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Organisation [CD]

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Audio 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 (10 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00007LZ2W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second album but never second best 19 April 2005
By sonik57
Format:Audio CD
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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and brooding, just like its cover...... 12 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
OMD's second album is a much more coherent and mature piece of work than the eponymous first album. Less of the twee percussion, and much more use of atmospherics. Humphreys and McCluskey openly admit that their interest in Joy Division was a major influence, and it shows. That said, OMD manage to coax a wonderful soundscape from their vintage synths, and the results are well worth hearing, especially on the brooding "Statues" and the magnificent "Stanlow", a homage to the oil refinery of the same name near Ellesmere Port, with its mixture of soaring synths and clanking industrial noises - a real innovation at the time. This remastered version sounds nice and clear, and has some great bonus tracks to boot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The second LP from OMD... 24 Jun 2007
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The cover art - from Peter Saville's iconic front cover to the monochrome shots of Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey - give away the dark tone of this LP. Organisation was the second LP released by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, a rapid follow-up to their eponymous debut also released in 1980 and it's their darkest record (with the exception of their cover of 'The More I See You', which sticks out like a sore thumb and should be viewed alongside cover versions like the rock'n'roll standards the Silicon Teens recorded for Music for Parties (also 1980), Soft Cell's 'Hendrix Medley', & Devo's 'Satisfaction').

The LP opens with the other sore thumb, the hit single 'Enola Gay', which is a breezy, melodic slice of synthpop that would later be referenced on the great 'Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits' by the Magnetic Fields. I guess the title and the lyrics are quite dark, nodding to the atom bomb and the plane that delivered Little Boy to Hiroshima? The remainder of Organisation, tracks 2 -6 & tracks 8 - 9 are much darker. There was obviously something in the air, that bleak zeitgeist (the Cold War, the after effect of Cambodia, the invasion of Afghanistan, the end of the dire Labour era/the rise of Thatcher etc), and OMD had also absorbed some influence from Joy Division (having played live with them and put out 'Electricity' as a single on Factory).

Organisation feels very much like an LP in one tone, more so with the addition of 'Enola Gay's b-side 'Annex', though the other bonus tracks feel different. These include the Dindisc 1980 re-recording of 'Electricity', which is fine, but slightly pointless in that the original remains fantastic and four tracks recorded live (tracks 11 - 14), which are more akin to the sound of the debut LP.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMD get it Organised 14 July 2001
By sonik57
Format:Audio CD
I fully concur with the other reviewers. Kicking off with the smash Enola Gay, the album reflects the superb light-and-shade of the Humphreys/Mc Cluskey songwriting partnership.
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance 10 Nov 2008
By Baz
Format:Audio CD
Over the past 28 years, whenever I'm playing this album in the presence of someone who's never heard it before, they always say how beautiful the music is; Stanlow, in particular, comes in for much praise - no surprise there. For me, I still get the same pleasure from listening to it now as I did when I first played it all those years ago.

I just feel sorry for all those people who've never heard this album. They're missing something very special.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Superb 2nd album moody, even if I'm down Statues never fails to lift me with its words and atmosphere, Stanlow is a superb closer & Enola Gay the icing on the cake.
Published 3 months ago by Peter Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite OMD album.
My last copy lasted twenty years and who can forget Enola Gay. The soporific (in a good way) beauty of Stanlow is my personal favourite.
Published 7 months ago by G. Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album
I had this album on vinyl when it first came out and I love it as much as I did back then, never undersood why "Stanlow" wasn't a single.
Published 10 months ago by alan chalkley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of their best
A strange 2nd album by OMD....a few stand out tracks but a few forgettable ones. Still worth getting it though to improve your OMD Collection
Published 13 months ago by M. E. Doney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - as expected
Just as I expected. This is very good. I kind of expected this to be like this hence I ordered it. I was not wrong.
Published 13 months ago by Keith E
5.0 out of 5 stars add
brought this to add to my collection,as always played my LP back in the eightiesand now can play my collection in car
Published 14 months ago by mrs j hallett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great OMD album
Fantastic album one of their very best with some great tracks from a great period. The bonus material is excellent too!
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Great album - pity about the sound
OMD's second album is a worthy follow-up to their energetic debut. Unfortunately this remaster [along with S/T, A+M and Dazzle Ships] sounds terrible. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. Paul English
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent re-release
I was initially skeptical when I approached this vinyl and set it up, especially as my old man was so disappointed after listening to it upon its release. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by Picard
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
Although at 46 years of age I feel more like 100 I count myself lucky as when I was a nipper (about 14/15/16), I was around when some of the best music ever made in this country... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2012 by Coincidence Vs Fate
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