Gary Numan’s fifth album, 1981’s Dance, gets a much-needed reissue. After squishing the original 50 minute album onto one LP, compromising the sound of the recording, it now gets room to breathe over three sides of vinyl, with a fourth side being filled with singles from the era. Numan’s famed electro-pop gave way to some jazzier stuff as he introduced saxophones to the album. Guests include Mick Karn from Japan and Roger Taylor from Queen. Purple vinyl 2LP on Beggars Banquet
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- BBQLP2146 / 2LP reissue on Beggars Banquet. Tracks have been mastered over three sides for improved fidelity and the fourth side contains relevant singles, B-sides and an out-take. Purple vinyl in an adapted, colour-corrected gatefold jacket
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10/10 Jason Horley Customer review, 23rd January 2018
The original release of Dance got mixed reviews from critics and fans, especially after his previous releases "Telekon" and "The Pleasure Principal". People were expecting more of the same. Admittedly those previous albums were great, and this album did take Numan's sound in a slightly different direction. You probably already know that ex Japan member Mick Karn was involved, plus other musicians, and the title "Dance" is perhaps a bit misleading, as it's not a fast paced "dancey" album. But what we get is excellent! In general the tracks are longer than usual, they're more atmospheric, and grow on you over time.
The CD release had extra tracks added, and so it's great that this vinyl re-issue has those tracks included. For me "Stormtrooper In Drag" is one of the stand out songs that has been included.
I've been a Numan fan since the 80s, and still follow him to this day with his new releases. "Dance" is one of my favourite albums by him, and it holds up really well all these years later, so definitely check this vinyl release out.
6/10 Philip Customer review, 17th January 2018
Released in 1981 when he could sell-out Wembley Arena three nights in a row, Numan's Dance should have been the album to re-establish his reputation as the master of the three minute synth rock banger. Instead he holed up in the studio with some pals and session musicians, brooding on his downward trajectory, incensed by the media - and came up with this oddity, perhaps the most undanceable record of the year. It didn't go down well at the time, but it's aged well, the drawn-out atmospherics on side one a nod to the more experimental synth artists of the time, most obviously Eno. Numan had also got his hands on a Lindrum and used it to good effect, not overdoing it, just a metallic percussive backdrop clicking in and out. Dance progresses to more conventional territory, but includes the terrific single, She's Got Claws, certainly the strangest top-ten hit of the time. The other thing is the creepy oppressiveness of the production, like the weight of the world is pressing through the studio walls. He was a beleagured and angry pop star, and it shows.
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