Architecture & Morality is the third album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1981. It is the group's most commercially and critically successful album, selling over 3 million copies. The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Limited 2008 two disc (CD + DVD) edition of this collection from the Synth Pop duo, celebrating their 30th Anniversary as a recording unit. The 20 track CD features all the hits and fan favorites including 'Electricity', 'Enola Gay', 'Joan Of Arc', 'Tesla Girls', 'Sailing On The Seven Seas' and more. The accompanying DVD boasts 31 promo videos, of which 28 have never been available before on DVD and 11 are released for the first time. An excellent package for the hardcore fan and the OMD novice. Party like it's 1982! EMI.
After a delay in 2006, New Romantics old and, well…new can enjoy the highly anticipated release of OMD's Architecture and Morality, remastered and enhanced with DVD footage. This third album from the bruised nucleus of bassist/singer Andy McCluskey and keyboardist/electronics enthusiast Paul Humphreys is often regarded as their seminal work, not least because it achieved critical and commercial success (over three million sales and several top ten hits) unlike its predecessor Organisation (for all its sonic ambition, overly challenging) and its follow up Dazzle Ships (which lacked memorable songs).
English Electric, is OMD‘s second album since their hiatus, but it’s the first one to truly justify their reformation. Lead singer Andy McCluskey may be in his fifties, but his vocals have been left untarnished by age, with his voice sounding just as wonderfully melodramatic as it did in the ’80s. He hits some big notes on this album, especially on lead single “Metroland”, and even backing vocalist Paul Humphreys gets a showcase of his singing chops on the evocative ballad “Stay with Me”.
On their second album since their 2005 reunion, synth pop pioneers Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark rekindle the spirit of two new wave classics, the first being their own "slept on" masterpiece from 1983, Dazzle Ships, an album that pushed the boundaries sonically. From the blippy, robotic, and almost musique concrète opener "Please Remain Seated" to the geometric sleeve that credits DZ designer Peter Saville with Executive Art Design, English Electric carries on the pop-meets-avant-garde spirit of that fan favorite album.
Universal is the tenth album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1996. It features songwriting contributions from founder member Paul Humphreys, who departed the band in 1988, and Karl Bartos (formerly of Kraftwerk). The album spawned the band's first Top 20 hit in the UK for 5 years with the track "Walking on the Milky Way".
If OMD's debut album showed the band could succeed just as well on full-length efforts as singles, Organisation upped the ante even further, situating the band in the enviable position of at once being creative innovators and radio-friendly pop giants. That was shown as much by the astounding lead track and sole single from the album, "Enola Gay." Not merely a great showcase for new member Holmes, whose live-wire drumming took the core electronic beat as a launching point and easily outdid it, "Enola Gay" is a flat-out pop classic – clever, heartfelt, thrilling, and confident, not to mention catchy and arranged brilliantly…
Universal is the tenth album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1996. It features songwriting contributions from founder member Paul Humphreys, who departed the band in 1988, and Karl Bartos (formerly of Kraftwerk). The album spawned the band's first Top 20 hit in the UK for 5 years with the track "Walking on the Milky Way" .
During the mid-'70s, Germany's Kraftwerk established the sonic blueprint followed by an extraordinary number of artists in the decades to come. From the British new romantic movement to hip-hop to techno, the group's self-described "robot pop" – hypnotically minimal, obliquely rhythmic music performed solely via electronic means – resonates in virtually every new development to impact the contemporary pop scene of the late- 20th century, and as pioneers of the electronic music form, their enduring influence cannot be overstated…
Roger Waters was Pink Floyd's grand conceptualist, the driving force behind such albums as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall. In the wake of Syd Barrett's departure, Waters emerged as a formidable songwriter, but it's this stretch of '70s albums – each one nearly symphonic in its reach – that established him as a distinctive, idiosyncratic voice within rock and, following his departure from Floyd in 1985, he continued to create new works in this vein (notably, 1992's Amused to Death) and capitalized on the enduring popularity of his old band by staging live revivals of Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall in their entireties…