SP-5186 The Best of OMD
Track 14 by OMD
Released on February 1988
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #46 . . . GOLD RECORD
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T his is the little black box that records the rise and fall of OMD. In the beginning, OMD seemed like a romantic, English version of Kraftwerk. By the time of Architecture & Morality, Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey were combining cold electronics with ethereal melodies to create otherworldly pop music that suggested a romantic vision of the already-English Eno. “Souvenir” and “Maid of Orleans” especially were unlike anything else on the radio. You could argue that OMD at this stage were only an English version of the again-already-English Ultravox, but in 1981 I was ready to cede the title of standard-bearer for the next century of pop music to OMD. Prematurely, obviously. The singles that followed (“Telegraph,” “Locomotion”) were treacly confections, not the high-minded romanticism and experimentalism of past efforts. OMD would succeed occasionally at writing songs that transcended their high sugar content (“Talking Loud And Clear,” “La Femme Accident”), but what remained from the romantic, experimental music of the past was only the romance. This happened to a lot of the bands from the initial new wave period: Ultravox, Simple Minds, Duran Duran and of course the granddaddy of them all, Roxy Music. The Best of OMD chronicles the rise from Kraftwerk klones to romantic visionaries and, on the second half, the descent to dancefloor escorts. The elpee includes all of the major singles, the CD includes many of the minor ones as well. Also included here is a new single, “Dreaming,” recorded before Paul Humphreys left the band. If you think it’s any good, you are. Of course, I thought “If You Leave” was terrible too. If you were going to buy one OMD album, I’d make it Architecture & Morality. However, I’d give this compilation the nod over The OMD Singles, which inexplicably slights Dazzle Ships.

SP-5186 back cover SP-5186 picture sleeve
SP-5186 back cover SP-5186 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. ELECTRICITY    3:33
  2. MESSAGES    4:44
  3. ENOLA GAY    3:24
  4. SOUVENIR    3:37
  5. JOAN OF ARC    3:46
  6. MAID OF ORLEANS    4:12
  7. TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR    (OMD/Martin Cooper)    3:55
  8. TESLA GIRLS    3:32
  9. LOCOMOTION    3:55
  10. SO IN LOVE    (OMD/Stephen Hague)    3:29
  11. SECRET    3:58
  12. IF YOU LEAVE    4:28
  13. FOREVER LIVE AND DIE    3:32
  14. DREAMING    3:56

    CD track listing
  15. ELECTRICITY
  16. MESSAGES
  17. ENOLA GAY
  18. SOUVENIR
  19. JOAN OF ARC
  20. MAID OF ORLEANS
  21. TELEGRAPH
  22. TESLA GIRLS
  23. LOCOMOTION
  24. TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR
  25. SO IN LOVE
  26. SECRET
  27. IF YOU LEAVE
  28. FOREVER LIVE AND DIE
  29. DREAMING
  30. GENETIC ENGINEERING
  31. WE LOVE YOU (12" VERSION)
  32. LA FEMME ACCIDENT (12" VERSION)

    All songs written by OMD unless noted

CREDITS

Andrew Catlin -- photography
Stylorouge -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK February 1988 Virgin LP/CD/CS OMD1/CDOMD1/TCOMD1 gatefold cover, picture sleeve
US February 1988 A&M LP/CD SP/CD-5186 picture sleeve
BRA 1988 Virgin LP/CS 7148037  
CAN 1988 Virgin LP VL-2454  
GER 1988 Virgin LP 208.604 gatefold cover, picture sleeve
JPN 1988 Virgin LPPRO VJL-28007 gatefold cover
NET November 12, 2002 Simply The Best CD 79358  
JPN 2004 EMI CD TOCP-53360  

 

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