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Ex Luna Scientia

March 20, 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Label: Dressed 2 Kill - OMP
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 One Media Publishing
  • Total Length: 40:01
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,435 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I feel bad that there are so few reviews of this album on Amazon, so I thought I'd give it a go. Readers should note, however, that I didn't actually purchase "Ex Luna Scientia" (scandalously attributed on Amazon to the misspelled "Gary Newman" Yikes!) but I do own the original LP and the subsequent CD reissue, The Dramatis Project (2000). In fact, I have fond memories of listening to this album on constant rotation back in my tape player back 1981, which is when it was first released under its original album title, "For Future Reference," by its original band name, Dramatis.

Although for obvious marketing reasons Gary Numan's name was tagged all over these re-releases (including the 2000 re-issue CD, "The Dramatis Project"), the real Dramatis were Chris Payne on vocals and keyboards, Russell Bell on guitars and keyboards, Denis Haines on keyboards, and, on drums, Cedric Sharpley (who died in 2012). Former Hollies keyboardist Denis Haines was the creative force behind much of Dramatis's songwriting and lyrics--the one exception being "Love Needs No Disguise," which, despite Numan's claims to the contrary, has the obvious imprimatur of his lyrics ("and when The Park gates are closed, remember we toured the skies"). Haines later released a lovely and haunting instrumental album, "Colors: The Listening Principle," in 1986, filled with ambient piano tracks. ("In Loving Memory" is presumed to have been written for Paul Gardiner, who passed away in 1984.) Haines also singled the solo release, "It Spoke To Me of You" in 1984.

Dramatis was a side project for the members of the Gary Numan band (1979-1981), but there's nothing remotely similar to the music of Dramatis and the music of Tubeway Army.
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A little research reveals this album to be by British synthpop band Dramatis, with Numan providing vocals on one track "Love Needs No Disguise." Its original title was 'For Future Reference.'

Dramatis was an English synthpop band from the early 1980s. Chris Payne (vocals, keyboards), Russell Bell (guitars, keyboards), Cedric Sharpley (drums) and Denis Haines (keyboards) were all originally members of Gary Numan's backing band. They formed Dramatis following Numan's announced retirement in April 1981.

They released six singles and one album before disbanding in 1982

This particular album was later reissued on CD in 2000 and retitled 'The Dramatis Project' credited to Tubeway Army featuring Gary Numan, despite Numan's only contribution being the vocal to "Love Needs No Disguise" which would show up on Tubeway Army compilation album 'Premier Hits.'

According to Numan...

"This was just the break they needed; I didn't have anything to do with the writing of the song and I had a great time recording the video"

I still gave this CD two stars because it's not that bad but be aware that Gaz only shows up on the one track. Otherwise, it all will sound very familiar to Tubeway Army fans, just without Gary...
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