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.
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!
If you dont have this you ought to if you love early OMD I remember the Peel Sessions in the 80's and totaly ignored them boy did I miss out I love this the early synths drum machine Andys voice.
A&M is completely ignored rather going for the more experimental less polished sound from the first two lps and dazzle ships the more demo feel of the tracks should not be a put off as the sound recording is great. With different lyrics in some of the tracks and a more earlier OMD sound this is a must for any fan so if you haven't got it WHY NOT.
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