|1. Enola Gay (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|2. 2nd Thought (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|3. VCL XI (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|4. Motion And Heart (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|5. Statues (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|6. The Misunderstanding (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|7. The More I See You (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|8. Promise (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|9. Stanlow (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|10. Annex (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|11. Introducing Radios (Live) (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|12. Distance Fades Between Us (Live) (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|13. Progress (Live) (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|14. Once When I Was Six (Live) (2003 Digital Remaster)|
|15. Electricity (DinDisc 1980 Version) (2003 Digital Remaster)|
The first self-titled album was a hard act to follow: songs like Electricity, Julia's Song, Mystereality and Messages a superb showcase for their two-blokes-with-some-help-from-two-other-blokes setup. If you're looking for stuff like the seminal electronic pop of Enola Gay, this is probably not the best place to start as Organisation is at once moody and balanced with pop savvy.
You've the contrast of the magnificent Stanlow (Andy and Paul received special permission to visit the massive oil refinery and record sounds there for the track) and 2nd Thought and brilliant pop gems like The More I See You (a cover of the Chris Montez hit), Promise - the first time Paul Humphreys had taken lead vocals - and Motion & Heart. This release features the early live tracks (recorded at the legendary Liverpool club Eric's) that were featured on a seperate 7" with the initial copies of the vinyl album.
They were friends of Joy Division, hailing from not far away on the Wirral peninsula, fellow Kraftwerk devotees, they'd recorded for JD's label Factory (briefly) and played gigs with the awesome Mancunian quartet so the links are apparent.
It's a quarter of a century since this album saw the light of day. So much has happened in music since but OMD were a great band who are underated even now. Buy all their albums and see the evolution!
Tracks like the emotional Stanlow (dedicated to the oil refinery near their homes on the Wirral and featuring a sound specially recorded there) show just good synth-based songwriting can be: Andy's vocals soaring and packed with feeling. No wonder this was a highlight live.
The album is a winner with great tracks throughout: Motion & Heart dedicated live to 'all those with thin ties', an unusual cover version of Chris Montez's The More I See You, Paul taking lead vocals for the first time on Promise all show a band already successful and consolidating their reputation.
The masterpiece Architecture & Morality was to follow but this is of equal standing in my opinion. The front cover snap is of the Isle of Skye and the album's named after the band which went on to become Kraftwerk. Not many people know that!
Cheers Al Ferrier (a diehard OMD fan since 1979) July 2001
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