- Vinyl (11 December 2015)
- Original Release Date: 1 March 2016
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: BEGGARS BANQUET
- ASIN: B014VLVRLY
- Customer Reviews: 105 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Gary Numan’s follow-up to the flawless The Pleasure Principle was 1980’s Telekon. Numan experimented with funk for the first time in his career (“Remind Me to Smile”), but there were still plenty of chilling synth excursions to keep the Numan faithful satisfied -- “This Wreckage,” “The Aircrash Bureau,” “I’m an Agent,” and “I Dream of Wires” are all choice cuts. It debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart in September 1980, making it his third consecutive No. 1 album.
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The album was proceeded by two singles “we Are Glass” and “I Die: You Die” that were not included on the original vinyl release, they are included here nad rightly so as they are from the same time period. “This Wreckage” would be the album’s first single and came in for criticism and has been called dour which is totally off the mark and is the perfect album opener with its driving rhythm. The albums standout tracks are the brilliant “I Dream of Wires”, “The Aircrash Bureau” and the surprising upbeat “Remind Me To Smile” & “I’m An agent”.
This version includes 5 bonus tracks, 3 of which are instrumentals. Again Steve Malins writes the album notes. Clear to read lyrics are included as well as the original harder to read lyrics. Even though “Telekon” is not as well known as “The Pleasure Principle” it is in many ways better and more diverse. The more times you listen to this album the more you hear and will want to keep coming back to it.
As for the bonus tracks, they are sublime. I will not tell you what they are because it will spoil the surprise.
4 stars is my opinion off the music.
A must have for numan fans.
Always was his best album.
Shame he was so underrated.
But he has stood the test of time, and is still making music.
So much for the critics.. Ah!.