My Dad bought me this album for my 14th birthday in October 1979. I'd heard the "Empire State Human" single and droned on and on that I wanted the LP (sounds great that, doesn't it?!) and he eventually relented, just to shut me up, I imagine.
On it's first play, I did think "mmm...where are the other catchy pop tunes", but I soon realised that The Human League weren't pop, they were the future, men of science.
On subsequent plays, I began to "get" the Human League. "Blind Youth" is the standout track on this album for me. Three minutes of colliding synth and drum machine, that had one of the catchiest choruses my ears had ever had the pleasure to hear.
My Mom even liked their version of "You've LOst That Loving Feeling". I didn't know if that was a good thing or not, and 26 years later, she still talks about the album "with the babies on the front". Me? I play "Reproduction" in the car on the way to the Match or on the way HOME from work, NEVER on the way - Reproduction is the kind of album I need to hear when I have time to appreciate all it's beauty.
The added bonus tracks such as "I Don't Depend On You" are a nice touch, but I still have difficulty in listening to the tracks from a "Dignity Of Labour", probably because they're so scary!
Buy this CD and listen to the future of rock and roll, circa 1979. Enjoy!