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Human's Lib (Remastered Edition)

2 Jan. 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 2 Jan. 2011
  • Release Date: 2 Jan. 2011
  • Label: Dtox Records
  • Copyright: (p) 2010 Licensed to Howard Jones Music Ltd. T/A Dtox Records under exclusive license from Warner Music UK Ltd
  • Total Length: 49:42
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  • ASIN: B0066RL4PQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,933 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The High Wycombe lad with spikey hair broke out of life's mundane routine working in a cling film factory in 1983/84 with his astonishing debut album, "Human's Lib". An accomplished pianist, he flooded the album with charming and complex keyboard and synthesizer melodies, continuing in the tradition of artists like Gary Numan and Thomas Dolby. However, Jones added much more heart to his songs, writing thought-provoking lyrics on the human condition.
Consider, "I've lost lots of friends / By sticking my ground / I don't give a damn / Just look what I've found." The album opens with "Conditioning" where Jones warns that "the world tries to make us think that life is full of limitations" and responds in his first hit single "New Song", "I don't wanna be hip and cool / I don't wanna play by the rules".
"Human's Lib" deservedly hit the number one position on the British charts and churned out FOUR Top 10 singles, "New Song", "What Is Love", "Hide and Seek", and "Pearl in the Shell". Jones put out several albums after this initial effort, but this remains his best, in my opinion.
Back in 1984, overwhelmed with high school peer pressure, that one HAD to follow certain patterns of behaviour, this album soothed and made strong my drive to "throw off your mental chains", its music uplifted me, and I couldn't stop listening to the thing for a couple of years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I was a student in High Wycombe in the early 80's and well remember Howard Jones's rise to fame. Humans Lib is still one of my all-time favourite albums; great collection of songs. If you study the lyrics on this album they are incredible, very subtle and deep. The album credits Bill Bryant as the co-author of some of the songs that appear on the album. I recently discovered Bill Bryant the lyricist on Wikipedia, very spiritual oriented individual which might explain the profundity of Howard Jones's songs. Overall, great music and great lyrics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Glass on 3 Nov. 2006
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This was the first album I ever bought, and remains a firm favorite for far more than nostalgic reasons. New Song, Natural and Humans Lib stand out, and remind us what was so great about some of that early 80's pop, and the days when a Walkman could only fast forward...

Great songwriting and musicianship and a worthy addition to anyone's music collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NEO on 29 Nov. 2006
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This album really takes some beating and has some of the catchiest tracks from the decade. Howard Jones has a very different sound not matched by anyone during this era really except Nik Kershaw. Howards musical style takes some getting used to as his lyrics do not ryme like most pop songs. Also his voice though distinctive is quite flat as he seems to match tempo with the Synth. So as I did on a very first listen to any of Howard's songs it all seems very odd indeed. 'New Song' is a perfect track that sums up Howards style of singing and song writing. His use of the Synth though not progresive like Gary Numan still works very well. What with his spiked hair and outragous outfits he for me signifies the decade. To date Howard has issued some 10 albums but he will forever be judged by many on this brilliant debut. I must confess that not to many years ago I thought he had vanished after the end of the 1980's. However he has just issued a new electro album named 'Revolution of the heart'. Which still catches the style of 'human's Lib' to a great effect and proves he's still a great musician.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JT on 28 Feb. 2008
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Like a lot of great albums from the 80`s i bought this on CD to replace my aging knackered vinyl copy and must say i`d forgotten how good but different this was. A moody but catchy album that enabled this song writing, keyboard player to shine. He never bettered this album. Lots of catchy tunes, but to be fair it does sound a little dated now, but the songs are still strong. "Hide And Seek" & Don`t Always Look At The Rain are my personal favs but the rest especially the singles are great to. A quirky danceable, singable pop album with a pleasant atmosphere to it. Well worth a punt !
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Porter VINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2007
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Singular is the word for this awesome pianist/singer/songwriter. His close-mouthed delivery puts me in mind of Beck on "Sea Change", but was probably due to his intense focus on lyrical depth, rether than Beck's stoner sound.

This album nursed me through the 80s - in other words, as a pubescent teenager, his was a voice that spoke to me - alienation and Big Brother (the original BB, not the game show), self-importance and self-analysis, long before we had heard the word Oprah!

New Song is awesome, that terrific synth riff as fresh today as it was then - shame he got sued for ripping off Peter Gabriel's Solsbury Hill. It isn't that similar a song (?).

Hide and Seek still sounds beautiful, and I'll never forget the terrific piano and vocal version he did at Live Aid. The New Age lyric doesn't grate on me anymore, either - it's a great topline!

Don't Always Look At The Rain was his best single that never was.

And we have What Is Love and Pearl in the Shell, too - four hit singles!

The synth thing was so strong back then that it was probably an ethos as well as a money saving device for Jones... Didn't think much of Jed, his mime-artist friend though.

Go on, throw off those mental chains and give this album a much-needed re-appraisal!

5 stars, for nostalgia alone!
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