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Architecture And Morality [Import]

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, OMD Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Records Ltd UK
  • ASIN: B000025IQM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

After a delay in 2006, New Romantics old and, can enjoy the highly anticipated release of OMD's Architecture and Morality, remastered and enhanced with DVD footage.

This third album from the bruised nucleus of bassist/singer Andy McCluskey and keyboardist/electronics enthusiast Paul Humphreys is often regarded as their seminal work, not least because it achieved critical and commercial success (over three million sales and several top ten hits) unlike its predecessor Organisation (for all its sonic ambition, overly challenging) and its follow up Dazzle Ships (which lacked memorable songs).

As the newly reformed group prepares to tour the UK in May, there is no better time to reconsider their contemplative, surreal and at times rather austere soundscapes, reminiscent of early 80's contemporaries including Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, Human League and The Cure. Crucially, despite similar penchants for stark portentous drum pads, sparse chiming keys and historical references in their lovelorn lyrics, OMD never achieved the same level of recognition, either here or aboard. Similarly their lineage to Bloc Party and the like goes unnoticed. Considering that OMD had been long-time collaborators in the late 70s working as VCL XI on 'digital echoes' of Kraftwerk and Eno (employing tape collages, home-made kit-built synthesisers, and circuit-bent radios) they certainly possessed the requisite vision and creative compulsion. So a second coming of the album is important.

Highlights include the winsome songwriting of ''Souvenir'' and ''She's Leaving'' plus the meditative instrumentals ''Architecture & Morality'' and ''Sealand''. The bonus tracks are by no means fillers either, as ''Sacred Heart'' illustrates.

For a band whose music is best enjoyed, as their name suggests, in the invisible shadows, an accompanying DVD is something of a liability. Indeed, upon cursory viewing it serves little purpose except to exhibit dodgy clothing, even dodgier dancing (witness McCluskey during their 1982 Drury Lane performance of ''Julia's Song'') and cringe-worthy miming/posturing in the music videos. Still, all the hits are impeccably performed live and 80s nostalgia junkies will be satisfied. On the whole, OMD deserve respect and adoration for their contribution to British pop music. --Amar Patel

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMD's great leap forward. 17 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Returning to Architecture and Morality after a 26 year gap is quite an enlightening experience.

By the time this album was released in 1981 OMD were on the way to becoming a regular chart act and this album was in effect the bands great leap forward.With an impressive three U.K. hit singles,it could be argued that Architecture And Morality was merely the latest in a long line of very impressive electronic albums released around the same time,but that would be doing the band and their music a disservice.

A product of its time, Architecture And Morality has a slightly urban feel that connects well with the dark days of the early Eighties,and whilst arguably it has a cold heart the songwriting and vision has a certain charm that still resonates to this day.Classic singles like "Joan Of Arc",and the irrepressible"Souvineer" still sound great,whilst supporting tracks like"The New Stone Age" and the albums title track show that OMD would comfortably overcome any notions that they were merely a disposable chart act.

An obvious reference throughout this set is Kraftwerk's "Radioactivity" album,but fortunately OMD were shrewed enough to avoid being completely overcome by the German's influence,and this album sounds more like a northern British relation rather than a carbon copy.Consequently the real strength of Architecture And Morality lies in its willingness to acknowledge its influences,not replicate them.

