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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.]
This is one of the most important records ever
I'm not kidding...have owned this LP 4 times in my life and since I was 11 it has been thoroughly important. One day I will put together a band to cover the whole album. Finally available for downloads, YUM.
Forget 'Cars.' This is when Gary really honed his writing skills. Every track is great.
One of the greatest albums of all time!
Top Albums and Songs By Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
||Are "Friends" Electric?||Replicas||5:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Down in the Park||Replicas||4:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Me! I Disconnect from You||Replicas||3:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||You Are in My Vision||Replicas||3:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Praying to the Aliens||Replicas||4:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Listen to the Sirens||Tubeway Army||3:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||My Shadow In Vain||Tubeway Army||2:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Replicas||Replicas||5:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Machman||Replicas||3:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Friends||Tubeway Army||2:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|