...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.