20 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings

not too bad

Joe Frank

good incorporation of classic sound with a live performance.

How can you leave off the biggest hit of your career?


Well, i don't even have to listen to it to know it is going to be a downer for US audiences to see that "If You Leave" their biggest hit, was left off this 20 song retrospective live album. Although, with some new songs from their last album, i don't know if i should call it a retrospective, but you get my meaning. How can iTunes or OMD omit "If You Leave"??? Very odd. Very strange. VERY DISAPPOINTING!

Not Retro BUT Very Relavant


This is a great live lp of OMD's 2011 "History of Modern EUROPEAN" Tour. Although nothing can relive the intensity and geniune honesty of witnessing OMD Live in person, it makes a good statement of just how relavant OMD is today and just not rehashing their hits from the glory days. OMD is making great music today and one only hopes that they continue to add new songs to their catalog. Sorry "Mattfair" that, "If you leave" was omitted from the playlist, the song was never a big hit in Europe where the show was recorded.If you really need "If you Leave", I would suggest to purchase one of OMD's live North American Tour shows from the Fall 2011 Tour which are currently available from Omd's website.

About Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark

Featuring the core members Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey, the Liverpudlian synth pop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark formed in the late '70s. Humphreys and McCluskey began performing together in school, playing in the bands VCL XI, Hitlerz Underpantz, and the Id. After the Id split in 1978, McCluskey was with Dalek I Love You for a brief time. Once he left Dalek, he joined with Humphreys and Paul Collister to form Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The group released its first single, "Electricity," on Factory Records; the record led to a contract with the Virgin subsidiary DinDisc. Using their record advance, McCluskey and Humphreys built a studio, which allowed them to replace their four-track, and recorded with drummer Malcolm Holmes (formerly of the Id) and Dave Hughes (formerly of Dalek I Love You).

In 1980, the group released its self-titled debut album. Organisation appeared the same year, which featured the U.K. Top Ten single "Enola Gay"; Hughes was replaced by Martin Cooper after its release. The band's next few albums -- Architecture & Morality (1981), Dazzle Ships (1983), and Junk Culture (1984) -- found the band experimenting with its sound, resulting in several U.K. hit singles. Recorded with two new members, Graham and Neil Weir, Crush, their most pop-oriented album, found more success in America than in Britain as the single "So in Love" hit number 26 on the charts. "If You Leave," taken from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack, was their biggest American hit, climbing to number four in 1986. The Pacific Age was released the same year, yet America was the only country where it was popular. Shortly after its release, the Weir brothers left the band, followed by Holmes, Cooper, and Humphreys. McCluskey continued with the band, releasing Sugar Tax in 1991; in the meantime, Humphreys formed the Listening Pool.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark returned with Liberator in 1993. It was followed three years later with Universal, which saw Humphreys return for some co-writing credits. By the late '90s, McCluskey had moved into artist management, while Humphreys revived the OMD name for occasional shows.

A full-blown reunion came in 2006, including both McCluskey and Humphreys plus Holmes and Cooper. Initially, OMD toured around a full-album performance of Architecture & Morality, and released one of their performances as Live: Architecture & Morality and More. Finally, in 2010, the new album History of Modern appeared on the 100% label. The album English Electric followed in 2013, with a guest appearance from Propaganda's lead vocalist, Claudia Brücken. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Liverpool, England




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