Header

MIDWAY

Abacus

Crossover Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Abacus Midway album cover
2.44 | 21 ratings | 3 reviews | 14% 5 stars

Write a review
Buy ABACUS Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Let's Face The Voice And Dance
2. Including Revelation
3. Me And You
4. 11 Garden
5. You Are Not The One I Love
6. For The Moment
7. Be Beholding
8. Hermann The German
9. Here We Go
10. Midway

Lyrics

Search ABACUS Midway lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search ABACUS Midway tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Chris Williams / vocal
- Charlie Schade / guitar, sitar
- Chris Barutzky / keyboards
- Klaus Kohlhase / bass
- Allan Warren / drums, percussion

Releases information

LP Zebra/Polydor 2949013 (1973)

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to Fassbinder for the last updates
Edit this entry

ABACUS MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy ABACUS Midway Music


AbacusAbacus
Walhalla
Audio CD$19.99
$29.99 (used)
Mama Mia: Hits of AbbaMama Mia: Hits of Abba
Time Music 2002
Audio CD$1.59
$0.01 (used)
DestinyDestiny
Import
Musea 2010
Audio CD$13.29
$11.11 (used)
Fire Behind BarsFire Behind Bars
Musea 2001
Audio CD$17.31
$43.56 (used)
Everything You NeedEverything You Need
Spectrum Music
Audio CD$19.99
$20.03 (used)
Archives - News From The EightiesArchives - News From The Eighties
Green Tree Records
Audio CD$23.57
MidwayMidway
New Music-Green Tree
Audio CD$23.99
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Mick Jagger book Mick Jagger UK 0349122881 ABACUS 1974 US $19.52 Buy It Now 1h 16m
Frank Glover - Abacus [CD New] US $13.23 Buy It Now 5h 54m
Genesis - Abacus 7" Ex/Vg 1981 Charisma CB388 US $6.63 Buy It Now 6h 7m
Genesis - Abacus 7" Ex/Vg Charisma CB388 US $6.63 Buy It Now 6h 18m
GLEE CLUB something in the air 7" b/w hollywood (vyk10) uk abacus 1985 US $8.69 Buy It Now 9h 35m
Abacus-Midway UK/German prog psych cd 2 bonus tracks US $18.99 Buy It Now 10h 24m
Abacus-Everything You Need UK/German prog psych cd 2 bonus tracks US $18.99 Buy It Now 10h 24m
The Goodwill Insult Injury Etc PROMO (CD, 2005) Abacus pop punk metal US $4.99 Buy It Now 14h 25m
Frank Glover - Abacus CD Digipak US $9.00 Buy It Now 15h 48m
Abacus Moon by Don Harriss (CD, Sonic Atmospheres) US $5.99 [0 bids]
US $8.99 Buy It Now
16h 51m
We Are Gathered Here Today [2004] by Glass Casket (CD, Feb-2004, Abacus) US $2.49 Buy It Now 17h 45m
Insult, Injury, Etc. * by The Goodwill (CD, Mar-2005, Abacus) US $3.24 [0 bids]
19h 7m
Dead Under Decor by Bleeding Kansas CD Mar-2006 Abacus hardcore punk music US $4.68 Buy It Now 23h 9m
Kaiser Chiefs - Abacus Men's T Shirt - New Officially Licensed Me US $13.21 Buy It Now 1 day
FRANK GLOVER - ABACUS (DIGIPAK) NEW CD US $22.34 Buy It Now 1 day
The Joy Formidable A heavy abacus Promo CD Single US $8.29 Buy It Now 1 day
Abacus-same UK/German prog psych cd 1 bonus track US $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Bleeding Kansas Dead Under Decor NEW ships fast not a promo combine ship Abacus US $3.99 [0 bids]
US $5.99 Buy It Now
1 day
Paradise Lost by Paradise Lost (CD, Nov-2005, Abacus) US $9.99 [0 bids]
US $14.99 Buy It Now
1 day
Abacus-Just a Day's Journey Away German prog psych cd 2 bonus US $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
ABACUS:FIRE BEHIND BARS/PROG US $11.61 Buy It Now 2 days
Paradise Lost - Paradise Lost CD 2005 Abacus / Dark Element press bonus tracks US $13.95 Buy It Now 2 days
