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Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (most often abbreviated to OMD or O.M.D. ) are a synth-pop group whose founding members are originally from the Wirral Peninsula, England. OMD were originally assimilated in the greater new wave batch of synthesiser-based acts of the later 1970s-early 1980s. The group was founded in 1978 by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys who remained, and were perceived as, ... Read more in Amazon's Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: A&M (1988)
  • ASIN: B0013GJYNO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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LP contains 14 songs like: Electricity - Tesla Girls - Dreaming - If You Leave

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
OMD is one of the transitional entities that bridged early electronic music pioneers like Kraftwerk, Brian Eno and Wendy Carlos, with the synthpop bands that populated the New Wave and dominated the early years of MTV. The band's 1979 single, "Electricity," pushed its synthetic instruments and machine rhythms up front, but warmed them with Andy McCluskey's bass, a catchy electric pianotron riff and a duet vocal from McCluskey and Paul Humphries that celebrated the power source of their music. The flip, "Almost," is an equal combination of synthetics and warmth, but the keyboards are less angular and more expansive, with a soaring lead line and steam-like backing for the lush, Bryan Ferry-esque vocal of longing and indecision.

For this first full-length album, issued in 1980, McCluskey and Humphries followed the same template, using their primitive electronic instruments to create pulsating and jabbing backings for vocals that borrow the strident tone of mod and punk. Their lyrics are often impressionistic sketches of emotions and concepts, including a soldier's life (a theme they'd revisit to even greater effect on "Enola Gay"), the illusions of time, and fatalism. The new-wave "Red Frame/White Light" unspools a series of telephone box snapshots, and the album's most conventional lyric in "Messages" finds the singer recoiling from the unwanted contact of a departed lover. The boozy near-instrumental "Dancing" sounds like a record caught off spindle, and the atmospheric "The Messerschmitt Twins" brings to mind the Human League's first full-length, Reproduction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars totally unique experimentation July 1, 2003
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I got this CD at a local outlet store, and i must tell you the content is a beautiful combination of dark, synth driven vocals and superb early 80s electronica. Unlike some of OMD's later albums, this one is much rougher and darker than any other i've heard. "Almost" is my favorite cut on the album, basically because of its fearful and cold driven synthline. "Bunker Soldiers" is one of those songs that really stick in your head for a while, as is "Red Frame/White Light". I also enjoy listening to "Dancing", which is kind of like a puzzle you keep trying to figure out but can't. "Mystereality" comes close to being too lighthearted for the album, though. But you can tell their experimentation pays off in the end with the very succesful "Electricity" and "Messages". Overall I was more than happy with the CD though. A wonderful debut album for OMD, I highly recommend it to anyone who are fans of McCluskey and Humphreys.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-rated gem March 13, 2002
By "skak1"
Format:Audio CD
OMD singles give the image of a group devoted to producing good pop tunes. Their albums paint a very different picture. This group was heavily influenced by Vevlet Underground (doesn't the title of 'Red frame/white light' remind you of something? and they also did a cover version of 'Waiting for the man') and Joy Division but also prepared to experiment in the most radical ways with the possibilities offered by new technological advances such as 'Emulators'. The version of 'Messages' here falls short of the glory of the single but the other two singles, the classic 'Electricity' and 'red Frame/White Light', are good. High points for me on this album are the superb 'Messerschmitt twins', the haunting synthesiser of 'Almost' (terrible lyrics though) and 'Julia's Song' (which sounds totally different from anything else they ever produced). 'Pretending to see the future' unfortunately is less convincing than a later live version released on flexi-disc (whatever happened to them?). The experimentation on this album is less radical than it would become but there is a good reason why DJ John Peel liked this group so much- they were very original for the time. The album has a certain youthful naivety which might not appeal to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definite Must Have, absolutely incredible. August 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Obviously with their first long play album you get OMD here at their rawest. But that's why its so good. Innovative, pioneering, experimentative, and influencing in itself, this album belongs in any serious music collection. This is the foundation of masterful electro pop that Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphries (with or without each other later on) would create for quite some time. You will have your own stand out tracks, but I have to close by citing "Julia's Song" and going WOW! Oh my god!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ticks all the right boxes! October 5, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a great item this is for any self respecting OMD fan or collector of Peter Saville designs. OMD's debut album has become an iconic piece of album design which is as innovative as the music contained therein.
Peter Saville's unique die cut sleeve failed to get the same treatment when the album was released on CD, something a lot of fans found disappointing. Yet here we are in 2010 with an American company giving us all what we once dreamed of.
It's a great album now housed in a great sleeve and the addition of bonus tracks from the Messages 10" UK release is an added bonus too.
If you like OMD, Peter Saville or genuinely funky CD sleeves then this is a must! Fantastic! Well done!
All we need now is the same treatment given to Architecture & Morality and Dazzle Ships...please?
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