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English Electric [Import]

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, OMD Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4CD Boxset: Cd+Dvd+ Demo Cd+7" Inch Gatefold Single

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49 of 55 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best album in 30 years 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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMD Back to their very best! 10 April 2013
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I could not wait to buy this once released last Monday. Wow, this really is OMD back to their very best. My wife and I have been OMD nuts since we met and last saw them on the Pacifice Age tour in 1986.

We were both a little disappointed with the last album, HoM, but liked Sister Marie Says. This album, is different though and you can feel the influence of Malcolm Holmes on this one. We cannot all agree on music tastes but this album has something for all OMD fans, from the earlier synth experimental tracks to the smoother, classic pop sound.

Personal favourites are Helen of Troy, Dresden, Metroland and the wonderful Stay with Me. Paul is superb on this final track. We have tickets for the Manchester concert in May and hope that the boys play some of the EE tracks as part of the set.

I have been disabled since a car smash in '98 and don't get out much, but we are not going to miss this one.

In short, if you like OMD, buy English Electric!
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4.0 out of 5 stars back to their best 5 April 2014
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omd have turned back the years with this album. It sounds very much like their early work (1981-1983). This cd came with a dvd of the music videos of the album tracks,which was a nice bonus. Metroland is a blast from the past,any OMD fan will love this album. Hope they continue to make albums/singles like these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Electronica 7 Mar 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Their Best 11 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD
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 years. Our System starts off strange, but builds into a superb track - make sure you see them live for this. All in all, a wonderful album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy addition to OMD catalogue 7 Feb 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brill.. 8 Jan 2014
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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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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 3 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 3 months ago by FF
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Their Best
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by markv
5.0 out of 5 stars OMD - English Electric. (Deluxe)
I,ve always been a Fan of Electronic Music, OMD, Kraftwerk, Human League, Gary Numan Etc. This is a Brilliant Album for any Electronic Music Enthusiast and the Deluxe version has... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kimberley Brown.
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
sounds just like the old days takes me back to my youth seen them twice shall I say more brilliant
Published 6 months ago by A. TUCKER
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
What can i say?, simply espectacular!!! with english electric i fly to better an recognition OMD years. This is the sound i missed since mid eighthies. Pure synthpop. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marco
5.0 out of 5 stars A great return to form.
Loved this start to finish. The other reviews say it all about the atmospherics and catchy pop tunes but there's also a flavour of classic Kraftwerk in this. Fantastic.
Published 7 months ago by Bazmac
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite bands.
One of my favourite bands from way back this is good with a more up to date sound and feel to it. Recommended to OMD fans.
Published 7 months ago by G. W. Morgan
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