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Reproduction

3 Mar. 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:14:36
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  • ASIN: B001J6YZYG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,354 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 15 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Lacking the polish of their commercial mega-hit Dare and later efforts such as Hysteria and Octopus, Reproduction is an intriguing reminder of what made Human League so interesting in the first place.
Before enlisitng two schoolgirls to go on tour with them, the League were a group of idealistic young blokes from Sheffield with a manifesto to create ground-breaking elecronic music without the support of any traditional 'rock' instruments. They definitely succeeded in their aim, and the 17 tracks on this remastered LP are testament to this success.

My favourite songs here are the doom-laden Circus of Death and Blind Youth - the latter reminiscent of something fellow synth pioneers Blancmange might have released - and I also love early singles, the anthemic 'Empire State Human' and the simply brilliant 'Being Boiled'. The raw energy and mordant wit that runs through the album is what made the band so original, and the irony-free cover of Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Loving Feeling' is simply the icing on the cake.

Commercial success meant that the band would never quite scale such artistic heights again, but this and the equally stirring Travelogue stand as examples of how synth pop truly began.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Wilson on 1 Mar. 2007
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Not as immediate as Travelogue. I wasn't sure whether to buy this remaster, but am glad I did! The artwork is very similar to the original '88/'90 cd issues (transparent liner tray but no pictorial ads for the rest of their back catalogue), including the spines - and the disc is now a printed picture disc. More important is the music, ofcourse. This remaster has kept all the integrity of it's predecessor (note the CD version of "Path..." is not the original 1970's release)whilst removing a lot of the hiss and heaviness. "ESH" shines now, slightly re-eqd to improve it's punchiness, and the bonus "Introducing" is not purely lifted from a very crackly single (as per previous CD). Most of the bonuses are probably still from vinyl, but if they are someone has done a very good job in removing as much surface noise as they could. Overall this get 5 stars because of price, packaging and sound, and the fact it's made a difficult album sound a wee bit more accessible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sonik57 on 12 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
My older bro brought this album home one day long ago (1979 in fact). Already blown away by lashings of Jarre, Isao Tomita and Kraftwerk, this made a huge impact.
The sheer...weirdness of it all was incredible. As arty and poppy as you could wish, the League were intend on doing things differently. Here was their debut manifesto; a stark collection of pop gems like Empire State Human, Blind Youth (a reply to the 'no future' ethos of punk) and the stunning cover of You've Lost That Loving Feeling (later also covered by Erasure) set out their case impeccably. Contrast this with the searing Almost Medieval and the album version of Circus Of Death and you've a totally absorbing package.
The Fast Product stuff sounds great. I love the slightly rough feeling of the intro to Being Boiled ("Ok...ready...let's do it!") and Oakey's spoken intro to Circus Of Death. I still don't know whether that Daily Telegraph reference is true or not!
The League were incredibly influential. On here it's not hard to see why...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Scott Carrick on 26 Oct. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Great first album by the original version of The Human League.

Don't buy expecting Dare or anything similar - this is experimental, challenging, ground breaking early proto synth pop with some great songs thrown in like Empire State Human, Almost Medieval and Circus Of Death.

Very, very good, only docked one star because their second album Travelogue was even better and I can't give them both five stars!

Highly recommended and ground breaking.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
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!
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I was browsing some of my early disc purchases on Spotify recently, whereupon I came to 'Reproduction' the first full album by the Human League.

When I first heard the loudening opening beat leading into 'Almost Medieval' that was it - it all came back to me. When initially heard this - way back when, it was without par. It was new and exciting. Listening to it again I was surprised that again, it was still fresh and exciting and to be honest, still without par.

It is a great example of the new wave of electronica that burst onto the music scene in the late 70's/early 80's and does not (to my ears) sound dated at all, and I have kept reasonably up-to-date, with the latest music over the intervening years. It possibly even sounds more 'edgy' than I recall first time around. Much more depth than the more pop orientated 'Dare' - which again is a great album, but definitely more mainstream/pop.

Great riffs, fantastic pace and Phil Oakeys's deep voiced gravitas makes this a 'must listen' to all true music affectionado's.

Buy it!
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