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.