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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the DarkAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (most often abbreviated to OMD or O.M.D. ) are a synth-pop group whose founding members are originally from the Wirral Peninsula, England. OMD were originally assimilated in the greater new wave batch of synthesiser-based acts of the later 1970s-early 1980s. The group was founded in 1978 by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys who remained, and were perceived as, ... Read more in Amazon's Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000005RQ3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Universal
2. Walking On The Milky Way
3. The Moon & The Sun
4. The Black Sea
5. Very Close To Far Away
6. The Gospel Of St Jude
7. That Was Then
8. Too Late
9. The Boy From The Chemist Is Here To See You
10. If You're Still In Love With Me
11. New Head
12. Victory Waltz

Editorial Reviews

1996 Release. Final Studio Album Under The Omd Banner From Andy Mccluskey. Never Released In Us.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
OMD didn't create any devastating waves with this final voyage home. There was no buzz about the last CD from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark when it landed here in the States. No radio attention. No tears wept by the dumbed-down MTV legions. Only the quiet whirring of a handful of CD players loosely scattered around the continent; CD players owned by a few loyal OMD followers who knew this was the last link in a fading chain.
Having been moderately unmoved, yet equally devoted to the two previous OMD albums (Liberator and Sugar Tax), I was hoping for a clean diversion from the too-commonplace pop that had seeped into Andy McCluskey's work as of late. What I heard was not the early OMD experimentalization that so many OMD disciples have traditionally called for, and that was fine by me (you can't go back to the way things were). More over, what I heard on Universal was not the poppy, simple melodies with over-instrumentalization that wore thin in recent projects, either. In fact, Universal didn't match up perfectly with any previous OMD CD at all, and that was precisely what I needed to hear.
It's easy on the ears, there's no denying that. And the sound is unmistakably OMD's (former OMD founder Paul Humphries even had co-writing credits on two of the songs here: "Very Close to Faraway" and "If You're Still in Love With Me"). But the approach was so stylistically sensitive that even now, in 2004, it makes more sense than half of the filler out there. Furthermore, it's probably the most emotionally genuine album I've ever heard from OMD, including their "roots" days back in the early 80's. "That Was Then" captures McCluskey at his most reflective and sincere ever, his voice harkening back to the vulnerability of Sugar Tax's "Was It Something I Said."
This disc is, note for note, the album I would've chosen to honorably conclude the evolution that was OMD's life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I am a long-time fan of OMD and have been distressd at the band's decreased output in the 1990's. Now that Andy McCluskey has said that OMD is no more, it is with great sadness that I realize that "Universal" is their swan song. But what a way to go out. This is a collection of outstanding tunes: some simply beautiful, bordering on mainstream pop-rock, and others with the unique and iconoclastic flair that is typical OMD. "Walking on the Milky Way" and "The Moon and the Stars" are a great one-two punch. Unusual songs that show that McCluskey and his mates went out at the top of their game. It is reported that OMD is no more because of McCluskey disgust with the lack of support from his label, Virgin. Indeed, this lack of support is shown by he fact that "Universal" was never released in the US. There is, apparently, no place for unique and unusual bands these days in the new world of corporate music conglomerates. Too bad... Give this a listen and you will love it and be amazed at Virgin's stupidity. A fine and unique album in all respects, that, lke most OMD stuff, never got the attentio and respect it deserved. OMD will be greatly missed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic November 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Universal is one of the two best OMD albums--I can't quite decide whether I prefer the elegant chart-topper Sugar Tax or the kaleidiscopic unsung classic that is Universal... Both albums are beautiful, but where Sugar Tax was commercially successful, Universal was inexplicably not; perhaps it is not such a mystery, however, as rumour has it that Andy McCluskey (co-founder, songwriter, and frontman of OMD; he forged on under the OMD banner more or less as a solo artist from 1988-1996, producing three of OMD's greatest albums: Sugar Tax, Liberator, and Universal) had a wretched recording contract and little