In a career stretching over 40 years, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark are being blessed with a new all encompassing compilation which is the first to include material from since they reformed in 2006. Formed in the 1970s by school friends Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys in The Wirral, UK, they shared a distaste for “macho” guitar rock and inspired by groups like Kraftwerk who only operated synthesizers and electronics forged ahead with their synthpop vision and by the late 70s they were counted among a slew of like minded young groups who also had put guitars to one side.
They signed with Virgin Records and immediately starting clocking up hits in their native UK which are all included here: “Enola Gay”, “Souvenir”, “Joan Of Arc”, and “Maid Of Orleans” all went Top 10 with success arriving in Australia and throughout Europe too. By the mid-80s the group moved towards more straight forward pop arrangements and production and although the first album in this new direction continued their early success with hits like “Locomotion” and “Talking Loud And Clear”, subsequent albums saw their star fade in Europe but ironically they were getting more popular in the US with these records.
Their first best of released in 1988 was a huge seller and they seemed primed for a breakthrough in the world’s biggest music market. However, the band splinted leaving Andy as the only member of the group. He got some new members and returned in 1991 with the album ‘Sugar Tax’ and the hit singles “Sailing On The Seven Seas” and “Pandora’s Box”. Diminishing returns with their next two albums led to Andy bring OMD to a halt in 1996 and moved into management and production finding big success with the pop group Atomic Kitten.
In 2006 most of the classic line up got back together to firstly tour and then start writing and recording new material. In the 2010s they issued three brand new albums and the singles from these records are included in this latest package. A fantastic deluxe edition has plenty of unreleased material for the diehard fan whilst if you have a passing interest in OMD or 1980s pop music in general you will definitely not go wrong adding this set to your collection!