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RETURN TO A SYNTH-CLASSIC: GARY NUMAN'S "CARS"

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2007 09:30am | Post a Comment
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Gary Numan
's 1979 gloomy & seductive synth-pop hit single "Cars" ( from the album The Pleasure Principle), which was a  big hit both in his native United Kingdom upon its release and the following year in the States, is one of those classic songs that just never seems to age and always manages to sound as fresh and engaging as the first time you heard it.   When Numan arrived on the charts, even though he was obviously derivative of Bowie and others, including T-Rex's Marc Bolan, it didn't really matter because he was so good at what he did. And he put his own unique stamp on things right down to the instrumentation -- the synth sound was a Polymoog. With "Cars," Numan became synthesizer pop's first big star. (Human League's "Don't You Want Me" wouldn't be released until a two full years later). In fact, so great a hit was "Cars" for Numan that it had an adverse effect by overshadowing everything he's done since then -- even his other number one hit "Are 'Friends' Electric?" and the album it came from, Replicas. Below check out the lyrics and the video for the song "Cars," which went on to become a hit again in both 1987 and 1996:


"CARS"

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars

Here in my car
I can only receive
I can listen to you
It keeps me stable for days
In cars

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Beyond Dream's Door

Posted by phil blankenship, September 2, 2007 08:46pm | Post a Comment
 



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49 square inches of something again

Posted by Whitmore, September 2, 2007 12:15pm | Post a Comment

“This is in no sense a  stunt record. Let the record speak for itself.”


Says that right here on the back. Of course the record starts with the sound of a train, moving from left speaker to right.


“In spite of the high
degree of perfection
reached hitherto in the art of commercial disc recording, especially
since the advent of the long-playing record, the  monaural or one-channel system has certain limitations. The listener is deprived of any real sense of perspective in the sound.”

But wait, there is something astonishingly beautiful and perfect about some monaural mixes: and that beauty is called “clarity.”  To my weary, tinnitus-filled ears, the mono mix of the Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle is perfection, even in headphones. There’s separation. The piano, the organ, the harpsichord, the guitars, drums, the vocals, the reverb … it’s all there sounding just about what you would like these things to sound like, without the sugar-coated, frosty-haze of full frequency stereophonic sound creeping into your left and right ears, ping-ponging one at a time!  Another great psyche classic, Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn also benefits from a mono mix,  as it was originally released in mono. There is something distracting about the gamesmanship of  “The Piper” stereo mix. That’s right … the gamesmanship.


Coincidentally, (then again, like I’ve written here before,
there are no coincidences …) according to the Pink Floyd
official website, the 40th anniversary edition will be
released on September 4th, 2007, as both a two CD set
and a three CD box set and with both the stereo and mono
versions. Unfortunately The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
has been “newly re-mastered.”

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Blood Tracks

Posted by phil blankenship, September 2, 2007 12:30am | Post a Comment
 



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After Midnight

Posted by phil blankenship, September 1, 2007 08:31pm | Post a Comment
 



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