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How to Be a Zillionaire: Remastered

ABC Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FD5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fear Of The World
2. Be Near Me
3. Vanity Kills
4. Ocean Blue
5. 15 Story Halo
6. A To Z
7. How To Be A Millionaire
8. Tower Of London
9. So Hip It Hurts
10. Between You & Me
11. Fear Of The World (In Cinemascope)
12. Be Near Me (Munich Disco Mix)
13. How To Be A Millionaire (Bond St. Mix)
14. Vanity Kills (The Abigails Party Mix)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABC's finest. 24 April 2008
By RK
Format:Audio CD
I just want to agree with the other reviewers (though I must disagree with Jason Parkes' opinion of Up, which I think is probably ABC's second best album).

'How to be a Zillionaire' is a fantastic album; the music is mainly up-tempo catchy electro, the lyrics simultaneously witty and sly.

You get a whopping eight extra tracks, many for the first time on CD and a couple never before available (at least not in the UK). You do miss out on the original 'Be Near Me' 12" (an extra track on the original version of this) and there is still no sight of the original single version of 'How To Be A Millionaire'.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've seen the future, and I CAN afford it 25 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
...especially at such a great price!

Although 'Lexicon of Love' is the ABC album most people remember, I actually prefer the two follow-ups, 'Beauty Stab' and How To Be A Zillionaire', and I rate 'Zillionaire' as the band's greatest achievement.

The record-buying public hadn't warmed to ABC's change of direction to more 'serious' lyrics and a rockier sound on Beauty Stab, and it's as if, when deciding on their next move, Martin Fry and Mark White decided that if the public wanted 'pop' they'd give them pop...ramped up to 11!
So on 'Zillionaire' you see the band adopting a colourful new image, and a new sound which might be described as 'bubblegum electro'...a sound heavily influenced by the production work of Arthur Baker and tracks such as 'I.O.U' by Freeez and Shannon's 'Let The Music Play'.

And the album sounds as (funky) fresh today as it did way back then. Whether it's the band's forward thinking, the increasing influence of the eighties on dance music, or the superlative remastering job that's been done on 'Zillionaire', the cd really does sound like a new release.

This cd also includes a number of remixes: simply put, they're all great, although special mention has to go to 'What's Your Destination', a fantastic instrumental version of 'Be Near Me', which fills me with an overwhelming nostalgia for the eighties every time I listen to it, like catching a John Hughes teen movie on tv.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABC's neglected pop-classic from 1984... 20 Feb 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There is little doubt that ABC's Trevor Horn-assisted debut 'The Lexicon of Love' was a masterpiece - following that came the rockier 'Beautystab' (1983) which was both a commercial and critical flop. Personally I think 'Beautystab' belongs to one of those underrated albums of the early to mid 80s ('North of a Miracle', 'Perhaps', 'Our Favourite Shop', 'Land', 'A Secret Wish') and it has more going for it than the last two Gang of Four albums. But look beyond 'Lexicon...' and to ABC's third LP 'How to Be a Zillionaire'and you'll find another classic pop album that has dated surprisingly well.
This is the definitive reissue, coming with the best sound thus far and a host of additional tracks/remixes - all screaming good value at this budget price. The Fry/White nucleas developed a post-modern notion of a cartoon band, pre-empting Dee-Lite and Gorillaz and in this form created a great pop collection. The original nine-track album is great stuff, the three singles released are all pop chestnuts of the shiniest order: 'Be Near Me' gorgeous pop as lush as anything on 'Lexicon', 'Ocean Blue' another classic which seems odd not to have been a hit, and 'How to Be a Millionaire'- which uses the kind of sampling common to Eno/Byrne over an electro-pop song which declares "I've seen the future - I can't afford it!" - so 'How to Be...' could be seen as a succesor to Heaven 17's 'Penthouse & Pavement' - tapping into the free market zeitgeist amid the reign of Thatcher and her yuppie drones...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT CD! 20 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
ABC...What a band...talent, great songs, funny image...This album produced by MARTIN FRY and MARK WHITE shows us that music can be fun and also serious:fun in all the art put in the album booklet, promo videos and serious, in the quality, in the talent of the songs of Martin and Mark...
There are two special songs in this album:
-OCEAN BLUE
and...
-BE NEAR ME
...two excellent songs in an excellent CD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker!! 29 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
ABC re-invent themselves as cartoon characters on this album. Not quite sure if this was a good move. The single How To Be A Millionaire is one of their best tracks to date and would have appealed to non ABC fans. The album was initially going to be called Fear Of The World which is also one of the tracks which would have made a far better single than Vanity Kills. 15 Storey Halo is another thumping good track and the luscious Ocean Blue with its beautiful string arrangement are worth the cost of the album on their own.
Add it to your collection.
Maybe the group were a little bit out of sync with this album but a superb effort non the less.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars abc's underrated gem 22 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
zilloionaire comes between the stark social realism of "beauty stab" and the safe commerce of "alphabet city". it has imagination and ambition in spades and works as a cassandran prophecy and as pure entertainment. for example "be near me" is achingly truthful and "...millionaire" just zings. sure, it doesn't always work, but then again, it is because and not in spite of this that ..."zillionaire" is an essential abc record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 11 days ago by Marcus Hopcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic ABC
Love this album, not a track I don't like.
Be near me, vanity kills and fear of the world are fab.
Published 4 months ago by Gary William Riddle
4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy Classy Pop
There are some real pop classics on this album and worth it if you like ABC. The bonus tracks add one or two nice bonuses...
Published 7 months ago by David M. Downing
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine driven masterpiece. Better than most.
I've had their greatest hit's album Absolutely for year's and my favourite track's were 'How to be a Millionaire' and 'Be near me'. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars ABC'S 'OTHER' MASTERPIECE
I have been listening to this album for 26 years and still love it. Don't expect the swooping, silky strings of Lexicon of Love, but you can expect a highly polished album that was... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2011 by HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV)
5.0 out of 5 stars ABC'S 'OTHER' MASTERPIECE
I have been listening to this album for 26 years and still love it. Don't expect the swooping, silky strings of Lexicon of Love, but you can expect a highly polished album that was... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2011 by HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV)
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible crackle & pop...
Fractionally behind shifting tastes when released in '85, this album positively fizzes with ABC's clever pop dance energy & is my favourite by the band.
Published on 17 Sep 2009 by Tyrone
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, really quite good
I remember back in 1985 being apprehensive towards buying this album, my opinion of abc was faltered somewhat with the guitar-based Beauty Stab album. Read more
Published on 16 July 2009 by Mr. W. C. Balloch
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