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A superb synthesist at his best in the analogue period,
This review is from: Living Ornaments '81 (Audio CD)
The 1979/1980 period is, for many Numan fans, his golden era. However, a lot of the sound from that period is as much from the synths that were available as the musicians using the equipment.
This live album is the absolute zenith of that analogue period (some of the latter LP's suffered hugely by over use of the novel digital sounds of the day, especially from the Roland D50!).
It's a miracle that the synths stayed in tune long enough for a concert (some of the bootleged live shows of the period prove this to have been a problem), and the musicians used in the live shows are testament to their talents too.
So, if I was going to recommend a live CD to someone who's never really heard much apart from Cars and AFE, then this is the one I would select.
The power and the glory of those Prophet 5's, Minimoogs, ARP's and JP4's are justification enough for anyone interested in those keyboards (and sampling...)
Numan's vocal and confidence shine through, and it's a great mix on this CD, although different from the original vinyl release.
Go get this CD !!