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  • Audio CD (10 Mar. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00007LZ2W
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Organisation - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark [CD]

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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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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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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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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 was released.

The first band who turned me onto music were The Buzzcocks back when I saw "Love You More" on TOTP in the summer of 1978. I quickly stopped my subscription to Shoot (Incorporating Goal!) and subbed to the NME. I learnt about loads of interesting bands and artists and still love many of them today, Bill Nelson, Eyeless In Gaza, Felt, The Human League and Kraftwerk, who really flipped my musical lid. I remember reading about this Liverpudlian duo who name-checked Kraftwerk pretty constantly so I checked them out. So started a love affair that has lasted over 30 years. I really do Heart OMD.

OMDs first album was good, particularly tracks like "Red Frame/White Light" "Julia's Song" and "Electricity", but their follow-up, the second long-player in six months showed their rapid musical maturity. Myself and a couple of school friends got tickets to see them at Birmingham Odeon in the Autumn of 1980 on the "Organisation" tour and they simply blew me away. The album itself is a - and I don't hesitate to use this word - classic.

Of course, everyone knows the single "Enola Gay", which propelled them from their moderate success with the re-recorded "Messages" to being a truly household name. I have to be honest though and admit that when playing this LP I tend to skip EG probably because I've heard it so often.

Following the hit there are two absolute corkers in "2nd Thought" and "VCL XI", which is written on the back of the Radioactivity LP by Krafwerk, so another little nod to our favourite Dusseldorf quartet.
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