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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Junk Culture (1984) [Reissue 2001]

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Junk Culture (1984) [Reissue 2001]

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Junk Culture (1984) [Reissue 2001]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 268 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 101 MB | Covers - 8 MB
Genre: Synth-pop, New Wave | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin/Disky (VI 646342)

Smarting from Dazzle Ships' commercial failure, the band had a bit of a rethink when it came to their fifth album - happily, the end result showed that the group was still firing on all fours. While very much a pop-oriented album and a clear retreat from the exploratory reaches of previous work, Junk Culture was no sacrifice of ideals in pursuit of cash. In comparison to the group's late-'80s work, when it seemed commercial success was all that mattered, Junk Culture exhibits all the best qualities of OMD at their most accessible - instantly memorable melodies and McCluskey's distinct singing voice, clever but emotional lyrics, and fine playing all around…

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Pacific Age (1986)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Pacific Age (1986)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Pacific Age (1986)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 258 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 95 MB | Covers - 19 MB
Genre: Synth-pop, New Wave | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin (0777 7 86705 2 0, CDV 2398)

The Pacific Age is the last OMD album to feature founding member Paul Humphreys (although The Best of OMD does collect a pair of subsequent singles). With producer Stephen Hague returning and guests Graham and Neil Weir elevated to full-time members, OMD aggressively targets the American pop market cultivated with Crush and the Top Ten single "If You Leave." With the Weirs' horns and a trio of female backing vocalists, the music on The Pacific Age sounds larger than life (the opening "Stay" in particular), a trait common to popular music in the mid-'80s. The added production value and better material represent an improvement over Crush, despite the opinion of some that The Pacific Age is a bland sellout. It's true that tracks like "(Forever) Live and Die," "Shame," and "Goddess of Love" are more style than substance, but it's a style that plays to OMD's mastery of melody and mood…

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Sugar Tax (1991)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Sugar Tax (1991)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Sugar Tax (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 333 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 122 MB | Covers - 47 MB
Genre: Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin Records America (0777 7 86234 2 7, V2-86234)

With the split between McCluskey and the rest of the band resolved by the former's decision to carry on with the band's name on his own, the question before Sugar Tax's appearance was whether the change would spark a new era of success for someone who clearly could balance artistic and commercial impulses in a winning fashion. The answer, based on the album - not entirely. The era of Architecture and Morality wouldn't be revisited anyway, for better or for worse, but instead of delightful confections with subtle heft like "Enola Gay" and "Tesla Girls," on Sugar Tax McCluskey is comfortably settled into a less-spectacular range of songs that only occasionally connect…

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Organisation (1980)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Organisation (1980)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Organisation (1980)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 228 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 94 MB | Covers - 17 MB
Genre: Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin (DIDCD6)

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. The outrageous use of the atomic bomb scenario - especially striking given the era's nuclear war fears - informs the seemingly giddy song with a cut-to-the-quick fear and melancholy, and the result is captivating…

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Shame [CDS] (1987)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Shame [CDS] (1987)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Shame [CDS] (1987)
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 135 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 52 MB | Covers - 11 MB
Genre: Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin (MIKE 938-12)

Shame is an OMD song first issued on the group's seventh studio album The Pacific Age in 1986, and later re-recorded and issued as their twentieth single in 1987. The song was written by OMD, including the Weir brothers, and the original album track was produced by Stephen Hague, while Rhett Davies was recruited for the re-recorded single version. This was the first time since messages that OMD had completely re-recorded an already issued track for single release.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are one of the earliest, most commercially successful, and enduring synth pop groups. Inspired most by the advancements of Kraftwerk and striving at one point "to be ABBA and Stockhausen," they've continually drawn from early electronic music as they've alternately disregarded, mutated, or embraced the conventions of the three-minute pop song…

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Live at the Liverpool Empire (2019)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Live at the Liverpool Empire (2019)

OMD - Live at the Liverpool Empire (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 752 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 250 MB | Covers - 64 MB
Genre: Synth-pop, New Wave | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Live Here Now (LHN071CD)

