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Metamatic...Plus Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (30 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B00005N53A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Plaza
2. He's Liquid
3. Underpass
4. Metal Beat
5. No-One Driving
6. A New Kind Of Man
7. Blurred Girl
8. 030
9. Tidal Wave
10. Touch And Go
11. Film One
12. Glimmer
13. Mr No
14. This City
15. 20th Century
16. Burning Car
17. Miles Away

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I remember the first time I heard Underpass on the radio and it sent shivers down my spine! John Foxx's use of raw synths pushed beyond the boundaries being set by the then trend setting Gary Numan who I believe was himself inspired by the early Ultravox! with John at the helm. Coming on the back of punk rock this was the new sound of the early 1980s and although now somewhat dated, this album is a sharp reminder to all those who use synths today that Foxx and Numan pioneered their popular use. Metamatic still sends shivers down my spine and the addition of the tracks that featured on the 'B' sides of the early singles is a bonus. I have waited oh so long to hear 'Glimmer' on CD! For anyone who has not heard Metamatic but has enjoyed listening to Gary Numan or Ultravox, then this album is a must.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bish on 26 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Forget Midge Ure and Gary Numan as talented as they were ... Mr Leigh (sorry Foxx) deserves all the plaudits for introducing the U.K.to electronic music, under the influence of Kraftwerk with this groundbreaking piece of work."Plaza","He's A Liquid","Underpass","No One Driving" and my personal favourite "030" form a completely astounding collection that deserves much greater credit."Miles Away" should have been included. Bought this on vinyl in 1982 aged 15-Pure genius.Buy this,open your mind, be prepared for barren,dystopian landscapes (similar to those portrayed in "A Clockwork Orange") and enjoy.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
very welcome re-release of Foxx's wonderful first. The album still sounds as distant and strange as it did on its release, although the remastering gives the brittle, metallic sound an extra edge that only adds to the freshness.
Even those who bought the original Virgin CD release of this back in 1993 (which is now out of print) should give this a look. The sound quality is hugely improved by the remastering, with the hiss that was so evident on the Virgin CD eliminated.
As with the earlier CD, there are bonus tracks, but it's a different set this time around. "Film One"'s still here, but "Glimmer", "Mr No" and "This City" have been added, the first two of which haven't appeared on CD before ("This City" was on the _Assembly_ compilation). "20th Century" is here again, this time accompanied by its A-side "Burning Car" (which also had previously only appeared on _Assembly_). Finally, there's "Miles Away". The B-side of "Miles Away", "A Long Time" has moved to the _The Garden_ CD, as has "Swimmer 2" (which never really belonged with this material anyway). "Young Love", the previously unreleased track that appeared on the earlier CD has gone completely, thus giving fans a reason to hold onto the first CD release (unless the early rarities comp (_Metamatica_, I think it was to be called?) ever makes an appearance).
The presentation has improved dramatically too - the booklet doesn't have that faded, photocopied look that the original CD had, there's still lyrics, there are plenty of contemporary photos, and there's a bit of bio (that cribs rather heavily from the liner notes of _Assembly_ and _Modern Art_).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
I already have this record on vinyl and have spent ages looking for a CD edition, since Metamatic is simply one of the best albums I have ever bought. Standout tracks such as 'He's A Liquid', 'Underpass', 'A New Kind Of Man' and 'Plaza' all blend the beautiful, alien and minimal electronics of early analogue synths against the often harsh and repetitive drum patterns and beats that drive the songs forward. The lyrics are often abstract and delivered with Foxx's distinctive voice, effortlessly weaving themselves into the sparse but inventive electronics. This album has been quite influential on modern day electronic musicians as a result.
One of the most frustrating aspects of being a fan of John Foxx is that his solo albums are so hard to come by; Metamatic was the first John Foxx album I bought, and as such I had no idea what it would sound like. I was not disappointed. Highly recommended for fans of uniquely striking and innovative electronic music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D X Houston on 1 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
After Ultravox's split Foxx found himself creating a very anti Ultravox sound. The lyrics are most definitely Foxx (Eastern European citys, neon lights, people as liquid). Foxx creates a very minimalist album. Almost all the tracks are entirely computer generated save for some real bass on 'Plaza' and real drums on the fabulous 'Miles Away'.
As the man himself said about this album; he spent much of his time alone, trying to imagine how music would sound if the American music market had never existed. And it seems the sound that Foxx found was sparce and machinic.
Bare synths and often just percusive sounds make much of the bulk, or lack of. Foxx is very happy to let a song survive with a mere hint of a melody only occasionally overpowering the listener with a shear mass of synth and vocal on songs like 'Burning Car' and 'He's a Liquid'. Highlights of the album include the almost videogamic 'Touch and Go' and the striped down simplicity of bonus track 'Glimmer'.
This is really entry point John Foxx for any new listener. His later works 'The Garden', 'Golden Section' etc. built a much more anthemic soundscape.
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