2 x Nephu Huzzband should have used an abacus, nurse! nurse! Promo Demo CD's US $2.48 Buy It Now 2 days
Don Harriss - Abacus Moon 1989 USA CD New Age #79 US $4.19 Buy It Now 2 days
BLU MAR TEN / ABACUS mace / black thanx (16b mix) 12" VG Tech Prog House 2001 US $8.00 Buy It Now 2 days
The Undying Darkness [PA] by Caliban (CD, Apr-2006, Abacus) US $0.01 [0 bids]
2 days
We Are Gathered Here Today [2004] by Glass Casket (CD, Feb-2004, Abacus) US $0.01 [0 bids]
2 days
ABACUS - EVERYTHING YOU NEED 72 GERMAN ROCK BAND 3rd ALBUM SLD CD +2 BONUS TRKS US $21.95 Buy It Now 2 days
ABACUS - JUST A DAY'S JOURNEY AWAY 1972 GERMAN MELODIC PROG REMAST SLD CD +2xtks US $21.95 Buy It Now 2 days
ABACUS - MIDWAY 74 GERMAN ROCK BAND 4th ALBUM SEALED CD +2 BONUS STUDIO TRACKS US $21.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Don Harriss - Abacus Moon (1989) - Used - Compact Disc US $0.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Frank Glover "Abacus" CD Soprano Saxophone Contemporary Jazz Fusion US $1.50 [0 bids]
3 days
BLU MAR TEN / ABACUS mace / black thanx (16b mix) 12" VG+ Tech Prog House Vinyl US $12.00 Buy It Now 3 days
(K919) Nephu Huzzband, Should Have Used an Abacus DJ CD US $3.24 Buy It Now 3 days
ABACUS Counterculture Cd Org98 Speed Of Light Female Fronted AOR pop Heart US $0.99 [0 bids]
3 days
Theta Naught - Abacus USA Shipping Included US $11.19 Buy It Now 3 days
V/A From The Vaults Pt 4 12" NEW VINYL Prescription Ron Trent Abacus Ani Chez US $13.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Glover Frank - Abacus Dig CD Pop Jazz US $18.29 Buy It Now 4 days
Structure Of Lies - Abacus CD Pop Rock US $14.14 Buy It Now 4 days
Dead Under Decor by Bleeding Kansas (CD, Mar-2006, Abacus) Mint #DE45 US $5.88 Buy It Now 4 days
Mercy by Planes Mistaken for Stars (CD, Oct-2006, Abacus) Mint #CS60 US $6.97 Buy It Now 4 days
ABACUS - DESTINY [ABACUS] - NEW CD US $19.90 Buy It Now 4 days
Abacus - Destiny [CD New] US $22.91 Buy It Now 4 days
ABACUS - EVERYTHING YOU NEED - NEW US $34.87 Buy It Now 4 days
ABACUS - MIDWAY - NEW US $34.87 Buy It Now 4 days
We Are Gathered Here Today [2004] by Glass Casket (CD, Feb-2004, Abacus) US $2.00 [0 bids]
US $3.00 Buy It Now
4 days
Counting Hallways to the Left by Embrace the End (CD, Jun-2005, 2 Discs, Abacus) US $1.50 [0 bids]
US $2.25 Buy It Now
4 days
Abacus Moon by Don Harriss (CD, Sonic Atmospheres) US $7.99 Buy It Now 4 days
KAISER CHIEFS - Abacus:T-shirt NEW - LARGE ONLY US $28.02 Buy It Now 4 days
KAISER CHIEFS - Abacus:T-shirt NEW - MEDIUM ONLY US $28.02 Buy It Now 4 days
KAISER CHIEFS - Abacus:T-shirt NEW - SMALL ONLY US $28.02 Buy It Now 4 days
ABACUS - ABACUS - NEW US $34.87 Buy It Now 5 days
THE JULIANA THEORY Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat CD Abacus records pop punk green day US $1.00 [0 bids]
6 days
ABACUS presents iDRUM - iDRUM This Djembe - DEEP HOUSE 12" - NDATL US $11.99 Buy It Now 6 days
ABACUS (CD) Narcissus, Devilinside, Haste, All Else Failed, Heaven Shall Burn US $0.99 [0 bids]
6 days
Crave and Collapse by Narcissus (CD, Oct-2003, Abacus) US $0.99 [0 bids]
US $1.49 Buy It Now
6 days
NEPHU HUZZBAND should have used an abacus CD 2 track in card sleeve b/w clockwor US $8.29 Buy It Now 7 days
Crave and Collapse by Narcissus (CD, Oct-2003, Abacus) US $7.99 Buy It Now 7 days
ABACUS:FIRE BEHIND BARS/PROG US $8.29 Buy It Now 8 days
We Never Change * by Clifton (CD, Jun-2006, Abacus) US $4.50 Buy It Now 8 days
Solace by Ion Dissonance (CD, Sep-2005, Abacus) US $5.41 Buy It Now 9 days
