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  • Audio CD (29 Feb. 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B000026GGC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Electricity
2. Messages
3. Enola Gay
4. Souvenir
5. Joan Of Arc
6. Maid Of Orleans
7. Telegraph
8. Tesla Girls
9. Locomotion
10. Talking Loud And Clear
11. So In Love
12. Secret
13. If You Leave
14. (Forever) Live And Die
15. Dreaming
16. Genetic Engineering
17. We Love You (12'' Version)
18. La Femme Accident (12'' Version)

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OMD The Best Of (1990 UK 18-track CD including We Love You & La Femme Accident - 12 Versions! CDOMD1)

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After releasing "Electricity" in 1979, OMD quickly became one of the more influential electro-pop bands to emerge from England. While the premise of a singing synthesizer duo may now be a fairly conventional concept, Andy McClusky and Paul Humphreys had very few role models when they first developed their unusual style. This package pulls together two full decades of OMD's distinctive pop craftsmanship. From the early sounds of "Enola Gay" to radio classics like "Joan of Arc" and "Souvenir", OMD's polished, dramatic readings influenced everyone from Depeche Mode to the Pet Shop Boys. Late-1980s tunes like "If You Leave" and "(Forever) Live and Die" round out this collection. While not displaying all the more offbeat aspects of OMD's music, The Best of Omd certainly delivers the hits. --Mitch Myers

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
There's not much difference between OMD's Best Of and their Singles collection. All the real classics like Maid Of Orleans, Joan Of Arc, Electricity, Souvenir and Tesla Girls appear on both and those few tracks that are different are not their best. So if you prefer We Love You, La Femme Accident and Genetic Engineering to Sailing On The Seven Seas, Dream Of Me and Walking On The Milky Way, go for this one! You will still get their more experimental first outings like Electricity plus their spacey, magnificent later work from Architecture And Morality. OMD was one of a slew of original UK synth-duo's that emerged in the early 1980s, along with Yazoo, Eurythmics and Soft Cell. OMD's mark of distinction is their elegant, almost classical structures and mournful moods, best demonstrated by Joan Of Arc and Maid Of Orleans. They were the architects of some truly remarkable and timeless sound sculptures.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
There's not much difference between OMD's Best Of and their Singles collection. All the real classics like Maid Of Orleans, Joan Of Arc, Electricity, Souvenir and Tesla Girls appear on both and those few tracks that are different are not their best.

So if you prefer We Love You, La Femme Accident and Genetic Engineering to Sailing On The Seven Seas, Dream Of Me and Walking On The Milky Way, go for this one! You will still get their more experimental first outings like Electricity plus their spacey, magnificent later work from Architecture And Morality.

OMD was one of a slew of original UK synth-duo's that emerged in the early 1980s, along with Yazoo, Eurythmics and Soft Cell. OMD's mark of distinction is their elegant, almost classical structures and mournful moods, best demonstrated by Joan Of Arc and Maid Of Orleans. They were the architects of some truly remarkable and timeless sound sculptures.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Iceni Peasant on 17 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Until recently I knew nothing much about OMD. I had heard of them and that was it. Then I found up an old 7" vinyl of "Maid Of Orleans" and I was totally intrigued....I also wanted to hear the song in full without the needle jumping over a large scratch!

This CD was my first choice, hoping to learn more about OMD's style of music. It IS a great overview with the range of ways they presented their music. While feeling very 1980's-synthersizer-age, there are some excellent tracks on the CD.

Arguably the best tracks include "Maid Of Orleans" and tracks like "We Love You", and "Genetic Engineering". There are always clever lyrical references, catchy rhythms and overall it's a nice album to listen to in the background.

I was really unsure about buying an entire album of OMD, but for the price this has been an excellent value purchase. If like me you'd never really heard their music, now is the time to try!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "peetuh1986" on 3 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
OMD are quite possibly my favourite band ever. Why? Simply put, this band can write intelligent songs and accompany them with sweet, unusual and powerful melodies. It also makes me sad knowing great music like this is ignored in favor of the terrible mainstream rubbish you find in the shops these days.
OMD were a very busy band in the 1980s, releasing hit after hit after hit, beginning in 1979 with "Electricity" which secured a place on the top 100 list. Shortly after the release of their self-titled debut album, OMD enjoyed greater success with "Maid of Orleans" and "Enola Gay" while "Souvenir" became their biggest hit yet, peaking at #3 on the UK charts.
In America, OMD found moderate success with "So in Love" and the ballad "If You Leave" which was included on the Pretty In Pink soundtrack. The latter track is also featured on a new commercial, so listen out for it.
Music lovers should have this CD in their collection. It really is one of the best albums you'll ever hear. At first you may find Andy McClusky's vocals a bit unbearable, but I recommend this gem nevertheless. Paul Humphreys, Andy McClusky, Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes are going to reform this year, so I'm looking very forward to a DVD release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD
For me, the synth hooks of OMD's Electricity and Messages remain so quintessentially 80's synth pop - the world and music that I grew up with and unlike most of the stuff released then, I still play, almost on an unhealthily regular basis!

These perfect pop songs literally bubble with jauntiness and danceability (you try and sit perfectly still during Messages! yet remain proper songs with lyrics that mean something and their lasting testament is profound - you could have one of those BBC 'these were the 80's' with old news footage and nice clear-cut Mr Clusky as the soundtrack...

Quality does not dip by the time we get to the hits from the incredibly fine 'Architecture & Morality' LP, which when I bought as an LP was (almost) my most treasured posession, starting with the catchy Enola Gay, a seemingly innocent song about a very un-innocent and climactic event (bombing of Horishima) and then the beautifully atmospheric Souvenir, followed by, as in the order they appeared on the album previously mentioned, by Joan of Arc and then Maid Of Orleans.

Joan Of Arc is (again) one of the absolute greats from any era, at least to me and I'm sure, to many people my age. It soars, it moves and it is sung and performed superbly, the atmospheric and often inventive instrumentation almost orchestral in its portrayal of real instruments and rather symphonically, it leads to a heady climax - and then, like the subject of the song, unfolds slowly and very beautifully.
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