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Alternative & Indie - Released September 7, 1979 | Beggars Banquet

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The Pleasure Principle was an important point of departure for Gary Numan, and a significant breakthrough moment in the context of his long and storied career. Released about six months after Replicas, it was an instant commercial success, quickly reaching the dizzy heights of number one in the UK Charts. On this record, his third solo effort (and first under his own name), Numan abandoned guitars completely, instead embracing a more synthetic style of production. The album heralded the purely electronic, distinctly robotic sound that this modern icon has become most famous for today. Numan employed a variety of Moog synthesizers to realise The Pleasure Principle, achieving his trademark sound largely by use of the distinctive ‘Vox Humana’ setting. Throw in a healthy dose of production trickery; including flanging, phasing, layers of reverb, and some solo violin, and you are the rest of the way there! Numan was influenced by the greatest pioneers of electronica - Kraftwerk’s epochal Autobahn ghosts the track ‘Cars’ (the very same synths were used!) – and, subsequently, he influenced a generation of new artists. Numan blazed a trail for Nine Inch Nails’s industrial rock, Afrika Bambaataa’s hip-hop explosion, and even early-2000s club bangers like Basement Jaxx’s immortal ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ A pleasure indeed.
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 6, 1979 | Beggars Banquet

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Behind all the Bowie-esque mimicry, the second and final album from Tubeway Army remains a true masterpiece of new wave electronica. Diving straight into the prose of Philip K. Dick, the Gary Numan helmed group scorched Replicas through with science fiction; the man-machine, androgyny, and other related themes all crop up frequently. Released in April 1979, the record was preceded by the hit single Are ‘Friends’ Electric? The track still offers a perfect, synthetic brand of pop; at the heart of which lies Numan’s clear sense of melody and streamlined choruses. Behind the impressive instrumentation, an arsenal of Moog and analogue synthesizers of all kinds, Tubeway Army recorded an album that well and truly marked the dawn of the 1980s. © CM/Qobuz
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Electronic - Released January 11, 2021 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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Electronic - Released December 13, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 4, 1979 | Beggars Banquet

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Electronic - Released November 9, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 3, 1982 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 16, 1983 | Beggars Banquet

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Pop - Released August 1, 2013 | Castle Communications

The three-CD box set Disconnection compiles a wealth of Gary Numan's recorded output from the 1984 to 1992. Discs one and two are a mini treasure trove of B-sides, rarities, and overlooked gems from a period when Numan fell off the map a bit critically and commercially. Compared to his earlier, somewhat minimalist synth albums, these songs incorporate funk bass, jazzy saxophone, and soulful female backing vocalists to great effect. Numan's voice still leans toward Gothic indifference, but the music suggests a compelling hybrid of Numan's techno inclinations with doses of Talk Talk's romanticism and Eurythmics' swing. Synth washes and pre-industrial percussion still abounds, but most of the songs will please casual listeners as much as Numan fanatics. Disc three adds a mother lode of live tracks that sparkle as much as their studio counterparts. Here, some of the Numan staples like "I Die You Die" and "Cars" sit alongside the material Numan was releasing at the time. Yes, there are some overly bombastic flourishes and an overabundance of backing vocals on some tracks, but this 45-song collection is a fascinating look at Gary Numan's artistic output at a time when much of the world had foolishly moved on. © Tim DiGravina /TiVo

Alternative & Indie - Released April 1, 1979 | Beggars Banquet

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Electronic - Released December 13, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

Performing alongside the Skaparis Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, this 20-track live show sees Gary Numan play a selection of tracks from his 2017 album Savage (Songs from a Broken World) alongside some fan favorites from his back catalog. © TiVo
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Rock - Released January 1, 1997 | Mercury Studios

Exile Extended is an extended (hence the title) version of Gary Numan's 1998 release, Exile. The subject is dark and conceptual, dealing with good versus evil and a timely questioning of faith considering the new millennium was right around the corner. Dark subject matter is nothing new to the Numan camp, but Exile Extended is easily one of his darkest. With such heavy subject matter this could have been cumbersome and laborious, but in fact it's just the opposite. Numan continues to update his sound to the electro-rock vein, and by offering this extended version, he gives the music and his vocals more room to breathe. His one-of-a-kind vocals are in fine form throughout. Having become less robotic, Numan seems to have adapted more of a "dark lord" feel to his vocals. Exile Extended creates a more dramatic edge than the original Exile. The album works well as a whole -- the synthesized melodies create hypnotic soundscapes, never making it feel like the songs go on for too long. If you loved Exile, then you'll definitely enjoy this expanded version. For those of you who haven't listened to Numan's work, this is a good point to dive in. © Simon Cantlon /TiVo
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Electronic - Released March 29, 2021 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 4, 1979 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 1989 | I.R.S. Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 21, 1978 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 21, 1979 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 17, 1997 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 10, 1978 | Beggars Banquet