Gary Numan ‎– Strange Charm

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NUMA 1005 Gary Numan Strange Charm(LP, Album) Numa NUMA 1005 UK 1986 Sell This Version
CDNUMA 1005 Gary Numan Strange Charm(CD, Album) Numa CDNUMA 1005 UK 1986 Sell This Version
NUMAC 1005 Gary Numan Strange Charm(Cass, Album) Numa NUMAC 1005 UK 1986 Sell This Version
NUMA 1005 Gary Numan Strange Charm(LP, Album) Numa NUMA 1005 Scandinavia 1986 Sell This Version
NUMACDX 1005 Gary Numan Strange Charm(CD, Album, RE) Numa NUMACDX 1005 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CLP 0534-2 Gary Numan Strange Charm(CD, Album, RE, RM) Cleopatra CLP 0534-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
EAMCD074, GAS 0000074 EAM, EDL EAG 157-2 Gary Numan Strange Charm(CD, Album, RE, RM) Eagle Records, Eagle Records, Eagle Records EAMCD074, GAS 0000074 EAM, EDL EAG 157-2 UK 1999 Sell This Version
EAMCD074, GAS 0000074 EAM, EDL EAG 157-2 Gary Numan Strange Charm(CD, Album, RE, RM) Eagle Records, Eagle Records, Eagle Records EAMCD074, GAS 0000074 EAM, EDL EAG 157-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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CRUSHTRASH

CRUSHTRASH

May 18, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Strange Charm, CD, Album, RE, RM, CLP 0534-2
This album also seems to have some volume issues - My Breathing, The Sleeproom and This Is Love survive pretty much in tact, but where there are very loud sections, usually intros, and the volume gets a bit too much the levels suddenly reduce! It's a bit like a very old tape auto-record level, and very very annoying. I got hold of a 1986 original CD and this happens to a lesser degree on thatn too, but is very noticeable on this US release for some reason. Hope this was sorted out for the UK/EU Eagle one, which I haven't heard! The bonus tracks don't suffer quite as much, apart from NTFLT 12". Overall this is a collection-filler due to the audio transfer, which is a real pity as the tracklist and bonuses are great!
wallyaudio

wallyaudio

December 10, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Strange Charm, CD, Album, RE, RM, CLP 0534-2
As a big Numan fan, I own allmost all vinyls and original CD's. I bought this CD because I thought it was a good chance to have many of my vinyl b-sides issued on pristine digital quality. Bonus tracks were taken from original tapes issued on the 1995 Babylon Series which suffered from novice tape transfer skills. Compared to the original vinyls, tracks 11 to 13 are played at slightly different speeds. Also I found stereo and phase invertions when compared to the originals. This badly-made release directly attempts with the artist legacy.
wallyaudio

wallyaudio

November 27, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Strange Charm, CD, Album, RE, RM, EAMCD074, GAS 0000074 EAM, EDL EAG 157-2
As a big Numan fan, I own allmost all vinyls and original CD's. I bought this CD because I thought it was a good chance to have many of my vinyl b-sides issued on pristine digital quality. Bonus tracks were taken from original tapes issued on the 1995 Babylon Series which suffered from novice tape transfer skills. Compared to the original vinyls, tracks 9, 10, 12 & 13 are played at slightly different speeds. Also I found stereo and phase invertions when compared to the originals. This badly-made release directly attempts with the artist legacy.
postpunkmonk

postpunkmonk

January 30, 2008
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Strange Charm, CD, Album, RE, NUMACDX 1005

Another strong album in a row from Numan here. It starts out with “My Breathing,” which is my all time favorite song by him. The atmosphere here is so thick you can cut it with a knife! The keyboards have an appealing “Old World” sensibility and the female vocals are not strident here than they can sometimes be. The stately rhythm bed is a wonder to behold. I can’t say enough good about this track so I’ll move on.

“I Can’t Stop” features an appealing, relentless quality as one would imagine from its title. “New Thing From London Town” is another song recorded with Shakatak’s Bill Sharpe. Some nice flavoring again from that collaboration. The awesome ”Strange Charm” should have been a single! The Oriental synth flourishes complement the outstanding staccato vocal arrangements of Numan and Tessa Niles, which interlock with a breathtaking precision. “The Need” overstays its welcome a bit but is otherwise an amusing rewrite of Bowie’s “Cracked Actor.” Numan is never one to shy away from Bowieisms! Like on “The Fury,” Numan ends the program with another ballad. “This Is Love” is just the man and a piano to harmonize with its lyrical vulnerability. This was another winner from his Numa Records label but he would soon surface in a 3 album deal with IRS that paid fewer dividends than this more vibrant work.

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