OMD Live: Architecture & Morality & More
Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark
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Good album, but iTunes is ripping us off!
The UK version of this album has 17 songs. Inexplicably, the North American version has 13 (both the U.S. and Canadian stores). I swear the music industry is doing everything in its power to lose the 3 or 4 people who still buy music (myself included). I feel ripped off ... and there's absolutely nothing I can do about it. That said, the abridged album is very good. I feel bad giving it two stars ... but this kind of behaviour by the music industry is so mind-boggling in its stupidity. And when are the labels gonna come to grips with iTunes Plus? I want all my purchases to be iTunes Plus purchases, not this 128kb protected crap. Sorry for the rant, but as a longtime music buyer, this kind of thing really ticks me off. Dave
Superb music, irritating release
OMD's Architecture and Morality was a work of genius.
This *live* recording is great on some levels (the music remains wonderful) but it is marred by the audience background sound, and also by the limited nature of the iTMS release (13 of the original 17 songs on the UK release, and low bit rate, as noted by reviewer "Dave") - hence the 2 star review.
The main reason for the 2 star review though is the absence of the *studio* version of this album on iTMS. It is baffling that iTMS hasn't made the original studio version of the album available. Architecture & Morality is arguably OMD's best album, and certainly one of the best albums of the 80s, and really needs to be heard as a studio version to be fully appreciated.
Formed: 1978 in Liverpool, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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