The Human League ‎– Reproduction

Virgin ‎– V2133
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Original pressing(s) came with a printed insert with credits on one side and graphics on other.

The Ʊ symbol in the runout info represents the Utopia Studios trademark of a lyre.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side 1 etched / stamped): V-2133-A - 1 DEPEND ON US Ʊ ∴ O
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side 2 etched / stamped): V-2133-B - 1 To you G.H. Ʊ ∴ O

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
477 747-3, 00602547774736 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Virgin, Universal Music Catalogue 477 747-3, 00602547774736 UK 2016 Sell This Version
201 019, 201 019-270 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 201 019, 201 019-270 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
VIL 12133 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin VIL 12133 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
201019 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 201019 France 1979 Sell This Version
V2133 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin V2133 UK 1979 Sell This Version


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October 20, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Oh I wish at some point the producers would release an instrumental version of this lp!!! In fact the first two lps!!...
There are so many interesting electronic sounds to hear that I feel Oakey once again is disrupting the show!..


September 15, 2008

Please note that the original vinyl version of "The Path Of Least Resistance" is quite different to the version released on the remastered CDs. The vocals in the second verse are not distorted as on the remaster, but instead were originally treated with tape echo. The original starts with both the bass synth and lead synth in the intro and there was originally much more reverb in the general mix too. You can quietly hear someone in the studio just before the intro as well, though quite what he is saying I'm not sure.


May 27, 2007
edited 9 months ago
'Reproduction' is a confusing affair of wanting to be strictly synthetic while on the other hand it is desperately grabbing for pop-stardom - years later it turned out The Human League (and their split-camp colleagues Heaven 17) finally signed their capitulation to Rock.

While the group's debut album is definitely more avant garde than pop, it is a shame 'Empire State Human', 'Blind Youth', or 'The Path of Least Resistance' didn't chart properly. The album opens with somewhat suspenseful clock-like ticking noise, the synths kicking in with brute force - 'Almost Medieval' is a great starter, the album continuing in more sinister vein with 'Circus of Death' (the intro features a snippet from one of the group's earlier cassette idents), with creepy lyrics (think in terms of Pennywise the clown from Stephen King's "It"). 'The Word Before Last' deceptively sounds like a soothing sequel to "Circus of Death", yet keeping some of the tension. Above-mentioned 'Path', 'Blind Youth' and 'Empire' are suitably more dancefloor-frendly. The lyrics seem a bit confusing but keeping up with the subject matter of alienation, self-destruction, egomania...

The album's flipside starts with 'Morale', an interesting emotional snippet allowing Phil's voice go psychotic - the track slides into a bizarre cover version of The Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling', lost between the sentimental, the spooky and the tedious. 'Austerity/Girl One (Medley)' arrives back to the group's true synthetic territory, serving as one of the earliest 'techno' templates. The excellent closing number 'Zero as a Limit' again heads towards mood-music - like an ideal start of the day that effectively turns into chaos as the song reaches its abrupt ending.


November 28, 2003
A finely crafted debut by a group widely regarded as an influence both by their contemporaries, and artists today alike.
Featuring the original line-up of Ian Craig-Marsh (Synthesisers) Martyn Ware(Synthesisers & Vocals) Phil Oakey(vocals) and Adrian Wright (Visuals-who's talents were somewhat lost on vinyl , no doubt).
This may be one of the first albums to feature "samples" within the music although you'll have to listen very carefully to hear some of them , but you will be well rewarded for your efforts.
From the jackin the box cacophony of sound which is "Almost Medieval" to the sublime yet delectible "Morale/Youve Lost That Loving Feeling" (which incidentally features the angelic backing vocals of Martyn Ware) to the Tour de force which is "Austerity/Girl One Medley" this provides a flavour of the potential that was at the heart of this grouping.
If more people had bought this album upon its original release it may have changed the course of electronic music sooner than it did. Having listened to this album for over twenty years I still dont tire of it. Lower the lights close the door, your eyes, put on your headphones and listen to this very loud, because you will hear something new , each and every time you play this. If you doubt my word please try it for yourself.