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Berserker

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Numa
  • ASIN: B000LX13OI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,198 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Brown on March 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
General knowledge of Gary Numan by the average listener is either based in his success in the late 70's and early 80's with his trademark wall of analouge sound made up of warm, heavy, thick sounds from Moogs and other such synths, paired up with a drone, dead pan vocal that sounded as mechanical as the music it accompanied. If not that, then the resurgance of interest that accompanied his 1997 album 'Exile' where tribute albums were launched and prominent acts such as Trent Reznor and Marylon Manson name checked him as a crucial ingrediant to they're own creative process.
Berserker, as a complte work is astounding. And held against even the best known acts of the time, This is an extremely mature album for a 24 year old to write. The title track could be released today and sound as fresh as it did then. It's a very well constructed piece that burns from the first chord, then completley slows up, expands, and then takes off again. I first heard this track in 1992 and it was the only song in a long time that actually had me smiling from ear to ear as I left my cd player on 'repeat' for nearly an hour.
As for the rest of the disc, "This is New Love" is something you just have to hear from yourself. It's both cohesive and experimental at the same time, quite likely my favorite cut, and trust me, you have never heard anything quite like it. The 30 second clip you can hear on here does no justice.
Other Highlights are "Cold Warning" That fuses violin and thick synths in an impressive mixture and "My Dying Machine" which musically is on rails and doesn't deviate much from it's frame, but still very driving and a nice rush. Lastly, the beautifully haunting "A CHild with the Ghost".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Choma VINE VOICE on September 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD is an all-time favorite of mine. I had always thought Gary Numan was a one hit wonder with "Cars;" and to many of the uninitiated, he is. Back in the early 90's I happened to see he had actually put out several albums of material since his early 80's heyday. That piqued my curiosity, so I thought I'd take the chance on his "New Anger" album. This had a bonus track called "A Child With the Ghost" that just floored me. What a hauntingly beautiful tune that was. I figured if the rest of his output measured up to this song, I'd have to give it a try.

I decided to buy the album that had "Child With the Ghost" to see if it was any good. That album, "Berserker," turned out to be a fairly hard to get import at the time, but I managed to get my hands on a copy. Thus my obsession with Gary's music began.

"Berserker," released in 1984, is very keyboard-heavy, but I feel that it stands above most of the material from that era in its continuity. This is simply a great album from beginning to end; there's not a dull moment on it. The exceptionally strong songs are "Child With A Ghost," "The Secret" (this has become my favorite), "Cold Warning," "My Dying Machine" and "The God Film".

Gary Numan does not deserve the One Hit Wonder label. He's consistently put out quality material, scoring hits in his native England for the past three decades. This album is further proof that there is indeed quality music out there -- you just have to occasionally dig for it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "pigskin" on October 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Yes it has to be Berserker. This was his last truly great album and i will be very unpopular with many of his fans i know. Following on from the excellent "Warriors" and "I,Assassin" of the previous years this was his masterpeice.
I have an eternal argument with a colleague at work on when was his finest hour. He thinks it is the 1980 "Telekon" - and there were some outstanding tracks like "I Dream Of Wires" and "Remind Me To Smile". But for sheer completeness it has to be Berserker. I think you have to appreciate also that Numan's popularity was on the wane in 1984. The singles released from Berserker did not set the charts on fire and appearance with Leo Sayer did little to enhance his talent.Also, his friend Paul Gardiner who played bass with the Tubeway Army died of a heroin overdose close to the Berserker sessions. This bereavement had a massive effect on the album - alienation, angst and atheism abound.
Yet out of this comes outstanding music. From the blistering title track to the end he is on top form. The complete fusion of electronic bass,synthesizer funk, and cracking percussion. Outstanding tracks are "This Is New Love" (all of 8.45 minutes long), "The Secret"(why this track was never released as a single beggars belief),"Pump It Up" and "The Child With The Ghost".
This album was before Numan consumed his music with heavier basslines which snuffed out his synthesizer genius of earlier work. Later work did not have that certain "Je ne sais quoi" you could say. Here he achieved a balance which was nearly there on Warriors but superbly defined on Berserker.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TAC on November 14, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is the NTSC DVD of the Gary Numan Berserker tour. I bought here. Sanctuary/Leadervision 1005 9 6. The DVD is an Argentina product. It says Sanctuary and leadervision on the spine. This DVD is unwatchable for the most part. The source material is PAL, the European video format. This concert was also released as a PAL dvd in Europe and that one surely plays fine. NTSC is the video format used in the Americas and some places in Asia, and this DVD converts the original European PAL source to NTSC, but does so in a very bad way, so you get an extreme ghosting effect on all movement, it's enough to make one ill feeling watching it. Sad, because as far as I can tell, this is the ONLY NTSC version available of this Gary Numan concert, and it's terrible visually because it was not converted correctly from the PAL source. I highly suspect they are all like this. So, if you want this, get the PAL version, not this one. This one here, NTSC version 1005 9 6 "under exclusive license in Argentina to Leader Music fron Sanctuary Records Group ltd" being sold here, is a bad transfer conversion and unwatchable. I paid $3 something, $6 something total, and it's a total waste. I tried to find a webiste for Leadervision, and Sanctuary to complain, but I could not find any. The actual concert though is pretty good. I still have my VHS of it. The negative of the concert is it doesn't include Gary Numan's best hits. But the show is good, it's the only one I saw with the use of make up like this, but it's OK.
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