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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Neutron
  • ASIN: B0050AXXUY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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ABC How To Be A Zillionaire (1984 UK 3-track 12 vinyl single featuring the Wall Street Mix $$$$$$$$ Version and Accapella $ picture sleeve in excellent condition NTX107)

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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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...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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If I were to say to you
Can you keep a secret?
Would you know just what to do
Or where to keep it?

My secret (though not a very big one, as anyone who witnessed my recent lipsynch performance of Poison Arrow will testify) is that I really lloooovvvveeee ABC's Lexicon of Love.
It is so choice.
If you have the means, I highly recommend picking up a copy (I know I used the same quote in my Topic review, but some things deserve a second airing).

So with that mind, I decided to purchase the band's second best album, How to Be a Zillionaire!
Leaving aside pointless comparisons with their masterpiece, it is a mighty fine disc, with some great tunes and fun misjudgments to savour.

If you like Lexicon of Love, you should buy this album.

If you dislike Martin Fry and all he stands for, you should probably give it a miss.
The choice (haha) is yours.
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Don't be fooled by it's cartoony look, this is ABC at their most grown-up. A dazzling dance album from the decade of decadence; from a time when vanity was a virtue and greed a way of life. The singles How To Be A Millionaire and Vanity Kills provide witty warnings of the selfishness that prevailed at the time. Romance is supplied in the form of Ocean Blue and the hit single Be Near Me (The Munich Disco Mix of which topped the US Billboard dance chart and is included on this album). 15 Storey Halo should have been released as a single - it's a monster made of thumping drums and brass that slowly dissolve into beautifully orchestrated synth strings. The only thing that mars this masterpiece is the fact it's got the wrong 12" version of Millionaire on it; it should've been the original 12" which is a brain-burstingly brilliant slice of throbbing electro (and my favourite record of all time) - a very minor flaw in a work of genius.
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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'.
At the time of this album I was heavily into Howard Jones, Depeche Mode and Thomas Dolby. I wasn't aware of Zillionaire at the time I don't think?
I thought their bright cartoon look was a great idea and that comes across well on the album and single's I thought.
Recently I stumbled across the album track 'Tower of London' on a old The Tube clip on Youtube. I like synth's and beatbox's cracking out some killer sound's and this clip got me curious about their Zillionaire album.
What striked me the most after regular listening as their is quite a few good track's on there, was that how it hasn't dated compared to what they did earlier, and even afterwards.
Apart from '15 Story Halo' all of the track's surprisingly good. 'No fear of the world' has a nice roll to it. The 'Vanity Kill's' one didn't make an impression at first, but it's grown on me. Nice hook to it.
'Tower of London' for Fairlight and beatbox usage and vocal's. The 'So hip it hurt's' and 'Between you and me' are favourites up with this album's single's.
It's a overlooked electro dance album that I wish I got sooner. A good thing that the little guy didn't last long. Only downside is that Martin Fry and Mark White didn't keep Eden on board.
One of my favourite machine driven album's as it stood up to the test of time better than most from that decade.
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