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Never More Than Now - The ABC Collection [Box set]

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  • Audio CD (30 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B000NIIUHO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tears Are Not Enough - ABC, Steve Brown, Trevor Horn
2. Alphabet Soup - ABC
3. Poison Arrow - ABC, Trevor Horn, Martin Fry, Mark White
4. Theme From "Mantrap" - ABC, Trevor Horn, Martin Fry, Mark White
5. The Look Of Love (Part 3) - ABC, Trevor Horn
6. Valentine's Day - ABC, Mark White, Martin Fry, Trevor Horn
7. All Of My Heart - ABC, Mark White, Martin Fry
8. That Was Then But This Is Now - ABC, Gary Langan, Martin Fry, Mark White
9. The Power Of Persuasion - ABC, Gary Langan, Martin Fry, Mark White
10. Hey Citizen! - ABC, Gary Langan, Mark White, Martin Fry
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. When Smokey Sings - ABC, Martin Fry, Mark White, Bernard Edwards, Julian Mendelsohn, Martyn Webster
2. The Night You Murdered Love - ABC, Martin Fry, Mark White, Bernard Edwards, Martyn Webster, Julian Mendelsohn
3. 24 Carat Plastic - ABC
4. King Without A Crown - ABC, Martin Fry, Mark White, Julian Mendelsohn
5. Rage And Then Regret - ABC, Martin Fry, Mark White, Julian Mendelsohn, Martyn Webster
6. Minneapolis - ABC, Martin Fry, Mark White, Julian Mendelsohn
7. Chicago (Part 1) - ABC, Mark White, Martin Fry
8. One Better World - ABC, Martin Fry, Mark White, Blaze, Mark 'Spike' Stent
9. The Real Thing - ABC, Martin Fry, Mark White, Bob Kraushaar
10. North - ABC, Martin Fry, Mark White
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as expected 7 Aug 2009
By Suze
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was quite disappointed when I first played this.
I really enjoyed ABC hits and thought that this was what it contained, especially as some of my favourites were on it.
But they didn't seem to be the hits as I remembered them.
I wish I'd bought 2 of the more well known CDs that included all the songs I wanted instead of this one.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not the same 28 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
I didnt but this but a friend did, Id suggest getting hold of Absolutely if u want a greatest hits album, or better still a copy of the `lexicon of love, deluxe edition`
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Never More Than Now' -- A Fitting Title! Do We Really Need Another ABC Collection? 26 Jun 2007
By Jason W. Bellenger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
***Amazon lists the title of this release incorrectly. The correct title is 'Never More Than Now - The ABC Collection'.***

Universal surely is milking the ABC back catalogue with yet another pressing of ABC hits and favorites added to their discography. Only a year after 2006's double-disc 'Gold' release and three years after 2004's 3-disc 'Ultimate Collection' anthology comes this new 2007 2-CD (double jewel case) anthology release from Spectrum/Universal. Of course, a number of single-disc ABC collections have flooded the market in recent years as well, probably a few too many to list here. Is it really worth adding another compilation to your collection?

First of all, I must commend Universal for putting out this release with stunning sound quality -- for some, this may be reason enough to add this set to the shopping basket. It was for me! As I was skimming through the tracks I was pleasantly surprised to hear that all the tracks were very well remastered, most likely the result of the recent 2005 album remastering, enough to give this release high points for audio alone.

Secondly, the tracklisting is interesting and unusual, yet fits for 'The ABC Collection' title. It's just that -- a collection of hits, rarities, b-sides, album cuts, and favorites. It doesn't claim to include the biggest hits and all the singles, so I can't knock the release down for what is and what is not included.

Included are rarities such as "The Look Of Love (Part 3)" and "All My Heart [Live From Boston]" on disc 1 to b-sides such as "24 Carat Plastic" and "Never More Than Now [Kraushaar Mix]". Including alternate versions of "The Look Of Love" and "All Of My Heart" hold this collection above some others for the simple reason that we don't get the repetitive originals again, as much as I love them. This is the first time I've seen "Part 3" of "The Look Of Love" on CD. Why did it take so long?

I do not own all of ABC's albums, but I quite enjoy several of the album cuts presented here on this release, including "Hey Citizen!" from 1983's 'Beauty Stab' and "Paper Thin" from 1989's 'Up'. I suppose most fans and even casual listeners already own several of these cuts on previous collections, but perhaps the real reason for this release is not only to celebrate the 25th anniversary release of ABC's first album, 1982's 'The Lexicon Of Love', but also to introduce the band to a whole new generation of music fans.

Unlike 2004's 'Ultimate Collection', no ABC material is licensed from other labels, including EMI's 1991 'Abracadabra' and BMG's 1997 'Skyscraping'. It's all Neutron/Mercury/Universal material, which is understandable, considering licensing from other companies isn't always possible.

With that aside, throwing "Be Near Me [Munich Disco Mix]" at the end of disc 2 seems so out of place. It should have been presented on disc 1 instead of the original album version, which is readily available on a number of releases. It seems so out of place here since no other tracks are repeated twice elsewhere on the discs in alternate versions, with the exception of "Poison Arrow"/"Theme From 'Mantrap'". Disc 1 clocks in at 77 minutes. Disc 2 clocks in at 74 minutes. Surely, there was room on Disc 2 for another track.

If you are interested in a random selection of ABC hits, favorites, rarities, b-sides, and select album tracks in excellent sound then I recommend this collection for a brief overview of ABC material. If you want the hits, stick to something like 2006's 'Gold' or even 2004's 'Ultimate Collection' -- although I recommend the latter set since it has the best sound quality out of all the releases. Or, perhaps pick up one of those single-disc hits collections. Nonetheless, since Universal is on an ABC reissue and compilation spree, may I suggest remixing their albums in 5.1 audio next? ;)
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