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 ABC - Look of Love-The Very Best of ABC

ABC - Look of Love-The Very Best of ABC The new wave era of the 80’s had many different groups define that time in music. One of those groups was ABC. As far as I am concerned they were not new wave, they were classy pop with some jazz influences around the perimeter of their core sound. The focal point of their smooth pop center was lead singer Martin Fry. Fry’s dress, demeanor, and voice were similar to the suave Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music. Mark White (guitar) and Stephen Singleton (saxophone) were the other two original members that started the group after inviting Fry to join them.

You tend to forget how many great songs a band puts together over the course of a career, particularly if it is a short lived one like this group. They quickly faded away into the back corners of my memory just as the 80’s did.
This CD compilation of their best brought it all back quickly for me. Even though their sound was a fluffy and pop oriented, I genuinely enjoyed them. I always found appreciation for Fry’s smooth vocal delivery and the above average production and musicianship in each song.

I like everyone else remember the big hits like “Smokey Says,” “The Look of Love,” “Poison Arrow,” and “How To Be A Millionaire.” I found myself singing right along as I went on a long drive while giving this CD a spin.

This was a lot of fun to listen to and their really is a lot of great music on this collection. If you have a soft spot for pop and some good memories of the 80’s you will not find it a problem getting into this though. Just the same, if you appreciate good pop music, you will enjoy this.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
Posted By: Keith Hannaleck
Genre: Pop
Record Label: Mercury Records/Universal

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