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In the late 70s and early 80s Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) were one of the most influential electronic pop acts of all time, but has their sound stood the test of time to remain relevant now?
Architecture & Morality: The Singles is an odd reissue.
It’s not a reissue of the album, Architecture & Morality, instead it’s a collection of just three singles that came from the album plus related material.
That includes demos that weren’t released previously, studio sessions and live performances.
Thus, despite being 17 tracks long, it’s a relatively short and sweet introduction to the band at the highest point of their career.
The centerpieces of the show are Souvenir (a beautiful, haunting number), Joan of Arc (which seems to expand on the pomp and brilliance of Enola Gay) and Maid of Orleans (an epic track if ever there was one).
You really can’t go wrong with that and if you want a taste of OMD’s brilliance, this is a great way to go about it.
You can grab a copy online here.
The first time Nicholas went to a live gig, 31 years ago, it turned out to be an Iron Maiden secret gig and he became hooked on the music scene. He was one of the founding writers for Astro Zombie a heavy metal and new world techno-inspired zine and his interview with Rob Caggiano of Anthrax brought in over 300,000 readers. He’s based out of Southeast Asia now, but his love of music is as strong and diverse as ever.