CD was a 2 CD or 3CD set with one CD dedicated to unreleased tracks and demos, a DVD of the videos for Love Conquers All and Say It. I would also have liked to have heard for the first time a couple of unreleased ABC tracks: 'What Colour is the Wind? produced by Frankie Knuckles and Thunder and Lightning.There should be sleeve notes and more album photos included. I hope EMI take note and reissue the missing and unreleased songs I mentioned in future on CD, LP and digitally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Reissue 24 Dec 2012
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Finally remastered first time ever on cd, Abracadabra was a 90s lost masterpiece. The 2005 digital reissue had a better bonus track listing but this cd version sounds far better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Forgotten Album....Worth Re-Investigation 10 Jan 2013
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Got this in the mail today from Amazon and well worth the wait to get it from the UK to Canada! I bought it mainly for the remixes and to have them all on one disc. It was well worth it for that, so well done on this re-issue.
Upon listening to the album again, there are some great ABC songs, sad it was their last with Mark White but while not up there with their best, it's a must have for any ABC fan.
I would have liked some added liner notes, the booklet is identical for the most part to the regular edition. Some reflection from Martin Fry would have been nice.

All in all, well worth the purchase and another worthy addition to my ABC collection!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from ABC 15 Mar 2004
By Kirk Lott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Abracadabra, the final ABC album pairing vocalist Martin Fry and multi-instrumentalist Mark White, is by far the band's most underrated album, and a worthy addition to its catalogue, far better than the overrated Alphabet City. It's a satisfying mix of mellow house vibes and Philly soul, from the haunting "Spellbound" to the hip "Welcome to the Real World." There are some filler tracks, and its riches are subtle, which led to its commercial and critical disappointment. But if you've discovered the treasure that is ABC, you'll want to add this gem to your collection.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars and Hocus Pocus too! Mark & Martin's swan song remembered 17 Mar 2004
By Jeremy F. Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
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Amidst the bargain bins, somewhere between a Color Me Bad sales disaster release and multi-copies of Marky Mark's "You gotta believe", you'll find nestled another 'marketing miss' by the English new wave duo ABC, who created some of the genre's most memorable, soul-bearing, and finest pop records of the 1980s. 1991's MCA-only release "Abracadabra" was quick to enter discontinuity after two singles failed to make an impact on the US Pop charts given the duo's high expectations.
Despite the misfortunes of MCA (the company underwent major executive changes that trickled downward), ABC created a fantastic arangement of smooth-dance layered with jazz-esque rythms and cutting edge synth production. Fans of ABC won't be surprised to see the duo exploring yet another musical direction (from "Lexicon of Love's" orchestrated synth harmonies to "Up's" house dressing), this time marching down the groove of Philly street; the results are inventive yet soothing. From the simplistic imagery of "Love Conquers All" (the first single), to the magical motion of the instrumental "Satori", the production remains extremely tight, locking in the flavor of the recording without tarnishing its craftsmanship. Although primarily more mature than any of the duo's previous work, "Abra.." doesn't always hold back the intrinsic frustration of one Martin Fry. "I was a victim, but nobody's fool!" he boasts on "Welcome to the Real World", one of ABC's greatest album tracks in their recording history. "Say it", mixed by the short-lived dance act Blackbox ("Everybody Everybody"), springs forth a classic ABC moment, reminiscent of "Be near me" from the 'Zillionaire period. The bonus remix, however, is quite unnecessary despite the packaging of LPs during the early 1990s.
Calling "Abracadabra' a classic perhaps would be an overstatement. However, unlike "Lexicon", "'Zillionaire", or "Up", "Abra.." has withstood the test of time, remaining as fresh and contemporary as when it was first released. As other ABC albums become more available with Master Releases and compilations galore, "Abra.." is the gem of their diversive yet intriguing catalog. Available at most online auction sites, grab while you can!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark White, Martin Fry & Dave Bascombe crank out Genius! 7 Jan 2012
By Todd R. Cook - Published on Amazon.com
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Incredible album. Production is amazing. David Bascombe is a genius. He has produced albums for some of the best acts in the business (see below). A similar level of producing genius can be found with Guy Sigsworth who has produced music for Alanis Morissette, Seal, Björk, Madonna and others.
David Bascombe producing shortlist >>
Tears for Fears - Songs From the Big Chair
Tears for Fears - The Seeds of Love
Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses
Erasure - Abba-esque
Erasure - Chorus
The Human League - Octopus
Suede - Coming Up
The Lightning Seeds - Tilt
Goldfrapp - Supernature
Placebo - "Bright Lights"
Catatonia - " International Velvet" (mixed track 3]]"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Known ABC album, but maybe their best! 13 April 2011
By Twilight's Pool - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow! I read one of the other reviews and thought I'd give it a try. What a wonderful surprise! Next to Lexicon of Love, this album is probably their best. Incredible uplifting songwriting and arrangements, Martin's voice sounds amazing. Grab it while you can.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Abracadabra Is Fabulously Delicious!!! 24 Jun 2005
By Lady Poison Arrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been an ABC Martin Fry fan for as long as I can rememeber. This band has never gotten the recognition it deserves. We all know that the Lexicon Of Love is an absolute masterpiece from beginning to end but Abracadabra comes very very close. It is definately their best since the debut of Lexicon Of Love. It surpasses Alphabet City and the quirky How To Be A Millionaire by far. The music is funky, jazzy, soulful, with a club twist without the annoying standard club beat machine. And, what can be said about that soulful, sexy sound that comes from Martin Fry. It just doesn't get any better!!!
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