Organisation (album)


Organisation (album)
Organisation
Studio album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Released October 24, 1980 (1980-10-24)
Recorded Ridge Farm and Advision Studios, 1980
Genre Synthpop
Length 40:05
Label DinDisc
Producer Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Mike Howlett
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark chronology
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
(1980)
Organisation
(1980)
Architecture & Morality
(1981)
Singles from Organisation
  1. "Enola Gay"
    Released: September 26, 1980 (1980-09-26)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7/18/2003) (6.2/10)[2]

Organisation is an album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1980. As with all OMD's early sleeve art, it was created by Peter Saville Associates and features a photograph by Richard Nutt of the cloud-covered peak of Marsco, in the Red Cuillin hills, overlooking Glen Sligachan on the Isle of Skye with Allt Dearg Mòr in the foreground. The album's title refers to the band Organisation, a precursor to Kraftwerk. The album was remastered and re-released in 2003, with several bonus tracks.

The album is notable for its melancholy tone. The band said that at the time they had been heavily influenced by Joy Division; this can be traced through Organisation’s use of jarring drum sounds and moody songs. "VCL XI" is a good example of this sound. Also notable is OMD's move away from pure Gary Numan-Kraftwerk-ian pop, embracing a grander sound, an increasing use of acoustic instruments, and sound collages. The group would continue to expand their sound this way on the next two albums Architecture & Morality and Dazzle Ships. The advances of Organisation and Architecture & Morality are made all the more impressive by the fact they were recorded and released within eighteen months of each other.

"Enola Gay" was the only single released from the album. It could be perhaps perceived as deceiving, as it had little in common with the style of the rest of the album, even though its subject matter is poetically grim. It bears much in common with the sound of the group's debut album. Andy McCluskey is noted as saying it was written at the time of most of the debut was written.

"Motion and Heart" was also considered for a single release, but was dropped. A new recording was made which was released as a B-Side to Architecture & Morality’s "Souvenir" and can be found on the remastered edition of that album.

"VCL XI" was the name of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys' short lived group, which itself was named after a valve on the back of Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity album (although the name of the valve is actually written "VCL 11" on the Kraftwerk album).

Malcolm Holmes had played drums with Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys before, notably on "Julia's Song" which was featured on the band's debut, and for Organisation he was recruited as a full-time member replacing the TEAC tape recorder affectionately named 'Winston'.

Contents

Track listing

Original release

Side One

  1. "Enola Gay" (Andy McCluskey) – 3:33
  2. "2nd Thought" (McCluskey) – 4:15
  3. "VCL XI" (Paul Humphreys, McCluskey) – 3:50
  4. "Motion and Heart" (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 3:16
  5. "Statues" (McCluskey) – 4:30

Side Two

  1. "The Misunderstanding" (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 4:55
  2. "The More I See You" (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) – 4:11
  3. "Promise" (Humphreys) – 4:51
  4. "Stanlow" (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 6:30

U.S. release (O.M.D.)

Organisation was not formally released in the U.S. Instead Epic Records released a compilation in 1981. The U.S. release collects material from Organisation and the first OMD album, but retains the sleeve-art of the debut LP.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Enola Gay"   Andy McCluskey 3:31
2. "2nd Thought"   McCluskey 4:12
3. "Bunker Soldiers"   Paul Humphreys, McCluskey 2:51
4. "Almost"   Humphreys, McCluskey 3:46
5. "Electricity"   Humphreys, McCluskey 3:32
6. "Statues"   Humphreys, McCluskey 4:08
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "The Misunderstanding"   Humphreys, McCluskey 4:45
8. "Julia's Song"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Julia Kneale 4:32
9. "Motion And Heart"   Humphreys, McCluskey 3:13
10. "Messages"   Humphreys, McCluskey 3:59
11. "Stanlow"   Humphreys, McCluskey 6:30

2003 remaster

  1. "Enola Gay" (McCluskey) – 3:33
  2. "2nd Thought" (McCluskey) – 4:15
  3. "VCL XI"(Instrumental) (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 3:50
  4. "Motion and Heart" (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 3:16
  5. "Statues" (McCluskey) – 4:30
  6. "The Misunderstanding" (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 4:55
  7. "The More I See You" (Warren, Gordon) – 4:11
  8. "Promise" (Humphreys) – 4:51
  9. "Stanlow" (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 6:40
  10. "Annex" (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 4:33
  11. "Introducing Radios" (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 1:27
  12. "Distance Fades Between Us" (Instrumental) (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 3:44
  13. "Progress" (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 2:57
  14. "Once When I Was Six"(Instrumental) (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 3:12
  15. "Electricity (Dindisc 1980 Version)" (Humphreys, McCluskey) – 3:45

Notes

"Annex" was the B-side to "Enola Gay", and it is arguably more representative of the album than the A-side.

"Introducing Radios", "Distance Fades between Us", "Progress", and "Once When I Was Six" are tracks that were originally available on a 7" released with the first 10.000 copies of Organisation.

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