14 June 1993
| 14 June 1993 (1993-06-14)|
The Pink Museum and The Ministry in Liverpool
Andy McCluskey, Phil Coxon and Barry White
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark albums, Dance-pop albums
Liberator is the ninth album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1993. It peaked at No. 14 on the UK Albums Chart.
None of the album's three singles cracked the Top 20 of the UK Singles Chart, although lead single "Stand Above Me", and follow-up "Dream of Me" did make No. 21 and No. 24 respectively. OMD co-founder Paul Humphreys, who had left the group in 1989, co-wrote third single "Everyday" (a No. 59 UK chart entry).
Frontman Andy McCluskey had originally been influenced by World War II aircraft, the B-24 Liberator in particular. The cover art originally featured a variation of the "bomber girl" nose cone art that many of them used.
"Sunday Morning" is a cover version of the song originally recorded by The Velvet Underground. "Dream of Me (Based On "Loves Theme")" takes a sample from the instrumental hit, "Love's Theme", originally released in 1973 by The Love Unlimited Orchestra.
"Heaven Is" was first performed by OMD during their showcase tour in late 1983, prior to the release of the Junk Culture album the next year (along with other new songs such as "Tesla Girls", "Never Turn Away", and the title track). "Heaven Is" however did not make the album and was shelved (it also nearly made 1986's The Pacific Age) until the publication of this re-recorded version which contains some lyrical variations such as the name of the pornographic actress Christy Canyon as opposed to newsreader Selina Scott in the 1983 version. A demo version of the original was finally released in 2015, as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Junk Culture.
A song called "The Liberator" had been planned to appear on the album, but was dropped.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine in AllMusic remarked: "While it is far from the experimental and edgy synth-pop that earned the group rave reviews in the early '80s, [Liberator] is an enjoyable, lightweight collection of appealing dance-pop." The Electricity Club included the record in the list, "Some Not So Great Albums By Some Great Acts", but described "King of Stone" and "Christine" as "pure genius".
Andy McCluskey felt that he "messed up" the album, and described it as "way too busy".
All tracks written by Andy McCluskey, except where noted.Andy McCluskey – programming, production on tracks 1–4, and 6–12
Phil Coxon – programming, production on tracks 1–4, and 6–12
Beverly Reppion – backing vocals on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 12
Nathalie James – backing vocals on tracks 4, and 8
Doreen Edwards – backing vocals on track 9
backing vocals on track 5
Stuart Boyle – guitar on tracks 1, and 6
Nigel Ipinson – piano and arrangement on track 6
Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares – a sample from "Bezrodna Nevesta" is used in track 7
Barry White – production on track 5
Mark Phythian – engineer
Paul Butcher – assistant engineer
Ian Collins – assistant engineer
Pat O'Shaughnessy – assistant engineer
Mike Hunter – assistant engineer
Andrea Wright – assistant engineer
Tony Cousins – mastering at Town House, London
Gregg Jackman – mix for tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12
Niall Flynn – assistant mix for tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12
Mixed at Amazon Studios, Liverpool tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12 mixed at Sarm West, London
1Stand Above Me3:34Liberator (album) Wikipedia
3King of Stone4:18