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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"…

Pet Shop Boys - Super (2016)

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Pet Shop Boys - Super (2016)

Pet Shop Boys - Super (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 330 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 111 MB | Covers - 32 MB
Genre: Synth-pop, House | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: X2 Recordings (x2 0008 CD1)

Coming almost three years after their excellent, unexpected, and infectious LP Electric, 2016's Super is the second album where the Pet Shop Boys call themselves "electronic purists," holing up in the studio with returning producer Stuart Price and a mess of PCs, drum machines, and synths. The musical landscape is the same and still, it's not a sequel or a very proper follow-up. It feels confident, loose, and free like a swaggering epilogue, like the smaller Quantum of Solace following the epic Casino Royale. At first, everything is in its place, as nostalgic single "The Pop Kids" acts as this album's "Being Boring" with alluring house music and quintessential PSB lyrics ("I studied History while you did biology/To you the human body didn't hold any mystery")…

Devo - Freedom Of Choice (1980)

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Devo - Freedom Of Choice (1980)

Devo - Freedom Of Choice (1980)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 201 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 92 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 3435-2 | Time: 00:32:31 | Scans included
New Wave, Post-Punk, Synthpop, American Punk

Freedom of Choice is the third studio album by the American new wave band Devo. It was originally released in May 1980 on the Warner Bros. label. The album contained their biggest hit, "Whip It", which hit No. 8 and No. 14 on the Billboard Club Play Singles and Pop Singles charts, respectively. Freedom of Choice peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

Devo - Hot Potatoes: The Best Of Devo (1993)

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Devo - Hot Potatoes: The Best Of Devo (1993)

Devo - Hot Potatoes: The Best Of Devo (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 382 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans ~ 43 Mb
Label: Virgin Records Ltd. | # CDVM 9016, 0777 7 86805 2 9 | Time: 01:02:35
New Wave, Post-Punk, Synthpop, American Punk, College Rock, Dance Rock, Punk Rock

Hot Potatoes is the best available single-disc overview of Devo's career, hitting nearly all of the most significant moments from their first five albums, as well as including the non-LP singles "Be Stiff" and "Working in a Coalmine." "Whip It" and "Freedom of Choice" are here, of course, as are cult favorites "Jocko Homo," "Mongoloid," "Satisfaction (I Can't Get Me No)," plus many more. However, even if it's the best available, it isn't that widely available in the U.S.; plus, Devo's first three albums in particular all have at least a few fine songs that aren't included here. But if you only want one disc and don't mind hunting a bit, Hot Potatoes: The Best of Devo is superior to the American Greatest Hits, which for some reason does not feature "Mongoloid," one of the most obvious choices for a Devo hits collection.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Flaunt It (Deluxe Edition) (1986/2020)

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Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Flaunt It (Deluxe Edition) (1986/2020)

Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Flaunt It (Deluxe Edition) (1986/2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 1,37 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 456 Mb | 03:19:01
Electronic, New Wave, Synthpop | Label: Cherry Red Records

Deluxe 4CD set showcasing one of the most notable albums of the mid-1980s, and the phenomenon that surrounded it.

Alphaville - Catching Rays On Giant (2010)

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Alphaville - Catching Rays On Giant (2010)

Alphaville - Catching Rays On Giant (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 365 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans ~ 173 Mb
Label: Universal Music Group, We Love Music | # 06025 2750762 0 | Time: 00:51:15
Synthpop, Electronic, Electro, Dance-Rock

Alphaville's 2010 comeback album sets the time at defiance, playing as if the last two decades never existed, but the band's return to its prime form is so flawless the record sounds almost timeless. Thirteen years since their last commercial studio album, they pick up where synth pop left off: midtempo beats impossible not to tap to, romantic and nervous keyboard textures that take that space ambience of Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream and put it to work, and dramatic vocals with a weepy edge, like Erasure is still the hottest new thing in town. This is supposed to sound plastic, but it doesn't, the hooks are too good, the melodies too convincing, and the mood is pinned down perfectly, as if the band spent all the time since 1997's Salvation working full-time to polish their stuff (though, as Axl Rose demonstrated, that's not necessarily a good thing). Besides, good dance-pop music hasn't really changed much since Alphaville's heyday, and there's since been plenty of synth pop aficionados keeping the flame alive and making Catching Rays on Giant relevant, but even if the style had been buried and forgotten after "Forever Young," this record would still shine through simply on the strength of its songwriting.

