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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
 
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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

OMD
1 Mar. 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar. 2003
  • Release Date: 1 Mar. 2003
  • Label: EMI Marketing
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:00:55
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  • ASIN: B001J5WD00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,862 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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As opposed to many of the early electro-pioneers, OMD weren't about to play the I-Am-A-Robot card. Yes, they have references to materials, objects and places but it's all pretty human stuff when you listen to the lyrics. This album is a very good record and a classic example of the first wave of electro-pop at it's best.
From the addictive qualities of tracks such as 'Messages' (first big hit) and 'Electricity' through to the more pensive 'Almost' and 'Messerschmitt twins' the album is shot through with thoughtful and emotional visions. I personally think 'Julia's Song' is one of the highlights of their career.
Great things were going to happen to these guys. This shows the blueprint. Skip the dated 'Dancing', they would get the experiemental side right on 'Dazzle Ships' a few years later. Well worth hearing.
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25 years ago this band had the world at their feet, being acclaimed as one of the most important new acts to emerge in years. This album and the next three, and their always wonderful b-sides, justified those statements, but sadly it all started to go wrong after that. Strangely the band tried to reach out for a more mainstream audience, effectively neutering their appeal and early charm. I remember buying this album shortly after it appeared, and now after all this time the appeal of Bunker Soldiers, The Messerschmitt Twins, and Pretending To See The Future still remains strong. Always underrated, this band more than any other, make me feel that given their talent for innovation, they ultimatlely under achieved, and that was a great shame. Buy this album and the ones up to and including Dazzle Ships, and you won`t regret it. And maybe like me, you`ll be left wondering how someone with the abilities of Andy McCluskey could end up being involved with Atomic Kitten. Unbelievable.
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When I first purchased it and listened to this album, it did not initially intrigue me; it was just too abstract and remote from mainstream pop music.
It took me quite a number of listenings before I became strongly fascinated by this album.
I think it totally bears justice to its title: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Driving hummable basslines, cold cheesy lead synths, and abstract yet somehow alluring (sometimes punky) vocals.

Bunker Soldiers, Messages and Red Frame/White Light are great songs, all lyrically touching the typically early OMD topics "messages", information, technology and "war".
Julia's Song and Pretending to See the Future also comprise these topics but are more personal, with Julia's song having a strong bassplay and especially punk-like vocals (written by Andy's ex-girlfriend), and Pretending to See the Future being a sombre, fulfilling closer (allegedly about finding a record deal).
Mystereality and The Messerschmitt Twins are more jazz-like numbers, with a great Saxophone contribution from Martin Cooper on Mystereality, and The Messerschmitt Twins being one of the more light-hearted songs of the album.
All really a whole bunch of good songs. Only Dancing falls a bit flat here, but is at least interesting because of this really weird, funny baby-like synth sound.
Highlights in my opinion constitute the tracks Almost, with its wistful, melancholy feel and really cheesy, sleazy leadsynth; and the powerful electro-pop single Electricity, that is up-tempo, dark and totally intriguing.
Two of the bonus tracks are also worth a mention.
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The stunning debut album by Messrs Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphries A.K.A. OMD.

A superb introductory tour de force of early analogue synths and drum machines, they really were on the cutting edge of early New Wave Music in 1978 along with Kraftwerk, Gary Numan and the first incarnation of The Human League.

Highly Recommended to all fans of Synthesiser / New Wave Music, but their second and third albums are even better!

A must buy.
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Bought this on vinyl when it first came out and decided it was about time to buy on CD. I saw them when they supported Gary Numan in 1977 and were just starting out. Always thought that Red Frame/White Light was a much over looked track on the album. It's good to see they are still making music today. This album has stood the test of time.
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Whilst their debut does not have the all round strength of their third and best, architecture and morality, this is still a fine album. Full of synth and electronic percussion it was very much at the vanguard of the electro-pop/new wave era but wasn't stuffed with the vacuity common in their rivals. It's songs can now be seen to be precursors of much of what was to follow in the subsequent three albums. For example Electricty would not have been out of place on the wrongly malingned Dazzle ships and The Messerschmitt Twins is a template for the excellent Stanlow and Sealand tracks that followed on albums 2 and 3. Yes, there are a few howlers, I mean who really needs a song about a phone box (red frame/white light) unless you are desperately romantic about the now departed old GPO issue. Balance that though with standouts like Almost and the haunting Messerschmitt twins and this is well worth the investment. If you like Organisation and Architecture and Morality you need to own this record. If you are more a fan of Junk Culture and Crush then maybe this is not for you.
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