Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

(Forever) Live and Die

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"(Forever) Live and Die" sounds like an attempt to balance the straightforward, unashamed pop of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's breakthrough US hit "If You Leave" with the artsy, echo-laden atmospherics of the albums that had come before. It's only semi-successful on either end; unlike "If You Leave" and most of the duo's earlier UK hits, the song lacks a compelling instrumental hook, and Stephen Hague's extra-slick production doesn't suit the languid, slowly unfolding melody, which probably would have sounded much more at home on a more low-key album like Architecture and Morality. As it stands, "(Forever) Live and Die" sounds oddly unfinished, albeit pleasant enough.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Pacific Age 1986 A&M 3:38
Hits '86: Die Internationalen Superhits 1986
Various Artists
Ariola 3:31
Shame 1987 Virgin 5:58
The Best of OMD 1988 A&M 3:34
The Best Pop Album in the World ...Ever [Eva] 1994
Various Artists
Eva 3:28
The OMD Singles 1998 Virgin 3:36
De Pre Historie: De Jaren 80, Vol. 2 (1986) 1998
Various Artists
Eva 3:35
Pop & Wave, Vol. 8 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:35
Live: Architecture & Morality & More 2008 Salvo
Pure 80s Pop 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:36
Messages: OMD Greatest Hits 2008 EMD Int'l
Live in Berlin 2011 Bright Antenna 3:51
No Image Private Issue 5:59
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