Gary Numan ‎– The Pleasure Principle

Beggars Banquet ‎– BBL 10 CD
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Nimbus

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Airlane 3:17
2 Metal 3:33
3 Complex 3:13
4 Films 4:10
5 M.E. 5:38
6 Tracks
Violin [Fadeout Violin] – Billy Currie
7 Observer 2:54
8 Conversation
Backing Vocals – Garry RobsonViolin [Fadeout Violin] – Billy Currie
9 Cars 3:59
10 Engineers 4:02
11 Random 3:50
12 Oceans 3:04
13 Asylum 2:32
14 Me! I Disconnect From You (Live) 3:07
15 Bombers (Live) 5:47
16 Remember I Was Vapour (Live) 4:47
17 On Broadway (Live)
Written-By – Mann*, Weill*, Lieber*, Stoller*

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℗ 1979 Beggars Banquet.

Original vinyl LP was released in 1979.
Recorded at Marcus Music AB, London.
Originally mastered at Strawberry.
Digitally Remastered at Loud, 1998 from original studio analogue tapes.

Tracks 14-17 were recorded live on the Touring Principle tour at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on 28th September 1979 and did not feature in the original album.

Published by Beggars Banquet Music Ltd. / Momentum Music Ltd. except (16) Numan Music Ltd. (17) Screen Gems / EMI Music.

Packaged in a standard jewel case with a clear tray. 16 page booklet with lyrics.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 6 07618 00102 5
  • Barcode (Scanned): 607618001025
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): C9911 BBL 10 CD
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): C9911 BBL 10 CD : 1:0
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): C9911 BBL 10 CD : 1:1 [Nimbus Logo]
  • Mastering SID Code (All Variants): IFPI L123
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 2340
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi 2317
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): ifpi 2321

Other Versions (5 of 76) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BEGA 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet BEGA 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
208784, Bega 10 Gary Numan El Principio De Placer(LP, Album, Promo) WEA, WEA 208784, Bega 10 Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
BBL 10 CD Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 CD US 1998 Sell This Version
TECI-24260 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Imperial Records (13), Beggars Banquet TECI-24260 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
Life 86 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, Unofficial) Live Studio 54 Life 86 UK Unknown Sell This Version


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January 30, 2008
edited over 6 years ago
On his third real album in sequence, Numan eschews guitars completely and that gives this release a monochromatic coloration. The peppy instro “Airlane” starts things off well enough but the plodding mid-tempos of the rest of the tracks seriously sap the energy level here with their bland sameness. Then “Conversation” hits and all bets are off. Extending the previous song format for a long six minutes just about puts me past the breaking point!

The sole US hit single “Cars” then came as a breath of fresh air – 28 years ago, but let’s admit it. This catchy song even back in the day was a good 30 seconds too long and by now you’ve heard it enough to never have to hear it again. Then “Engineers” hits its groove and brings the album to a passable end. The bonus tracks provide some juice. “Random” is based on the random waveform generator on a Moog synthesizer and works well enough. The most intriguing track here is his cover of “On Broadway” from “Living Ornaments ’79.” It features a massively co-opted Billy (Ultravox) Currie on viola solo in between Ultravox mark I hitting the skids and Mark II's phoenix-like ascendancy which saw them displacing their clone Numan on the charts for a good four years - a rare example of pure karma.

This album, for its lack of variety in arrangement and tempo, is a simply chore to listen to. He’s done worse, for sure, but this was an early indication that it would not be all skittles & beer with Mr. Numan. All of that optimism and goodwill from “Replicas” starts to ebb here.
For more ruminations on the Fresh New Sound Of Yesterday