corporate support. OMD certaintly never received the mainstream radio or TV airplay that they deserved, at least in North America. This, combined with the steady and supreme vapidity that afflicts much of the international pop-youth culture music audience, has ensured that Universal is an unknown diamond-in-the-rough; a fabulous 12-track studded crown of artistic achievement whose relative obscurity and difficulty to obtain satisfies the effort all the more so. I LOVE THIS ALBUM. I can say that I absolutely love 6 of the 12 tracks, really enjoy at least another three, and like or am impartial to 3. At least 75% of the album is excellent material. It shares, with Sugar Tax, an impeccable and glorious, soaring edge of romantic desperation--if there is one thing that Andy McCluskey/OMD has been good at, it is weaving the keening sound of the wounded lover and souful reminiscer into songs that are at once urban-elegant, romantically impassioned, timelessly poignant, cinematically euphoric, sweetly melancholic, downright groovy and eminently danceable... Read more ›
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I am a long-time fan of OMD and have been distressd at the band's decreased output in the 1990's. Now that Andy McCluskey has said that OMD is no more, it is with great sadness that I realize that "Universal" is their swan song. But what a way to go out. This is a collection of outstanding tunes: some simply beautiful, bordering on mainstream pop-rock, and others with the unique and iconoclastic flair that is typical OMD. "Walking on the Milky Way" and "The Moon and the Stars" are a great one-two punch. Unusual songs that show that McCluskey and his mates went out at the top of their game. It is reported that OMD is no more because of McCluskey disgust with the lack of support from his label, Virgin. Indeed, this lack of support is shown by he fact that "Universal" was never released in the US. There is, apparently, no place for unique and unusual bands these days in the new world of corporate music conglomerates. Too bad... Give this a listen and you will love it and be amazed at Virgin's stupidity. A fine and unique album in all respects, that, lke most OMD stuff, never got the attentio and respect it deserved. OMD will be greatly missed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars OMD...Better than ever
GREAT music & deep lyrics. It's like, OMD grown up!! Still has a bit of that 80's sound.I am so pleased with this purchase
Published 5 months ago by Heidi F Blair
3.0 out of 5 stars ANDY ALONE ISN'T OMD
Really, this is an Andy McCluskey album, which is fine. OMD is really OMD when the rest of the gang is there. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ProgrockVT
4.0 out of 5 stars good but not their best
this really should be andy mcluskey's solo album. Not the classic electrinic sound you would expect bur much better than liberator. English electric is the best since sugar tax.
Published 13 months ago by mel cahoon
3.0 out of 5 stars OMD come back
I have had all of OMD's albums at one time in my life and have been desperately trying to recollect them. Darn things don't seem to lower in price. Read more
Published on May 26, 2009 by Marc Jacques
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal: It Should Have Been
OMD is one of the greatest bands ever. My other favorites like the Talking Heads and Elvis Costello get more respect, but OMD never fails to thrill and their lack of respect is... Read more
Published on November 27, 2006 by XraySpex
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to greatness
I've been a fan of OMD for as long as I can remember. I say that, because as most music fans often do, I became especially attached to their work from the '80s. Read more
Published on June 1, 2006 by Kid A
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good final album
I like this album quite a bit, though not as much as Sugar Tax or Liberator. There are a few awesome tracks on this CD that make it worth owning: Walking On the Milky Way of... Read more
Published on January 31, 2006 by Analog
5.0 out of 5 stars beatiful goodbye
este album en mi pais es muy dificil de encontrar, lo encontre de casualidad en un supermercado de mi ciudad, estaba en la seccion de cassetes de 3 dolares, o sea los mas baratos... Read more
Published on January 28, 2004 by dj xanon
4.0 out of 5 stars Universal by OMD
Another example of Virgin Records refusal to release something different in the American market. Andy's writing & performance have never been better, but this recording was... Read more
Published on August 13, 2003 by Jay L. Muenich
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Ending for a Splendid Band
I first heard Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in 1978. I was working as a dishwasher in a restaurant just outside of Albany, NY. Read more
Published on May 11, 2003 by John B. Martin
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