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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality flac album
Title:
Architecture & Morality
Style:
Synth-pop, Experimental
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1844 mb
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4.4 ✪

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are an English electronic band formed in Wirral, Merseyside in 1978. Spawned by earlier group The Id, the outfit is composed of co-founders Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), along with Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Stuart Kershaw (drums); McCluskey is the only constant member

Although Humphreys left the group in 1989, McCluskey made a comeback in 1991 with the UK top 5 'Sailing On The Seven Seas', and followed that up with a UK top 3 Album 'Sugar Tax' before finally calling it a day in 1996. In 2007 they toured together again featuring the classic line-up of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper and released a live-album in 2008: 'OMD Live: Architecture & Morality & More'. September 2010 saw the release of History Of Modern featuring the original classic line-up.

If there was a clear high point for OMD in terms of balancing relentless experimentation and seemingly unstoppable mainstream success in the . Architecture & Morality is it. Again combining everything from design and presentation to even the title into an overall artistic effort, this album showed that OMD was arguably the first Liverpool band since the later Beatles to make such a sweeping, all-bases-covered achievement - more so because OMD owed nothing to the Fab Four. All it takes is a consideration of the three smash singles from the album to see the group in full flower.

Because it's a series of tracks written both over a long period of time and before they'd hit upon an original voice, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark does at some points seem like an artful pastiche of overground electronic influences. If you're more of the cup-is-half-full type, however, you might consider it their most varied effort, but either way, OMD 's adventurous blend of drama and pathos- and its nods toward the more rhythmic end of Krautrock- elevated them above the Eno/Kraftwerk template clung to by many of their peers. OMD made a quick return to form, however, on their third album, 1981's Architecture & Morality. Shaking off the dread of their music engaging with the public while simultaneously weathering critical scrutiny, OMD shows a greater facility for pop melody, crafting songs of aching fragility rather than off-putting gloom.

Joan of Arc (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark song). Joan of Arc" is a song by British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), released as the second single from their third studio album Architecture & Morality. It became an international hit, reaching the Top 5 in the UK and Canada and number 13 in Ireland.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark released one of the Quietus' favourite albums in 1981. John Doran reflects on the warmth of Architecture & Morality and talks to Andy McCluskey. A lazy but widespread criticism of the English synth pop scene of the early 80s was that it was soulless or lacking in human warmth. While there certainly were acts who came across as detached or alienated (Cabaret Voltaire, The Normal, John Foxx) if anything, the opposite was generally true

Tracklist

A1 The New Stone Age 3:18
A2 She's Leaving 3:26
A3 Souvenir 3:36
A4 Sealand 7:42
B1 Joan Of Arc 3:46
B2 Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans) 4:11
B3 Architecture And Morality 3:37
B4 Georgia 3:21
B5 The Beginning And The End 3:44

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – The Gramophone Suite
  • Copyright (c) – Dindisc Ltd.

Credits

  • Co-producer – Mike Howlett (tracks: A3)
  • Co-producer, Engineer – Richard Manwaring (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1-B5)
  • Composed By – McCluskey*, Cooper* (tracks: A3), Humphreys* (tracks: A2, A4, B3, B4, B5)
  • Design – Brett Wickens, Peter Saville
  • Drums, Percussion [Acoustic], Percussion [Electronic], Synthesizer [Bass] – Malcolm Holmes
  • Engineer – Brian Tench, Howard Gray
  • Photography – Robin Roddey
  • Producer – OMD*
  • Saxophone – Martin Cooper
  • Synthesizer, Mellotron, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Other [Rhythm Programming], Percussion [Acoustic], Percussion [Electronic], Reeds, Organ, Vocals – Andy McCluskey (tracks: Andrew McCluskey)
  • Synthesizer, Piano, Organ [Electronic] – Michael Douglas
  • Synthesizer, Piano, Percussion [Acoustic], Percussion [Electronic], Organ, Other [Rhythm Programming], Other [Radio], Melodica, Vocals – Paul Humphreys

Notes

Beige cassette with purple on-body print and a textured border.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: N©B

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
DID12, Did 12 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(LP, Album, Yel) Dindisc, Dindisc DID12, Did 12 UK 1981
DIDCD 12 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(CD, Album) Dindisc DIDCD 12 UK 1983
none Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(Box + CD) EMI Music Greece none Greece 2007
ARE 37721 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(LP, Album, Ter) Epic ARE 37721 US 1981
72435-82750-2-5 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(CD, Album, RM) Virgin 72435-82750-2-5 US 2003

Tracklist

A1 The New Stone Age 3:18
A2 She's Leaving 3:26
A3 Souvenir 3:36
A4 Sealand 7:42
B1 Joan Of Arc 3:46
B2 Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans) 4:11
B3 Architecture & Morality 3:37
B4 Georgia 3:21
B5 The Beginning And The End 3:44

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – The Gramophone Suite
  • Recorded At – The Manor
  • Mixed At – Mayfair Studios
  • Lacquer Cut At – Disques SNB Ltée.
  • Pressed By – CBS Records Canada Ltd.

