The Human League ‎– Reproduction

Virgin ‎– V2133
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A1 Almost Medieval 4:34
A2 Circus Of Death 3:51
A3 The Path Of Least Resistance 3:27
A4 Blind Youth 3:16
A5 The Word Before Last 3:56
A6 Empire State Human 3:10
B1a Morale...
B1b You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Written-By – Mann*, Weil*, Spector*
B2 Austerity/Girl One (Medley) 6:38
B3 Zero As A Limit 4:01

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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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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, RP) Virgin V2133 UK 1980 Sell This Version


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October 20, 2016
edited about 1 year 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 about 1 year ago
'Reproduction' is a confusing affair of wanting to be strictly synthetic while on the other hand it is desperately grabbing for pop-stardom where there isn't any to reach out for - years later it turned out The Human League (and their split-camp colleagues Heaven 17) finally signed their capitulation to Rock.

The group's debut album is far more avant garde than pop to be sure, still it is a shame 'Empire State Human', 'Blind Youth', or 'The Path of Least Resistance' never charted properly - the history has it The Human League failed massive expectation on their innovation behalf and as such 'Reproduction' is a flop, described by Philip Oakey himself as 'a disaster'.

The album opens with quiet but intimidating clock-like ticking noise, finally to burst out synths at full pace - 'Almost Medieval' is a promising start for an album like this, continuing in similar, even more sinister vein of 'Circus of Death' (the intro features a snippet from one of the group's earlier cassette idents), with creepy lyrics reflecting a brutal horror-scene (think in terms of Pennywise the clown from Stephen King's "It"). 'The Word Before Last' sounds like a nice, soothing sequel to this song, except ending in uncertainty again leaving us to our own devices.

Above-mentioned 'Path', 'Blind Youth' and 'Empire' offer more dancefloor-frendly grooves. Impressively ahead of the time, sadly a commercial failure for all of the reasons there might have been - one of them supposedly blaming The Human League signing a major record deal betraying their punk-ethics resulting in fans' refusal to buy the record.

The lyrics are quite confusing but as far as I could (or could not) understand, most of them are fictious on usual social topics - alienation, self-destruction, egomania...

The album's flipside is submerging even further into obscurity - the opening introduction of 'Morale' betrays another intention of matters emotional; albeit this is a nice attempt, Phil's voice affects it with great deal of pathetic lamentation - the track slides into a cover of The Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' - probably one of the weirdest covers in the world of synth-pop; not that it did them any particular favours - the song itself is an interesting affair of juxtaposing sentimental and demented parts but when it switches to a regular tune it is simply going nowhere. Ironically, this was one of the group's most favourable tracks in this early period. 'Austerity/Girl One (Medley)' is again confusing in lyrics but musically it is given back the dignity on the group's true synthetic territory. Experimental as it avoids to be, the 'medley' offers one of the truest 'techno' templates for years to come. The closing number 'Zero as a Limit' continues in mood-music fashion, less pretentious - sounds like an ideal start of the day, on your way to work, except you shouldn't follow the lyrics for they are not as optimistic. Its ending nerve-wrecking speeding up noise/beat just adds to the flavour, effectively creepy.


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.