Gary Numan

The Pleasure Principle: The First Recordings

  • Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle: The First Recordings
11th October 2019 / CD & LP / Beggars Banquet

Gary Numan

The Pleasure Principle: The First Recordings


Gary Numan is a pioneer, and his influence on so many artists is unmistakable and grand. Gary’s style connects him with fans of multiple genres... electronic, industrial, indie-rock, metal, etc. He remains an innovator, and his fan base continues to grow. Beggars Banquet release two special titles to commemorate the 40th anniversary of these legendary albums Gary Numan/Tubeway Army issued in 1979

Replicas: The First Recordings, and The Pleasure Principle: The First Recordings.

While both of these albums have remained in print, these releases concentrate on the early recordings made prior to the completed albums and present the evolution of the albums. The tracks have been sequenced as they appeared on the original tapes and the audio has been taken from the high resolution digital transfers made by John Dent in 2007. One of the Free range studio tapes suffered irreparable print through damage on two tracks so they were not used in the 2009 release. However an alternative source has been located so the tapes can now be presented as complete for this release.

Even before the single 'Are ‘Friends’ Electric?' was released, Numan had recruited a permanent drummer and keyboard player and demoed an album’s worth of new material between April 9-12, 1979 at Freerange Studio in London’s Covent Garden. This was supplemented by a second session, probably the following June, that yielded four further songs and two re-recordings. Following the hectic schedule of promoting 'AFE?', Numan recorded a new session for John Peel the day after the single hit #1 on the UK charts. Rather than record as Tubeway Army, the session was credited to Gary Numan and the group name abandoned at the peak of it’s success. As before, rather than promote the current album, Numan chose to record four new songs. While the album Replicas hit #1, Numan was busy recording a follow up in Marcus Music Studio. From the surviving tapes there are six mixes marked as out-takes and these have been included in the CD package. The discs have been sequenced with the stronger, second Freerange demo preceding the first session but all tracks are in the order of the tapes.

1. Cars (Demo Version 2)
2. Films (Demo Version)
3. Complex (Demo Version)
4. Random (Remastered 2009)
5. M.E. (Demo Version)
6. Conversation (Demo Version 2)
7. Tracks (Demo Version 1)*
8. Cars (Demo Version 1)*
9. Metal (Demo Version)
10. Airlane (Demo Version)
11. Trois Gymnopédies No.1 (Demo)
12. Observer (Demo Version)
13. Conversation (Demo Version 1)
14. Engineers (Demo Version)
15. Asylum (Remastered 2009
16. Oceans (Remastered 2009)
17. Photograph (Remastered 2009)

1. Airlane (BBC Peel Session)
2. Cars (BBC Peel Session)
3. Films (BBC Peel Session)
4. Conversation (BBC Peel Session)
5. Tracks (Outtake mix)
6. Complex (Outtake mix)*
7. M.E. (Outtake mix)
8. Engineers (Outtake mix)*
9. Airlane (Outtake mix)*
10. Cars (Outtake mix)*
* previously unreleased

A1. Cars (Demo Version)
A2. Films (Demo Version)
A3. Complex (Demo Version)
A4. Random (remastered 2009)
A5. M.E. (demo version)
B1. Conversation (Demo Version 2)
B2. Tracks (Demo Version 1)*
B3. Cars (Demo Version 1)*
B4. Metal (Demo Version)
B5. Airlane (Demo Version)
C1. Trois Gymnopédies No.1 (Remastered 2009)
C2. Observer (Demo Version)
C3. Conversation (Demo Version 1)
C4. Engineers (Demo Version)
C5. Asylum (Remastered 2009
C6. Oceans (Remastered 2009)
C7. Photograph (Remastered 2009)
D1. Airlane (BBC Peel Session)
D2. Cars (BBC Peel Session)
D3. Films (BBC Peel Session)
D4. Conversation (BBC Peel Session)
* previously unreleased

Format /CD & LP
Released /11th October 2019
Catalogue / BBQ2158LP
Barcode / 607618215811
Artist / Gary Numan
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