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History Of Modern CD+DVD


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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: 100%
  • ASIN: B003YVNC7A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New Babies: New Toys
2. If You Want It
3. History of Modern (Part I)
4. History of Modern (Part II)
5. Sometimes
6. RFWK
7. New Holy Ground
8. The Future, the Past, and Forever After
9. Sister Marie Says
10. Pulse
11. Green
12. Bondage of Fate
13. The Right Side?

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paulie T on 9 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
Always loved OMD back in the day. In fact they were the first band I ever went and saw live . Was well into them, up to and including Dazzle Ships, I thought they were fantastic. If they'd split or died after Dazzle Ships, people would hail them as the english Kraftwerk, what a loss to music etc. As it was, they got poppier, hit paydirt in the US, and for my mind got far less interesting. I still loved the early stuff a lot, and saw them on tour couple of years ago. Got free tickets to see them at the BBC Radio 2 live at the Mermaid theatre last week, and was blown away by their and the crowd's enthusiasm. I'd listened to a few of the songs from History of Modern on line, and decided to buy it after the Mermaid gig. I am not disappointed. This is a return to the kraut-rock/electro influences of yore. A couple of patchy tunes, but that would be quibbling. Well worth getting. Excellent return to form.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By rockgirl on 21 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD
There's been a recent resurge of electronic music in the past few years which is definitely not a bad thing, especially for someone like myself who, at a very young age, got turned onto the best of the best in the 80's...OMD. They churned out an impressive number of hits both in their original lineup and also when Andy McCluskey went solo with the name. But alas, music changes and what was once "in", got pushed out for a new phase and sadly, by the mid 90's, OMD disappeared....until now.

14 years is a long time and a lot can happen but founding members Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys have found a way to bridge the gap of time and produce what could arguably be called one of their best albums of their career. Offering a hybrid of new and old sounds, this gem is likely to not only please the long-standing fans but grab a whole new generation who, perhaps unknowingly, have been listening to OMD through influence in bands such as The Killers and LCD Soundsystem.

Opener NEW BABIES: NEW TOYS comes rearing out of the gate with a 'take that' attitude. It's edgier than what many think or remember OMD sounding but easily fits into todays mainstream with its bombastic bass, distorted vocals and heavy, head-bopping beats. It's followed by first single IF YOU WANT IT, a song written originally by Mr. M. in his girl band Atomic Kitten era. But filled with a catchy melody and choral "aws" it works, much in thanks to the retention of his valuable vocal quality at the ripe young age of 51!

HoM PART 1 and 2 are definitely OMD in their "pop hits" area and PART 1 is, in my opinion, OMD at their best. Mr. H.'s synths, earlier described as 'call and reply' play well with Mr. M.'s addicting refrain, laced with lovely harmonies. I challenge anyone to try sitting still for this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Sandèn on 27 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
I couldn't believe when I first heard it. The original OMD is doing a new album! And what a beautiful album it is! 13 new tracks that won't disappoint any old OMD fan. Electronic pop at it's best. It's a wonderful mix of the best of the 80`s with a new, modern sound. It's crisp and delicate. For me the album was topped off with a perfect concert in London nov -10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jayson on 26 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
An absolute classic OMD album and probably the best I have (and I have them all).

You can clearly hear songs harking back to other older OMD tracks, but have brought some of the sounds up to date, clearly the history of OMD has become modern.

Not a single bad song on the album, which you'd expect after such a hiatus, but even if you don't like OMD, just have a listen and then buy. If you are an OMD fan, and you haven't bought it, why not!

Thank you Andy and Paul!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookerman on 19 Mar 2013
Format: Audio CD
If you liked OMD in the 80s, you should know that this album surpasses most of their output to date, saving Joan of Arc and Souvenir of course. Lyrically strong and technologically bang up to date. Tracks 'If You Want It', History Of Modern Part 1 and New Babies New Toys' and Sister Mary Says' are all lead tracks - 'Pulse' is irritating but catchy. The artwork is also extremely strong. Have pre-ordered the new CD out in April.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dale Green on 7 Oct 2012
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I first discovered OMD in 1980 and still the music generated today is still fresh.From start to finish it is immediately recognisable as OMD but still new. History of Modern Part 1 has the music you just can't resist listening to then before you know it you get to RFWK/New Holy Ground which is like going back in time to those early years. Just great. Can't wait for more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Ritchie on 10 July 2012
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Having been a fan of OMD since 'Electricity' and 'Messages' I was disappointed with how they declined after 'Dazzle Ships'. Then there was a a long break and then they re-formed.

Re-formed bands rarely produce any worth listening too so I didn't buy this album immediately.

However, over time, this album got good reviews and, on the strength of this, I bought the album. I'm so glad I did. This is almost classic OMD and a great return to form.

If I was to characterise this album I'd say 'Organisation' meets 'Dreaming'. The sounds are more mainstream than early OMD, as are the lyrics, but there's an edge that cuts in some of the lyrics. There's a lot of catchy riffs, some haunting atmosphere, a track meant for a girl band, and a touch of the weird and wacky that OMD delight in confusing us with.

If you remember 'Souvenir', 'Enola Gay', and 'Joan of Arc', then this album won't disappoint.
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