Though the band did not alter the way in which they approached the songwriting for Abacab ,  Banks said a conscious effort was made by the group to avoid "Genesis cliches" such as using tambourines during a chorus, reprises, extended solos, lengthy instrumental passages,  and keeping melodies simple, which signalled further changes in their direction.
The band's shift in direction was also underlined in their production with the departure of producer and engineer David Hentschel , who had worked with them since His replacement, Hugh Padgham , was chosen following his work on Face Value and former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel 's third solo album that featured Collins on drums.
Padgham is credited as the album's engineer. The album's artwork was designed by English artist Bill Smith, who recalled that the group were difficult to design for as "they only ever knew what they didn't like". Smith then reproduced it in four different colour schemes with an embossed finish. Three of the designs had a limited print, after which just one of the designs remained in stock. Banks reasoned this to reducing the emphasis on the words, which he thought had been overdone on previous albums, in order to make them a greater part in the album's overall sound.
Abacab is formed of nine tracks, six of which are group written with the remaining three solely credited to one of each member: "Me and Sarah Jane" is from Banks, " Man on the Corner " by Collins, and "Like It or Not" by Rutherford. Rutherford spoke about how the " Abacab " was arranged: "There were three bits of music in 'Abacab', and we referred to them as 'section a', 'section b', and 'section c' We'd start with 'section a' and then have 'section c' On the final version, it's not that at all, it's like 'Accaabbaac'.
Collins thought the horns was a good move to "suddenly jar people and take them off automatic pilot" from the predictable ideas they had considered Genesis to be. Collins had the idea of writing a song that The Jackson 5 would have wanted to record, and direct the band in a direction that they never had before.
Collins wrote the lyrics. Its original working title was "Odd", and became a favourite track for Banks. It features the band taking two bars of a drum pattern previously recorded and playing the song to it. The lyrics to the "Dodo" and "Lurker" were written by Banks. He included a riddle in "Lurker" that had fans wondering what the answer to it actually is.
In a interview, he said: "There is no real solution [ Banks described "Who Dunnit? It was simultaneously released in four different colour schemes. In , Abacab was remastered with a new stereo and 5. In a review for Melody Maker , reporter Paul Colbert thought the album was the band's least consistent and therefore, least predictable in three years.
Colbert, however, thought Genesis had produced "a couple of Frankensteins" such as the latter half of "Abacab", which he deemed "unstructured" and "uninspired" compared to their past instrumentals. And Then There Were Three Kubernik did, however, praise Collins' vocals.
He noted the instrumentation is less restrained than previous Genesis albums. Bohen concludes, however, that the album "drags this trio of art-rockers into the 80s at last". He named Abacab a "state-of-the-art" album and picked "Abacab" and "No Reply at All" as particularly good tracks despite Collins's vocals not being "the world's strongest". Bishop said "Who Dunnit?
David Fricke of Rolling Stone praised the album for shedding the "ivory-tower artistry" of their previous albums, turning to sparse arrangements and "highly rhythmic interplay" and drawing inspiration from popular contemporaries such as XTC and The Police.
The tour also marked the first appearance of the Vari-Lite automated lighting system, in which Genesis invested. All songs arranged and performed by Genesis. Credits are adapted from the album's sleeve notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The vinyl is in excellent condition with just a few light scuffs to showfor it s age.
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Location: Alexandria VA. Oatsdad , Oct 17, I gotta vote for 'Abacab'. JA Fant , Oct 17, Location: Bristol, UK. I have a huge soft spot for Abacab the clue is in my forum name as to my favourite Genesis period!
I got into Genesis via Face Value, so Abacab was the first new Genesis release I bought I'd already stocked up on a few of their earlier titles by the time Abacab was released It's the last Genesis album that I really enjoy as an album - later albums have occasional highlights e.
I can even raise a smile at the thought of WhoDunnit? OK, so it runs out of steam towards the end - why they tagged on Another Record if favour of some of the much stronger outakes I'll never know - but overall a sterling effort. Location: Victoria, BC, Canada. Abacab is one of my favorite late period Genesis albums.
This is the first LP recorded in the group's newly purchased studio the Farm, and the emphasis is on writing together and piecing songs together from long jams. The band expands their drum machine experiments from Duke into a integral part of the sound, and overall there is a wonderful sense of fun as Phil, Mike and Tony rock out and reconfigure their sound for the new decade. The influence of new wave hangs over the album from the sparse but biting arrangement of the title track to the striking abstract cover art.
I voted for the title track in the poll, because I love the instrumental passage at the end; dig those spooky sound effects! As does Man on the Corner. Who Dunnit? Like It Or Not is Rutherford at his sloppiest. Another Record is a very weak closer. Overall, the highs are very high. But the lows were a sobering indication of what was to come. Location: Scottish Borders. I love this album - played it to death when I first bought it; it was the first new one that came out after I got into the band back in late thanks to a girl I really liked at school!
It's different alright; this and Another Record are my two least favoured songs on this. I went with Dodo as my favourite, but to be honest, it's a close run thing with this and Like It Or Not for me. I love the sweep of that song, it's an old school number with a real swing in it. I could see any number of crooners doing this one. I know one guy who until recently had around copies of this album.
I'm not quite so bad, rather less in fact - only about six copies. Don't know how the poll will end up, but as of now the last four songs between them have got only 2 of the 22 votes cast.SD Vinyl LP () DistantShipSmoke Feb 08 Abacab is the last Genesis album that could be considered "progressive" by any stretch of the imagination. While there are still some tricky arrangements and unusual elements to the music, the band .