Living Ornaments '79

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
One of the downsides of the new romantic movement is that its groups tended to be more exciting in a video or in the studio than they were in the live arena. One of the rare exceptions to this rule was Gary Numan, a performer whose canny blend of synthesizer textures and conventional rock band instrumentation allowed his music to translate itself to a live format with ease. As a result, he was a popular concert attraction in his native England and listeners can get a good idea of his live skills with Living Ornaments '79. This album, the full set from a September 1979 performance at the Hammersmith Odeon, finds Numan taking a generous selection of tunes from all his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
One of the downsides of the new romantic movement is that its groups tended to be more exciting in a video or in the studio than they were in the live arena. One of the rare exceptions to this rule was Gary Numan, a performer whose canny blend of synthesizer textures and conventional rock band instrumentation allowed his music to translate itself to a live format with ease. As a result, he was a popular concert attraction in his native England and listeners can get a good idea of his live skills with Living Ornaments '79. This album, the full set from a September 1979 performance at the Hammersmith Odeon, finds Numan taking a generous selection of tunes from all his albums up to that point and delivering them with a carefully controlled mixture of style and power. Many of the songs are much more energetic than their studio counterparts: the muscular rhythm guitar riffs that propel "Something's in the House" take on a new power in the live arena, and "Me I Disconnect From You" runs twice as fast as its studio incarnation. Other songs on Living Ornaments '79 benefit from new arrangements; the most notable transformation in this area is "Bombers," which is transformed from the fast, guitar-based punk-pop of its studio version into an atmospheric, ballad-paced track where spacy synthesizers replace the guitar riffs. Numan also turns in a surprisingly effective cover of "On Broadway" that culminates in an unexpected, electic violin solo. The remainder of the tracks continue in the same vein as these highlights, effectively mixing live energy with the icy electronic affectations that make Numan's studio classics so interesting. In short, Living Ornaments '79 is a solid live document of Gary Numan in his hitmaking prime and a worthwhile supplement to his studio work for fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Beggars Banquet Intl
  • UPC: 607618015527
  • Catalog Number: 155

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (2:32)
  2. 2 Airlane (3:07)
  3. 3 Me! I Disconnect from You (3:02)
  4. 4 Cars (3:25)
  5. 5 M.E. (4:42)
  6. 6 You Are in My Vision (3:11)
  7. 7 Somethings in the House (3:55)
  8. 8 Random (3:38)
  9. 9 Everyday I Die (3:36)
  10. 10 Conversation (7:51)
  11. 11 We Are So Fragile (2:46)
  12. 12 Down in the Park
  13. 13 Remind Me to Smile
  14. 14 The Joy Circuit
  15. 15 Tracks
  16. 16 Are 'Friends' Electric?
  17. 17 We Are Glass
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bombers (5:30)
  2. 2 Remember I Was Vapour (4:51)
  3. 3 On Broadway (4:38)
  4. 4 The Dream Police (4:19)
  5. 5 Films (3:49)
  6. 6 Metal (3:25)
  7. 7 Down in the Park (5:38)
  8. 8 My Shadow in Vain (2:34)
  9. 9 Are 'Friends' Electric? (5:33)
  10. 10 Tracks (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Numan Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Russell Bell Guitar, Vocals
Paul Gardiner Bass
Roger Mason Synthesizer
Christopher Payne Keyboards, Viola
Cedric Sharpley Drums
Technical Credits
Gary Numan Producer
Billy Currie Contributor
Russell Bell Contributor
Christopher Payne Contributor
Tim Summerhayes Engineer
Paul Gardner Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    gary numans best live show

    this is one of the most spectacular concert that the artist has shown in the early years. many songs are as well on this classic numan live album wich is sounding better then ever before i can recommend it to anyone.

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