This live album was recorded at OMD's show at the Liverpool Empire on 4th November, the hometown show on the 40th Anniversary Greatest Hits tour.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are one of the earliest, most commercially successful, and enduring synth pop groups. Inspired most by the advancements of Kraftwerk and striving at one point "to be ABBA and Stockhausen," they've continually drawn from early electronic music as they've alternately disregarded, mutated, or embraced the conventions of the three-minute pop song. Outside their native England, OMD are known primarily for "Maid of Orleans" and the Pretty in Pink soundtrack smash "If You Leave," yet they scored 18 additional charting U.K. singles in the '80s alone…

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Architecture & Morality Singles (2021)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Architecture & Morality Singles (2021)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Architecture & Morality Singles (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 419 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 146 Mb | 01:03:30
Synthpop | Label: EMI Records

To mark the records’s 40th anniversary, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark will release the three singles from 1981’s Architecture & Morality together on one album, along with associated tracks: unreleased demos, studio sessions and live performances.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - History of Modern (2010) [Limited Edition 2CD+DVD]

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - History of Modern (2010) [Limited Edition 2CD+DVD]

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - History of Modern (2010) [Limited Edition 2CD+DVD]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 651 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 226 MB | Covers - 109 MB
DVD5 | Video: MPEG 2, 720x480 (16:9), 29.970 fps | Audio: AC-3, 48.0 KHz, 2 ch, 192 Kbps | 1,34 GB
Genre: Synth-pop, New Wave | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Undo Records (CDUN25B)

A 2005 appearance on a German television program, followed by a tour - throughout which the original four members performed 1981's Architecture & Morality in its entirety - culminated in the first OMD album since 1996 (and this particular quartet’s first since 1986). History of Modern, for the most part, sounds like OMD. There are two alarming exceptions: “Sometimes” incorporates turntable scratching and guest vocalist Jennifer John, who interjects with lines from “Motherless Child,” while “Pulse” is oversexed and awkward neo-electro sleaze, full of bedroom whispers, moans, and yearning yelps. Most updates to the group’s sound are natural, though only a handful of the songs - the placid ballad “New Holy Ground” and the somehow cathartic and pensive “Green” especially - rate with the earlier material…

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (1980) [Reissue 2003]

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (1980) [Reissue 2003]

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (1980) [Reissue 2003]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 404 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 144 MB | Covers - 106 MB
Genre: Synth-pop, New Wave | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin (DIDCDR2, 7243 581505 2 0)

OMD's first full album won as much attention for its brilliant die-cut cover - another example of Peter Saville's cutting-edge way around design - as for its music, and its music is wonderful. For all that, this is a young band, working for just about the last time with original percussionist Winston; there's both a variety and ambition present that never overreaches itself. The influences are perfectly clear throughout, but McCluskey and Humphreys would have been the last people to deny how Kraftwerk, Sparks, and other avatars of post-guitar pop touched them. What's undeniably thrilling, though, is how quickly the two synthesized their own style. Consider "Almost," with its dramatic keyboard opening suddenly shifting into a collage of wheezing sound beats and McCluskey's precise bass and heartfelt, lovelorn singing and lyrics…

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality (1981)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality (1981)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality (1981)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 216 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 90 MB | Covers - 30 MB
Genre: Synth-pop, New Wave | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin (CDID 12)

If there was a clear high point for OMD in terms of balancing relentless experimentation and seemingly unstoppable mainstream success in the U.K., Architecture & Morality is it. Again combining everything from design and presentation to even the title into an overall artistic effort, this album showed that OMD was arguably the first Liverpool band since the later Beatles to make such a sweeping, all-bases-covered achievement - more so because OMD owed nothing to the Fab Four. All it takes is a consideration of the three smash singles from the album to see the group in full flower. "Souvenir," featuring Paul Humphreys in a quiet but still warm and beautiful lead role, eases in on haunting semi-vocal sighs before settling into its gentle, sparkling melody…

