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Living Ornaments '79

Living Ornaments '79

10 Dec 1997
4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Dec. 1997
  • Release Date: 10 Dec. 1997
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • Copyright: ℗ 1979 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd © 1998 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:25:12
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  • ASIN: B001MTV4CG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,174 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Living Ornaments 79 is Gary Numan's earliest official live recording and despite the fact that it captures him at his most nervous and inexperienced, it remains a first-class record of his first major tour.

For me, this has always been the most essential Numan live album, partly because it was the only Numan UK tour I ever missed (I was 13 at the time and my parents deemed me too young to attend!) and has consequently acquired a mystique that keeps me returning to it more than 30 years later, but mainly because of the sheer quality of the material here.

The setlist is largely comprised of songs from his first three albums, all of which are delivered with panache by the energetic band (Paul, Ced - RIP). Since Numan had only recently been promoted to synth-God, both his guitar-driven early work and the subsequent synth-led material is very well represented on this recording. And very nicely they sit together too.

But the album's finest moment for me is the sequence of `Bombers', (a chillingly creepy version of an early Tubeway Army single), a cover of `On Broadway' (a showcase for keyboardist Billy Currie of Ultravox!) and `Remember I Was Vapour' (the fans' first taste of next year's `Telekon' album), which are all connected by one continuous drum-machine pattern, providing a curiously rickety, off-kilter rythmn across all three songs. Bizarre. Wonderful. Worth the price alone.

Anyone who is interested in Numan's glory days will not be disappointed with this reissue, featuring as it does the entire concert (rather than the selected highlights on the original vinyl release). And if you splash out on sister albums `Living Ornaments 80' and `81' too, then you will have a priceless document of Numan's shows at the height of his mainstream popularity.

Recommended without reserve.
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This concert is incredibly 24 years old and still sounds fresh and relevant. The recording,at Hammersmith Odeon, is of a whole concert from Numan's first UK tour, following the huge success of Are Friends Electric, Cars and the two albums Replicas and The Pleasure Principle.
It showcases a polished performance by a tight band. The setlist is a comprehensive summary of his career at that point and is also a good historical piece of electronica.
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I bought this Lp when it was first released together with living ornaments 1980 back in 1981 as a box set (which I still own)however Ive noticed A few extra tracks on the cd version. this CD is a must buy for all fans of electronic music,from the best in the field.
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Brilliant live album from Gary Numan / Tubeway Army, this 2 CD set is awesome and a must for any fan, the sound quality is very good and sounds great on the headphones.
This was a special time for music in the UK, a lot of change was happening and Numan was at the forefront of it with the astonishing singles "Are Friends Electric" and then "Cars", it was those singles that won me over and I've loved this music since then, it never grows old for me, it's very special stuff from an amazingly underrated song writer.
I know he's had his low points (don't we all?) but the albums "Replicas" "The Pleasure Principle" and "Telekon" are the greatest electronic rock albums ever released.
Living Ornaments 79 captures the spirit and vibe of that excitement about this new and different music, get it and immerse yourself in it.
It's so good to see Gary back on form with the LP's since "Sacrifice" too, "Splinter" is excellent!
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The full concert. The DVD is 11 tracks this is the full monty. What can I say? GN says in interviews he was uncomfortable on stage - he doesn't sound it. The whole show was clearly one of those shows not to be missed and never forgotten. I'm only sorry I was too young at the time and never got the chance to be there. Track listing is varied and actually extremely good. Some of the early TA hits are included, a great live version of the Drifters On Broadway which is personal favourite of the new adds real interest and its a double album of history in the making. Others have listed the tracks in order so I won't. I would just say the Living Ornaments Trio are an essential for anyone who loves Gary Numan. Expensive but worth every penny.
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