The double-CD Scarred, recorded live at Brixton Academy on Gary Numan's triumphant Pure tour in 2000, is the first of several releases marking his 25 years as a recording artist. He's certainly been through a lot since Tubeway Army's "That's Too Bad", his debut back in February, 1978. Initially hailed as the king of electro, he fell
spectacularly from grace then, years later, having been cited as an influence by
the varied likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Trent Reznor, managed to claw his way back to the top. As with Pure, Scarred is infinitely heavier than his early material, clattering drums, pounding dancebeats, grinding samples, filthy guitar and a menacing, ever-present bass lending it an industrial roar--"The Angel Wars" and "Rip" are particularly explosive. Bu! t Numan,
being a master-showman, does not limit himself to all-out attack. "Little Invitro", with its pained plea of "If only… if only" is fraught and delicate before rising to its grungey crescendo, while "Dance" is both sweet and forlorn. Of course, the hits are here, too. "Are 'Friends' Electric?" benefits from a profound drop in the middle eight, though "Cars" is delivered so jauntily it loses its sense of melancholic isolation. But that's a minor disappointment given the electro-feast on offer. Released by Eagle Records the total running time, which includes all the songs played on the night, is about 1 hour 40 minutes
above you can see the picture of the free collector’s case a number of special collectors cases made available by mail order only, to hold the Gary Numan live collection by Eagle Records. The box was designed to hold the two new live albums Scarred and Live at Shepherds Bush Empire also the reissued live CD’s White Noise, Ghost, Dream Corrosion, Dark Light pictured below.