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Beauty Stab [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

ABC Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (25 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000005RYN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. That Was Then But This Is Now - ABC, Gary Langan, Martin Fry, Mark White
2. Love's A Dangerous Language - ABC, Gary Langan, Martin Fry, Mark White
3. If I Ever Thought You'd Be Lonely - ABC, Gary Langan, Mark White, Martin Fry
4. The Power Of Persuasion - ABC, Gary Langan, Martin Fry, Mark White
5. Beauty Stab - ABC, Gary Langan, Mark White, Martin Fry
6. By Default By Design - ABC, Gary Langan, Mark White, Martin Fry
7. Hey Citizen! - ABC, Gary Langan, Mark White, Martin Fry
8. King Money - ABC, Gary Langan, Mark White, Martin Fry
9. Bite The Hand - ABC, Gary Langan, Mark White, Martin Fry
10. Unzip - ABC, Gary Langan, Mark White, Martin Fry
11. S.O.S. - ABC, Gary Langan, Martin Fry, Mark White
12. United Kingdom - ABC, Gary Langan, Martin Fry, Mark White
13. Vertigo - ABC, Gary Langan, Mark White, Martin Fry

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in its own rights 22 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
Beauty Stab is a fascinating album for pop music history buffs. The follow up to the slick mega seller, The Lexicon of Love, Beauty Stab was a raw energetic piece of work. It was also a commercial suicide, not even cracking the top 10 in the UK where ABC were huge; the second single from the album, the soothing S.O.S. barely made the top 40. ABC also insisted upon its release not providing any interviews, letting the album speak for itself. Once they finally allowed the press access to them (promoting said S.O.S.), the main discussion was the commercial (and what the English press mostly considered artistic) failure of Beauty Stab.

ABC went on regaining commercial success with sounds in the vein of The Lexicon of Love with an added soul and campy disco flavour. It is, however, interesting that Beauty Stab is now being re-mastered for a second time, showing that some demand seems still to exist for the album (the range in the reviews indicates that it is still being debated how good Beauty Stab really is).

Instead of writing about the music in details, I concentrate on the quality of this newest Neutron Re-release. The previous re-release dates from 1997. The re-mastering of that album was decent and included an extra track, the instrumental Vertigo. The sleeve had a few short essays about the album, period. This Neutron release has improved the sound from the initial re-mastering somewhat. The high tones are clearer. The difference is definitely audible but not dramatic, hence those who own the original re-release in most cases should not upgrade to this version on a sound basis alone. The packaging has been improved, with lyrics added this time around, some of which are timeless - She's vegetarian except when it comes to sex.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oi! Have you got cloth ears!!? 17 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
At the time this lp was criminally ignored by the record buying public. It combines great lyrics with complex and innovative arragements, and was obviously a bit too difficult for many listeners. As for music critics, they'd already decided that abc were yesterday's news(wrongly) and were unprepared to give this lp a fair review.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Always panned by the critics! 28 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
I originally picked up a CD of this in 1989 in Germany, (which it has to be said had a better booklet than this re-released version incl. lyrics etc.) - previously it was always one of my favourite albums on vinyl.
At the time, every reviewer hated this album - only because it was such a radical departure from "Lexicon of Love" - but it's ABC's finest work. A SERIOUSLY tight rhythm section (incl. Andy Newmark from Roxy Music on drums) and chunky guitars underpin superb songs (the title track is relatively well-known as the theme music from the "Montreux Rock Festival" programmes back in the '80's) and the (near) medley of Hey Citizen! & King Money followed by Bite the Hand and Unzip is just perfection.
If you like great songs that stand up to repeated listening, along with a touch of uniqueness - you could do a lot worse than have this CD in your collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 20 years on - still a good listen 4 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've just listened to this album again for the first time in probably 20 years, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I bought it on vinyl first time around and played it an awful lot back then, then it disappeared up into the loft with the rest of my vinyl in the early 90s when I got married.

