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Pleasure Principle [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Gary NumanAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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As a pioneer of EDM and industrial music Gary Numan’s influence has been recognized by a diverse array of the world’s greatest artists—from Prince to Lady Gaga, Jack White to Kanye West; Beck to Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Foo Fighters to Nine Inch Nails. Numan’s impact was crystallized in the U.S. some three decades ago with his now legendary performance of his ... Read more in Amazon's Gary Numan Store

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  • Audio CD (June 23, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Beggars UK - Ada
  • ASIN: B000006NTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Airlane
2. Metal
3. Complex
4. Films
5. M.E.
6. Tracks
7. Observer
8. Conversation
9. Cars
10. Engineers
11. Random
12. Oceans
13. Asylum
14. Me! I Disconnect From You (Live)
15. Bombers (Live)
16. Remember I Was Vapour (Live)
17. On Broadway (Live)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than Cars. August 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's amazing how much emotion Gary Numan was able to evoke with an album so dominated by electronic instruments. Numan produced a number of great albums in his heyday (I'm not a big fan of his recent, dark material), but the Pleasure Principle--with its Magritte take-off cover--has best withstood the test of time for me. Replicas comes close, but I think this is Gary at his best.
Cars became a hit here and in the UK, but the rest of the cuts are every bit as strong. And there's a sensitivity on display behind the andriod cool that makes this music far more than the sum of its parts. Couple that with an excellent rhythm section, great keyboard textures, and first-rate arrangements, and you have an album that never seems to wear out its welcome.
Gary Numan's voice can tend to become grating on some of his albums, but not this one.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We're in the building where they make us grow" August 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Pleasure Principle, of course, is Gary Numan's most recognizable album because it features "Cars." Sadly, "Cars" is the only Numan track a lot of people know which is unfortunate because it is not even close to his best work. It is in the middle of the pack on this album alone.

Every track off Pleasure Principle is classic! The opener "Airlane" is an instrumental but it is by no means a filler. It rocks and once those drums kick in, it takes the listener for a ride (Numan, not long after this album was released, earned his private pilot's license and traveled around the world). "Complex" and "Tracks" are beautiful. "Metal," having a very rough sound, is a fan favorite as is "Films" with the powerful, kick-butt drums. "M.E." is one of my all-time Numan favorites and "Engineers" is interesting for its, well, ingenuity and for its experimental, retro late 70s/early 80s sound. The only track I am not as crazy about is "Observer" because it sounds too much like "Cars." Still this album is classic and a must for fans of New Wave, synthesizer-driven music.

The extra tracks on Pleasure Principle are not as intriguing as the ones on the other re-issues. "Random," "Oceans," and "Asylum" are all instrumentals. "Oceans" is the best of the three. It has a beautiful relaxing sound like the instrumental extras off Telekon. "Random" is a jolting rocker. "Asylum" is spooky. The live version of "Bombers" (B-side to the "Complex" single), I admit, is better than the original studio version. The live tracks come from Living Ornaments '79 which includes the peculiar "On Broadway.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! This is how to remaster! September 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album has always been a favorite of mine. From the hit song Cars to the lesser known tracks this album has never grown tired for me. The bonus material is absolutely awesome. I particularly am enjoying the demo version of Cars.

The sonics/mastering are wonderful. I don't detect any hard limiting at all, nor do I hear any use of noise reduction or excessive EQing. Numan's vocals truly come to life in this remaster and it trounces previous CD issues. The sonics are much improved over the original CD issue of this album and I highly recommend you upgrade.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Synthesizer Perfection! January 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Its very simple. Before this album, there was nothing. Like a universe that explodes from a single sub-atomic particle, this album spawned everything that "synthesized" alternative rock has evolved into. You must put this album in perspective with the time it emerged to appreciate the pure elegance of this work. Completely synthesized (sans drums), melodic, dark, cold, androgenous masterpieces - all. Every Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, (pick your favorite synth band and insert it here) owes its inspiration from this recording. Sure there was Brian Eno, David Bowie, OMD, and others - but nothing as fresh as "Cars", "Films", "Complex".....If you like Gary Numan, you must own this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alien music for the alienated April 11, 2003
By TM77
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that got me into electronic music back in 1979 or 80 when I first heard the song 'Cars'...I had been hearing synths in music for years but nothing like this. This wasn't psychedelic or artsy...This song had an irresistable hook and a was freaky and it rocked.
On The Pleasure Principle, the music is simple(Numan credits the band for turning sounds into music)...the sound is still cold and emotionless like on Replicas, but more dancey. Gone are the elements of punk. There are no guitars on the album...Numan was out to show people that synthesisers could stand on their own.
The album opens up with 'Airlane' which features a driving beat and the trademark soaring Polymoog string sound that is on just about every song on the album. A great opener.
'Metal' follows and is just upbeat as 'Airlane' along with sci fi lyrics.
'Complex' is a personal favorite. A slow ballad featuring some freaky soaring synths and violin. I even detect a bit of emotion in Numans voice towards the end...
'Please keep them away...don't let them touch me'
'Films' is a song of paranoia with one of the coolest beats I've ever heard. Cedric Sharpley and Paul Gardiner made an exceptionally good rythm section.
'M.E.' It's about the last machine on a desolate earth and it's power source is dying. I like it although it drags on a bit long.
'Tracks' is probably my least favorite but it's still a lovely song.
'Observer' sounds a lot like Cars...but again the rythm section shines on this one.
'Conversation' features some nice violin/viola blended with the electronics. But like 'M.E.', it drags on a bit too long.
'Cars'...the hit.
'Engineers' - More sci fi lyrics and a marching style drumbeat with rythmic machine like sounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GARY WHO?
I guess I was living under a rock. Just found this because of Amazon Recommended for me. The song Cars was recommended, but when I checked out the album preview I realized I had... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MTCUBED66
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a great album.
This was a classic upon its debut... And the music still holds its own.
Published 2 months ago by Dpop
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashing back and still loving it
My wife and I have rediscovered Gary's music together, and regaining a copy of this album has been a wonderful treat. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Aaron Sikes
5.0 out of 5 stars Synthesizer heaven
Gary Numan's early albums are replete with glorious Moog Synthesizer and The Pleasure Principle features some of bhis best material that he still performs on the live stage to this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by S Tuffnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Numan is a Force to be Reckoned With
While the song Cars enjoyed considerable success in both the United States and the United Kingdom, Numan as a whole wasn't taken very seriously. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Numan!
An excellent album for anyone interested in early new wave/techno. Numan was way ahead of his time, with great tracks like "M.E. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dustin
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Numan
Re-bought this album after many years not having it. Still as good and interesting as always. This is a classic Numan album to own.,
Published 7 months ago by Lasvik
5.0 out of 5 stars It.s a pleasure
Numans; music is awesome. try to find other music like it All of his early stuff is very good If you see a picture of him you know his music will be a little different Try some ,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cheryl V. Zeller
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A little Numan goes a long way, but that's not because he's irritating, but rather because he delivers potent stuff, perhaps nowhere more so than on this concentrated, disarmingly... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Budas Root
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy, sell, buy, sell!
The shipping was very fast and nice. And the record is in good condition. I needed it for a gift and bought it and it arrived with ample time!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brian Crozier
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