20 years since the release of our debut album – how do we celebrate it? With a tour and a special release, ofcourse! The touring part went down well (thank you very much) so now it's time for a release: 3 CDs and a DVD in a great looking digipack: “20th Anniversary: Special Edition” contains 25 songs carefully picked by the band from all of our 11 studio albums, 1 new song (written/recorded this summer for this special occasion), 3 newly recorded "unplugged" versions of previously released tracks and a DVD including all the promotional videoclips from our past.
"The Waltz King," violinist André Rieu, headlines this performance film from 2007, that is oriented more heavily toward pop than classical music. Selections include: "Auld Lang Syne," "Lara's Theme," "Tea for Two," "Wiener Blut," "Hava Nagila" and many more.
Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys make up Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, who were responsible for some of the catchiest and brightest synth pop that the '80s had to offer. O.M.D.'s material was a step above other keyboard pop music of the time, thanks to the combination of intelligently crafted hooks and colorful rhythms that bounced and jittered with pristine charm. Their squeaky-clean brilliancy initiated by both their synthesizers and subdued yet attractive vocal styles gave them a more mature sound over bands like Duran Duran and A Flock of Seagulls, who were attracting a younger audience. The Best of O.M.D. is an excellent compilation of their polished music, starting out with less provocative material like the basic electronic wash of "Electricity" and the bare but ebullient fervor of "Enola Gay." As this set moves along, so does the craftiness of their work, which is evident on tighter sounding songs like "Tesla Girls" and "Locomotion," where the intricacy of their formula begins to take a more resounding shape. O.M.D.'s best work came from 1985's Crush album, which harbored the midnight airiness found in "So in Love" as well as the adolescent innocence that streamed its way through "Secret," which are two of the best tracks on this set.