Last summer, I mentioned that OMD were doing a special one-off show at the Museum Of Liverpool devoted to their forward looking “Dazzle Ships” album and being that this is the age of media overload, for the 1100 people who were not there on November 1st or 2nd of last year, the event was [rightfully] recorded for posterity. Now there will be a DVD/CD combo pack devoted to the full concert so that anyone could have the pleasure in the privacy of their own home. Beats the price of Transatlantic travel all to hell, methinks. This time OMD have used the crowdsource model to sell their wares, and the final product will be a must-have for Ye Olde Record Cell.
Since drummer Malcolm Homes was still convalescing from a heart attack which saw him revived onstage at the sweaty Toronto gig from their English Electric tour the previous year, this gig was made special by the re-emergence of original OMD “drummer” Winston, the reel-to-reel tape recorder. So the vibe here was designed to be close to the early OMD period when just Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys were just starting out. The same can’t be said for their “Dazzle Ships” album which was as ambitious as the band ever got. This show was made especially to coincide with the Dazzle Ships [actual seafaring vessels] exhibition at the Museum Of Liverpool. Now the record of it can be yours, if the price is right.
The primary package is a 40 page hardbound Book/DVD/CD package with the full gig on either disc. The DVD is PAL, but don’t let that stop you. At worst, most computers will be able to play the thing, if you lack the requisite multi-standard DVD player that graces many a living room, including mine. The show was salted with rarities than many OMD fans have been clamoring for on their forum until now, including the previously unheard tracks “Dazzle Ships (Parts I, IV, V & VI)” which were played as part of the show. And what did the show entail? This we know!
OMD | Museum Of Liverpool Dazzle Ships Concert
- Dazzle Ships (Parts II, III & VII)
- ABC Auto-Industry
- Radio Waves
- Genetic Engineering
- History of Modern (Part I)
- Julia’s Song
- She’s Leaving
- Maid of Orleans
- Sister Marie Says
- Sailing on the Seven Seas
- Enola Gay
- The Romance of the Telescope
A very fine selection of material, heavy on “Dazzle Ships” and “Architecture + Morality.” The band promised one song that had never been played before, but delivered two: the moody “4 Neu” and the heartbreaking “International;” possibly my favorite OMD song 32 years later.
The OMD Pledge Music campaign just opened up on Friday, and already, many of the more expensive points of entry have sold out. The autographed DVD package [£33/$50] is long gone. As are the actual semaphore flags used in the photo above [£208/$318]. Even more exotic was the actual backing tape used on Winston for the concert, signed by the band, of course. A steal at £500/$764 for any budding sound engineers/vintage gearheads out there who might actually be able to play it. All that’s left for us proles to buy are the straight book/DVD/CD package for £28/$43 and the DL of the concert, which will be available in FLAC for the demanding amongst you for the relative pittance of £8/$12. There are 108 days left to buy-in to this, and thankfully, I should be able to round up the necessary scratch in a month or so. Interested partied should investigate here.
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