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Reproduction is the title of the first studio album recorded and released by British band The Human League. It was the first of two albums to be recorded by the original group line-up of Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware, Philip Oakey and Adrian Wright. As the group's debut album, Reproduction brings together a collection of tracks previously written and performed by the band since their formation in 1978. Many of the songs had been previously released on demo cassettes, or had been performed live by the group.

The album does not feature the group's debut single Being Boiled although a new version of the B side Circus of Death does feature. Only one track, Empire State Human, was released as a single around the same time as the album, and again in 1980.

Although the album met with limited success on its original release, it fared better after the group with a new line-up became successful in 1981, and has since been hailed as a milestone in the development of popular electronic music.

Tracklisting

  • original LP/MC release, VIRGIN V 2133/TCV 2133

Side One

  1. Almost Medieval
  2. Circus of Death
  3. The Path of Least Resistance
  4. Blind Youth
  5. The Word Before LAst
  6. Empire State Human

Side Two

  1. Morale
  2. You've Lost That Loving Feeling
  3. Austerity / Girl One
  4. Zero As A Limit
  • CD re-issue (1989) and remastered CD release (2003) Virgin CDVR 2133
  1. Almost Medieval
  2. Circus of Death
  3. The Path of Least Resistance
  4. Blind Youth
  5. The Word Before Last
  6. Empire State Human
  7. Morale...You've Lost That Loving Feeling
  8. Austerity/Girl One (medley)
  9. Zero As A Limit
  10. Introducing
  11. The Dignity of Labour (Part 1)
  12. The Dignity of Labour (Part 2)
  13. The Dignity of Labour (Part 3)
  14. The Dignity of Labour (Part 4)
  15. Flexi disc
  16. Being Boiled (Fast Version)
  17. Circus of Death (Fast Version)

Re-issues

1980: vinyl reprint, with plain paper inner sleeve
1989: first CD issue with 17 tracks (see above) 
2003: remastered CD (see above)
2016: 180 gr vinyl

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