How to Be a...Zillionaire!

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How to Be a...Zillionaire!
Studio album by ABC
Released January 1985
Recorded October–December 1984
Genre New wave, dance-pop
Length 37:52
Label Mercury
Producer Martin Fry, Mark White
ABC chronology
Beauty Stab
(1983)
(How to Be a) Zillionaire!
(1985)
Alphabet City
(1987)
Alternative covers
International commercial release cover
Record club and initial CD cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]

How to Be a... Zillionaire! is an album by the band ABC. It was released in January 1985 (see 1985 in music). Four singles were released from this album, "(How to Be a) Millionaire" (UK: 49, US: 20), "Be Near Me" (UK singles chart: 26, US Billboard Hot 100: 9), "Vanity Kills" (UK: 74, US: 91), and the fourth was "Ocean Blue", (UK: 54). The album peaked on the UK Albums Chart at 28 and on the Billboard 200 at 30.[3][4]

Released editions[edit]

Original British promo pressing[edit]

On the cover the album's title is in the foreground lit up like a spotlight against a tri-tone background on which various quotes of the albums lyrics can be seen. There is also a drop shadow behind the title.

No dialogue at the start of the song "Vanity Kills". Eden (see band line up in next section) does the harmony vocal on the song "Ocean Blue". Guitars completely absent from Side Two/Tracks 6–10. No cursing from Eden in the song "A to Z". Four seconds of silence between "A to Z" and "(How to Be a) Millionaire". Eden performs the breakdown vocal and plays the instrumental solo in the song "(How to Be a) Millionaire".

International commercial release[edit]

On the cover the spotlight effect is gone. The tri-tone background is rotated 180°. There is a third layer of elements on the cover consisting of animation artwork, specifically storyboards for the "Be Near Me" and "(How to Be a) Millionaire" music videos.

Dialogue at the start of the song "Vanity Kills". Same mix of "Ocean Blue" as on previous pressing. Guitars prominently present on side two/tracks 6–10. Eden is censored in the UK pressing in the song "A to Z", but uncensored on the US pressing. "A to Z" immediately segues into "(How to Be a) Millionaire". Session musician David Williams performs the breakdown vocal and plays the instrumental solo in the song "(How to Be a) Millionaire".

Record Club and initial CD version[edit]

On the cover the Spotlight effect is retained. Solid blue background.

Dialogue at the start of the song "Vanity Kills". Same mix of "Ocean Blue" as on the initial pressing. Eden is uncensored in the song "A to Z". Same segue between "A to Z" and "(How to Be a) Millionaire" as on previous pressing. Session musician David Williams performs the breakdown vocal and plays the instrumental solo in the song "(How to Be a) Millionaire".

2005 version[edit]

The cover is a recreation of the cover to the international commercial release.

Dialogue at the start of the song "Vanity Kills". Same mix of "Ocean Blue" as on the initial pressing. Guitars prominently present on side two/tracks 6–10. Eden is uncensored in the song "A to Z". Same segue between "A to Z" and "(How to Be a) Millionaire" as on the previous pressing. Session musician David Williams performs the breakdown vocal and plays the instrumental solo in the song "(How to Be a) Millionaire".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Martin Fry and Mark White.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Fear of the World"   3:50
2. "Be Near Me"   3:37
3. "Vanity Kills"   3:28
4. "Ocean Blue"   3:36
5. "15 Storey Halo"   5:36
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "A to Z"   2:49
2. "(How to Be a) Millionaire"   3:34
3. "Tower of London"   3:36
4. "So Hip It Hurts"   4:17
5. "Between You and Me"   3:16

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[5][6] 36
German Albums Chart[7] 58
UK Albums Chart[8] 28
US Billboard 200 Chart[9] 30

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
Production
  • Martin Frywriter, producer
  • Mark White – writer, producer, arranger
  • Martyn Webster – chief engineer
  • Julian Mendelsohn – mixing and second engineer
  • Mark Stent – assistant engineer
  • Paul Corkett – assistant engineer
  • Dietmar Schillinger – assistant engineer
  • Heff Morales – assistant engineer
  • Mike Drake – assistant engineer
  • Paul Wright – assistant engineer
  • Charles Harrowell – assistant engineer
  • Ian Cooper – analogue mastering engineer
  • Daryl Easlea – digital pre-mastering and album sequencing
  • Gary Moore – digital mastering engineer
  • Nick Knight – photography
  • Keith Breeden at Design KB – art direction
  • Alan Best – animation art
  • Ted Hall – animation art
  • Peter Care – dialogue and photo modelling director
  • Anne Dudley – string arrangement on "Ocean Blue" (record club/initial CD pressing only, uncredited)
  • Ross Bagdasarian – string concertmaster on "Ocean Blue" (record club/initial CD pressing only, uncredited)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "ABC: How to Be a...Zillionaire!" at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "ABC: How to Be a Zillionaire!". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "ABC". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "How to Be a...Zillionaire! Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Official Charts Company – How To Be A Zillionaire by ABC Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  9. ^ ABC. "ABC – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 

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