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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – (Forever) Live And Die (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 29th, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986

A. Front

“(Forever) Live and Die” is a song by British synthpop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), released as the first single taken from their 1986 album, The Pacific Age. It is sung by Paul Humphreys, who ordinarily functions as keyboard player and backing vocalist. The single narrowly missed the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #11, but was a significant radio hit. It was a Top 10 hit in Canada and many European territories, and a Top 20 hit in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. It was the last of the group’s singles to reach the UK Top 20 before Humphreys left in 1989, and Andy McCluskey continued OMD on his own.

Producer Stephen Hague had made his production debut the previous year on OMD’s Crush. He is also known for his work with the Pet Shop Boys, often using a chorus effect on Neil Tennant’s voice, as he did with Humphreys on this song.

The b-side “This Town” is a non-lp track.

SIDE A:
(Forever) Live And Die (Extended Mix) 5:55
Remix – Tom Lord-Alge

SIDE B:
(Forever) Live And Die (7″ Version) 3:36
This Town 3:46

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1986 (Forever) Live And Die U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #19
1986 (Forever) Live And Die U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary #25
1986 (Forever) Live And Die U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #37

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: A&M Records ‎– SP-12202
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Artwork By – Mick Haggerty
Engineer [Production] – Tom Lord-Alge
Producer – Stephen Hague
Written-By – O.M.D.*

NOTES:
“(Forever) Live And Die” From the A&M album “The Pacific Age”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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Password: burningtheground

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31 Responses to “Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – (Forever) Live And Die (US 12″)”

  1. ex15 Says:

    A great track, look forward to this..

    Thanks as always Paul.. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15 🙂

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  2. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. Hope you post Secret (1988 Remix) next.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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    steve Reply:

    hi How do you download the tracks – it asks you for password & user name – do i need to subscribe.
    Cheers

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  3. NKelly Says:

    OMG awesome loved this since it’s release.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy!

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  4. Ally Says:

    Like all the vinyl releases, this contains a skip at the 2:35 mark, with about 10 seconds of music missing. This mispressed version also appears on the “so80s presents Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark (curated by Blank & Jones)” CD. The proper version does appear on the unofficial OMD 2-CD “The Remix Collection” http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-The-Remix-Collection/release/1368333

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    woz Reply:

    Thanks for the info, Ally. Now that you mention it, I do recall hearing that skip on the mp3 I had of this extended mix, but I just figured it was an encoding error and never gave it much more thought.

    If all pressings of the extended mix have the same error, I wonder how they found a good version to include on The Remix Collection cd. Maybe they fixed it digitally with software?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Woz it’s possible that they fixed it themselves all you would have to do is find that same sample in another part of the song or from the 7″ version and select it copy it and paste iy into the wave form I have done this before and it does work if the samples are the same.

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    artcalz Reply:

    Since the first time I heard this mix, I never felt that part like a skip; pay attention to the complete drum pattern, the rest of instruments sounds clear and fluid, and the phrase is complete: ‘forever live and di-ieee’ being Humprey’s voice in the first three words and the echoed chorus in the last. Right now I’m checking it with the earphones and there’s evidence of a very nice job of editing from the remixer.

    Thank you very much, Mr.

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  5. woz Says:

    Another great post, Paul! 🙂

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    woz Reply:

    And I wanted to give Stephen Hague a mention – he has produced some of my all-time favorite music

    Pet Shop Boys
    OMD
    Erasure
    New Order

    to name a few 😎

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    All my favorites as well Woz 🙂

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    Goodguy Reply:

    Ditto…and then some. 🙂

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  6. Will Says:

    Humphreys and McCluskey got back together for a new album and tour, a few years back. the album was quite good and the tour was fantastic – they were always a fantastic live band and lost nothing in the intervening years.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Will they just released a new album in April of last year called “English Electric” great album.

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    Goodguy Reply:

    I actually liked a fair bit of Andy’s OMD tracks in the intervening years. For instance, I was stunned “Speed Of Light” off ‘Sugar Tax’ didn’t get a single release despite four other tracks making that cut. It’s ‘Liberator’ tha was really the low point, although “Dollar Girl” and “Heaven Is” are listenable…really. 😉

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  7. ric Says:

    Really love the lush sound of this single (kudos to Stephen Hague), and love both Extended Remixes. Thanks for the Tom Lord Alge one, Paul! A fabulous post!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric the John Potoker extended mix is more rare. I have heard that there weren’t many pressed because OMD were not happy with the mix so it was pulled in favor of the Tom Lord Alge mix.

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  8. Don Says:

    Great memories of a great song! Thank you very much for, yet again, another great track and extended mix!

    Don

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Don 🙂

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  9. Junior Says:

    Great track by OMD. Stephen Hague is one of my favourite producers.

    Thanks for this, Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  10. Henk Heijden Says:

    Great song by a fantastic band.
    Thanks and greetz,

    Henk

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  11. dazz22 Says:

    one of my favs i wish they would have done an off maid of orleans 12inch

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  12. Piffard Says:

    The “Extended Potoker Mix” can be heard on YouTube,and it sounds very good. 🙂

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  13. Marcelino Says:

    Oh man… you made me so happy with this one…

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  14. Jason Says:

    Thank you Paul. Only had this on a compilation cassette.

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  15. Davos Via 45 Says:

    I’ve fixed the skip @ 2.35 from Pauls rip of the extended mix by Tom Lord-Alge.
    I did an extensive research on this matter.
    Apparently there is no official 12 inch release of this mix without the skip!
    They even released it on a CD single with this skip
    http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Man%C5%93uvres-In-The-Dark-Shame/release/520640
    LOL
    and as already mentioned above, Blank & Jones put this version with the skip on
    their compilation so80s presents Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark,
    and they claim on their official site and some OMD fansites, that they used
    the original master tapes for this release!
    LMFAO

    This must be one of the most bizzarre occurance that I encounterd in connection
    with a 12 inch mix or release, and it’s a disgrace, because it’s a great song,
    great mix and Pauls rip has an excellent sound quality.

    In some comments on discgogs and amazon people claim they heard an official mix
    without the skip, but don’t state on which release it is.
    A skipless version can be heard on a few unofficial (bootleg) releases listed
    on discgogs, but I asume they fixed the skip in a similiar way as I did.

    As already mentioned above by Ally, it’s not just a skip, there are parts
    of the song missing. After a detailed analyses of the arrangment my best guess
    is that someone sloppy messed up things during editing and some record company
    boss said: “Skip, what skip? I heard nothing, we’re not releasing you a 3rd 12″
    of this song!” LOL

    I spent to many hours on this one, it was a bitch to find a good solution,
    but it sounds perfect now, it would be a shame not to fix this amazing
    sounding vinyl rip. Of course exclusive for Burning The Ground.
    You can download it here.

    flac 16bit
    http://www25.zippyshare.com/v/61769671/foreverlivedie16fixed.html

    flac 24bit
    http://www59.zippyshare.com/v/91806152/foreverlivedie24fixed.html

    pass:
    burningtheground

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    Ami Reply:

    Hi! I discovred this web today… I will appreciatte very much you can upload again the zippyshare archives with the fix version… Many thanks for your efforts…

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