Gary Numan ‎– The Pleasure Principle: The First Recordings - New 2LP Record 2019 Orange Colored Vinyl - New Wave / Synth-Pop

Gary Numan ‎– The Pleasure Principle: The First Recordings - New 2LP Record 2019 Orange Colored Vinyl - New Wave / Synth-Pop

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Even before the single “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” was released, Numan had recruited a permanent drummer and keyboard player and demoed an album’s worth of new material between April 9-12, 1979 at Freerange Studio in London’s Covent Garden. This was supplemented by a second session, probably the following June, that yielded four further songs and two re-recordings. Following the hectic schedule of promoting “AFE?”, Numan recorded a new session for John Peel the day after the single hit #1 on the UK charts. Rather than record as Tubeway Army, the session was credited to Gary Numan and the group name abandoned at the peak of it’s success. As before, rather than promote the current album, Numan chose to record four new songs. While the album Replicas hit #1, Numan was busy recording a follow up in Marcus Music Studio. From the surviving tapes there are six mixes marked as out-takes and these have been included in the CD package. The discs have been sequenced with the stronger, second Freerange demo preceding the first session but all tracks are in the order of the tapes.

Gary Numan ‎– The Pleasure Principle: The First Recordings

Label: Beggars Banquet ‎– BBQ2158LP
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Orange
Country: Europe
Released: 11 Oct 2019
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop


A1 Cars (Demo Version 2)
A2 Films (Demo Version)
A3 Complex (Demo Version)
A4 Random (Remastered 2009)
A5 M.E. (Demo Version)
B1 Conversation (Demo Version 2)
B2 Tracks (Demo Version)
B3 Cars (Demo Version 1)
B4 Metal (Demo Version)
B5 Airline (Demo Version)
C1 Trois Gymnopédies No. 1 (Demo Version)
C2 Observer (Demo Version)
C3 Conversation (Demo Version 1)
C4 Engineers (Demo Version)
C5 Asylum (Remastered 2009)
C6 Oceans (Remastered 2009)
C7 Photograph (Remastered 2009)
D1 Airplane (BBC Peel Session)
D2 Cars (BBC Peel Session)
D3 Films (BBC Peel Session)
D4 Conversation (BBC Peel Session)

Companies, etc.

  • Mastered At – Loud Mastering
  • Recorded At – Freerange Recording
  • Recorded At – Maida Vale Studios


  • Art Direction, Design – Michael Speed
  • Lead Vocals – Gary Numan
  • Mastered By – Jason Mitchell
  • Producer – Gary Numan


40th Anniversary Edition.

Demos. Early Versions. Outtakes. BBC Session Tracks. Two previously unreleased tracks.

Orange vinyl. Cut out sleeve.