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1 Mar 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 49:45
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,921 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
A must for any true OMD fan. Especially if you like their earlier experimental music. The songs sound vivid and textured. This album puts a twist on songs like; Julia's Song with the stronger menacing sound of an organ, Lighter ambient sounds on Enola Gay, Red Frame White Light, Electricy, and The More I See You. The album aslo includes the rare B-side Annex. At first I was sceptic about buying this album, and it had mixed reviews. I am surely glad I went ahead and purchased it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. O'brien on 25 Feb 2002
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Covering tracks from the first, second and fourth OMD albums (the third being omitted probably because of it's huge cross-over mainstream appeal) this compilation confirms the original creativity and experimentation that pushed OMD forward as one of the stawalarts of the early 80's pop-synth scene.
The mix of tracks is surprising & welcome - obvious numbers are overlooked in place of obscure B-Sides & album tracks (eg Annex, Dancing) but that is typically perverse of OMD! Also included is the original single version of 'Electricity'. The highlights are a frenetic version of 'Pretending to See the Future' and the wonderful 'Dancing' and 'Motion & Heart'. It's often said OMD were better live than recorded and this album confirms this - every track benefits from the less polished one-day recording of the BBC crew. The 'Dazzle Ships' tracks come across the worst - being on emulators there is little difference, although 'Genetic Engineering' has a brasher spin on it.
Some gripes - why does every OMD compilation have to have 'Electricity' on it!? And the BBC sleeve incorrectly prints 'Pretending...''s title - a shame given the otherwise excellent sleeve notes.
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I bought this on it's release and think it's a brilliant example of OMD's early (and best) work. Includes the Brilliant Julia's song and Pretending... For those still learning to appreciate their early brilliance there are 4 singles to comfort the ear with some familiarity. It's proper OMD style to include tracks like Dancing (which I still don't get) and ABC... Enjoy the raw OMD sound and remind yourselves why you got to love them in early 80's
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Experimental side of OMD 2 Jun 2000
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Format: Audio CD
This CD is very good especially if you are an avid OMD fan or if you want to see how OMD started out its musical career. If you are expecting a polished studio album-- or if you are expecting the romantic side of OMD ala " So In Love" or "Secret"-- then you may not like this album. In the early years, OMD meshed ideas concerning technology with human emotions. This album has BBC radio performances from 1979-1983 of songs they made off of the three albums : OMD, Organisation, and Dazzle Ships. The performances are live without an audience which gives the listener the feeling that OMD is performing right in the room.
Some of the songs sound better on this album than they do on the orginal album. All songs are similar to the original versions, but they are not identical which is another reason to get this album. "Dancing" sounds a LOT better than the original version on the OMD album. The bassline is funky and explosive with the trademark OMD sound effects in the background. Other highlights on this album are "Red Frame/White Light", "Bunker Soldiers", "Pretending to See the Future", and "Genetic Engineering". "Annex" was originally a B side song many years ago, so its not available on any album other than this one. The "Enola Gay" version on this album is a rough draft to the original "Enola Gay". It was recorded 6 months before OMD recorded the polished version which you can hear on Organisation, Best of OMD or the Singles. This album is very New Wave sounding, but it is easy to see why OMD must be considered among the pioneers of electronic music.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Instant Classic 26 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OMD was probably one of the most overlooked bands of the early 80's. They hit it big with 'So in Love' and 'If You Leave', but before then were many albums of unsurpassed orginality. Many of those songs are captured here. Many versions are equal to their studio counterparts, but some are even better. 'Annex' and 'The More I See You' fair very well and the version of one of their early hits, 'Enola Gay', is in my opinion, better than the original. This is a great disc for anyone who appreciates OMD's unique music. Most of these songs are 20 years old, yet they still sound great. This is a must-have for any fan!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nice collection of alternative versions 10 July 2000
By Jeffrey J. Lyons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OMD has always been one of my favorite bands since I bought their first two albums around 1980. This is the era before OMD "hit it big" on the US Top 40 charts; the era in which they were the most creative and new. The musical selections here are right on target for what they were doing during these early years. It's nice to get the rarely heard "Annex." This has a very pleasant version of the beautiful "Of All The Things We've Made" as well as two other songs from their ground-breaking "Dazzle Ships" album. It is interesting to see how far ahead of their time they really were. Most OMD fans already realize that. This collection just proves it even more.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This takes me back 16 May 2000
By Robin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Peel Sessions - about time that they released something like that. On the basis of this I do hope that they go ahead with the intended 'B-Sides' album, but more about this release: It is good to heard the original versions of OMD-Fans favourites. Slightly more raw and experimental and who has seen them perform these songs 'on stage' will appreciate them even more as there is a likeness to the versions on The Peel Sessions. A recent review in the 'Q' magazine mentioned that favourites like 'Maid of Orleans', 'telegraph' & 'Joan of Arc' are unfortunately missing - sorry but they did not understand the concept of the album - maybe they would have been well advised to read the sleeve notes. Truly this is a superb album and I advise everbody who is into stuff from the early 80's to spend the money and buy it. Yes, it might sound dated but, hell, the material is upto over 20 years old. Go and get it !
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
old school omd 15 Aug 2013
By MS - Published on Amazon.com
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this cd is great . just a little twist on the old classics . omd are very underated and this cd is a little gem
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