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The Best of OMD [Import]

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, OMDAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI/Virgin
  • ASIN: B000026GGC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,602 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)

Editorial Reviews

Out of print in the U.S. UK reissue of this 1988 compilation from the Liverpudlian Synthpopsters featuring two tracks not available on the original U.S. pressing: 'Telegraph' and 'Genetic Engineering'. Released at the height of their success, this collection spanned their career up to 1988, beginning with the 1980 single 'Electricity' and ending with 'Dreaming', a track recorded specifically for this collection (and the final track released from the original duo since they split up shortly after this album was released). 18 tracks including 'Messages', 'If You Leave', 'Tesla Girls', 'Enola Gay' plus bonus extended mixes of 'We Love You' and 'La Femme Accident'. Disky.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GRACEFUL AND ELEGANT SOUND SCULPTURES May 26, 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 sonic sculptures.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Influential yet underappreciated music November 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've always looked upon The Best of OMD as the most disposable CD in my collection, so I thought it would be fun to review it, as a change of pace if nothing else. I can't begin to say how many years it had been since I listened to this album. It's actually a bit serendipitous, as just recently I've begun trying to get a handle on this whole "synthpop" thing, never remembering I had a musical retrospective of one of the more influential synthpop groups close at hand all the while. I still can't tell you exactly what synthpop is, at its simplest, it's pop music played primarily on synthesizers. To me, though, synthpop primarily translates to musical memories of the 1980s, and I've never made a secret of my love for all things 80s, especially the music.

Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark had a long and successful career, but they achieved mega-success with only one song. If You Leave, from the soundtrack of that seminal 80s film Pretty in Pink, towers over the musical landscape of the 1980s. If I had to pick one tune that represented the decade of my youth, I would probably choose If You Leave. I'm still perplexed why the song never rose above #4 on the US charts. I originally bought this CD because of that one awesome song, and this probably explains why I didn't really "get" this music at the time, especially since a majority of the tracks date back to the group's earlier years. OMD first appeared on the music scene in 1979 with the song Electricity, a catchy but rather ephemeral track that managed to win them a recording contract. Their early recordings are hard for me to classify; I believe Enola Gay made the top ten in the UK in 1980, but this song always seems to hang around in my head to the point of being annoying after I listen to it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Synthsational. March 19, 2006
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
I never thought much of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark until I got this collection. Now I think quite alot of them. This disc is simply a must for fans of early 80's music, specifically the synth/pop genre. I enjoy every track here, but there are a number of them that really stand out. "Enola Gay" was a big hit, and can be found on many an 80's compilation. "Souvenir" is a simple and almost moving song that I enjoy. "So In Love" was a nice surprise to me, as I've always liked it alot, but didn't know it was an OMD song until now. Then there's possibly their biggest hit "If You Leave", which was on the great "Pretty In Pink" soundtrack. However, to me the best thing on here is easily "Forever Live And Die". That song is just one of the magic 80's hits for me, with a perfect beginning, and overall one of the coolest of the decade. The rest is still a pleasure, and a welcome addition to my CD stack.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome CD to add to your collection! August 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I originally bought this CD for the well-known "If You Leave" track. I honestly never listened to any other songs until my husband and I went on a road trip. It is AWESOME! Honestly, I was just a little kid in the 80's but have always loved the music. And this CD is a great one to have if you're trying to build up a good 80's collection! The best songs (in my opinion) on the CD are: Electricity, Enola Gay, Souvenir, So in Love, Secret, If You Leave, and (my husband's favorite) Dreaming. Get this'll love it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing music XD September 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd because I heard the song If You Leave on the radio. And guess what? The cds surprised me because its so good. I love 80's music, especially new wave 80's songs, so this cd was definatly worth it. The music is amusing at times, and you can definatly tell that its from the 80's. The instruments are very beautiful, and its more outdone with the instruments and doesn't just focus on the song mostly, like a lot of music does now. Either way, I really liked the cd. -^_________^- I hope my random rambling review is helpful to some people. If not, sorry, I'm not good at this. -_-'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn this is a great compilation! February 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Though I was a child of the 80's, I was too young to truely appreciate most of the music. I am a relative new comer to OMD though I have known a handful of their hits for a longtime now. I bought this CD recently and I listen to is all the time. The songs are so pretty and fun to listen to. I get so may of the songs in my head!!! Highly recommended if you love that classic New Wave sound!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Souvenir ... July 26, 2005
By Lucas
Format:Audio CD
Once there was a time when music was fun to have... when people really loved covers/lyrics and even the music itself. Me, as an electronic music lover, I have fond memories of this little band from England. There were so many at the time... there were so many English guys who really wanted to make their mark with synthesizers and special effects etc. Like them, OMD succeeded in this. I remember Enola Gay as their first (even because id didn't chart in our country) and Souvenir as their 2nd single succes. The synth hooks are sometimes amazing an I think that my favourite here is Secret. As you see with other 80's bands nowadays, I like to see a reunion of them. They were one of the few that knew how to catch a sound that stays in the mind. Thanks Guys.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Cd
Bought this CD for a few songs . but I like most on this CD. A different sound , but very good.
Published 4 months ago by James M. Good
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this band, great item
Good music and great gift that we can share. Play this on the stereo and now we both enjoy the gift !
Published 7 months ago by librarwitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of OMD
One of the MANY great 80's groups. Just a joy to listen to!! A great band and THIS is a GREAT album.
Published 9 months ago by John Schardong
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD!
OMG! It is truly the best of OMD! all 18 songs are AMAZING!!
I just love this CD. Best part, It was on my doorsteps 2 days after I placed my order
Published 14 months ago by Hector Gutierrez
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sound of the POP
The cd arrived very quickly, much sooner than indicated, in perfect physical condition. When opened and you can enjoy listening high quality in product development and the sound... Read more
Published 15 months ago by German Alonso Aguilar Villarreal
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of OMD
This amazing Band OMD has great songs , makes want to sign with the music and brings me back in the days when understand what there saying .. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Miguel Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
TThis was one of the first albums I bought as a kid with paper route money. Even though I'm older now, I still find that it is sophisticated enough to enjoy.
Published 17 months ago by snowyghostowl
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Fantastic. Great compilation from OMD. A must have for any fan of electronic music and a great window to that era.
Published 21 months ago by Victor Herrero
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic!
This is one of my all time favorite albums! I've listened to it hundreds of times and it never grows old. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Red Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of OMD
By far the best OMD CD for all their hits. Had lost the original album years ago and was happy to replace it. Love this album.
Published on April 3, 2012 by C. Rosell
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