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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark | Dazzle Ships [40th Anniversary Edition] (2023)


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Deluxe 40th anniversary CD reissue of the band’s classic 4th album Dazzle Ships. The lovingly put together set comprises of the original album, plus a selection of unreleased demos and rarities which has been compiled and mixed by Paul Humphreys. OMD
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) continue their special 40th anniversary celebrations with a brand new expanded version of their fourth LP ‘Dazzle Ships’. Originally released back in 1983… Retro Pop Magazine

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Dazzle Ships [40th Anniversary Edition]

The 1983 album is being re-released for its 40th anniversary and is available in two vinyl variations and as an expanded CD. All versions included seven demos, compiled and mixed by Paul Humphreys. Super Deluxe Edition

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of OMD’s fourth studio album, Dazzle Ships, UMR/EMI are pleased to announce the release a brand new expanded version of the album. The set comprises of the original album, plus a bonus LP of unreleased demos and rarities which has been compiled and mixed by Paul Humphreys. uDiscover Germany

Bio: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are an English electronic band formed in Wirral, Merseyside, in 1978. The group consists of co-founders Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), along with Martin Cooper (keyboards, saxophone) and Stuart Kershaw (drums); McCluskey has been the only constant member. Regarded as pioneers of electronic music, OMD combined an experimental, minimalist ethos with pop sensibilities, becoming key figures in the late-1970s/early-1980s emergence of synth-pop. The band were also one of the original acts involved in the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are one of the earliest, most commercially successful, and enduring synth pop groups. Inspired most by the advancements of Kraftwerk and striving at one point “to be ABBA and Stockhausen,” they’ve continually drawn from early electronic music as they’ve alternately disregarded, mutated, or embraced the conventions of the three-minute pop song. Outside their native England, OMD are known primarily for “Maid of Orleans” and the Pretty in Pink soundtrack smash “If You Leave,” yet they scored 18 additional charting U.K. singles in the ’80s alone. These hits supported inventive albums such as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (1980), Architecture & Morality (1981), and commercial suicide-turned-cult classic Dazzle Ships (1983). After roughly a decade of silence, OMD returned in the mid-2000s to add to their legacy as much as tend to it. Their lengthy second life has been highlighted by a sixth U.K. Top Ten album, The Punishment of Luxury (2017), and a box set, Souvenir (2019), coinciding with their 40th anniversary.
Acquaintances since they were students at primary school on the Wirral peninsula, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys — the core members of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark — played separately and together in a few short-lived bands starting in the mid-’70s. In 1977, they formed the ID, a group that gigged in North West England and contributed a song to Street to Street: A Liverpool Album (a compilation most notable for an early Echo & the Bunnymen appearance). By the time the LP was racked, the ID were no more and McCluskey had joined and left Dalek I Love You. AllMusic

01. Radio Prague
02. Genetic Engineering
03. ABC Auto-Industry
04. Telegraph
05. This Is Helena
06. International
07. Dazzle Ships (Parts II, III And VII)
08. The Romance Of The Telescope
09. Silent Running
10. Radio Waves
11. Time Zones
12. Of All The Things We’ve Made
Bonus tracks
13. Telegraph – Very Early Demo / 1982
14. Silent Running – Demo
15. Sold Our Souls – The Avenue Demo
16. Shakespeare ’82
17. Untitled Instrumental ’82
18. In Heaven Above – 4- NEU Demo
19. Telegraph – Live 1984



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