The Pacific Age

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The Pacific Age
Studio album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Released 29 September 1986 (1986-09-29)[1]
Recorded 1985-1986
Studio De La Grande Armée, Paris, additional recording at Amazon Studios, Liverpool
Genre Synthpop
Length 40:18
Label Virgin
Producer Stephen Hague
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark chronology
The Pacific Age
The Best of OMD
Singles from The Pacific Age
  1. "(Forever) Live and Die"
    Released: 1986 (1986)
  2. "We Love You"
    Released: 1986 (1986)
  3. "Shame"
    Released: 1987 (1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

The Pacific Age is the seventh album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1986. "(Forever) Live and Die" became the group's third hit single in the US and returned the group to the top 20 in the UK, peaking at #11, but the album sold poorly in both countries.

The Pacific Age was Stephen Hague's second album as producer. For the first time, Graham Weir and Neil Weir were formally credited as full members of OMD for this album; they had been involved with the group as session musicians since the re-recording of "Julia's Song" in 1984 for the "Talking Loud and Clear" single.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by OMD, except where noted.

Side 1

  1. "Stay (The Black Rose and the Universal Wheel)" – 4:22
  2. "(Forever) Live and Die" – 3:38
  3. "The Pacific Age" – 3:59
  4. "The Dead Girls" – 4:48
  5. "Shame" – 4:15

Side 2

  1. "Southern"(Instrumental, contains samples from MLK speeches) – 3:41
  2. "Flame of Hope" – 2:40
  3. "Goddess of Love" – 4:30
  4. "We Love You" (OMD/Hague) – 4:10
  5. "Watch Us Fall" (OMD/Hague) – 4:11


Band members

Additional Performers


  • "(Forever) Live and Die" (1986)
  • "We Love You" (1986)
  • "Shame" (1987) - rerecorded single version.