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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

ABC: The Lexicon of Love...

Last night Darren and I went to see ABC perform all the songs from their 1982 debut album, The Lexicon of Love, at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane, accompanied by the Sotuh Bank Concerto Orchestra - conducted by Anne Dudley who arranged and played on the original album.

We had seen a similar feat back in 2009.

The first half started off with an overture of the songs from The Lexicon Of Love followed by a collection of ABC's hits; including S.O.S., (How to Be a) Millionaire, Be Near Me, Ocean Blue, One Better World (Sterling Void should sue), The Very First Time and of course When Smokey Sings.

After the interval they performed The Lexicon of Love album start to finish: Show Me, Poison Arrow, Many Happy Returns, Tears Are Not Enough, Valentine's Day, The Look of Love (Part One), Date Stamp, All of My Heart, 4 Ever 2 Gether and The Look of Love (again as an encore).

The crowd were on their feet at the first song and remained singing and dancing throughout. Martin Fry's voice was pitch perfect and you could hear every single instrument and every single word of those amazing lyrics. And as if 'twere needed, the orchestration brought the album quite vividly to life.

We absolutely loved it.
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2 comments:

  1. I was there too. It blew me away. I was expecting it to be ok but it was truly awesome. As you said, Martin Fry can sing and perform as well today as back in their heyday. I bought Lexicon of Love when it was first released, I was only 12 then. Such a special album, one of the best I ever heard. I must have played it a thousand times, such beautiful strings and clever poetic lyrics. It was also good to hear a number of the tracks which followed Lexicon, "Be Near Me" and "SOS" being 2 of my favourites.

    Loved it. Still buzzing today.

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  2. It was really awesome!
    The audience was great and starting with the 2nd part of the concert fully involved.

    what a night!


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