The Pleasure Principle is the debut solo studio album by English musician Gary Numan. Released about six months after Replicas (1979), the second album with his band Tubeway Army, The Pleasure Principle peaked at number 1 in the United Kingdom. The Pleasure Principle has been described as featuring synth-pop and new wave throughout. Numan completely abandoned electric guitar on the album.
chart-topping Are Friends Electric, he had enough clout to convince his label (Beggar’s Banquet) to allow him to go with a solo identity. This album was a departure from the more guitar-based punk of Gary’s first two albums: Tubeway Army and Replicas. I wanted to experiment by making an album without guitars; I wanted to make a purely electronic album
The Pleasure Principle is also one of the first Gary Numan albums to feature true ensemble playing, especially heard within the airtight, killer groove of "Metal" (one of Numan's all-time best tracks). Starting things off with the atmospheric instrumental "Airlane," the quality of the songs gets stronger and stronger as the album progresses - "Films," ". " "Observer," "Conversation," the aforementioned "Cars," and the . Top Ten hit "Complex" all show Numan in top form
Band Name Gary Numan. Album Name The Pleasure Principle. Released date September 1979. Labels Atco Beggars Banquet. Members owning this album7. Re-Issue in 1998 by Beggars Banquet with seven bonustracks.
Gary Numan's third album, The Pleasure Principle, was not only the most influential synth-pop album this side of the Kraftwerk discography, it was also one of the key albums of the entire new wave era. While Numan found fame in the . with his first two releases, this was the one that broke him on the other side of the Atlantic. Numan played some guitar on the earlier albums, but here he switches to strictly synths. Crucially, he retained his bassist and drummer instead of going all electronic, lending a visceral rock feel to his sound
Band Name Gary Numan. Wydawcy Intercord Tonträger Beggars Banquet. Zarejestrowanych posiada ten album2.
- Recorded At – Marcus Recording Studios
- Mastered At – Strawberry Mastering
- Bass – Paul Gardiner
- Drums, Percussion – Cedric Sharpley*
- Engineer, Mixed By – Harvey Webb, Rikki Sylvan
- Keyboards, Viola – Christopher Payne*
- Mastered By – Julian Mills, Melvyn Abrahams
- Producer – Gary Numan
- Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion [Synthetic] – Gary Numan
- Written-By – Gary Numan
NotesReleased in a green monochromatic sleeve of the actual release.
Track A3 is miss-titled as "Compley" on the label.
Track A5 is miss-titled as "M. E" on the label.
Track B2 is miss-titled as "O serer" on the label.
A nearly identical version with a monochromatic orange sleeve also exists.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Side A [Etched]): ST-C-794395B
- Matrix / Runout (Side B [Etched]): ST-C 794396B-
|BEGA 10||Gary Numan||The Pleasure Principle (LP, Album)||Beggars Banquet||BEGA 10||UK||1979|
|208784, Bega 10||Gary Numan||El Principio De Placer (LP, Album, Promo)||WEA, WEA||208784, Bega 10||Argentina||1979|
|TECI-24260||Gary Numan||The Pleasure Principle (CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM)||Imperial Records , Beggars Banquet||TECI-24260||Japan||2004|
|ATL 50 646||Gary Numan||The Pleasure Principle (LP, Album)||Atlantic||ATL 50 646||France||1979|
|BBLC 10||Gary Numan||The Pleasure Principle (Cass, Album, RE, Tra)||Beggars Banquet||BBLC 10||UK||1988|