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Dazzle Ships by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

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Dazzle Ships by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

 Dazzle Ships by Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark

  (re-mastered 2008)        

            Product Number CDVR2261  

         Released 4th March 1983

 

 

 

 

Track Listing 

  1. Radio Prague
  2. Genetic Engineering
  3. ABC Auto Industry
  4. Telegraph
  5. This Is Helena
  6. International
  7. Dazzle Ships (parts II, III and VII)
  8. The Romance Of The Telescope
  9. Silent Running
  10. Radio waves
  11. Time Zones
  12. Of All The Things We've Made

 Bonus Tracks 

      13. Telegraph (The Manor Version 1981)

      14. 4-Neu

      15. Genetic Engineering (312mm Version)

      16. 66 And Fading

      17. Telegraph (Extended Version)

      18. Swiss Radio International

 Although it was always going to be difficult to repeat the success of OMD's previous album 'Architecture and Morality', 'Dazzle Ships' was an album that 'killed [the band] dead', according to Andy McCluskey. Luscious ballads and thoughtful, unique lyrics had been replaced with just under thirty five minutes of odd synthesiser patterns, robotic voices and radio sounds, and as a result, the album was slammed by the majority of critics and fans alike (despite the inclusion of two single-worthy tracks 'Telegraph' and 'Genetic Engineering' on the LP). However, since it's initially poor reception, Dazzle Ships has been cited by many as not only a 'masterpiece', but also a 'buried treasure' (MOJO Magazine)- and rightly so. 'Radio Waves' (an updated version of a song written for OMD's predecessor band The Id) and 'Telegraph' are catchy and strangely uplifting, whilst more contemplative tracks such as 'Of All The Things We've Made' provide a mellow yet unique contrast to the others' pop 'bounciness'. Yes, it might take a few listens to appreciate it properly, but overall 'Dazzle Ships' still represents everything that OMD was - and still is- as a band.

Perhaps it was just a little too 'dazzling' for the listeners of 1983.

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