Credits

  • Bass, Guitar, Horns [Reed], Mellotron, Organ, Percussion [Acoustic, Electronic], Programmed By [Rhythm], Synthesizer, Vocals – Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphries
  • Co-producer – Mike Howlett (tracks: A3), Richard Manwaring (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1-B5)
  • Design – Brett Wickens, Peter Saville
  • Drums, Percussion [Acoustic, Electronic], Synthesizer [Bass] – Malcolm Holmes
  • Engineer – Brian Tench, Howard Gray
  • Organ [Electronic], Piano, Synthesizer – Michael Douglas
  • Photography By – Eric Watson , Robin Roddey
  • Producer – OMD*
  • Saxophone – Martin Cooper

Notes

"VL 2231" on labels, "VL 2231N" on the back of the sleeve.

Pre-recorded at The Gramophone Suite, Liverpool
Choral tapes on Souvenir courtesy of David Hughes

Title suggested by M. Ladly from a book by David Watkin by Peter Saville and Brett Wickens
Manufactured and distributed by PolyGram Canada for Virgin Records.

Other Canadian versions:
Yellow Sleeve
Blue sleeve

Released with an inner credit / photo sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 runout side A): VL 2231A SnB 230 DM-19
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 runout side B): VL 2231-B SnB 230 DM-10
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 runout side A): VL 2231-A SnB 230 DM-27
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 runout side B): VL 2231-B SnB 230 DM-21

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
DID12, Did 12 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(LP, Album, Yel) Dindisc, Dindisc DID12, Did 12 UK 1981
DIDCD 12 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(CD, Album) Dindisc DIDCD 12 UK 1983
none Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(Box + CD) EMI Music Greece none Greece 2007
ARE 37721 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(LP, Album, Ter) Epic ARE 37721 US 1981
72435-82750-2-5 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(CD, Album, RM) Virgin 72435-82750-2-5 US 2003

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 The New Stone Age 3:19
2 She's Leaving 3:29
3 Souvenir
Producer – MIke HowlettTape [Choral Tapes] – David Hughes Written-By – Martin Cooper
3:38
4 Sealand 7:44
5 Joan Of Arc 3:50
6 Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans) 4:12
7 Architecture & Morality 3:40
8 Georgia 3:22
9 The Beginning & The End 3:44

Companies, etc.

  • Printed By – Neef

Credits

  • Drums, Synthesizer [Bass Synthesizer] – Malcolm Holmes
  • Effects [Radios], Melodica – Paul Humphreys
  • Engineer – Howard Gray, Richard Manwaring
  • Engineer [Mix] – Brian Tench
  • Guitar, Bass, Horn [Reed Horns] – Andrew McCluskey*
  • Organ [Electronic Organ] – Michael Douglas
  • Percussion [Acoustic And Electronic Percussion] – Andrew McCluskey*, Malcolm Holmes, Paul Humphreys
  • Piano – Michael Douglas, Paul Humphreys
  • Producer – OMD*, Richard Manwaring (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 9)
  • Saxophone – Martin Cooper
  • Synthesizer – Andrew McCluskey*, Malcolm Holmes, Michael Douglas, Paul Humphreys
  • Vocals, Mellotron, Organ, Programmed By [Rhythm Programming] – Andrew McCluskey*, Paul Humphreys
  • Written-By – McCluskey* (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 9), Humphreys* (tracks: 2 to 4, 7 to 9)

Notes

© 1983 Virgin Records Ltd.
℗ 1981 Virgin Records Ltd.
Published by Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.
Printed in West Germany by Neef, Wittingen.
Pre-recorded at The Gramophone Suite, Liverpool
Recorded at The Manor. Mixed at Mayfair Studios.
This album was produced & created for White Noise Ltd. and on behalf of Architettura Industria.

Title suggested by M. Ladly from a book by David Watkin.

"Architecture & Morality" LP originally released in 1981.

Duration times not printed on release.
Category CDID12 appears on inlay, CDID 12 appears on disc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: none
  • Matrix / Runout: CDID 12 2891091 01

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
DID12, Did 12 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(LP, Album, Yel) Dindisc, Dindisc DID12, Did 12 UK 1981
DIDCD 12 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(CD, Album) Dindisc DIDCD 12 UK 1983
none Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(Box + CD) EMI Music Greece none Greece 2007
ARE 37721 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(LP, Album, Ter) Epic ARE 37721 US 1981
72435-82750-2-5 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality ‎(CD, Album, RM) Virgin 72435-82750-2-5 US 2003