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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 7]

Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark – Organisation | 1980 – 4 [continued from this post] Side two of the album began with another of what I found to be the critical core tracks of the album. “The Misunderstanding” dated from … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 5]

Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark – Organisation | 1980 – 4 Having enlisted Gong’s Mike Howlett to re-record their breakthrough single, “Messages,” it was naturally left to his hands to helm the follow-up album as well. Its title was yet … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 4]

[continued from this post] After the Kraftwerk pastiche of “Electricity,” it followed with another dip into the Düsseldorf waters for “The Messerschmitt Twins.” This time, the template was side two of the “Autobahn” album. “Morgenspaizergang” in particular, from the days … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 3]

[continued from previous post] So, yes. OMD quickly discovered they were “failing upward” with surprising ease. As 1979 turned into 1980, they readied their debut album for a release early in the year. We discussed the motorik art rock of … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 2]

Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark – Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark | 1980 – 2.5 The perky drumbox that set the pace of “Bunker Soldiers” was adorned with an expansive, almost Asian melody on the polysynth. It plays almost like … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 1]

Well, with the latest OMD album finally in the Record Cell, it was time to breach the notion of another really long Rock GPA for this highest level Core Collection band in my collection. I have lots of deep collections, … Continue reading

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REDUX: A Thousand Number One Albums In The UK

November 25, 2013 Today on the BBC was a feature examining the thousand albums that have topped the British charts since their point of origin in July 1956. I wondered how many of those best sellers would fall  under the … Continue reading

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