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The OMD Singles

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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." The last original member, Andy McCluskey, has blessed this greatest-hits package as the final swan song for the long-lived group. Originating in post-punk synth experimentation and closing in dated, but still strong, pop productions, The OMD Singles is an excellent time line of the band whose sound covered in a single career that same territory explored by the Human League, Erasure, Yaz, New Order, and beyond. ~ Tom Schulte
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Electricity Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:26
  3. 2 Messages Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4:42
  4. 3 Enola Gay Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:30
  5. 4 Souvenir Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:32
  6. 5 Joan of Arc Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:45
  7. 6 Maid of Orleans Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4:9
  8. 7 Tesla Girls Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:33
  9. 8 Locomotion Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:50
  10. 9 Talking Loud and Clear Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:49
  11. 10 So in Love Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:27
  12. 11 If You Leave Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4:27
  13. 12 (Forever) Live and Die Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:33
  14. 13 Dreaming Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:51
  15. 14 Sailing on the Seven Seas Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:43
  16. 15 Pandora's Box Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4:3
  17. 16 Call My Name Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4:14
  18. 17 Dream of Me Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:50
  19. 18 Walking on the Milky Way Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4:1

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