JOHN LAW QUARTET ABACUS Lloyd Wells Hemingway HAT HUT US $9.99 Buy It Now 9 days
BLU MAR TEN / ABACUS mace / black thanx (16b mix) 12" Mint- Tech Prog House 2001 US $18.00 Buy It Now 9 days
Abacus Ft Kobe James - These Things - Re Think #13052 US $4.97 Buy It Now 10 days
Axus - Abacus (When I Fall In Love) - Incredible #20476 US $4.97 Buy It Now 10 days
Destiny - Abacus New & Sealed CD US $29.93 Buy It Now 11 days
ABACUS EVERYTHING YOU NEED KRAUT PROG PSYCH GREEN TREE limited 300 LP US $34.99 Buy It Now 12 days
FRANK GLOVER - ABACUS [DIGIPAK] * - NEW CD US $13.25 Buy It Now 13 days
Reaper of Souls [PA] by Purified in Blood (CD, Jun-2006, Abacus) US $5.00 Buy It Now 13 days
Law, John Quartet-Abacus-Audio CD US $23.86 Buy It Now 13 days
The Beginning of the End [PA] by Sworn Enemy (CD, Jan-2006, Abacus) US $7.25 Buy It Now 13 days
Abacus - Black Thanx Remixes - Airtight - 1999 #32959 US $4.97 Buy It Now 14 days
Abacus - Black Thanx - Airtight - 1999 #32968 US $4.97 Buy It Now 14 days
Abacus - Frank Glover New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping US $22.91 Buy It Now 15 days
The Beginning of the End by Sworn Enemy (Advance promo CD, Jan-2006, Abacus) US $6.99 Buy It Now 15 days
People Like People Like People Like Us by Backyard Babies (CD, May-2006, Abacus) US $14.99 Buy It Now 16 days
Backyard Babies People Like People Like People Like Us (CD, May-2006, Abacus) US $10.99 Buy It Now 17 days
RARE 2CD HI-FIDELITY HOUSE IMPRINT ONE & TWO larry heard kevin yost abacus DJ D US $39.99 Buy It Now 17 days
The Juliana Theory - Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat - CD & DVD (Abacus 0019-2) US $14.00 Buy It Now 17 days
Wonderland by Radiation 4 (CD, Sep-2003, Abacus) US $18.49 Buy It Now 17 days
Abacus New Sealed '98 CD Counterculture Portland Oregon Pop Speed of Light Label US $20.99 Buy It Now 18 days
ABACUS JUST A DAY'S JURNEY AWAY ! KRAUT PROG GREEN TREE AKARMA limited 300 LP US $34.99 Buy It Now 18 days
ABACUS EVERYTHING YOU NEED RARE OOP CD US $14.99 Buy It Now 18 days
Our Darkest Days by Ignite (CD, May-2006, Abacus) US $7.99 Buy It Now 18 days
(BP276) Nephu Huzzband, Should Have Used An Abacus - DJ CD US $4.07 Buy It Now 18 days
(289L) Nephu Huzzband, Should Have Used an Abacus DJ CD US $4.07 Buy It Now 18 days
Sheilbound - Counting on Abacus CD SEALED US $7.99 Buy It Now 18 days
CHASER (90'S BAND) blue planet 12" 2 trk abacus remix (soma88r) uk issue pressed US $8.29 Buy It Now 19 days
(AD934) Muddy Miles, Abacus Cactus - DJ CD US $4.97 Buy It Now 20 days
Starfire S/T LP Abacus Records 78217 Rare Pop Shrink NM US $1.99 Buy It Now 20 days
Insult, Injury, Etc. * by The Goodwill (CD, Mar-2005, Abacus) US $3.00 Buy It Now 20 days
ABACUS PSYCH PROG KRAUT ROCK KRAUTROCK GREEN TREE RE SEALED US $34.99 Buy It Now 21 days
Devilinside - Volume One [ECD] (CD, Sep-2004, Abacus) US $5.69 Buy It Now 21 days
Party Animals by Turbonegro (CD/DVD, Aug-2005, Abacus) US $11.99 Buy It Now 22 days
Abacus - Destiny CD US $26.54 Buy It Now 23 days
ABACUS - Presents Hi:Fi Vol 1 - DEEP HOUSE 12" US $12.99 Buy It Now 23 days
12"/Ron Trent / Joshua / Abacus / Chez Damier ?- The Foot Therapy EP Pres 108 US $45.00 Buy It Now 23 days
Business as Usual * by Righteous Jams (CD, Oct-2006, Abacus) US $3.99 Buy It Now 23 days
Abacus(12" Vinyl)When I Fall In Love-INCredible---Ex/New (UNPLAYED) US $21.58 Buy It Now 24 days
ABACUS - JUST A DAY'S JOURNEY AWAY - NEW US $29.89 Buy It Now 24 days

