Hard as it is to believe in these days of three or more years between albums, OMD released two albums within nine months in 1980, Organisation being the latter.
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!