Nothing wrong with 79, exactly within, theres fine takes on early Numan staples "Cars", "Are Friends Electric?", and "M.E". But its the other two that ought to be big news for Numan fans. 80 will spark the plugs of the obsessives: over double the length of the lacklustre ten-track effort that first emerged in the Spring of 81, it completes the full performance using some recently rediscovered, digitally remastered footage taken direct from the mixing desk. Meanwhile, 81 is probably the pick of the bunch. Blessed with an expansive sound, and captured shortly before Numan started to lose control of his unstable muse, it sees him survey the landscape of Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, and Telekon with imperious poise and immaculate showmanship. The only regret is that you cant see the elaborate stage-set. --Louis Patterson
If you've never heard Gary live this would be an excellent purchase.
This live album is the absolute zenith of that analogue period (some of the latter LP's suffered hugely by over use of the novel digital sounds of the day, especially from the Roland D50!).
It's a miracle that the synths stayed in tune long enough for a concert (some of the bootleged live shows of the period prove this to have been a problem), and the musicians used in the live shows are testament to their talents too.
So, if I was going to recommend a live CD to someone who's never really heard much apart from Cars and AFE, then this is the one I would select.
The power and the glory of those Prophet 5's, Minimoogs, ARP's and JP4's are justification enough for anyone interested in those keyboards (and sampling...)
Numan's vocal and confidence shine through, and it's a great mix on this CD, although different from the original vinyl release.
Go get this CD !!
** I thought that older CD's such as this might ALL be in an
'old' condition.... NOT SO, the copy I've just bought from
Justa2nd via Amazon is ABSOLUTELY IMMACULATE ! It's one of the
first CD's I've ever bought where I can't find a SINGLE fault
with the CD's OR the case ! not even a fingerprint, not a single
slight blemish.... well impressed...will buy again **
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