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Machine And Soul [Extra tracks]

Gary Numan Audio CD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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As a pioneer of EDM and industrial music Gary Numan’s influence has been recognized by a diverse array of the world’s greatest artists—from Prince to Lady Gaga, Jack White to Kanye West; Beck to Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Foo Fighters to Nine Inch Nails. Numan’s impact was crystallized in the U.S. some three decades ago with his now legendary performance of his ... Read more in Amazon's Gary Numan Store

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  • Audio CD (9 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B00000IWWX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 742,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Machine And Soul
2. Generator
3. The Skin Game
4. Poison
5. I Wonder
6. Emotion
7. Cry
8. U Got The Look
9. Love Isolation
10. Hanoi (Emotion B-Side)
11. In A Glasshouse (Emotion B-Side)
12. Wonder Eye (Demo Version Of I Wonder)
13. Cry Baby (Demo Version Of Cry)
14. The Hauntings (Machine And Soul B-Side)
15. 1999 (Machine And Soul B-Side)
16. Dark Mountain (The Skin Game B-Side)

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3.0 out of 5 stars A True Numan Oddity 27 Aug 2004
By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Fairly well recognised as the watershed where Gary hit the bottom of the barrel before making a big change in his career direction.
I actually think there are some decent tracks on here. 'Skin Game' is OK, as is 'I Wonder'. Where things really go wrong is the whole experiment with the funky sound. Just doesn't work. Earlier albums from the mid 80's had been much more successful in matching up the earlier dark keyboards with a bit of funk. In this record it's just overkill.
The Prince covers are very funny. I don't actually think they're that bad. Take them as they are, as throw away fillers and the extreme rarity that they are in that Numan rarely covers anything, then they are worth hearing. Not the first Numan album you should buy from his middle period but not quite the total write off some would have you believe.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dire....but in some ways a God-send 21 July 2003
By Mick E
Format:Audio CD
Although 'Machine + Soul' is definitely the biggest load of guff that Gary Numan has ever put out [although 'Human' and some of the Sharpe & Numan stuff are definitely up there], it may also turn out to be the most important album of his career. It was 1992 and Numan was thousands upon thousands in debt, he was so far out of the public eye he might as well have been invisible, his personal life was deteriorating rapidly and then, just when he really needed a killer release, he suffers an almighty bout of writer's block. Unable to take the album in any particular direction, he turned to his then guitarist Kipper who basically co-produced the thing and from then on it was doomed.

While some of Numan's previous albums, such as 'Metal Rhythm', contained elements of Janet Jackson and Prince (believe it or not!) it still had that touch of Numan's personality firmly stamped upon it, and this is where 'Machine + Soul' (and its predecessor 'Outland') really falls down; it is an album devoid of anything pertaining to Gary Numan. When the opening track has a chorus of 'so get up, get up and dance' you really know you're in amongst it. The title track, 'Cry', 'Generator' and 'Emotion' are trying so hard to be commercial, danceable electro-pop it's unreal. It's hard to see where Numan thought this stuff would fit into the music scene of the time, seeing as we were in the throes of Rave and the Madchester scene. Perhaps this has been Numan's problem for some time; he hasn't really fit into the musical landscape since '79/'80. The dreadful cover of Prince's 'U Got The Look' came from the 'Outland' days and shows just how far Numan was prepared to sell his soul to pay off his debts (although I don't blame him as such) and also how serious his lack of creativity really was.
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1.0 out of 5 stars so bad, even Numan disowns it 29 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you ask Gary Numan about this album today, he cringes. And rightly so, it' very poor. Recorded at what he himself acknowledges was his personal and creative low point, it's not a good album by any calculation. Large parts of it were written by his collaborator, (called Kipper, please..)and it shows; there's hardly any similarity to anything else he's ever recorded.
There is one truly appalling moment on the album - U Got The Look. Arguably a title contender for worst cover of all time. There are a few glimmers of hope, the title track is not bad Cry, is OK, but that's it.
Mercifully he faced the eye of the abyss and returned two years later creatively reborn, with Sacrifice. He hasn't looked back since.
Steer well clear.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Numan Hits The Bottom, Stops For Rethink 14 Feb 2012
By Pink
Format:Audio CD
`Machine & Soul' is generally viewed as the creative nadir of Gary Numan's career, especially by the artist himself. Certainly his popularity had reached an all-time low by this point, with even die-hard fans like myself beginning to drift away.

Musically however, this album is nowhere as awful as some reviewers would have you believe and in my view is a slight improvement over the horror that was previous album `Outland', although perhaps not in terms of songwriting, more in terms of overall sound.

`Machine and Soul' was co-produced by guitarist Kipper (hmm), which had the effect of giving the music a more full and forceful sound, but at the expense of anything that actually sounded like Gary Numan. So we have a shiny, well-produced cyber-funk record that could be by anyone, it's so characterless.

The songs were still very weak too (although I can't help but nod along to the bouncy title track) with no highlights to speak of, and it's difficult to see which sector of the record-buying public this material was pitched at; certainly not at the fans.

Inevitably it sank without trace immediately, which was a probably a good thing because it helped prompt Numan to rethink his entire approach and paved the way for the massive creative resurgence he was to experience from this point forward.

So not quite his worst album (but pretty close) and not quite as bad as you've heard (but still pretty grim), it is nevertheless hard to see who could possibly want this album now. If you're a Numan fan, you'll already have at least one copy of `Machine & Soul'. But under all other circumstances, you really don't want this one...just let it lie.
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Format:Audio CD
When this album was first released, both Numan and his Fans were happy with the release. Shortly after his follow-up album, "Sacrifice"'94 a return to Synths and Guitar "Machine & Soul" was quickly forgotten, and slated by Numan, his fans quickly followed suit. Although the album doesn't have much of the trademark NUMAN sound on it, as a collection of Pop songs it stands up pretty well, and has more detailed production and recording values than any albums released after, which seem devoid of any production or mixing values. This album does suffer from Numan's general basic mixing but due to the period this album was written probably has some of his best written lyrics on "Poison" and "The Skin Game".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you might think...
When this album was originally released, Numan was going through some tough times. By his own admission, he was trying to write things that he thought would get him played on the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeff Jolly
1.0 out of 5 stars crap CD don't buy
The music on the CD just sucks. Nothing more to say about it.

I've listened to alot of Numan albums now, have yet to listen to the rest, but getting there. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Paul Smithson
1.0 out of 5 stars I'll keep it short and to the point....
This not only is the worst Numan album ever, but, possibly the worst album by anyone ever. In contrast, Numans next album (Sacrifice) is one of the greatest.
Published on 22 April 2009 by B. Mulcahy-bowman
3.0 out of 5 stars MaS
Love isolation is beautiful, beside Cry the clock said my favorite "ballad" from Gary. The sci-fi-voice here, like on Outland and Sacrifice, is very thrilling. Read more
Published on 24 May 2008 by Jo day
2.0 out of 5 stars Numan's worst album - just.
Only just slightly worse than his previous album Outland, Machine and Soul is more of the same funky electro-dance with a couple of slow, unremarkable ballad's thrown in. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2008 by M. Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD,FUN FUNK !!!!!!!
Maybe not the best of all of Gary's white funk albums but the most entertaining and fun of them all in my humble opinion. Read more
Published on 28 May 2006 by JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD FUN FUNK !!!!!!
Maybe not the best of all of Gary's white funk albums but the most entertaining and fun of them all in my humble opinion. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2006 by JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU
3.0 out of 5 stars A 50/50 CD
This is not Gary Numan's best album. I think the Prince cover songs have a lot to do with the negativity sorrounding the CD. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2001 by James Choma
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