Remastered reissue of 1983 album with expanded artwork and 7 bonustracks.
For 1983's 'Warriors' Gary Numan underwent another musical and image reconstruction.
The rhythmic drive from the powerful drums was erradicated:
either lowered in the mix or completely removed in some cases. In addition,
female vocals were added, guitars were reintroduced in the form of undeniable
wishy washiness and saxophone was more prominent. Perhaps this was partially
to blame on the production by Bill Nelson (A Flock of Seagulls, Be Bop Deluxe,
David Sylvian), but even the lyrics reflected a young Numan (only 25 at the
time) who was already jaded and cynical, now probably near the point of exhaustion
after eight successful albums in the course of five years. On earlier albums,
Numan would assume a fantasy persona, the subjects of the songs on 'Warriors'
sound more like they're from a man who's been completely trapped, caged, and
is not in control of his own world. This can be seen from some of the first
few minutes of the album as the first words out of Gary's mouth are "I
fall down, no control somehow, no help now, my favour slides." It's unsurprising
that in his own life, he was going through a number of struggles and by the
end of the year, he had severed ties with his record label. Mastered from the
original tapes, the reissue of this disc features all the B-sides from 1983,
along with a single version of "Sister Surprise," and the full-length
version of "Warriors," along with the previously unreleased, "Nameless
and Forgotten," a fate he seemed to have been sealing with this record.
Influences / Similar Artists:
Icehouse, Krafwerk, David Bowie, Japan, Simple Minds, Roxy Music