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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dindisc, Dindisc
  • ASIN: B004VYY6EC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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A brilliant album with some great extra tracks (and at a low, low price too!)
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Best OMD album ever and still a favourite of mine even after over 30 years since original release.
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Brilliant album
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Calling OMITD's music "synth pop" doesn't do their music and this album justice; A&M is not Depeche Mode or the Human League! Okay, so the band used synthesisers but these were not the only instruments of their trade; as far as I'm concerned, it wasn't about what instruments they used but how they used them that gave their music that unique appeal.

A&M is a beautiful combination of synths, guitars, drums, sampled sounds and effects, bringing together OMITD's experimental and commercial sides. The album is an event, brimming with ideas. There's the frantic guitar on the opening track 'New Stone Age'. There's the gorgeous melody of 'Souvenir', and it's choral tapes. There's Andy McCluskey singing falsetto on 'Joan of Arc', providing that memorable haunting feeling. There's Malcolm Holme's distinctive drumming - one minute very minimal and dramatic as in 'Sealand', the next very rythmic as in 'Maid of Orleans'. There's the radio samples used brilliantly in 'Georgia'. There's the musical collage of the title track, consisting of the beautiful Mellotron Choir sound that builds to a dramatic climax. And what about the final song 'The Beginning and the End' that makes me want to start the album all over again.

The extended version contains additional tracks, mainly from their B-Sides. Sadly, and I don't know why, but the fantastic track 'Navigation' has been chopped at the end - which idiot made that decision? You'll have to buy Navigation (the B-Sides album) for the full version of this track. The DVD from the 1981 A&M tour is also a must. The production values are far better than the awful DVD from the A&M tour 2007.
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This was the album that saw OMD break through to the wider commercial world.
The first two albums - OMD and Organisation - set up the shop for business with some superb songwriting. Songs like Messages, Electricity, Julia's Song, Enola Gay, Promise and Stanlow. Go and see for yourself! If the first two albums set the shop up, A & M well and truly opened it for business.
The musical climate of 1981 was changing. The spring had seen a crop of new British synth-based bands start to crossover to the mass appeal market. Synthdom was breaking out of the radiophonic workshop and laboratory and into the charts big-style. OMD had already started to pick up a formidable reputation, a support slot on Gary Numan's debut headlining tour in the autumn of 1979 providing the Birkenhead duo with a valuable shop window. Bassist/vocalist Andy McCluskey and synthesist/vocalist Paul Humphreys were already hitting their stride and the years 1979-85 saw them at the top of their game.
Recruiting help in the form of Martin Cooper (synths, sax, bass) and Malcolm Holmes (drums, electronic percussion), they duly took their material out live, with this line-up proving durable enough to last for several more albums.
'The New Stone Age' kicks the album off with Andy McCluskey's thrashed guitar and emotional vocal before they usher in the sublime pop of 'She's Leaving'. 'Architecture & Morality' spawned three stunning singles: the gentle but quirky 'Souvenir' (sung by Paul), the sheer craft of 'Joan of Arc' and then the almost atonal meeting between classic electronic pop and musique concrete in 'Maid Of Orleans'. As the two songs concerned Andy's obsession with the French maid who was burned at the stake, the latter was given the subtitle 'The Waltz Joan of Arc'.
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I bought this album on cassette (remember those?) back in the day.
It was brilliant then, and if anything: is even better now!
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This album must be a contender for the ultimate 80's electronic album.. as a group omd never reached the heights of some of their contemporaries, but still managed to leave a legacy of genius. Architecture and Morality was the pinnacle of omd's early work; a combination of elements that uniquily identifies omd as the artist. Brooding and majestic, creative and beautiful. 2011 will be the albums 30th anniversary, one that still sounds as fresh and inspiring as it did back in 1981.. omd we salute you

There is that certain something here that captures the essence of the time; a reflection of a shift in culture and politics; technology and hope; this was the future. Like their hero's Kraftwerk constructed a future classic in a modern style, an astonishing feat. On this album OMD give us the pop and majesty in one, a concept album, but not quite, familiar threads that weave the listener into the texture and message of the music...

This is what 80's music was really about... not the over the top fashion and image. Some of us could have fun, and be serious at the same time ha ha...

The tour for this album was the first time I saw OMD live, and my first gig.. so a really special time.. the gig was at Sophia Gardens Pavillion in Cardiff, 29/11/1981.. I remember queuing out side as snow stared to fall, hearing the sound check of Romance of the Telescope.. pure joy...

This was the penultimate gig at this venue.. shortly after an Ozzy show the roof collapsed under the weight of snow.. no one there at the time..

Architecture and Morality.. memories are made of this
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