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Gary NumanThe Pleasure Principle

Label:Beggars Banquet – BEGA 10, Beggars Banquet – K 50646
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Synth-pop, New Wave

Tracklist

A1Airlane3:18
A2Metal3:33
A3Complex3:14
A4Films4:09
A5M.E.5:37
B1Tracks
Violin [Fadeout Violin]Billy Currie
2:52
B2Observer2:53
B3Conversation
Backing VocalsGarry Robson
Violin [Fadeout Violin]Billy Currie
7:38
B4Cars3:53
B5Engineers4:00
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Notes

Comes with a printed inner sleeve (rounded corners) containing album lyrics on one side and band picture on the other.

℗ 1979 Beggars Banquet.
© 1979 A Beggars Banquet Recording.
All songs © 1979

Distributed by WEA Records Ltd. A Warner Communications Company.

All titles:- Beggars Banquet / Andrew Heath Music Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): BEGA 10 A*
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): BEGA 10 B*
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 1): BEGA 10 A1 -eg -STRAWBERRY- H.W. S-58
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 1): BEGA 10 B1 H.W. -eg -STRAWBERRY- S-46
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 2): BEGA 10 A1 EG -STRAWBERRY- H.W. 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 2): BEGA 10 B1 H.W. EG -STRAWBERRY- 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 3): BEGA 10 A1 EG STRAWBERRY H.W. S-34
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 3): BEGA 10 B1 H.W. EG S-31 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 4): BEGA 10 A1 EG STRAWBERRY H.W. W-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 4): BEGA 10 B1 H.W. EG STRAWBERRY S-27
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 5): BEGA 10 A1 1 EG STRAWBERRY. H.W. S-38
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 5): BEGA 10 B H.W.1 S-37 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 6): BEGA 10 A1 -EG .STRAWBERRY. H.W. S-52
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 6): BEGA 10 B1 H.W. -EG S-58 .STRAWBERRY.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 7): BEGA 10 A1 S-87 -EG .STRAWBERRY. H.W.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 7): BEGA 10 B1 H.W. -EG .STRAWBERRY. S-85
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 8): BEGA 10 A1 S-2 -EG .STRAWBERRY. H.W.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 8): BEGA 10 B1 H.W. -EG .STRAWBERRY. S-5 HARTLEY
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 9): BEGA 10 A1 EG .STRAWBERRY. H.W. S-23
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 9): BEGA 10 B1 H.W. -EG .STRAWBERRY. S-14
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 10): BEGA 10 A1 EG .STRAWBERRY. H.W. S-73
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 10): BEGA 10 B1 H.W. 1EG .STRAWBERRY. S-78
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 11): BEGA 10 A1 EG .STRAWBERRY. H.W. S-23
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 11): BEGA 10 B1 H.W. EG S-27 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 12): BEGA 10 A1 -eg -STRAWBERRY- H.W. S-6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 12): BEGA 10 B HW EG 5 STRAWBERRY S-16

Other Versions (5 of 94)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Pleasure Principle (LP, Album, Stereo)Beggars BanquetINT 146.522Germany1979
The Pleasure Principle (LP, Album, Stereo, SP - Specialty Pressing)ATCO Records, Beggars BanquetSD 38-120US1979
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The Pleasure Principle (LP, Album, Stereo)Beggars Banquet660.049Netherlands1979
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The Pleasure Principle (Cassette, Album, Blue Text)Beggars BanquetBEGC 10UK1979
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The Pleasure Principle (LP, Album, Stereo)AtlanticATL 50 646France1979

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Reviews

  • psychbookman's avatar
    psychbookman
    This is an incredible album, and this first UK pressing is top rate. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to discover this - for far too long saw Numan as a one-hit wonder for "Cars" - this album (and recently picking up "Replicas") has opened my eyes. There is a driving, dystopian feel to many of these songs, which in in its own electronic way, has echoes of Black Sabbath, as crazy as that sounds. Agree with others...a must-buy.
    • ashurbannipal's avatar
      ashurbannipal
      Picked up a VG+ copy today, what a great album and listen. Anyone interested in Electronic music should own a copy of this. Enjoy.
      • TerraTactics's avatar
        TerraTactics
        Picked this up today, but my copy doesn't appear to match with any of the listed runout variants...

        Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): BEGA 10 A1 -eg -STRAWBERRY- H.W. S-50
        Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): BEGA 10 B1 H.W. -eg -STRAWBERRY- S-43
        • That-Retro-Person's avatar
          Grabbed this for £8 odd today and am thrilled I did. Bloody fantastic. Mine’s a tidy EX, very happy for the price.
          • DJEZLOU's avatar
            DJEZLOU
            I bought my copy in 1981. Listening today and it's amazing. Perfect Numan.
            • RSPievaitis's avatar
              RSPievaitis
              Absolute classic record. Bought mine the very first day it came and is variant 6 above.
              I cannot believe the lukewarm reviews here. Talk of repetition is a little odd. Do not Sabbath''s guitar riffs repeat ad infinitum ?!?! Yet nobody moans about them ! It's a fact of riff based music people ! Tribal and even acoustic folk music repeats very very much. So what !?!?
              All the songs on this album are perfectly placed for the mood that is created here. No filler, no padding. A prime example of early synth rock.
              • curtorzabal81's avatar
                curtorzabal81
                Gone through three pressings of this record, bad distortion throughout, especially on Complex, Films and M.E. Bad enough that I've barely bothered listening to side 2, just pack it up and send it back. Just an unlucky album for me I think
                • tomscotland's avatar
                  tomscotland
                  If anyone has a spare inner sleeve for any uk/euro early press please message me. Thanks.
                  • meltdog's avatar
                    meltdog
                    Edited 4 years ago
                    M.E. What a tune.......haunting sounds that are warm and inviting....Combined with lyrics that paint a dystopian future, You cant go wrong
                    • Spatzo's avatar
                      Spatzo
                      I remember like it was yesterday when this album came out. I was 15 and heard it at our local record shop and immediately bought it on cassette. My dad had just installed an aftermarket pioneer head unit, pioneer speakers + a small amp in our new 79 Honda accord. Just blown away at how loud I could crank up this tape. Recently bought a really good condition original lp, and once again I'm blown away with it. The mastering on the original is just fantastic!

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