by Genesis


Abacab is the eleventh studio album by English rock band Genesis, released on 18 September 1981 by Charisma Records. After their 1980 tour in support of their previous album, Duke (1980), the band took a break before they reconvened in 1981 to write and record a new album. Abacab is the first Genesis album recorded at The Farm, a recording studio bought by the group in Chiddingfold, Surrey. It marked the band’s development from their progressive roots into more accessible and pop-oriented songs, and their conscious decision to write songs unlike their previous albums. Abacab received a mostly positive reception from critics and was a commercial success for the band, becoming their second No. 1 LP on the UK Albums Chart and their first to reach the top ten of the US Billboard 200, peaking at No. 7. Genesis released four singles from the album, the most successful being “Abacab” and “No Reply at All”. The album was certified gold in the UK and double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling two million copies in the US. The Abacab Tour visited North America and Europe in 1981, recordings from which formed most of their 1982 live album and concert video Three Sides Live. Three tracks left off the album were released on the EP 3×3. The album was reissued with a new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mix in 2007.


  1. Abacab
  2. No Reply At All
  3. Me And Sarah Jane
  4. Keep It Dark
  5. Dodo
  6. Lurker
  7. Who Dunnit?
  8. Man On The Corner
  9. Like It Or Not
  10. Another Record

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Wikipedia URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abacab
Format Vinyl LP Album (CORG - Cyan/Orange/Red/Green Cover)
Label Charisma
Catalog Number CBR 102
Notes Tracks B1/B2 appear as two tracks on the sleeve, inner sleeve and label, but as one track on the release Contains a special, picture inner sleeve This version has a cyan, orange, red and green embossed cover A version with a blue/grey cover is [r667424]
Discogs URL Genesis - Abacab