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English Electric Box set, Import


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Product details

  • 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 (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,990 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
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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 By The_Dread_Council on 10 April 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 6 April 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By markv on 5 Dec 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
At last, OMD are back to their best! With echoes of Dazzle Ships and a few quite quirky numbers, OMD are really on form. I've been playing this non-stop since purchase. This is a contender for my favourite album of 2013.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Percy on 8 April 2013
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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 By Bostonrabbit on 7 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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.
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By Gordon T on 8 Jan 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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".
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By Antony Deacon on 31 Dec 2013
Format: Vinyl
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, it won't be my last vinyl purchase.
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