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The classic self-titled debut by Gary Numan's Tubeway Army was finally reissued by Beggars Banquet, who have done a masterful job remastering the tracks and adding a live set from 1978 as a bonus. In the past, many have felt that Numan's debut disc didn't measure up to his later triumphs (1979's Replicas, 1980's Telekon, etc.), but listening to it today, you discover that it's the most underrated of all his early albums. Numan & the Tubeway Army were one of the first new wave/punk bands (along with Kraftwerk and Devo) to successfully fuse robotic synthesizers with rock & roll. Gary Numan's guitar riffing is more prominent here than on any other of his albums, which gives the tunes a splendid Ziggy Stardust feel at times. Kicking things off with several strong compositions — "Listen to the Sirens," "The Life Machine," and "Friends" — the album sags momentarily in the middle ("My Love Is Liquid"), but soon returns to its high standards with "Are You Real?" and "Jo the Waiter." The reissue of Tubeway Army wraps up with the 13-track Living Ornaments '78: Live at the Roxy set, which was previously released only as a bootleg. Although lo-fi, it's an audience recording containing songs that didn't make it to the debut. [Note: In addition to bonus tracks, all of the Gary Numan/Begggars Banquet re-releases contain classic photographs and informative liner notes by Numan biographer Steve Malins.]
The Foundation of Numans Carrer
I actually bought this album for my mum, but i was shocked by how much i enjoyed it. The album has a very punk feel to it, but clearly lays the foundations for the future godfather of electronic music. The best songs in my opinion are The Life Machine and My Love Is A Liquid
Raw Tubeway Days
The early building blocks of the heights to come. It lacks the polish of the following albums - however this guitar and low key synth style is back in vogue now. It sounds like the basement bar it was recorded in! Rich warm bass...choppy chunky guitars - simplistic but stylistic keyboard work - Numans vocals crisp and clear - they are all little 3 minute wonders. Tracks like Friends and Listen to the Sirens are belters. Where as Jo The Waiter and The Life Machine are hints at Numans softer under belly which - like the great artist - would become much more exposed as time went by. Lyrically its a masterpeice - full of seediness and drug abuse / wierdo's and crazies.
please could itunes include gary numans videos.we all seem to appreciate not just listening to a song,but also watching it.some artists sound better or even look better when you,re watching them,i prefer both.i leave the rest up to you itunes.come on update.
Top Albums and Songs by Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
||Are "Friends" Electric?||Replicas||5:25||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Down in the Park||Replicas||4:24||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Are ‘Friends’ Electric?||Replicas Redux||5:25||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Me! I Disconnect from You||Replicas||3:22||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Jo the Waiter||Tubeway Army||2:41||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||We Are So Fragile||Replicas||2:55||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Replicas||Replicas||5:00||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Down In the Park||Replicas Redux||4:24||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||You Are in My Vision||Replicas||3:14||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Listen to the Sirens||Tubeway Army||3:05||£0.79||View In iTunes|