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Tubeway Army Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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CD -EAN 607618000424-BEGGARS BANQUET-1978
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With a longtime friend as bass player and his uncle as drummer, this album was the first album of his own songs. They owe much to the post-punk era that it was recorded in, but you can see where it is heading. If you know 'Replicas', then you will hear it in its development stage here. The songs are not punk nor are they electronic music, but the style grows on you very quickly. A stand out track is 'Listen to the Sirens', but as with most of the tracks, the guitar driven sound mixes eerily with the varying levels of eclectic keyboard sounds used.
If you like 'Replicas' then you will like this or if not, it will eventually grow on you.
I already had the first-class 'Replicas' and the awesome 'Pleasure Principle' and I guess I was expecting another moog-frenzy but no, this one was guitar driven with only the slightest burble here and there by way of synth-action.
But my favourite tracks from Replicas were the guitar driven ones (The Machman, You Are In My Vision, It Must Have Been Years) so from the moment the chorus of 'Listen To The Sirens' kicked in, that was it, I was hooked...forever.
The songs themselves are typical of Gary Numan's quirky, peerless songwriting which would continue to this day, but are underpinned by a rich chunky Les-Paul-through-a-Marshall guitar sound that he never quite had again. I've often heard him criticise his own guitar skills, but this album provides strong evidence that he was rather better then he thought.
This early material is often referred to as punky, but some of the songs on offer veer nearer to heavy metal (Are You Real? Steel And You, Friends), but all the while sounding SO Numan. And I didn't notice it at the time, but my 46-year old ears detect some Be Bop Deluxe influence in there too. Bizarre. Wonderful.
Anyway, in my opinion, the first Tubeway Army album is still the finest Numan recording and I recommend it to all without hesitation.
There is a definate punk edge, but like those records things are moving on in terms of texture, atmosphere and emotion.
Sure, Numan admits that he merely welded the bleep bleep of the synths to the chunk chunk of the guitars, in a typical understatement. But there is much much more to it than that. Consider the man driving forward out of the 70's, with one eye firmly fixed on the future and one on the best of the times. Music for chameleons indeed.
Tubeway Army were like a culmination of all the greatest aspects of the decade that spawned them: Bowie, Kraftwerk, Bolan, Lou Reed, Ultravox!, Cluster, Iggy, Glam, Sci-fi, Punk, Comics, TV, Class and Trash. All packed into immediate futuristic and quirky songs wrapped in the cultish blue vinyl release of the day. How else could it be? For 1978, this to me, sounds like perfection. Now?
Well, with the likes of The Killers, The Bravery, Bloc Party etc setting the standards with a not disimilar agenda, a sizable chunk of pops alternative future no less.
So, if thats not enough to get you exitedly clicking "Add to basket", lets take a look at what you'll be missing:
There's Numans choppy guitar riffing,( think Wire, think Bolan, think Blur, think groove!). His burbling analogue moogs (think early Kraftwerk, think Devo, think Dr Who!). His rythmic acoustic guitar (think early Bowie, think isolation!). And of course his familiar love 'em or hate 'em but never ignore 'em, detatched/frail nasal vocals. Not to mention his natural suss for a rousing rock record.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hell of a promising start , still making his mind up , liked punk yet he realized the potential of Syn'sPublished 4 months ago by Gdshelbourn
Simply a classic album, for me this has more tracks that I enjoy then Replicas, haven't heard most of these songs for over 30 years great nostalgia!!Published 12 months ago by BJ
Not quite as slick as the later "Replicas" this is a synthesiser and guitar based journey into Numan's darker side. Read morePublished 22 months ago by William J. Fox
Good C D , A little disappointed as promoted as a best of Album .Quite a few of their best known tracks not on it.Published 24 months ago by Robert K.
This album takes me back to my teenage years in the late 70's. Love this album & still remember all the words!Published on 11 Dec. 2013 by MRS MARIA A CASSELL