Depeche Mode - Singles 19-24 [6CD Box Set] (2004)

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Depeche Mode - Singles 19-24 [6CD Box Set] (2004)

Depeche Mode - Singles 19-24 [6CD Box Set] (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 1,99 GB | Covers - 266 MB
Genre: Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mute (DMBX4)

The fourth, fifth, and sixth box sets dedicated to compiling all of Depeche Mode's single releases were put out in 2004, 13 years after the first three originally appeared. All of these sets provide a convenience for hardcore fans since they provide each single in its own slim jewel case. Needless to say, those who bought the original singles as they were released will be flustered once again. The fourth set, covering 1987 through 1990, includes the "Strangelove," "Never Let Me Down Again," "Behind the Wheel," "Everything Counts (Live)," "Personal Jesus," and "Enjoy the Silence" singles. At this point in Depeche Mode's career, each A-side was being remixed several times over; when not filled out with live material or the occasional nonalbum track, the discs contain anywhere between a few and several alternate looks.

The Human League - Albums Collection 1980-2001 (13CD) [Re-Up]

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The Human League - Albums Collection 1980-2001 (13CD) [Re-Up]

The Human League - Albums Collection 1980-2011 (13CD)
EAC | FLAC (Cue&Log) ~ 4.39 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.6 Gb | Scans ~ 800 Mb | Time: 11:43:09
Electronic, New Wave, Synthpop, Electropop, New Romantic, Dance-Rock

The Human League are an English electronic New Wave band formed in Sheffield in 1977. The band had an early hit with "Being Boiled", but achieved stardom after a key change in line-up in 1980, releasing multiple international hits from the early 1980s to the mid 1990s. Dare (1981), the band's most popular album, yielded the single "Don't You Want Me", a No. 1 hit in the UK, US, and many other territories. Other international hits include: "Love Action", "Open Your Heart", "Mirror Man", "Fascination", "The Lebanon", "Human" (a US No. 1) and "Tell Me When".

A-ha - Scoundrel Days (1986) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2010]

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A-ha - Scoundrel Days (1986) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2010]

A-ha - Scoundrel Days (1986) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 991 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 333 MB | Covers - 171 MB
Genre: Synth-pop, New Wave | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Rhino (8122798000)

While not quite as strong as the band's debut, Scoundrel Days is still a-ha succeeding as a marketed "pretty boy" band which can connect musically and lyrically as much as any musical sacred cow. The opening two songs alone make for one of the best one-two opening punches around: the tense edge of the title track, featuring one of Morten Harket's soaring vocals during the chorus and a crisp, pristine punch in the music, and "The Swing of Things," a moody, elegant number with a beautiful synth/guitar arrangement (plus some fine drumming courtesy of studio pro Michael Sturgis) and utterly lovelorn lyrical sentiments that balance on the edge of being overheated without quite going over. Although the rest of the disc never quite hits as high as the opening, it comes close more often than not…

Pet Shop Boys - Bilingual / Further Listening 1995-1997 (1996) [Remastered 2018]

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Pet Shop Boys - Bilingual / Further Listening 1995-1997 (1996) [Remastered 2018]

Pet Shop Boys - Bilingual / Further Listening 1995-1997 (1996) [Remastered 2018]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 933 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 304 MB | Covers - 225 MB
Genre: Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Parlophone (0190295788292)

As a title, Bilingual is a double-edged sword. Disregard its sexual connotations and concentrate on its musical implications - Bilingual is a rich, diverse album that delves deeply into Latin rhythms. It's not a crass, simplistic fusion, where the polyphonic rhythms are simply grafted over synthesizers and a disco pulse. Instead, Bilingual is an enormously subtle album, with shifting rhythms and graceful, understated melodies. The music isn't the only thing subtle about the album - Neil Tennant's voice and lyrics are nuanced, suggesting more than they actually say. Furthermore, Bilingual consists of the most optimistic, happy set of songs the Pet Shop Boys have ever recorded…

