The Best of OMD

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The Best of OMD
Compilation album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Released 12 March 1988 (1988-03-12)
Recorded 1979–1988
Genre Synthpop
Label Virgin
Producer OMD
Mike Howlett
Richard Manwaring
Rhett Davies
Brian Tench
Stephen Hague
Tom Lord Alge
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark chronology
The Pacific Age
The Best of OMD
Sugar Tax
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

The Best of OMD is a compilation album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1988.

The record essentially delineates the group's experimental early years from their pop-oriented later work: side one features recordings from 1979–1984, while side two is drawn from the group's 1984–1988 efforts. It was a worldwide success, becoming a Top 5 hit across Europe and achieving 3x platinum sales in the United Kingdom. "Dreaming" was released as a single and made little impact on the UK charts, reaching #50, but it was a hit in the US (#16) and Germany (#26).

Album information[edit]

The version of "Electricity" used is the same as the one featured on their debut album (which itself is the band reworking Martin Hannett's original Factory version). The band was originally going to use their very first version of this song, but found the drumming to be inferior and so settled for the remix of the track instead. "Messages" is the more popular 10" single version. "Tesla Girls" and "Talking Loud and Clear" are both 7" edited versions. The Australian version of the album featured "We Love You" since that song had been a popular hit there. The CD, MiniDisc and DCC versions of the album are resequenced and feature four extra tracks not present on the LP version: "Telegraph" (a unique mix differing from the album version), "Genetic Engineering", and 12" versions of "La Femme Accident" and "We Love You". There was also a video compilation released with the promo videos of some of the songs featured on the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by OMD, except "Locomotion" written by OMD and Gordian Troeller. "So in Love" written by OMD and Stephen Hague.

Vinyl LP and Musicassette[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Electricity"   Humphreys, McCluskey Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:30
2. "Messages"   Humphreys, McCluskey Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4:44
3. "Enola Gay"   McCluskey Organisation 3:31
4. "Souvenir"   Humphreys, Cooper Architecture & Morality 3:34
5. "Joan of Arc"   McCluskey Architecture & Morality 3:47
6. "Maid of Orleans"   McCluskey Architecture & Morality 4:09
7. "Talking Loud and Clear"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Cooper Junk Culture 3:53
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Tesla Girls"   Humphreys, McCluskey Junk Culture 3:33
2. "Locomotion"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Gordian Troeller Junk Culture 3:53
3. "So in Love"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Stephen Hague Crush 3:28
4. "Secret"   Humphreys, McCluskey Crush 3:56
5. "If You Leave"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Cooper Pretty in Pink 4:28
6. "(Forever) Live and Die"   Humphreys, Weir, Weir The Pacific Age 3:34
7. "Dreaming"   Humphreys, McCluskey Previously unreleased 3:54

Compact Disc, MiniDisc and Digital Compact Cassette[edit]

VHS Video[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
UK 1988 LP Virgin OMD1
Musicassette TCOMD1
Compact Disc CD OMD1
MiniDisc MD OMD1
DCC 458604


  • "Electricity" and "Dreaming" are produced by OMD.
  • "Messages", "Enola Gay" and "Souvenir" are produced by OMD and Mike Howlett.
  • "Joan of Arc" and "Maid of Orleans" are produced by OMD and Richard Manwaring.
  • "Telegraph" and "Genetic Engineering" are produced by OMD and Rhett Davies.
  • "Tesla Girls", "Locomotion" and "Talking Loud and Clear" are produced by OMD and Brian Tench.
  • "So in Love", "Secret", "(Forever) Live and Die", "We Love You" and "La Femme Accident" are produced by Stephen Hague.
  • "If You Leave" is produced by OMD and Tom Lord Alge.