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Singles Collection [13CD] (1991-2010)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Singles Collection [13CD] (1991-2010)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Singles Collection [13CD] (1991-2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 1,5 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 517 MB | Covers - 316 MB
Genre: Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin, A&M Records, Blue Noise

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are one of the earliest, most commercially successful, and enduring synth pop groups. Inspired most by the advancements of Kraftwerk and striving at one point "to be ABBA and Stockhausen," they've continually drawn from early electronic music as they've alternately disregarded, mutated, or embraced the conventions of the three-minute pop song. Outside their native England, OMD are known primarily for "Maid of Orleans" and the Pretty in Pink soundtrack smash "If You Leave," yet they scored 18 additional charting U.K. singles in the '80s alone. These hits supported inventive albums such as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (1980), Architecture & Morality (1981), and commercial suicide-turned-cult classic Dazzle Ships (1983)…

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Night Café [Maxi-Single] (2013)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Night Café [Maxi-Single] (2013)

OMD - Night Cafe [Maxi-Single] (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 263 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 101 MB | Covers - 23 MB
Genre: Synth-pop, New Wave | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: BMG/100% Records (100CD31)

This is the third, and apparently, the last single of OMD taken from their 2013 album "English Electric". The CD is divided in two parts: "Night Café" in five different versions and… five non-album B-Sides, including the never released before "Kill Me". As per "Night Café", we have of course, the album version that really didn't need any further editing or remixing as the song in itself is just brilliant. A pure typical OMD songs in the vein of ‘Secret’ or "If You Leave", with a more melancholic and darker side probably. The four remixes are just what a New Wave fan expect from a remix: just enough experimentation and twittering, extending and fresh production with great respect of the artist's work, keeping some synth lines and not playing too much with vocals.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - The Punishment Of Luxury: B Sides & Bonus Material (2017)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - The Punishment Of Luxury: B Sides & Bonus Material (2017)

OMD - The Punishment Of Luxury: B Sides & Bonus Material (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 315 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 106 MB | Covers - 30 MB
Genre: Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: 100% Records (100CD 75)

The tracklisting collects together all of the B sides, radio edits, extended 12″ mixes and remixes from The Punishment of Luxury era and brings them to CD for the very first time.
This B Sides & Bonus Material release effectively rounds up three singles, delivering ten tracks made up of three non-album B-sides, three single mixes and four extended mixes.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - So80s (SoEighties) presents OMD (2011)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - So80s (SoEighties) presents OMD (2011)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - So80s (SoEighties) presents OMD (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 586 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 189 MB | Covers - 31 MB
Genre: Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: EMI/Soundcolours (50999 094370 2 9)

Curated by DJ/production duo Blank & Jones, the So80s ("So Eighties") series compiles 12" versions and rare B-sides of artists who had their heyday in the '80s. This collection features classic extended mixes of some of OMD's biggest tracks including 'If You Leave', 'Telegraph', 'Dreaming', 'So in Love', 'Tesla Girls' and many others. While the tracks were selected by Blank & Jones, none of the titles were mixed by them.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The OMD Singles (1998)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The OMD Singles (1998)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The OMD Singles (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 492 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 169 MB | Covers - 39 MB
Genre: Synth-pop, New Wave | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin (7243 8 46861 2 3)

Looking back on 20 years of creative growth since the electro-pop band's inception, The OMD Singles is logically and chronologically arranged. The earliest recordings, 1980's "Electricity" and "Messages," prove electric messages were being channeled from such German pioneers as Kraftwerk and Neu! These English boys were enamored of melody, though, and it was not long before such dulcet, song-like structure became self-evident, as in 1984's "Tesla Girls." From then on, it is a steady climb in coherence, with synth rhythms downplayed in order to bring the melodic theme to the front. The pinnacle of this progression is OMD's memorable "So in Love" (1985) and "If You Leave" (from 1986's Pretty in Pink). The album closes with their last hit, 1996's glam-influenced autobiography "Walking on the Milky Way"…