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Outland Original recording remastered, Import


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Digitally remastered reissue of Numan's 1991 album for I.R.S. with five bonus tracks added, 'Shame', 'Icehouse', 'Tread Careful', 'My World Storm' (U.S. Promo Mix) and 'My World Storm' (Alternative Mix). 18 tracks total. 1999 rleease.

1. (Interval 1)
2. Soul Protection
3. Confession
4. My World Storm
5. Dream Killer
6. Dark Sunday
7. Outland
8. Heart
9. (Interval 2)
10. From Russia Infected
11. (Interval 3)
12. Devotion
13. Whisper
14. Same
15. Icehouse
16. Tread Careful
17. My World Storm (US Promo Mix)
18. My World Storm (Alternative Mix)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: EMI Gold Imports
  • ASIN: B000025AHT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on August 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The cover looks like something from Blade Runner. The title was also a sci-fi flick. The track titles sound dark, mysterious...from a dystopian future. Numan was always dark. One might think Blade Runner itself came out of Numan's synths in the late 70s...

Then you pop it in, and you get some kind of whacky Janet Jackson--Jam & Lewis--Blade Runner--white Prince--white funk--moody--dance record that is all over the place. Truth be told, when I first bought this it was so different from my expectations that I backed away slowly and then came back to it for reconsideration. Good idea.

I think Numan has to be a genius. I don't know how else to explain an album that samples Blade Runner (again), samples Predator, samples Alien, then busts out into a white funk cavalcade with the classic Numan voice but all the trappings of Janet Jackson on Control. What the heck was going on? It deserves inspection---this album is tough to find and rarely reviewed.

But...by law, if you like an artist enough, you'll mine diamonds out of the darkest pits. Compared to other 'phases' of his sound, this experiment is not high on my list. But at least one track (Whisper) is now one of his best ballads, I think. Outland, My World Storm...it's like you raided the juke box at Taffy Lewis' bar. And how many guys can write a song called From Russia Infected and turn it into a Bobby Brown-white funk-saxes-happy-tune. Lyrically, it's very consistent with Numan---cold terror, fatalism, prostitution of some form or another, alienation, disgust and cynicism with the music industry, it's all here. And once again, the gap between how the lyrics read and how the album then sounds is extraordinary. Truly a master at hiding a dark world-view and deep pain under light, poppy sounds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Schlagetter on November 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Outland is possibly Gary Numan's least-appreciated album, undeservedly so. Conceptually, it is holistic, both thematically and technologically.
The Intervals are a live performance device explored for the first(and last) time on a studio album here. My World Storm, Dream Killer, Outland, Heart, and Whisper are only as Gary can do. Shame, which I first heard on "Dark Light," is top notch. "Ice House" and "Tread Careful" are excellent b-sides; "My World Storm" presents (to my knowledge) the only musical sampling of "Aliens" to date.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shaw N. Gynan on October 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This review is of a significantly expanded re-release of what was an already excellent album. Anyone who likes the film of the same name will enjoy the gritty, metallic, techno-funk that Numan develops here.

After a first "Interlude," a menacing, atmospheric couple of minutes, Numan launches into the precisely executed rocker, 'Soul Protection.' This is a big number, with a soulful women's chorus, brass, stick bass, and great electric guitar.

"Confession" is a worthy follow-up, with a big-band sound and provocative lyrics: "IOU, you don't own me." Yet another frantic rocker, "My World Storm," continues Numan's exploration of the very cynical space in which he finds himself here: "I like pressure if it hurts them too." There are clips from Blade Runner "Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it," that aficionados of that movie will relish.

We're ready for a break after this breathless, tongue-in-cheek paean to selfishness. "Dream Killer" is beautiful but pretty grim: "You hurt my feelings, you hurt my family. . . I'll pay you back one cold day."

With "Dark Sunday," we're right back to the hard-driving, industrial-rock cynicism that is the essence of the futuristic mining colony of "Outland." Another rocker follows, the title track, "Outland," with an infectious beat that evokes what dance music might be like in a claustrophobic bar of an off-world facility.

We get another welcome break with "Heart," another wistful, bluesy anthem. A short, creepy interval leads us to the raucous "From Russia, Infected," which is introduced by clips from "Blade Runner." The sentiment conveyed here is a troubling, fatalistic hedonism.

The last interval takes us to "Devotion," a swinging dance number, much lighter in tone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Outland is testament to Numan's musical ability and versatility, and the fact that it's inspired by Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation should be enough to endear it to the U.S. market!! Following in the footsteps of 1988's Metal Rhythm, the production is once again flawless!! And Numan's clever use of samples ties the whole creation together perfectly, providing it with an unerring sense of continuity. Once again, hard-hitting rhythms complement dark and moving ballads. There are a number of highlights here, so it's unfair to pick and choose only a few!! Ms. Jackson, I hope you were suitably flattered - you've just met your maker!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Incognito on February 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you enjoy Gary Numan's ballads-there are three here that ought to knock your hat and socks
into the creek! Dream Killer, Heart, and Whisper are really beautiful melodies despite the
lyrics being rather dark in nature. These alone make the CD worth buying. There are as of this
date several reasonably priced used ones-snatch one up fast before they're gone and the CD
becomes outrageously expensive or even unavailable. Or download the MP3 album and get 5 bonus
tracks; likely you'll find one or more of them entertaining.
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