A-ha - Cast In Steel (2015) [2CD Deluxe Edition]

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A-ha - Cast In Steel (2015) [2CD Deluxe Edition]

A-ha - Cast In Steel (2015) [2CD Deluxe Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 526 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 178 MB | Covers - 239 MB
Genre: Pop Rock, Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Polydor/We Love Music (06025 4749844 1)

So much excitement and anticipation brewed among fans and critics alike soon after the members of A-ha, whom called it a day (or two) in 2010, announced almost five years later that they would reunite albeit only for one album and a world tour. True to their words, A-ha eventually unleashed their most-awaited new album on September 4th. Entitled "Cast in Steel", it is the tenth studio full-length of the Norwegian trio.
"Cast in Steel" is yet another well-planned, well-written, and well-arranged masterpiece. It is steeped in melancholic poetry; cast in Pop, New Wave, and Classical sensibilities; and painted with catchy choruses and memorable melodies…

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Universal (1996)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Universal (1996)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Universal (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 330 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 119 MB | Covers - 84 MB
Genre: Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin (CDV2807, 7243 8 41978 2 7)

Universal is the tenth studio album by English electronic band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), released on 2 September 1996 by Virgin Records. Frontman Andy McCluskey opted for a more organic, acoustic sound on the record, which spawned the singles "Walking on the Milky Way" (a UK no. 17 hit) and "Universal". The media's resistance to OMD, who were rendered unfashionable by the prevalence of indie rock and Britpop, prompted McCluskey to dissolve the group. Universal would remain their final album for over a decade until the band's reunion.

Depeche Mode - Singles 13-18 [6CD Box Set] (1991)

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Depeche Mode - Singles 13-18 [6CD Box Set] (1991)

Depeche Mode - Singles 13-18 [6CD Box Set] (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 1,2 GB | Covers - 254 MB
Genre: Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mute (DMBX3)

The third box, covering 1985 through 1987, includes the "Shake the Disease," "It's Called a Heart," "Stripped," "A Question of Lust," "A Question of Time," and "Little 15" singles. Across the six discs included, there's a wealth of alternate mixes and decent excerpts from the Birmingham stop of the group's Black Celebration tour. Each single is packaged individually in a slim jewel case, providing a convenience for hardcore fans.

Pet Shop Boys - Very / Further Listening 1992-1994 (1993) [Remastered 2018]

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Pet Shop Boys - Very / Further Listening 1992-1994 (1993) [Remastered 2018]

Pet Shop Boys - Very / Further Listening 1992-1994 (1993) [Remastered 2018]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 961 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 313 MB | Covers - 259 MB
Genre: Synth-pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Parlophone (0190295809164)

Because they work in a field that isn't usually taken seriously, the Pet Shop Boys are often ignored in the rock world. But make no mistake - they are one of the most talented pop outfits working today, witty and melodic with a fine sense of flair. Very is one of their very best records, expertly weaving between the tongue-in-cheek humor of "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing," the quietly shocking "Can You Forgive Her?," and the bizarrely moving cover of the Village People's "Go West." Alternately happy and melancholy, Very is the Pet Shop Boys at their finest.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dazzle Ships (1983) [Reissue 2008]

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dazzle Ships (1983) [Reissue 2008]

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dazzle Ships (1983) [Reissue 2008]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 372 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 144 MB | Covers - 94 MB
Genre: Synth-pop, Electronic | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin (CDVR 2261, 50999 522567 2 1)

OMD's glistening run of top-flight singles and chart domination came to a temporary but dramatic halt with Dazzle Ships, the point where the band's pushing of boundaries reached their furthest limit. McCluskey, Humphreys, and company couldn't take many listeners with them, though, and it's little surprise why - a couple of moments aside, Dazzle Ships is pop of the most fragmented kind, a concept album released in an era that had nothing to do with such conceits. On its own merits, though, it is dazzling indeed, a Kid A of its time that never received a comparative level of contemporary attention and appreciation. Indeed, Radiohead's own plunge into abstract electronics and meditations on biological and technological advances seems to be echoing the themes and construction of Dazzle Ships…