Digitally remastered deluxe two CD edition of this 1984 album from the British Pop singer/songwriter including a bonus disc filled with remixes, b-sides and more. Human Racing was released in February 1984. The first of four albums recorded for MCA Records, it achieved platinum sales and a nomination for Best Album at the 1985 Brit Awards. Its release was greeted by a combination of teen hysteria, critical acclaim and praise from the likes of Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and prompted Elton John to call Kershaw ''one of the best songwriters of a generation''. This special edition, compiled by Nik himself features the album, digitally remastered from the original mix tapes and associated 12-inch mixes and b-sides. It includes a previously unreleased version of 'Bogart', a special brass mix of 'Shame On You' and a live version of 'Cloak and Dagger' recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon. The booklet contains a brand new sleevenote written by Nik.
Human's Lib is fueled by the nonstop synth-pop hooks and brightly textured melodies that went on to be a trademark of Howard Jones. His brand of spirited keyboard-and-lyric exuberance lent itself to a large part of the mid-'80s, especially in Britain. The tracks on Human's Lib are energetic and colorful, coming to life the best on "New Song," a number 27 hit for Jones in the U.S., and on the finely structured "What Is Love?," which gave him the number 33 spot on the singles chart four months later. While both of these songs rested at the bottom end of Billboard's Top 40, they went to number three and number two, respectively, in the U.K., with the album going all the way to number one, proving that his techno-pop stylings were better-appreciated on his side of the Atlantic. Outside of the singles, the album still holds well, with efforts like "Hide and Seek," "Conditioning," and "Pearl in the Shell" following through with a buoyant but orderly techno-pop keenness mustered through his clean use of the synthesizer.