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Organisation [Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the DarkAudio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (March 10, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Virgin Records Ltd.
  • ASIN: B00007LZ2W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Enola Gay
2. 2nd Thought
4. Motion And Heart
5. Statues
6. The Misunderstanding
7. The More I See You
8. Promise
9. Stanlow
10. Annex
11. Introduting Radios
12. Distance Fades Between Us
13. Progress
14. Once When I Was Six
15. Electricity (Dindisc 1980 Version)

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Digitally Remastered Edition of the Band's Second Album with the Monster Hit "Enola Gay". Also Includes Six Bonus Tracks of Rarities and B-sides, Including a Version of "Electricity" that was Only Available on a Special 10" Vinyl Single.

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5.0 out of 5 stars OMD 2 December 19, 2003
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Pretty remarkable. As melodic as many of its like-minded contemporaries were musically angular- -ironic, considering the Kraftwerk reference of the title- -this second album by OMD transcends its immediate predecessor and most of its contemporaries by miles. It's mostly rather pretty, but its prettiness is undermined by a pervasive melancholy. Even the single, 'Enola Gay', is in wry memoriam of the atomic bomb-dropping airplane of World War II. Other tracks barely rise to the energy-level of the single, but this is not a bad thing. 'Second Thought', 'Statues', and especially 'Stanlow' (dedicated as it is to the power plant where the father of singer Andy McCluskey worked) achieve a stateliness that few of the band's contemporaries could even approach. Only the downer version of 'The More I See You' seems out of place, but it's redeemed by its ironic stance. The bonus tracks include 'Annex' (the B-side to 'Enola Gay') and the post-Factory version of 'Electricity', as well as the four tracks from a 7-inch EP included with early copies of the LP (I think it was released with a brown background rather than black), consisting of very early live and experimental tapes. Pretty handsome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What's in a name? June 29, 2002
By simon
Format:Audio CD
First I must admit that I don't actually know why this album was called Organisation, however, I can guess that the 'big business' or at least relative big business feel of Virgin Records DinDisc offshoot was making its presence felt. Now, I mean that in a positive way because here is a record that shows what can happen when creative people like Andy and Paul hook up with the cash to buy real instruments and hire a real producer like Mike Howlett. And, of course, let Malcolm play real drums and cymbals (well, hi-hat anyway) on some of the tracks, rather than forcing him to be a full time human electro-metronome.
Compare this effort with their first album where they were constrained by (literally) home made drums and archaic keyboards, no wonder this recording is so different with it's real although heavily gated drums, properly recorded vocals and the hot keyboard of the day, the Prophet 10. To prove the point and take a step back in time, listen to the cover of 'The More I See You' which the boys actually recorded themselves at The Gramophone Suite which for you Liverpudlian Musicians was their private studio located above the Frank Hessy music store in the city centre. Personally I prefer the new direction and McCluskey and Humphreys' songwriting.
Coming back up to date, if there are any samplists reading this, don't delay, just go ahead and plug this baby into your Akai because Organisation includes some of the most beautiful sounds ever committed to vinyl, and this from a trio who assured us all that they were non-musicians. Maybe that's true but these textures and chord changes did not happen by accident.
Take a listen to Statues and let the lush multi textures wash gently over you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Morose July 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
What a drastic improvement from their 1st album, with its amateur casio keyboard sound. This release has lush keyboard arrangements that are somber and depressing. You can hear the angst in Andy's voice when he sings. Each song has about 3 different layers of keyboards and the sound is like a symphony, reaching a tragic crescendo in each song. The music is along the same lines as Depeche Mode's earliest 4 releases, although more experimental and less mainstream. Another good O.M.D. CD to buy is Architecture & Morality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A underrated classic album June 9, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on 1980 when it first came out and I think it has stood the test of time. I will start with the album cover this picture played on my mind for many years now I think that I know the location. It is in Scotland taken on Rannoch mor looking north west towards Glencoe taking in Stob Dearg and Am Boddach. A bit train spotter like I know but it gives place to the picture. The reason though I give the album 4 stars one or two of the tracks are a bit on the flat side. But there is the classic eighties synth track Enola Gay a well crafted multi layered track. The opening bars come over in definative waves each adding extra till the song gets up it's momentum. The fact the the song is about the plane that changed so many peoples lives should not be forgotton but it is put in such away that it classic pop. Hence it's appearence on so many 80's compiliation albums. The other Gem on the album is a unknown track called Statues never a single yet a simple melody which goes through the track with words which place thoughts and feelings about relationships,in the sort of depth that you think yet can not articulate to others .I look back on people and places with this album track. Then there is the track Stanlow intermingled through it is a electronic version of railway waggons this suits the mood as OMD seem to be able to a place such obsecure things as a oil refinery in context. As atmoshepheric and with plenty of feeling this is suits the view you get when you go past it on the M56 on a dark winters night with the lights and flares glowing brightly. To sum the album up a selection of mature well crafted pop with feeling
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