Architecture & Morality [Bonus Tracks/Bonus DVD]

Architecture & Morality [Bonus Tracks/Bonus DVD]

by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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. The mid-song instrumental break, with its shifted tempos and further wordless calls, is especially inspired. "Joan of Arc," meanwhile, takes the drama of "Enola Gay" to new heights; again, wordless vocals provide the intro and backing, while an initially quiet melody develops into a towering heartbreaker, with Andy McCluskey and band in full flight. If that wasn't enough, the scenario was continued and made even more epic with "Maid of Orleans," starting with a quick-cut series of melancholic drones and shades before a punchy, then rolling martial beat kicks in, with Malcolm Holmes and technology in perfect combination. With another bravura McCluskey lead and a mock-bagpipe lead that's easily more entrancing than the real thing, it's a wrenching ballad like no other before it and little since. Any number of other high points can be named, such as the opening, "The New Stone Age," with McCluskey's emotional fear palpable over a rough combination of nervous electronic pulses, piercing keyboard parts, and slightly distorted guitar. "She's Leaving" achieves its own polished pop perfection -- it would have made an inspired choice for a fourth single if one had been forthcoming -- while the heartbreaking "Sealand" and "Georgia" hint at where OMD would go next, with Dazzle Ships. [The 2007 EMI edition includes the same 7 bonus tracks as the 2003 reissue but adds a DVD made up of the videos for "Souvenir" and "Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)," their October 1981 performance on Top of the Pops and 14 songs from a 1981 live performance at the Theatre Royal.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
Label:
Emd Int'l
UPC:
0094638907527
catalogNumber:
389075
Rank:
114842

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The New Stone Age
  2. She's Leaving
  3. Souvenir
  4. Sealand
  5. Joan of Arc
  6. Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans)
  7. Architecture and Morality
  8. Georgia
  9. The Beginning and the End
  10. Extended Souvenir
  11. Motion and Heart
  12. Sacred Heart
  13. The Romance of the Telescope
  14. Navigation
  15. Of All the Things We've Made
  16. Gravity Never Failed
  17. DVD - Souvenir (Promo Video)
  18. DVD - Joan of Arc (Top of the Pops Version)
  19. DVD - Maid of Orleans (Waltz Joan of Arc)
  20. DVD - Almost (Live at Drury Lane)
  21. DVD - Mystereality (Live at Drury Lane)
  22. DVD - Joan of Arc (Live at Drury Lane)
  23. DVD - Maid of Orleans (Live at Drury Lane)
  24. DVD - Statues (Live at Drury Lane)
  25. DVD - Souvenir (Live at Drury Lane)
  26. DVD - New Stone Age (Live at Drury Lane)
  27. DVD - Enola Gay (Live at Drury Lane)
  28. DVD - Bunker Soldiers (Live at Drury Lane)
  29. DVD - Electricity (Live at Drury Lane)
  30. DVD - She's Leaving (Live at Drury Lane)
  31. DVD - Julia's Song (Live at Drury Lane)
  32. DVD - Stanlow (Live at Drury Lane)

Disc 2

  1. Souvenir
  2. Joan of Arc
  3. Maid of New Orleans (The Waltz of Joan of Arc)
  4. Almost
  5. Mystereality
  6. Joan of Arc
  7. Motion and Heart
  8. Maid of New Orleans
  9. Statues
  10. Souvenir
  11. New Stone Age
  12. Enola Gay
  13. Bunker Soldiers
  14. Electricity
  15. She's Leaving
  16. Julia's Song
  17. Stanlow

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark   Primary Artist
Malcolm Holmes   Percussion,Drums,Synthesizer Bass,electronic percussion
Andy McCluskey   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Reeds,Vocals,Mellotron,electronic percussion
Paul Humphreys   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Melodica,Mellotron,electronic percussion
Michael Douglas   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Martin Cooper   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Howard Gray   Engineer
Mike Howlett   Producer
Richard Manwaring   Producer,Engineer
Andy McCluskey   Programming,Liner Notes
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark   Producer
Brian Tench   Engineer
Paul Morley   Liner Notes
Paul Humphreys   Programming,Liner Notes

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