The Human League ‎– Reproduction

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V2133 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin V2133 UK 1979 Sell This Version
VIK 712133 The Human League Reproduction(Cass, Album) Virgin VIK 712133 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
TCV2133 The Human League Reproduction(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV2133 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
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TCV 2133 The Human League Reproduction(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV 2133 UK 1979 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
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V2133 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin V2133 UK 1979 Sell This Version
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200 966, 200966 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 200 966, 200966 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
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201 019, 201 019-270 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 201 019, 201 019-270 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
V2133 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin V2133 UK 1979 Sell This Version
V-2133 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin V-2133 Scandinavia 1979 Sell This Version
VV-33.032 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin VV-33.032 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
201019 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 201019 France 1979 Sell This Version
VIP-6944 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin VIP-6944 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
2473 788, V2133 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2473 788, V2133 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
VIP-6944 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin VIP-6944 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
V2133 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, RP) Virgin V2133 UK 1980 Sell This Version
IMD7998 The Human League Reproduction(Cass, Album, Unofficial) IMD (2) IMD7998 Saudi Arabia 1981 Sell This Version
V2133 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Virgin V2133 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
V2133 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, RE) Virgin V2133 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
D-401.019 The Human League Reproduction(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin D-401.019 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
I-201019, I-201.019 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin I-201019, I-201.019 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
LPBS-1057 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Beta Record C.A. LPBS-1057 Venezuela 1982 Sell This Version
201 019, 201 019-270 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 201 019, 201 019-270 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
201 019, 201 019-610 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, RP) Virgin, Virgin 201 019, 201 019-610 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
7 90881-4 The Human League Reproduction(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin 7 90881-4 US 1988 Sell This Version
OVED 114 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, RE) Virgin OVED 114 UK 1988 Sell This Version
7 90881-1, 90881-1 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin 7 90881-1, 90881-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
OVED 114 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, RE) Virgin OVED 114 UK 1988 Sell This Version
OVED 114 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, RE) Virgin OVED 114 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
CDV 2133 The Human League Reproduction(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Virgin CDV 2133 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDV 2133 The Human League Reproduction(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Virgin CDV 2133 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDV2133, CDV 2133, 0777 7 87300 2 6 The Human League Reproduction(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin CDV2133, CDV 2133, 0777 7 87300 2 6 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
VJCP-2316 The Human League Reproduction(CD, Album, RE) Virgin VJCP-2316 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
CDVIP 231, 7243 8 47022 2 9 The Human League Reproduction(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDVIP 231, 7243 8 47022 2 9 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDVR2133, 7243 580165 29 The Human League Reproduction(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin CDVR2133, 7243 580165 29 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
CDVR2133, 7243 580165 29 The Human League Reproduction(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin CDVR2133, 7243 580165 29 UK 2003 Sell This Version
CAR80165, 7243 580165 29 The Human League Reproduction(CD, Album, RM) Caroline Records, Caroline Records CAR80165, 7243 580165 29 US 2003 Sell This Version
COE42 The Human League Reproduction(CD, Album, Unofficial) COE Records (2) COE42 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
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
00602547774736 The Human League Reproduction(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP, 180) Universal Music Catalogue 00602547774736 UK 2016 Sell This Version
UICY-78478, V2133 The Human League Reproduction(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM, Pap) Virgin, Virgin UICY-78478, V2133 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
CDV2133, CDV 2133, 0777 7 87300 2 6 The Human League Reproduction(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin CDV2133, CDV 2133, 0777 7 87300 2 6 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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DOCTOR_DIATRIBE23

DOCTOR_DIATRIBE23

October 20, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Reproduction, LP, Album, V2133
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!..
Crijevo

Crijevo

July 23, 2012
referencing Reproduction, CD, Album, RE, CDV2133, CDV 2133, 0777 7 87300 2 6
Please note, there are tiny differences in contents of this CD to the original LP release, as well as some clumsy "errors" - both, technical and graphic. "The Word Before Last" is misprinted on the rear sleeve, "The Path Of Least Resistance" is presented in somewhat different mix (or re-mix if you like) plus the Fast Version of "Circus Of Death" omits the tape loop at the very tail end of that version ("I wonder if there's some true life out there... who cares?"). "Being Boiled" on the other hand is very probably NOT the "original" Fast version - on this CD it is presented in simulated stereo (while the original 7" release features it in mono), which, of course, is by no means a bad thing. Sounds amazingly sharp and is without reverb (as featured on the later, 1980 + 1982 re-releases).

Otherwise a nice collection, bringing together the album plus its related material, released up to that period.
futureimage

futureimage

September 15, 2008
referencing Reproduction, LP, Album, V2133

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.
Crijevo

Crijevo

May 27, 2007
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Reproduction, LP, Album, V2133
'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.
Futurist-Romantic

Futurist-Romantic

November 28, 2003
referencing Reproduction, LP, Album, V2133
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.
Morb666

Morb666

August 21, 2003
referencing Reproduction, CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM, CDVR2133, 7243 580165 29

Back when I was about 13 I borrowed a copy of this LP from my local library.....and Ive never looked back. My boundless enthusiasm for electronic music, my desire to become a musician, my love of synthesisers, my open minded approach to music are all thanks to this record!!

The combination of surreal lyrics, sung in a baritone northern accent, together with purely electronic sounds (something the League used to pride themselves on) was a complete revelation...this really was the future of music. There were pop sensibilities at work here but hidden under an inhuman other worldly facade...they even manage to make "You've lost that loving feeling" sound like you have stumbled upon some strange radio transmission from another dimension. Even the more straightforward tracks such as "Empire state human" take on a slightly uncomfortable edge, with Oakeys bizzare lyrics and the creepiness of "Circus of death" still sends shivers down my spine 20 years later.
If your only exposure to The Human League has been from the "Dare" era onwards then I cannot urge you enough to grab a copy of this Album (and the follow up "Travelogue") without a doubt two of the most influential albums of all time. Together with Kraftwerk, The Human League showed that a "Band" did not have to consist of Drums, Guitar, Bass and opened the door for a whole new generation of electronic musicians.