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Telekon [Original recording remastered]

Gary NumanAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 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 remastered
  • Label: Beggars UK - Ada
  • ASIN: B000006NTP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Wreckage
2. The Aircrash Bureau
3. Telekon
4. Remind Me To Smile
5. Sleep By Windows
6. We Are Glass
7. I'm An Agent
8. I Dream Of Wires
9. Remember I Was Vapour
10. Please Push No More
11. The Joy Circuit
12. I Die: You Die (Alternate Version)
13. A Game Called Echo
14. Photograph
15. Down In The Park (Piano Version)
16. Trois Gymnopedies (First Movement)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five is not high enough for this one February 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There is so much delightful Gary Numan music, but Telekon, as other reviewers have noted, is special. It really is an effective concept album, set sometime in the future. "And what if God's dead? We must have done something wrong." The opening song, "This Wreckage I call me" sets the tone. A super synthesized, plodding rhythm, and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. This is what makes Telekon so enjoyable. The music is precise and competent, the lyrics are a fantasy trip to a cold future, where love loses its allure, leaving only alienation and nostalgia. "The Aircrash Bureau" develops a more atmospheric aesthetic, which later will dominate the spectacular "Dance."
"Telekon," the title track, has a good danceble rhythm, a monotone melodic line that evokes robotic images. The following cut, "Remind me to smile" is a high point on this excellent album. The funky rhythms are foot-tapping and the techno orchestration grand. "Sleep by windows" is atmospheric. Numan introduces the lyrics by talking, and then soars into a lovely melody, "I don't love you; do you dream?" "We are glass" is a rocker that hearkens back to Numan's punk days. Well executed and a fairly driving.
"I'm an agent" originally began side two of the LP, and it's another winner. "You can be replaced, you know." "I dream of wires" is the most developed of Numan's futuristic real, quite amusing, and with an excellent beat, dazzling electronic embellishment. "Remember I was vapour" is yet another highlight. "Please push no more" features piano, an introspective work that leads nicely into the rocking finale, "The Joy Circuit."
The bonus tracks, as might be expected, are a mixed bag, but always fascinating and welcome. "I die, you die" is a good rocker." "A Game Called Echo" is very much in line with the sonic world created by Telekon.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun to rediscover this album January 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I had the record as a kid and lost track of it. Stumbled across the CD a while back and grabbed it up in a fit of nostalgia and plunked down my money. On the way home, I decided that I'd probably hate it now. All those downbeat themes, his droning voice!
What a delight!! You just don't hear keyboards like this anymore, and I'm not sure we ever really did, really. Numan was not really making commercial music, like other keyboard heavy groups of roughly his time (Flock of Seagulls, Human League). He was really his own man.
I had forgotten that many of the songs are actually pretty uptempo, even if the lyrical themes are a bit threatening (don't expect to get in a good mood listening to this stuff). I DIE, YOU DIE is a fast-paced blast! JOY CIRCUIT is high spirited. Other songs, very slow and quiet, have a beautiful, delicate, fragile quality, like PLEASE PUSH NO MORE or I DREAM OF WIRES. The keyboards sound like smoke or fog would sound. Just barely there, like Numan's voice, and evoke a kind of sadness. You empathize with the singer, who seems isolated in a sterile world of computer generated music.
I don't know who I'd recommend this album to. It's not like anything else out there. If you want something that's not like anything else out there, give it a try. You'll discover a nearly forgotten work from an artist who never got his full due.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Albums Of All Time. June 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
No, that's not an exaggeration. Any fan of New Wave or synth music who doesn't own this CD is missing a huge slice of the genre's history.

"Telekon" is Gary Numan at his absolute zenith. It's the sound of a master craftsman producing an unquestioned masterpiece.

Songs like "I Die: You Die" (my personal favorite), "We Are Glass", "The Joy Circuit", "I Dream of Wires", "Remember I Was Vapour", "I'm An Agent", and "This Wreckage" are some of the best tracks produced in the entire decade of the 1980s.

Numan had a few great albums before and since "Telekon", but this is the "Thriller" of New Wave. Buy it, find a quiet spot, slip on your headphones, and prepare to enter into a sonic journey of rare vintage. An unbelieveable musical accomplishment, this CD ranks as one of the best albums ever released. Five stars!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of his "techno" period February 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
While the song "Cars" and the album it came from, "The Pleasure Principle", may be his best know works in the States, at that point Numan was only just getting better. This album, his follow up, is the very pinacle of his consciously "electronic" output.
Simultaneously catchy and alienating, "Telekon" perfectly illustrates the dicotomy that made him an international pop success, albeit briefly. Also found here are the first hints of the more adventurous sonic exploits to come on subsequent releases.
Along with all the original album tracks (from both US and UK versions), this CD remaster includes enough singles, b-sides and rarities to make it a terrific document of one of his greatest creative periods. Trainspotters will be be particularly tickled with the piano version of "Down In The Park" included as one of the extra tracks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Numan classic, revisited and vastly improved! June 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought the Telekon LP the day it came out way back when and it didn't leave my turntable for ages. I simply loved the power of the synths, the haunted voice that spoke cryptic lyrics and washes of layers upon layers of sound....the LP sounded different to me everytime I played it since I would discover another 'new' element each time. The remastered CD is long overdue but quite good in not only offering the complete original release, but including the original songs from the UK version ("Sleep By Windows")and the singles that were released from the LP's time period but not included on the album ("We Are Glass" which to this day is a Numan tour staple song)and associated B sides. I'm happy to finally be able to replace my worn, tired vinyl version of Telekon with this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Awesome Numan
Probably their best album, but who's to say ? They're all good. I think it's my favorite Their music is just a little different
Published 2 months ago by Cheryl V. Zeller
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I have followed, photographed gary since he first came to the U.S. a million years ago. I LOVED his work then and still do to this day. Read more
Published 3 months ago by paula
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
a player thru and thru just listen and bob your head to the sounds and feel like you need to at that time one you share with your personal world
Published 3 months ago by bret acquistapace
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior audio quality
Very good audio quality and harmonias.
Hear an equipment hi end, 02 chanells.
Pure pleasure, drums, keyboards and bass perfects.
Published 4 months ago by Alberto Cucio
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont Listen to it...
It will make you want to lock your door, pull the drapes, & Avoid other humans all together. You'll want to nothing but listen to this Album All Day, All Night, At Work, in the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Damballah
5.0 out of 5 stars Synth Heaven
I've always been casual fan of Mr.Numan, owning just a couple of his cds over the years. By chance I recently picked this one up at a bargain bin and decided to listen to it again... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael 80
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant stop listening to this!!!!
I first discovered gary numan when i heard his song "are friends electric"(which was hard to not get captivated by cause the sound was just amazing) on the soundtrack for need for... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Junior11
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the early eighties
Along with Ultravox's Rage In Eden, OMDs Architecture and Morality, and Depeche Mode's Some Great Reward, I rank this as one of the greatest synth-pop albums ever made. Read more
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