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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B0010DJ1GA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Me! I Disconnect You.
2. Are Friends Electric?
3. The Machman.
4. Praying to the Aliens.
5. Down in the Park.
6. You are my Vision.
7. Replicas.
8. It Must Have Been the Years.
9. When the Machines Rock.
10. I Nearly Married a Human.
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Me! I Disconnect From You.
2. Are Friends Electric?
3. 3.The Machman.
4. Praying to the Aliens.
5. Down in the Park.
6. Do you need the Service?
7. Only a Downstat.
8. We Have a Technical.
9. You are my Vision.
10. Replicas
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Paul M VINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This reissue of Tubeway Army's seminal work is welcome because it spotlights the underrated vision and talent of Gary Numan.Amongst the first of the new wavers to see the potential of the synthsiser as a valid pop instrument, Numan went about constructing a fine album of futuristic pop that was both in tune with its aggressive times,and crucially,gave pretty much the first hints at a direction pop music would take in the next decade.

Both bleak,and foreboding,Replicas was an important album in establishing a new musical order,that two years earlier would have been unthinkable.Without Numan's breakthrough album,synthesised music may never have become such a huge musical influence,and the impact of "Are Friends Electric" as a massive number one single in 1979 still resonates in popular music today.

This reissue updates the original album by adding a full disc of demos that in some way retain the spirit of Numan's vision better than the finished product["When The Machines Rock" has a vocal missing from the Replicas version, giving the song a considerably different atmosphere,and the previously non album "We Have A Technical" was good enough for the final cut,but presumably left off for timing reasons].These demo tracks suggest Numan had plenty of ideas,and their rawer edge means they form the perfect missing link between the first Tubeway Army album,and Replicas.

Gary Numan would confirm that his success was no fluke with two fine follow up albums in the next two years,but it was Replicas that opened the gates to the final acceptance of the synthesiser as a valid pop instrument.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 1 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Quite an important landmark album is REPLICA'S. Despite not being the first to take synth's into the pop world.
It's stark and icy in it's sound. It's quite a jump in music direction from his punk guitar root's. I do like the idea of including the early version of the album (disc 2) with the original release album.
I was expecting a very raw sounding version of REPLICA'S. Some of the arrangement's do work well. What part's were replaced by guitar were done on synth's.
There is some interesting sleeve notes about the development of Gary Numan's evolving creativity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pink on 3 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Coupled with the surprise mega-hit 'Are Friends Electric?' this is the album that catapaulted Gary Numan to fame in 1979. And rightly so, for it is a unique recording that captured his transition from punk rock guitar-slinger to synth pioneer at the perfect time to also capture the record-buying public's imagination.

So compared to the first Tubeway Army album, the guitars are dialled down and the synths more abundant, although certain guitar-driven songs made it through (The Machman, You Are In My Vision, It Must Have been Years), which help give the album it's signature hybrid sound.

Aside from the big hit single, other highlights include the classic 'Praying To The Aliens', live favourite 'Me, I Disconnect From You' and the rather spooky title track. The album also features the epic 'Down In The Park', although for me the studio version is a bit weedy (but checkout the live version from Living Ornaments 79...that kicks ass!)

This re-issue gives you the original album plus B-sides on Disc 1, including the should-have-been-an-A-side 'We Are So Fragile' and 'Do You Need The Service', a song which was arguably Numan's last hurrah as a guitar-hero.

Disc 2 gives you demos and alternative mixes of the album, plus the three missing tracks from the Replicas recording sessions, which first saw the light of day as part of a series of retrospective EPs in the mid-80's, and demonstrates what a creative roll Numan must have been on, to be able to leave such quality material on the cutting-room floor.

So plenty of interesting stuff for the fans, but if you're new to Replicas don't be put off by all the extras, just relax and let the original, classic, utterly peerless album wash over you. And if you like it, get your wallet ready, because the mighty 'Pleasure Principle' was just round the corner and believe me, you are going to need that too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leicester Bangs on 22 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army - Replicas 2008 Tour Edition (Beggars Banquet)
This album (together with its follow up, Pleasure Principle) must have financed Beggars Banquet for a good few years after its original release, so it's good of them to return the favour nearly 30 years later with a special reissue to coincide with Numan taking Replicas on the road this spring.

This album, a seminal UK electronica recording if ever there was one, made Numan a mainstream star. He may not have been the first, Ultravox had been clashing guitars with synths for a couple of years previous (check out Ha Ha Ha), and if you want to be a purist about it, Pete Townshend had layered Moogs all over Who's Next back in 1971, but Numan was the first to register mass appeal with a synth-based sound. Actually, the contrast with The Who is an interesting one because Replicas is as much a concept album as Tommy or Quadrophenia, albeit one inspired by science-fiction, and Philip K. Dick in particular. Its imagery is pure Bladerunner, a film that appeared a couple of years later.

This special edition comes packaged with a second disc which includes all those troublesome to find b-sides and rarities, of which "We Have A Technical" and "Do You Need The Service?" will find their way onto plenty of iPods. It would have been nice if Beggars had finally found a CD home for the "Bombers" single, but what are you going to do? 10/10.
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