Tubeway Army ‎– Replicas

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Beggars Banquet ‎– BEGA 7
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Recorded at Gooseberry Studios, London. Mixed at Marcus Music AB, London.
Inner sleeve printed with lyrics on one side and photograph with credits on the other side, rounded corners.
Initial copies included a poster.

There is also a variant with label layout differences and square corners on the printed inner, Replicas.

Metalwork mastered by Eddy Gorecki.

℗ 1979 Beggars Banquet.
© 1979 A Beggars Banquet Recording

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): BEGA 7-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): BEGA 7-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 1): EG S2 BEGA-7 A1 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 1): STRAWBERRY S7 BEGA 7-B1 EG7
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 2): EG S21 BEGA-7 A1 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 2): EG STRAWBERRY S15 BEGA 7-B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 3): EG- S-4 BEGA-7 -A1 STRAWBERRY -
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 3): STRAWBERRY S-9 BEGA 7-B1 -EG-
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 4): EG- S—28 BEGA -7 -A1 STRAWBERR.Y.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 4): S-36 BEGA 7-B1 EG- STRAWBERR.Y.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 5): EG S-10 BEGA-7-A1 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 5): EG STRAWBERRY S-63 BEGA-7-B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 6): EG- S-31 STRAWBERRY BEGA-7-A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 6): EG- STRAWBERRY S-8 BEGA 7-B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 7): EG- S–5 BEGA -7 -A1 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 7): S–58 BEGA -7 -B1 EG- STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 8): STRAWBERRY 1 EG- S8b BEGA-7 -A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 8): 2 EG- STRAWBERRY S19p BEGA-7 -B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched/[stamped], variant 9): EG- S-57 BEGA -7 -A1 [STRAWBERRY] [sideways 1]
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched/[stamped], variant 9): S2 BEGA 7-B1 [sideways 2] EG- [STRAWBERRY]
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A [etched], variant 10): EG- S71 BEGA-7-A1 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B [etched], variant 10): S9 BEGA 7-B1 [sideways 2] EG- STRAWBERRY

Other Versions (5 of 75) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
27 892-9, 27892-9, BEGA 7, INT 27 892-9 Tubeway Army Replicas(LP, Album, Club) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet, Intercord, Intercord 27 892-9, 27892-9, BEGA 7, INT 27 892-9 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
BBL 7 Tubeway Army Replicas(LP, Album, RE) Beggars Banquet BBL 7 UK 1988 Sell This Version
870.047 Tubeway Army Replicas(Cass, Album) CNR Records 870.047 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
BBQLP 7 Tubeway Army Replicas(LP, Album, RE, RM) Beggars Banquet BBQLP 7 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BBLC 7 Tubeway Army Replicas(Cass, Album, RE, Whi) Beggars Banquet BBLC 7 UK 1988 Sell This Version

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jazzliscious

jazzliscious

March 31, 2008
edited over 8 years ago

I can't say so much about this release as Crijevo, except that it's Numan plagiarizing in reverse - that is - I get the feeling that he ripped off his own melodies on later releases as just Gary Numan, not The Tubeway Army. I noticed this as I was listening to Track 1, Me, I Disconnect From You, which sounded rather not so distantly similar to his own I Die: You Die. But none of that really matters when an artist rips off himself. My favorite track, and to me the standout on the album, is Are 'Friends' Electric?. The underlying synthesizer really makes the track come alive. Of course I never really could say that Mr. Numan is a standout vocalist, nor is he a great optimist - his lyrics are dark and rather pessimistic, but sometimes that's what makes a project work. Could you imagine any Gary Numan album with bouncy, poppy vocals? Eeeee! That would be terrible!
Crijevo

Crijevo

July 21, 2003
edited 9 months ago
Numan was without doubt what you'd call the synth pin-up, with clever ideas but executed in a safe recipe mode. Although everyone cites 'Replicas' as "electronic", it's guitars, drums and bass that do the work, the synth serving a purpose of mere decoration throughout the album; 'The Machman', 'You Are In My Vision', 'Replicas', "It Must Have Been Years" and 'When the Machines Rock' add to the successive list of synth-rockers - except for the closing piece on the record, the instrumental 'I Nearly Married a Human', a fairly odd and somewhat eerie, distant tune pleasantly echoing the popular work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Of course, the Eno/Bowie/Ultravox! influence is another one hard to shake off - as futuristic as he wanted to be for the year 1979, Numan watched and learned, picking up the pieces and in the process he created his very own character (Malti Kidia's sleeve adds extra volume to the album's appeal), although in the years that followed Numan was slowly losing focus, becoming the exploiter rather than the explorer.

"Replicas" remains a charming record of the times, "hopelessly dated" as Trouserpress once put it, but in that statement there is also something of a charming factor, because "Replicas" was destined to sound exactly that. Rough on the edges, clumsy even, and just as frightening if you're into the album's Ballardian storyline.