Now expanded to include lost 'b'sides [although i am finding it difficult to tell the difference between the two versions of "Souvineer" on this set!] and a very impressive dvd[including tv appearances and a live concert from 1981],this is a brilliant package that offers a full insight into OMD at the most crucial time in their career.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The definitive OMD album 9 Aug 2005
By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I've been an OMD fan since buying the "Messages" single in 1980 and a quarter of a century later, I still stick an OMD CD on every now and then. I usually choose this CD, Architecture & Morality as, for me, it's the most complete album of t heir career.
Album releases really were a whirlwind in those days and A&M was the third full length album in under two years for the dynamic Liverpool duo. That kind of release schedule would be unheard of nowadays, but back in the late 70's/early 80's that was par for the course.
I'll get the singles out of the way first; there's the shimmering beauty of Paul Humphrey's Souvenir, one of the classic OMD singles in every sense complete with the obligatory choral voices which became their trademark around this period. Then there are the two Joan Of Arc singles. One was a great slice of up-tempo - popiness (Joan Of Arc) while the other (Maid Of Orleans took the lead from Paul's Souvenir with its wall of choral voices.
Almost without fail, every track could have been a potential single from the excellent Georgia with its added radio samples or the breathtaking She's Leaving. Why Virgin never released that as a single, I'll never know.
This is also the first OMD album where Andy McCluskey let's rip with his guitar and this adds yet another element to the OMD sound. The opener New Stone Age is virtually new wave!
If you're going to buy one OMD album, then make sure this is the one, with the added bonus tracks, it's even better value, particularly as the best EVER OMD track, The Romance Of The Telescope is included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A construction of genius 8 Mar 2005
By sonik57
Format:Audio CD
This was the album that saw OMD break through to the wider commercial world.
The first two albums - OMD and Organisation - set up the shop for business with some superb songwriting. Songs like Messages, Electricity, Julia's Song, Enola Gay, Promise and Stanlow. Go and see for yourself! If the first two albums set the shop up, A & M well and truly opened it for business.
The musical climate of 1981 was changing. The spring had seen a crop of new British synth-based bands start to crossover to the mass appeal market. Synthdom was breaking out of the radiophonic workshop and laboratory and into the charts big-style. OMD had already started to pick up a formidable reputation, a support slot on Gary Numan's debut headlining tour in the autumn of 1979 providing the Birkenhead duo with a valuable shop window. Bassist/vocalist Andy McCluskey and synthesist/vocalist Paul Humphreys were already hitting their stride and the years 1979-85 saw them at the top of their game.
Recruiting help in the form of Martin Cooper (synths, sax, bass) and Malcolm Holmes (drums, electronic percussion), they duly took their material out live, with this line-up proving durable enough to last for several more albums.
'The New Stone Age' kicks the album off with Andy McCluskey's thrashed guitar and emotional vocal before they usher in the sublime pop of 'She's Leaving'. 'Architecture & Morality' spawned three stunning singles: the gentle but quirky 'Souvenir' (sung by Paul), the sheer craft of 'Joan of Arc' and then the almost atonal meeting between classic electronic pop and musique concrete in 'Maid Of Orleans'. As the two songs concerned Andy's obsession with the French maid who was burned at the stake, the latter was given the subtitle 'The Waltz Joan of Arc'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I remember when.. OMD were called Orchestral Manouvers in the Dark!
Got this to replace my old original LP!!! Yes I am that old................. Classic then, Classic now - OK its aged but some great songs.
Published 1 month ago by Out standing in my field
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
I so love this CD - showing my age but it takes me back to when in 18 - cannt beat a bit of OMD
Published 2 months ago by C. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I bought this record?
I choose that rating because O.M.D. is my favourite group and I like all the music of this group records.
Published 10 months ago by Carlos Josť Iglesia Puig
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s revisited
Just a trip back. This group set a standard for their day and it still sounds good now against more modern music
Published 12 months ago by Graham Bruce
3.0 out of 5 stars EARLY OMD
Published 13 months ago by rene
5.0 out of 5 stars OMD at their best
I bought this CD as a replacement for an old tape and the album is still fresh and arguably OMD's best album. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stuart C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wedding gift
Used this as a table name for our wedding reception, so very happy with the cheap price, the quick delivery and the state of the CD, well maintained and packaged well.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pop architecture
'Architecture & Morality' is deservedly one of the classic albums of the very early Eighties and for me it is the quintessential OMD-album and the one to get if you like electronic... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Torben Madsen
5.0 out of 5 stars replacement
brought this cd to replace my original vinael L,P as went to see them live on 2nd may, what a concert,great.
Published 15 months ago by mrs j hallett
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs from my youth
I have this on LP and was delighted to get it on CD. Takes me back to my teens and all the great times I had then.

Songs are so fantastic. Great memories.
Published 16 months ago by Pan
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