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English Electric [Box set, Import]

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, OMD Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (4 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B00BLIVP9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Please Remain Seated
2. Metroland
3. Night Café
4. The Future Will Be Silent
5. Helen of Troy
6. Our System
7. Kissing The Machine
8. Decimal
9. Stay With Me
10. Dresden
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Decimal (Animated video)
2. Atomic Ranch (Animated video)
3. Please Remain Seated (Animated video)
4. Studio interview
5. Dresden (track by track)
6. Final Song (track by track)
7. Kissing the Machine (track by track)
8. Metroland (track by track)
9. Our System (track by track)
10. Please Remain seated (track by track)
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Since Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys announced their reformation at a fan convention in 2005, OMD have enjoyed something of a career renaissance. Reunited along with Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes, the classic 4-piece performed their 1981 masterpiece, "Architecture & Morality", in full for the first time on 2007's highly successful tour. With the synthpop pioneers back in vogue, and with long overdue critical acclaim for the albums created during the band's Imperial phase in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was fresh impetus to deliver some new product, and this eventually materialised in 2010...

In truth, McCluskey had been stockpiling material since 1996's "Universal", the last of a trio of `solo' albums that McCluskey had recorded under the OMD moniker for Virgin Records. "History Of Modern" was essentially another solo work, with Humphreys committed to other projects (such as his work with partner Claudia Brucken in OneTwo). Disappointingly it was a rather unbalanced affair, with outtakes ("Sister Marie Says") nestling alongside Atomic Kitten rejects (see the rather strained "If You Want It") and a smattering of new compositions that had been written by McCluskey after his commitment to other girl acts such as The Genie Queen had lapsed. Significantly, however, Humphreys collaborated with McCluskey on the album's two best cuts - "
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best album in 30 years 8 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loved OMD in the early 80's. For me, tracks such as 'Statues' and 'Stanlow' on the Organisation album were the pinacle of OMD excellence. They were dark, brooding and atmospheric pieces of work. But I also loved the more catchy pop elements of OMD, as they were always infused with great synth sounds. I just found I got less interested in them as they became more mainstream through the mid-80's and onwards.

So it was a big surprise to me, to find this album of interest. I'd assumed that OMD were very much past their sell by date, but I'm amazed to hear that this album is a hark back to the more catchy / experimental sides of OMD that I loved back in the earl 80's, and at the same time, sounding fresh and contemporary.

It's a beautifully produced album. Good songs, good sounds, harking back to the classic sounds of OMD and the more electronic and 'Kraftwerk' influenced sounds of Messages and Enola Gay.

It's not a classic, it isn't better than those earlier albums, but it's a very welcome return to what I think OMD do best: merging catchy electro pop with atmospherics. It's a great record and they should be proud of themselves. I would be if I were them :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good OMD album 6 April 2013
By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I really like this OMD album. To my ears, it doesn't sound as though they've moved on at all in the 30-odd years since Enola Gay first stood me on my ear - which is just fine by me. The synth and vocals sound remarkably similar to those on Organisation, and there is a fine mixture of tuneful and more spiky tracks.

English Electric struck me as a bit like a trip back to my twenties. Metroland is a great, straight-down-the-line electropop dance tune (with the prominent drum track sounding rather more like a Vince Clarke production) that I could have been dancing to in 1982. Helen Of Troy has echoes of Joan Of Arc. Kissing The Machine is a haunting tune featuring a breathy female voice speaking German and hinting at both Visage's Fade To Grey and The Mobiles' Drowning In Berlin...and so on. There are some intelligent and thoughtful lyrics throughout the album, too. In between the tuneful songs are some voice and effects tracks hinting at a dystopian future. As with some parts of albums of old, these are great for a listen or two, but now I've heard this album a few times I find I'm grateful that these days that I no longer have to get up and physically move the stylus in order to skip tracks.

This is OMD doing what they do best and doing it very well. If you like that then you'll like this album. An unmitigated classic? Probably not - but it's a very good album with some cracking songs on it and I'd certainly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential 15 July 2014
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I'd like a CD composed bye OMD and Paul Buchanan (The Blue Nile). This CD is magic; essential 80's tecno-pop; the miracle of 80's music.
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Brilliant work, fantastic music from start to finish! Over the decades OMD always give so much to the listener in every song and album they create, B-sides included. If English Electric and their previous album History of Modern are to be OMD's final recordings, I will be devastated but very thankful for these last two masterpieces. What a way to go out if OMD do hang it up for good.. but please don't. I'm not going to review each song track by track (that's for each listener to decide) or do ridiculous comparisons to past OMD albums. There is no reason to compare the old with the new; nothing remains the same through time and experience. This music is new, timeless, beautiful, inspiring, engaging and fully dance-able if your body still allows it. As always, Andy McCluskey's voice is so distinctive and the most moving and prominent instrument in their work. English Electric and History of Modern are pure OMD for the 21st century, Buy it, buy them both now and while you're at it, check out their previous releases too. The English Electric box set is well worth the price with all of it's contents including, M & H's autographs, photos, lyric booklet, 2 bonus discs (a dvd and a demo cd) and a blue vinyl record featuring "Our System" and "Frontline". I'm so thrilled that I was able to find the box set through Amazon UK as It's difficult to find in the U.S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this fave cd.
Published 11 days ago by MRS J L BEARD
5.0 out of 5 stars electro pop are omd
this is an album by the understated masters of electronic music,full of ideas and listening pleasure which expands the listening experience
Published 1 month ago by francesco graceffa
3.0 out of 5 stars OMD, but not at there best
To me this album is all right but it does not float my boat so to speak. The quality is of a high standard and OMD are a great electric but I find I do not play it as much as I do... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dangerous Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars back to their best
omd have turned back the years with this album. It sounds very much like their early work (1981-1983). Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. A. Howes
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Electronica
Great album retro, but fresh sounding at the same time not an easy act to pull off. If you liked them the first time revisit and you won't be disappointed.
Published 4 months ago by Chrispy
5.0 out of 5 stars At Their Best
If you like early OMD, you`ll love this. Paul on vocals on Stay With Me is one of the highlights. For the more moody side - Helen Of Troy is the best thing they have done for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mike Palin
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy addition to OMD catalogue
A return to form by one of the best 80s bands. Probably slightly over produced compared to rawer sound of early albums, up to A&M. Nevertheless some really good tunes.
Published 5 months ago by Bostonrabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill..
This is OMD at their best. Great tracks throughout and the beat goes on. Metroland is fantastic and let's hope "the future will not be silent".
Published 6 months ago by Mr Gordon Third
5.0 out of 5 stars Retroland..
Great album and great to hear some vinyll again! Can't put my finger on it but vinyl sounds so different, it's not just the obvious noises there's something atmospheric about it,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Antony Deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars The real follow up to Architecture and Morality?
This is one of the most remarkable albums I have ever heard (and I am in my 50s). I have never before known a band so thoroughly pick up the baton they dropped after their early... Read more
Published 7 months ago by FF
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