Although "Lexicon of Love" will probably always be regarded as ABC's strongest album and did contain some classic tracks, I think this one is actually better, I just think the departure from the usual formula was a bit much to take for many "Lexicon" fans. It's darker, deeper and dare I say more than a little Roxy Music-esque in places (I was bought up listening to Roxy Music as they evolved) which in this case is no bad thing.

For me there isn't a weak track, rather that some stand out more than others - I would say for me, That Was Then This Is Now, Love's A Dangerous Language, Bite the Hand and United Kingdom are the pick of the bunch. The instrumental title track isn't bad either although it sounds in places like the intro to a programme about fast cars - maybe it has been used for something and I've forgotten???

The lyrics soon came back and I had a great sing along ("Unzip! Unzip! Unzip!")

Well worth another listen. If I could amend my review, I'd give it 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally under rated 12 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hmm. . . that difficult second album.

What do you do when your first album turns you into international superstars, sends you on a global tour, ropes in Julien Temple to make a film based on said album and places you at the forefront of the new wave of British pop? Err, go back to the studio, swap the gold lame suit for a leather jacket, chuck a bit of politics into the lyrics and rock out. A critical backlash awaited. . .

While an eager public anticipated "Lexicon 2", Fry and colleagues were preparing its antithesis; a brash, raw album suffused with lyrics about the state of the UK under Thatcher and the shady ways of the advertising industry ("I sold the Eskimo snow, Built the skyline outta playdo, Persuading you that monochrome is dayglo"). Not a mention of a Poison Arrow anywhere. . .

Thing is, this is a great, great album. Compared to the sprawling cds of today, it's an economical 40 minutes, contains some solid pop melodies, a REALLY good rhythm section and perhaps three or four of ABCs finest moments.

That Was Then But This is Now is all that was needed to tell fans of Lexicon that more of the same was not going to happen ("Why make the past your sacred cow"). By the time of "Power of Persuation's" howling guitars, many would have been reaching for the off switch. More fool them - Beautystab came next - recognisable as the theme from the Montreux Pop Festival and 3 minutes of top jamming!

Some sauciness with "Unzip" ("She's vegetarian except when it comes to sex") and the dreamy SOS (a shockingly poor chart placing of 39 on its release as a single) leads to the finale and Fry's state of the nation address with "United Kingdom".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast
Obviously not quite Lexicon of Love, but a great album all in all and a welcome addition after all these years.
Published 12 months ago by Gary Willats
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally underrated due to Lex of Love
In it's own right, this is a great album that is crying out to be remastered. Don't miss out. From the opening rips of That was then to SOS, these songs are well-crafted. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by C. Johnston
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply awful
Hardly I've been more disappointed by an album.
This missed all my and my friends (Abc fans) expectations.
Don' t buy it!!!
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Lucazest
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Too Much Of A Departure'
The real problem with 'Beauty Stab' is and always has been that it sounded nothing like the bands debut album 'The Lexicon Of Love'. Read more
Published on 2 May 2011 by Antony May
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty Stab - Revolverish?
Although this album follows the massive seller & lushly produced 'Lexicon of Love', I've always thought this sounded more like an edgier predecessor, like 'Revolver' is to 'Sgt... Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2010 by C. D. Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars ABC's Finest
If you're familiar with other ABC material then this could be a difficult listen at first. Stick with it and you'll find there's much to enjoy. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2010 by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars No real theme.
'ABC's' lack-lustre follow-up to the number one 'The Lexicon Of Love'.

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Published on 6 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
3.0 out of 5 stars No real theme.
'ABC's' lack-lustre follow-up to the number one 'The Lexicon Of Love'.

This has twelve songs. Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
3.0 out of 5 stars No real theme.
'ABC's' lack-lustre follow-up to the number one 'The Lexicon Of Love'.

This has twelve songs. Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
3.0 out of 5 stars No real theme.
'ABC's' lack-lustre follow-up to the number one 'The Lexicon Of Love'.

This has twelve songs. Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
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