More places to buy ABACUS music online Buy ABACUS & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for ABACUS DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

ABACUS Midway ratings distribution


2.44
(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
14%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(19%)
19%
Good, but non-essential (29%)
29%
Collectors/fans only (24%)
24%
Poor. Only for completionists (14%)
14%

ABACUS Midway reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Progbear
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars For my money, this is Abacus' most underrated album. True, beyond the excellent, lengthy, largely instrumental title track, there's not much prog, but it's definitely much more alive than EVERYTHING YOU NEED was. And much more of that Kinks-y charm that oozed through the better moments of said predecessor. Chris Williams is in fine voice throughout.

"11 Garden" is this particular album's "quirky tune". "Let's Face The Voices and Dance" and "Including Revelation" are virtually two parts of a whole, with the same fine guitar rhythm throughout. Nice synth work on "For The Moment", too.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Progbear (BETA) | Report this review (#43518) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, August 20, 2005

Review by Conor Fynes
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars 'Midway' - Abacus (4/10)

Since the release of their self-titled debut, Abacus turned their backs towards the overt style of prog they had somewhat kindled, going instead for a psychedelic pop hybrid. From their beginnings onward, the relative quality of their material has been inconsistent at best, but they were always just enough ideas and developments to keep me interested to hear the next album. By Abacus' fourth album Midway, Abacus feel far more comfortable playing pop than they ever did with prog rock. There has been some welcome evolution over the course of their history, but there are still problems that have bogged down Abacus since the debut, not least of all their uninvolved performance and shallow songwriting.

Although I'm far from enthusiastic about Abacus' post-debut direction, it was clear from the start where their loyalties lay. Ever since their proggy side was reduced to a side-dish, Abacus sound more confident and comfortable in their sound. Midway continues to distance Abacus away from progressive rock, and save for a few notable moments (including the instrumental "Revalations" and a ten minute title track) you wouldn't be able to guess they had been flirting with symphonic prog only a couple of years back. The biggest surprise on Midway is the turn their pop approach has taken. The psychedelia has begun to finally filter out, leaving overt sounds of country rock, not unlike The Band from Canada. For what it's worth, it's cool to hear a ban explore such a wide range of sounds and style within the space of a few years, even if they haven't been altogether successful with it.

Chris Williams' nasally voice has always been problematic for me, but it's the band's songwriting itself that comes out most empty. "Let's Face the Voices and Dance" is an ample demonstration of Abacus' biggest weaknesses. The songwriting is flimsy and forgettable, and the performance feels rushed and disengaged. When Chris Williams isn't spoiling his performance with awkward inflections (he seems to love putting the suffix "ah" at the end of each vocal line IE: "know-ah"- it's as irritating a tic as any!) his voice is generally thin, although his lower register has some potential to it. The horrid baroque-pop warble "11 Farden" is the only truly bad song on the album; as for the rest, Abacus keep it to a listenable standard, but their songwriting is generally thin and restrained. Barring the ten minute title track (which I'll get to), Abacus' only occasion of demonstrating greater scope in their music is "Be Beholding", a weird track with sporadic pianos. This too, sadly, is held back by Williams' voice. "Herman the German" is another track that stands out, although less for the writing and performance (both of which are mediocre) than the live and seemingly-spontaneous style of production.

Between "Everything You Need" and this, I'm starting to get the impression that Abacus think they can get away with being called a progressive band, so long as they include a longer track at the end. At least with the former, Abacus had tried to shoot for a full-fledged prog suite; the result of course was nothing special and poorly arranged, but it was a well-intended effort with the occasional flash of brilliance. "Midway" is a far-better structured piece and arguably stronger than Abacus' previous epic, if only because the scope of it has been widdled down to a manageable level. The ten minutes are slow, and Chris Williams' vocal inflections are as annoying as ever and the instrumentation is generally uninvolved, at least until the song's finale, where a female choral section is layered upon it. By the end, "Midway" sounds the soundtrack to some pulpy space opera, and I mean that in a good way. It's better structured, but even for all of its rockiness, "Everything You Need" felt more engaging.

Midway, true to its name, is middling, if even that. To be honest, the coolest things they do here are drawn from country rock twang. The rest- progressive rock residue included- is poorly devised and executed. It's not a horrible album (and Abacus aren't a horrible band either), but there's honestly nothing here I would return for or recommend to another.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Conor Fynes (BETA) | Report this review (#993834) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Latest members reviews

1 stars Not so far ago,I was at an auction,spending my time looking for some good old seventies progrock to buy and I came across one of my friends who had nice stuff to sell:Asoka,Flower Travellin Band, Brainticket and so on.This friend was talking with another seller who wanted to trade this Abacus re ... (read more)

Report this review (#168296) | Posted by fusionfreak | Monday, April 21, 2008 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of ABACUS "Midway"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.38 seconds