OMD Dazzle Ships, Live at the Museum of Liverpool CD and DVD

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Dazzle Ships- Live at the Museum of Liverpool (Limited Edition Box Set) (Released 25th September 2015)



CD Tracklist:

1. Dazzle Ships 
2. ABC Auto Industry 
3. Sealand 
4. Messages 
5. Radio Waves 
6. Genetic Engineering
7. History Of Modern (Part I) 
8. Julia's Song
9. She's Leaving 
10. Souvenir 
11. Maid Of Orleans 
12. 4 Neu 
13. International 
14. Metroland 
15. Sister Marie Says 
16. Sailing On The Seven Seas 
17. Enola Gay 
18. Electricity 
19. The Romance Of The Telescope 

DVD Running Order:

1. Dazzle Ships 
2. ABC Auto Industry 
3. Sealand 
4. Messages 
5. Radio Waves 
6. Genetic Engineering 
7. History Of Modern (Part I) 
8. Julia's Song 
9. She's Leaving 
10. Souvenir 
11. Maid Of Orleans 
12. 4 Neu 
13. International 
14. Metroland 
15. Sister Marie Says 
16. Sailing On The Seven Seas 
17. Enola Gay 
18. Electricity 
19. The Romance Of The Telescope 
20. Documentary 
21. Q & A 

In 2014, OMD announced that they would be playing two very special gigs at the Museum of Liverpool on the 1st and 2nd of November of the same year, signifying the culmination of various Dazzle Ships-related projects- mainly overseen by the band themselves- including a mini-film festival, a new OMD exhibit in the museum, and the unveiling of an actual 'Dazzle Ship' (the name given to WWI ships decorated with bright, complex patterns in order to confuse the enemy) in one of the dry docks in Liverpool itself. 

Due to the unique nature of the gigs, the 1100 tickets were obviously in high demand. This demand was increased, however, when it was announced that, not only would the band be playing the full 'Dazzle Ships' track (complete with missing parts) at the gig, but it would also mark the first time the infamous reel-to-reel tape recorder 'Winston' (used by the band in their very early days) had graced any stage for thirty years.. The event was also the museum's debut as hosts of a music act of OMD's proportions, with Janet Dugdale, the museum's director saying how 'thrilled' she was that they were able to host the concert. 

'The Museum of Liverpool tells the story of the city's rich and fantastic heritage' she went on to say. 'To bring that story to life with a concert by OMD should be very special indeed'.

Watching the gig back on this DVD, it's exactly what you'd expect from an experienced group like OMD- professional and slick, but also hugely entertaining. It is the little added extras, however, that make the gig, as well as this CD/DVD package, extra special. 

For example, a few surprising songs are thrown into the band's set list for the gigs (most notably 'She's Leaving' and 'Sailing On the Seven Seas' the latter of which in particular prompting an outburst of windmill-like dancing from McCluskey), but also newer tracks from the band's 2010 and 2013 albums 'History of Modern' and 'English Electric' respectively. 

Despite the seamlessness with which these later songs are able to fit into a set of synth pop classics (and although some of the songs they play are yet to earn that title, they are all certainly deserving of it), it is obvious that it is the early tracks that are most lovingly received by fans. 'Julia's Song' (from the group's 1980 eponymous debut LP) begins and ends with rapturous audience applause, whilst worldwide hit 'Enola Gay' gets everybody dancing- much to McCluskey, Humphreys and Cooper's obvious delight. 

The twenty minute documentary and half hour Q&A is also a lovely addition to the DVD, as helps the viewer to understand a bit more about, not only the show they've just watched, but also the reasons behind it. There are also lots of interesting details included about the making of the 'Dazzle Ships' album itself, which despite on its initial release being a 'commercial disaster' for the band, is known today by many as a 'forgotten masterpiece'.

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