Pleasure Principle (30th Ann Expanded - (Import CD)

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  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. New Romantic
The Pleasure Principle [30th Anniversary Edition]
Country of Origin
Beggars Banquet (USA)
Mono / Stereo

Spin (9/98, pp.188-189) - 8 (out of 10) - "...further honed REPLICA's adolescent angst/android fetishism schtick..."
CMJ (1/5/04, p.6) - Ranked #12 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1980".
Q (Magazine) (p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's often forgotten that this was electronic music's commercial breakthrough."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE is a simultaneously grim and enlightening experience, and highly recommended."

Gary Numan
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Airlane
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Metal
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Complex
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Films
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] M.E.
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Tracks
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Observer
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Conversation
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Cars
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Engineers
  11. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Airplane
  12. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Metal
  13. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Complex
  14. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Films
  15. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] M.E.
  16. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Tracks - (Remix, remix)
  17. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Observer
  18. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Conversation
  19. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Cars
  20. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] Engineers
  21. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Random [2009 Re-Master]
  22. [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] Oceans [2009 Re-Master]
  23. [ Disc 02 Track 13 ] Asylum [2009 Re-Master]
  24. [ Disc 02 Track 14 ] Photograph [2009 Re-Master]ashup]
  25. [ Disc 02 Track 15 ] Gymnopedie No. 1
  26. [ Disc 02 Track 16 ] Conversation
  27. [ Disc 02 Track 17 ] M.E. - (Remix, remix)

THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE contains seven bonus tracks which includes demo out-takes and 'B' side singles.
Personnel: Gary Numan (vocals, keyboards, synthetic percussion); Billy Currie (violin); Christopher Payne (viola, keyboards); Paul Gardiner (bass); Cedric Sharpley (drums, percussion); Garry Robson (background vocals).
Recorded at Marcus Music AB, London, England. Includes liner notes by Steve Malins.
Audio Mixers: Rikki Sylvan; Harvey Webb; Rikki Sylvan.
Audio Remasterer: John Dent.
Liner Note Author: Steve Malins.
Recording information: Free Range Studios, London WC2; Marcus Music AB, London W11.
Illustrator: Tony Escott.
Photographer: Geoff Howes.
Arranger: Gary Numan.
Gary Numan's most commercially successful album is, perhaps unsurprisingly, his least representative disc. Powered by the hit single "Cars," arguably the first British synth-pop song to dent the US charts (M's "Pop Muzik" came out around the same time), THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE is a striking turnaround from the guitar-powered, Joy Division-like post-punk of his old band Tubeway Army. Aside from Paul Gardiner's bass and some percussion, every instrument is electronic.
To denote their futuristic simplicity the album's 10 songs are given one-word titles; they're all built on the same layers of analogue synthesizers and futuristic, dystopian lyrics. The album's resulting numbing quality is also pretty much its point. This Cleopatra reissue has seven bonus tracks, including demo outtakes, live tracks, B-sides, and, oddly, a song from a seven-inch single given away with the first pressing of Numan's next album, TELEKON.

Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Limited (6 months)
Gary Numan
Gary Numan
Packaged weight
90.718 g
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Distribution Select
Rikki Sylvan; Steve Forward; Harvey Webb; Rikki Sylvian
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