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Tubeway Army - Replicas (1979/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Tubeway Army - Replicas (1979/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Tubeway Army
Title: Replicas
Genre: New Wave, Synth Pop, Electronic, Post Punk
Label: © Beggars Banquet Records
Release Date: 1979/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:42:12
Recorded: Gooseberry Studios, London, December 1978 - January 1979

Replicas is the second and final album by British band Tubeway Army, released in 1979. It followed their self-titled debut from the previous year. After this, Tubeway Army frontman Gary Numan would continue to release records under his own name, though the musicians in Tubeway Army would continue to work with him for some time. Replicas was the first album of what Numan later termed the "machine" phase of his career, preceding The Pleasure Principle and Telekon, a collection linked by common themes of a dystopian science fiction future and transmutation of man/machine, coupled with an androgynous image and a synthetic rock sound.

By the release of their second album, Replicas, Gary Numan was the undisputed focal point and leader of icy electro-punkers Tubeway Army. And the move proved to be massively successful back home in the U.K., where both the album and the single "Are 'Friends' Electric?" topped the charts. The band had made a conscious effort to streamline the sound heard on its 1978 self-titled debut -- the distorted guitar riffs were played on Moog synthesizers instead, and Numan had perfected his faux-space-age persona. And the paranoia that is very evident in the lyrics and vocals on Numan's next release, The Pleasure Principle, can be detected on Replicas. Another near-perfect album by the band, highlights are many -- "Me! I Disconnect from You," "The Machman," "You Are in My Vision," and one of the most underrated new wave/synth-driven compositions of the whole era, the chilling ballad "Down in the Park." And out of all the Gary Numan/Beggars Banquet reissues, Replicas contains the strongest bonus tracks, such as never heard outtakes from the recording sessions, including "The Crazies," "Only a Downstat," and the B-side to the original "Are 'Friends' Electric?" single, "We Are So Fragile." --AllMusic Review by Greg Prato

1 Me! I Disconnect From You 3:25
2 Are 'Friends' Electric? 5:23
3 The Machman 3:07
4 Praying To The Aliens 3:58
5 Down In The Park 4:25
6 You Are In My Vision 3:14
7 Replicas 4:59
8 It Must Have Been Years 4:01
9 When The Machines Rock 3:14
10 I Nearly Married A Human 6:28

Gary Numan – keyboards, guitars, vocals, producer, mixing
Paul Gardiner – bass guitar
Jess Lidyard – drums

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