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Living Ornaments 79
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, New Age, Pop, Rock
1998 two-on-one reissue from Beggars Banquet featuring 21 tracks recorded live on September 28, 1979 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. Includes 'Every Day I Die', 'Cars', 'Down In The Park', 'Me! I Disconnect From You', ... more »
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1998 two-on-one reissue from Beggars Banquet featuring 21 tracks recorded live on September 28, 1979 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. Includes 'Every Day I Die', 'Cars', 'Down In The Park', 'Me! I Disconnect From You', 'Are 'Friends' Electric?' and 'Every Day I Die'. Double slimline jewel case.
For me, the ultimate Gary Numan CD
Paul Allaer | Cincinnati | 03/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The reason this is the ultimate Gary Numan DC for me, is because I was at the concert: September 28, 1979, Hammersmith Odeon, London. I was a 19 yr. old kid then, hanging out in London for a few days with my best friend, as we did every year because London was the ultimate for us then. We couldn't believe our luck when we saw Gary Numan was playing the famed Hammersmith Odeon. We decided to check it out, of course it was sold out, but we managed to scalp to 2 tickets in the nose-bleed scetion. We didn't care. We were there! (Incidentally, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark was the opener, before they hit it big.)When Numan hit the stage, we saw a never-to-be-forgotten stage spectacle (check out the CD cover pic to get an idea). Bombastic was the word! Numan was at the peak of his popularity, touring behind "The Pleasure Principle" that hit Number 1 in England.I had the "Living Ornaments 79" album on vinyl, and it's amazing to me it's still around after all these years, and available on CD. (Beware, stay away from the companion album "Living Ornaments 81" which is compared to this a mediocre live album.) All the fans' choice cuts are here in their glory: "Cars" of course (which I've always found to be one of the weakest tracks on "The Pleasure Principle"), the sweeping "Conversation", as well as "Are 'Friends' Electric?"and many others. The best tracks, however, are "Bombers" and the cover "On Broadway" which Numan reworks after the familiar lines and truly soars.It's been 22 years, but Numan's music as captured on this CD has aged very well. If you like Numan, you'll find him at his peak here. Buy it!"
NORDOX (http://www.mp3.com/nordox) | London | 01/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I do not have words to describe just how important this album is. This is the first electronic album I bought, (my parents bought the JM Jarre albums before). I bought it second hand for 8 pounds, why is it 25 pounds on the site? I first heard the song Cars, in a Carling commercial for the NBC channel in Britain. I was watching NBC about 8 - 9 years ago? on a Sunday, and BAM! You hear this loud breathing synth sweep pad, and then the drums roll in, and the synths and guitars start playing. (Gary doesn't sing). I said whats this, this is amazing!. It took me another 6 years to find out what the song was called and who it was, via top of the pops 2. When I saw him, I said this is it I must buy this. I went to Reckless records in London, and asked if they had anything by Gary Numan, they had 2 CDs, I naturally chose the one with Cars, that was the only one I knew, and the only one I thought I would like. I was wrong, I got back home and quickly put it on, I could feel the energy of Gary as this was a live Album recorded in London. Most songs on this CD were very good, and I first discovered the combination of violin and synths via Billy Curry (Ultravox). ( this influenced me to use a synth violin for Moonlight on my album Kulture). This album is basically the live version of Replicas and The Pleasure Principal. But its amazing, I bought another 2 of his albums, and from there I discovered John Foxx, The Human League, Ultravox, Visage and many more."
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TM77 | nj, usa | 11/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Living Ornaments is an amazing recording. It's good to see Beggar's Banquet has reissued the entire concert.
This was Gary Numan's first tour and he wanted to make a big impression and he succeeded, musically and visually. Numan certainly proved the synthesizer was an incredibly powerful instrument if desired. I can easily imagine the floor of the Hammersmith Odeon vibrating to the opening notes of 'Conversation', 'M.E.' and of course 'Down In The Park'. The band play brilliantly. Drummer Cedric Sharpley and bassist Paul Gardiner made a great rhythm section. A good deal of the songs feature the signature synthesizer solos from Ultravox member Billy Currie who toured with Numan on the European half of the tour. One of the best synth solos I've ever heard is on the song On Broadway (the old R&B classic). Even though Numan's voice was emotionless on his studio albums, one can detect a bit more emotion in the vocals on Living Ornaments.
The visual impression Numan made you can get an idea from the cd cover. Two keyboard players on platforms, 20 foot high pillars of lights that looked as they were rotating and a huge pyramid of light over the drummer. The concert was filmed and released on video under the name Living Principle. It would be great if Beggars Banquet were to rerelease the concert video on DVD. There are bootleg versions available and well worth seeking out."