On August 1st 2005, three Gary Numan albums have been made available on CD, and in stores for the first time. Living Ornaments ’79 and ’81 have previously been available as Mail Order only CD’s and via specialist sources, however, Living Ornaments ’80, gets its first ever release.
Living Ornaments ’80 features songs from Gary Numan’s ‘Teletour’ – the ‘machine-music’ period, when Numan was at the peak of his commercial success. Unfortunately, the multi-tracks for the 1980 show have never been located, and the show that featured on the original vinyl of LO ’80, has never been released in its entirety. Recently, a recording of a complete ‘Teletour’ show – a live reference mix, made by the sound crew – became available, which, with some sonic tweaking, is of release quality.
Living Ornaments ’80 is now a double CD, featuring the original 10 tracks from the vinyl release (newly remastered from the mixing tapes), plus this complete show – giving a total of 29 tracks.
Some reviews of Living Ornaments ’80
“this is a real treat for synth lovers everywhere – the authentic sound of 80s electronic music, and one not to be missed for those who wonder where the dark side of electronic music originated from. So sit back and enjoy a lashing of tuneful, avante garde, synth pop misery – you won’t regret it.”
“The recording lifted from the UK leg effortlessly captured the Numan phenomenon in full flight as Gary and the band powered through turbo charged versions from his exemplary back catalogue to scenes of pure, unadulterated pop hysteria.”