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Gary Numan - The touring principle '79 [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Mortal
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046MOVFS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,519 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gary Numan's The Touring Principle '79 captures the spectacular shows and innovative music that made his one of the biggest stars in the world at the end of the 1970s. Recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon on 28 September 1979, this is one of those rare and very special moments in rock when new ideas completely change the music scene. These concerts mark the transformation of synthesizer music from the post-punk underground into massive international success without the need for any compromise. From the towers of white light to the icy electronics, everything in this show is designed to be powerful, different, atmospheric and unique. Three decades later, there's still nothing quite like it, which is why new acts and fans continue to discover and be influenced by many of the concepts, sounds and visuals on The Touring Principle. This concert was originally released as the first ever music video-cassette and that original film featuring the 'special effects' of the time has been included on this DVD as a bonus feature, along with an exclusive Numan interview about the 1979 tour. However, the main feature on this DVD is taken from the original master before any 'effects' were added. Digitally remastered along with the audio, this represents the definitive document of Gary Numan's visonary show. Tracklist : 1/Me! I Disconnect From You 2/M.E. 3/We Are So Fragile 4/Everyday I Die 5/Conversation 6/Remember I Was Vapour 7/On Broadway 8/Down In The Park 9/My Shadow In Vain 10/Are 'Friends' Electric? 11/Tracks Bonus features: The same concert with the original special effects from the 1979 videocassette version/Interview with Gary Numan

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As the other reviewer correctly points out this is still an incomplete document of Gary Numan's ground breaking 1979 Touring Principle show.Yes.They have removed the Top Of The Pops style effects. Yes.They have replaced the muddy VHS era sound with John Dent's impressive remastered "Living Ornaments'79" audio soundtrack. But. No.They have not found any further footage of the gig in question to complete this important show .It's also worth mentioning that with the amount of scratches, grain and sparkle still evident on the picture, Dash Productions claim of digital remastering would not stand up in court!The extras are minimal too. A VHS to DVD transfer of the original version with aforementioned effects and a contemporary interview with Gary Numan. However what footage is left still takes me back to when Gary Numan was the future. He was one of the most exciting acts to emerge from this country in the post punk age. Nothing can take that away from him.
The live gig *****
Value for money **
Overall Quality **
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I bought this dvd because I was at the gig in '79..
What I find strange is that it isn't the whole concert..just 11 songs...so what's happened to the rest of the set ??
I wish I'd have checked the content before buying.
Not quite a rip off...but close.

Micromusic is much better value.
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Having read the other reviews i felt compelled to write my own. The claims for poor ¨remastering¨ of the picture are unfounded to say the least. I personally liked the picture WAY more than on the Micromusic DVD. The difference is there to prove it in the guise of the original visual effects-laden VHS footage on the extras section.

Sure; it's not a perfect end result, there's some graininess and scratches but who knows in what condition the original source was ! I think this time, unlike Micromusic, the best end result possible has been achieved by Dash Productions, especially considering Gary Numan supplied them with a very limited budget and NO extra footage as usual. Maybe there's none or he simply doesn't care because he knows we fans are going to buy it anyway.

The pic bitrate hovers around 8,5 Mbps ocassionally peaking at a whooping ten; more than adequate for standard resolution. I got such a kick after watching the concert without the cheesy effects and cleaned up that well !! I was in awe !! Plus I could see so much more of the other musicians !! (not that they get showed much, but more than on the old VHS where the bad def and effects blocked the view bigtime)

The interview is candid and as good as the one on Micromusic, albeit shorter.

The sound is indeed the same as on the ¨Living Ornaments¨ but sounds so much better sampled at 48K. It blows the VHS' sound out of the water. Sparkling highs, balanced vox level and packing serious muscular lows that will make your subwoofer work hard. The bulk of the guitar sound is panned to the left channel on the cd, but the guitarrist is standing on the right (a glitch stemming from the original remastering not intended to be paired to visual accompaniment no doubt) but I can't find any other sonic flaws.
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