ABC/Manchester Camerata Review – Sheffield

Posted on December 8, 2009

Published Date: 07 December 2009
By Mike Russell

THERE was no sign of the gold lame suit, but plenty of gold-plated hits as Martin Fry brought ABC back to Sheffield for a very special show on Saturday.

This was no run of the mill retread of past glories – fans at the City Hall were treated to a full blown performance of the band’s greatest album The Lexicon Of Love in full backed by a full-scale 50-piece orchestra, Manchester Camerata.

Lexicon tracks like The Look Of Love and especially All Of My Heart gained hugely from the lush orchestral backgrounds. And as the second set cranked into gear with Show Me and true 80s classic Poison Arrow, the crowd took to their feet and kicked off a Saturday night party.

Great as it was to hear the likes of Tears Are Not Enough again, other Lexicon tracks like Many Happy Returns and Valentine’s Day came into their own too.

And the Look Of Love even made a second appearance as a well deserved encore.

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