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Replicas Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00000I2B0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was Gary Numan's first album to feature the heavy synth-driven machine music that is his trademark. The debut album, simply called Tubeway Army, was more a punk-rock affair. Replicas, released in 1979, is a classic album of its' time and has perhaps been overlooked by many who see Mr Numan as nothing other than an ersatz David Bowie. Sure enough, Numan was influenced by Bowie but let's face it, how many acts that appeared in the 80s weren't? Numan was obviously inspired by David Bowie's mid-70s work with Eno on the Berlin-era albums like Low and Hereos. It's clear that he was also influenced by other early pioneers of electronica such as Kraftwerk and pre-Midge Ure Ultravox. But that doesn't mean to say Gary Numan didn't make original music - he did and this album is the proof. Forget the later funk-rock experiments, messing about with aeroplanes and speaking up in support of Maggie Thatcher, Gary Numan never again matched the sheer brilliance of this album - a futuristic nightmare vision of a world controlled by replica humans, all set to sparsely arranged, haunting synth-based music. Sure, everybody knows Are Friends Electric?, but the real gems of this album are the lesser known tracks such as Replicas, Me I Disconnect From You and the utterly awesome Down In The Park. In my view, this album was never bettered and if there's one Gary Numan album you absolutley must own this is it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Gary Numan has been for so long an underrated influence. Although detractors would point to cheesy synth lines and daft makeup the truth is that he introduced the synthesiser as a major force for the first time in the charts. Jean Michelle Jarre and Tangerine dream had both done much of value previously but they were appealing to a small cognescenti who were learning to value the synth, whereas Numan dragged the chart watching teenagers of the late 70's and early 80's around to his way of thinking and if you were to count up the amount of synth based albums and singles since 'are 'friends electric' you would get a clear picture of what a huge influence he has been.

Replicas is the album that launched Numan and pop synth and as time passes this albums stature simply grows and grows. Based heavily on Numans love of science fiction short stories by writers from the 50's & 60's and dissafection he creates a bleak landscape of loveless relationships and a world populated by machines and disafected humans.

The stand out tracks are the tone setting 'me I disconnect from you', the relentlessly grim 'down in the park', 'you are in my visions' empty guitar led despair and the seminal 'are 'friends electric'.

The album is devoid of any duff tracks and though you are likely to find favourites the chances are that more often than not you will listen to the whole album through as every track has something that will grab your attention.

The bonus tracks are more than fillers as well, in particular the frenetic ' do you need the service' and 'we are so fragile'.

The quality of mastering is far greater than in the original releases and the extra tracks make this even better value for money.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By fakeplastic@trees.greatxscape.net on 26 Jun. 2000
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After the frenzy and fury of punk rock came this master piece following on from the first thrash album "tubeway army". It spawned the classic single "Are friends electric?" and at over 5 minutes an epic in Punk terms but throughout the album songs deal with machines running and controlling the way we live. Down in the Park (later covered by the foo fighters)stands out as the best song but all here are worthy contenders. Later albums never reproduced the unique atmosphere created on this album as the lure of pop stardom took its toll. Criticised as a Bowie clone by some,make no mistake, this album is original in every way. It will sit proudly on your shelf with "Never Mind the Bollocks" and "Give 'em enough rope".
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Snape on 7 Oct. 2003
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Often cited by many contemporary artists (Leftfield, NIN, Marilyn Manson, Blur,) as a key influential album, Replicas should perhaps be more widely recognised for the place it has in modern music.
It was one of the first mainstream recordings to successfully combine guitars and synths into a formula that pleased the mass market. This blend is best exemplified in the by now legendary Are Friends Electric, which held the number one spot in the UK for four weeks in 1979. It returned to the same spot in 2001/2 (with a little help from the Sugababes) which only goes to show the longevity of the music contained in Replicas.
It was Numan's first "showcase" album. Recorded in late '78 and early '79 with best friend Paul Gardiner on bass, and his uncle Jess Lidyard standing in on drums, Replicas is both raw and polished. By Numan's own admission, his production is basic, and this remastered edition does nothing to hide that. However this only adds to the album's appeal. Drums are crisp, synths thin, and guitars chug and fuzz. The overall combination works though to give a varied atmospheric collection.
Lyrically, it takes heavily from William S Burroughs' dystopian future where humans and machines are dfficult to separate. Titles such as When the Machies Rock, I Nearly Married a Human and The Machman don't sound too far away from the sort of language you'd find in a Philip K Dick novel. As a teenager Numan was obsessed by sci-fi, so it's no surprise to hear it coming through here.
Me! I Disconnect From You opens the album with a lonesome synth hook and suddenly explodes into a beating whirling 3 minute post punk anthem. Next up is the ubiquitous Are Friends Electric and we're away.
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