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Pleasure Principle [Japanese Import] Import

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  • Audio CD (23 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B0013HDZ3S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For me, no-one before or since has unleashed the force of analogue synthesizers quite so effectively as Numan. On "The Pleasure Principle" Numan deploys them very aggressively, but at the same time combines this force exquisitely with "real" drums, bass, piano and melancholic melodies to produce what is actually a very organic soundscape. The simplicity of the arrangements and Numan's unique vocals just serve to underline the almost military power of the music. Despite what you may think this is not electronic pop: if you like rock, and believe that synthesizers should go "grrr" instead of "beep", then you should like this.
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If you look back on Gary Numan's big 3 albums as being 'Replicas', 'The Pleasure Principle' and 'Telekon' then this is undoubtedly my personal favourite of those albums. 'TPP' has a bigger, yet sparser sound than 'Replicas' and Numan does not crawl up his own rear-end with self-sympathising as he did on 'Telekon'. It is the album which created the sound which most people associate with Gary Numan, as he did away with guitars and immersed himself and his new, bigger band in the (then) latest technology, resulting in an album of full-on synthesizer songs. He really did capture the essence of what successful electronic music should be; commercial but not quite pure pop as the robotic bass synths and the mighty Vox Humana preset prevented this.

As most will know, this is the album that spawned 'Cars', his most enduring single, but most of the tracks here are of equal quality and better in some cases. The follow-up single is also included here, the soaring, emotional 'Complex' which was a brave move for Numan at the time and is my favourite track on 'TPP'. 'Tracks', 'Engineers', 'Observer' and 'Metal' could all have been singles while the phenomenal 'Films' and 'M.E.' are amongst the Numan legends. He does get a little self-indulgent on the lengthy 'Conversation' but it is still a good track nonetheless.

Highlights among the extras include Numan's 1979 live versions of the old Drifters tune 'On Broadway' and his own 'Bombers'. For me, the glory days of Gary Numan started with 'The Pleasure Principle'.
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Thirty years ago Gary Numan released his first album under his own name, previously having played with The Tubeway Army whos own second album with Numan, Replicas was also released in 1979. The Pleasure Principle went to number one in the U.K and many other countries and was the album that went on to influence a host of other synth acts, none of then however were as dark as Gary Numan.

With this two disc deluxe edition (not to be confused with the previous remastered reissue that is one disc with bonus tracks) you get the original ten song album remastered of course, you also get a second disc of 17 songs that include demo versions and out takes. Numan fans will be well familiar with these songs but to people who only have a passing interest and only know the song Cars, they will get a suprise at how much they have heard already whether it be the brilliant Metal which was covered by Nine Inch Nails (on their remix ep things falling apart)or how familiar the music to M.E sounds as it was used by Basement Jaxx on their big hit where's Yor Head At? This just goes to show the influence Numan has on a wide range of musicans.

Stand out tracks are Metal, Cars, M.E and Observer from the main album but truthfully there is no really weak tracks and the album has aged really well considering the technology that was around then and what's around now. On the bonus cd as well as the demos you get Random and Oceans which were out takes from the original album and here you get them all dusted down and remastered. the demos are all high quality so it will be interesting to hear how the finished songs sound originally. You get all the original artwork with the booklet as well as well written piece by writer Steve Malins.

The Pleasure Principle might be 30 years old but one thing for sure is that it will still be influencing people in another 30 years time!
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The electronic wizard, Mr Numan excels himself beyond the musical stratosphere on The Pleasure Principle, which is perhaps his best ever, and certainly the most important album he has produced.From the very first song Aeroplane, which is a superbly composed instrumental song featuring Numan's trademark deep, moody synths and Jess Lidyard's magical drumming is enough to ensure an inspiring musical journey from beginning to end.All seventeen songs on The Pleasure Principle are of the highest quality. Films has to rate among one of the best songs on the album, with its fantastic opening drum break, infectious killer bassline hook and of course the spacey synthesisers makes this number an absolute winner, which people of various musical persuasions would appreciate, particularly breakbeat junkies and those who love to sample obscure drum patterns.Undoubtedly the classic in terms of its popularity, has to be Cars-thanks to Carling Premier utilising the track for their ad campaign a couple of years ago and Armand Van Helden taking the song to his turntables and putting it through its paces, savagely scratching it up on his smash hit single Kookie, emphasising the universal appeal of Numan's music.Oh, and did I forget to mention that Cars was also a number one single for Gary Numan back in 1979? Not since the days of Kraut synth pioneers, Kraftwerk has there been a more influential and stunning electronic album from the late 1970s. Gary Numan has brillaintly combined a post punk sound with space age modernist new wave electronica, and the results are breathtaking and quite simply have to be heard.Read more ›
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