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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

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If OMD's debut album showed the band could succeed just as well on full-length efforts as singles, Organisation upped the ante even further, situating the band in the enviable position of at once being creative innovators and radio-friendly pop giants. That was shown as much by the astounding lead track and sole single from the album, "Enola Gay." Not merely a great showcase for new member Holmes, whose live-wire drumming took the core electronic beat as a launching point and easily outdid it, "Enola Gay" is a flat-out pop classic -- clever, heartfelt, thrilling, and confident, not to mention catchy and arranged brilliantly. The outrageous use of the atomic bomb scenario -- especially striking given the era's nuclear war fears -- informs the seemingly giddy song with a cut-to-the-quick fear and melancholy, and the result is captivating. Far from being a one-hit wonder, though, Organisation is packed with a number of gems, showing the band's reach and ability continuing to increase. Holmes slots into the band's efforts perfectly, steering away from straightforward time structures while never losing the core dance drive, able to play both powerfully and subtly. McCluskey's singing, his own brand of sweetly wounded soul for a different age and approach, is simply wonderful -- the clattering industrial paranoia of "The Misunderstanding" results in wrenching wails, a moody cover of "The More I See You" results in a deeper-voiced passion. Everything from the winsome claustrophobia of "VCL XI" and the gentle, cool flow on "Statues" to the quirky boulevardier swing of "Motion and Heart" has a part to play. Meanwhile, album closer "Stanlow," inspired by the power plant where McCluskey's father worked, concluded things on a haunting note, murky mechanical beats and a slow, mournful melody leading the beautiful way.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
Enola Gay (Remastered)
00:03:33

McCluskey, ComposerLyricist - Andy McCluskey, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer Programming, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: EMI Music Austria

2
2nd Thought (2003 Digital Remaster)
00:04:15

Andy McCluskey, Composer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Humphreys, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Malcolm Holmes, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

3
VCL XI (2003 Digital Remaster)
00:03:50

McCluskey, Composer - Humphreys, Composer - Andy McCluskey, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Humphreys, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Malcolm Holmes, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

4
Motion And Heart (2003 Digital Remaster)
00:03:16

Andy McCluskey, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Humphreys, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Malcolm Holmes, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Producer, MainArtist - Paul David Humphreys, ComposerLyricist - George Andrew McCluskey, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

5
Statues (2003 Digital Remaster)
00:04:30

McCluskey, Composer - Andy McCluskey, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Humphreys, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Malcolm Holmes, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

6
The Misunderstanding (2003 Digital Remaster)
00:04:55

McCluskey, Composer - Humphreys, Composer - Andy McCluskey, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Humphreys, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Malcolm Holmes, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

7
The More I See You (2003 Digital Remaster)
00:04:11

Harry Warren, Composer - Mack Gordon, Author - Andy McCluskey, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Humphreys, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Malcolm Holmes, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

8
Promise (Remastered)
00:04:51

Martin Cooper, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - McCluskey, Composer - Humphreys, Composer - Andy McCluskey, Bass Guitar, Performer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Humphreys, Keyboards, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Malcolm Holmes, Drums, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

9
Stanlow (2003 Digital Remaster)
00:06:40

McCluskey, Composer - Humphreys, Composer - Andy McCluskey, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Humphreys, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Malcolm Holmes, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

10
Annex (2003 Digital Remaster)
00:04:33

McCluskey, Composer - Humphreys, Composer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

11
Introducing Radios (Live From The Factory, UK / 1978 / 2003 Digital Remaster)
00:01:27

McCluskey, Composer - Humphreys, Composer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

12
Distance Fades Between Us (Live From The Factory, UK / 1978 / 2003 Digital Remaster)
00:03:44

McCluskey, Composer - Humphreys, Composer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

13
Progress (Live From The Factory, UK / 1978 / 2003 Digital Remaster)
00:02:57

McCluskey, Composer - Humphreys, Composer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

14
Once When I Was Six (Live From The Factory, UK / 1978 / 2003 Digital Remaster)
00:03:12

McCluskey, Composer - Humphreys, Composer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

15
Electricity (DinDisc 1980 Version / 2003 Digital Remaster)
00:03:43

Andy McCluskey, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Humphreys, Performer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew McCluskey, Composer - Paul Collister, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2003 Virgin Records Limited

Album Description

If OMD's debut album showed the band could succeed just as well on full-length efforts as singles, Organisation upped the ante even further, situating the band in the enviable position of at once being creative innovators and radio-friendly pop giants. That was shown as much by the astounding lead track and sole single from the album, "Enola Gay." Not merely a great showcase for new member Holmes, whose live-wire drumming took the core electronic beat as a launching point and easily outdid it, "Enola Gay" is a flat-out pop classic -- clever, heartfelt, thrilling, and confident, not to mention catchy and arranged brilliantly. The outrageous use of the atomic bomb scenario -- especially striking given the era's nuclear war fears -- informs the seemingly giddy song with a cut-to-the-quick fear and melancholy, and the result is captivating. Far from being a one-hit wonder, though, Organisation is packed with a number of gems, showing the band's reach and ability continuing to increase. Holmes slots into the band's efforts perfectly, steering away from straightforward time structures while never losing the core dance drive, able to play both powerfully and subtly. McCluskey's singing, his own brand of sweetly wounded soul for a different age and approach, is simply wonderful -- the clattering industrial paranoia of "The Misunderstanding" results in wrenching wails, a moody cover of "The More I See You" results in a deeper-voiced passion. Everything from the winsome claustrophobia of "VCL XI" and the gentle, cool flow on "Statues" to the quirky boulevardier swing of "Motion and Heart" has a part to play. Meanwhile, album closer "Stanlow," inspired by the power plant where McCluskey's father worked, concluded things on a haunting note, murky mechanical beats and a slow, mournful melody leading the beautiful way.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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