OMD* ‎– Dazzle Ships

Virgin ‎– V 2261, Telegraph (2) ‎– V 2261
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

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Recorded at The Gramophone Suite, Gallery Studio, Mayfair Studio.
Mixed at The Manor Studios.
Mastered at The Master Room.

"Dazzle Ships" title suggested by Peter Saville after a painting by Edward Wadsworth.

℗ 1983 Virgin Records Limited
© 1983 Virgin Records Limited
Except "The Romance Of The Telescope" & "Of All The Things We've Made" ℗ 1981 Virgin Records Limited

Comes in a die-cut gatefold sleeve with pink and yellow inner sleeve.

Some copies of 'variant 1' had the cat number OVED106 on a sticker over the original V2261 suggesting old stock being sold, these records are in the gatefold, die cut cover with the original Telegraph dark labels so are quite distinct from the new stock OVED106 with the Virgin labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Variant 1 & 3): V-2261-A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 1): V-2261-B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Variant 2): V 2261 A4 D1 [illegible writing]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 2): V 2261 B1 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 3): V-2261-B2

Other Versions (5 of 58) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V2-86090, 0777 7 86090 2 5 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dazzle Ships(CD, Album, RE) Virgin Records America, Inc., Virgin Records America, Inc. V2-86090, 0777 7 86090 2 5 US 1992 Sell This Version
CDV 2261 OMD* Dazzle Ships(CD, Album, RP) Virgin, Telegraph (2) CDV 2261 UK Unknown Sell This Version
VNC 5034 OMD* Dazzle Ships(LP, Album) Virgin VNC 5034 Zimbabwe 1983 Sell This Version
611605 OMD* Dazzle Ships(LP, Album, Gat) Edisom, Virgin 611605 Portugal 1983 Sell This Version
CDV 2261 OMD* Dazzle Ships(CD, Album) Virgin, Telegraph (2) CDV 2261 Europe 1984 Sell This Version


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August 12, 2017
Minor point but why is the date in the American style 3/4/83 for March 4th when only America uses this and the group are English.


August 6, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
I have grown to really like this LP, bought it on release played it a few times and filed it away. As a youngster it went over my head. Now however I can listen to it all the way through without skipping any tracks. I like it because it's pretty far out experimental for a chart pop band. I find this kind of experimentation is lacking in today's pop/indie bands, which is a real shame. It's almost a continuation of their previous 'Architecture..' LP which I love as I think that one is the pinnacle of their career. The first 4 OMD LP's are great albums, and sadly under rated. They suffered from having the piss taken out of them initially, and later on by other musicians like Julian Cope. OMD I suppose were never seen as 'cool', even by their own admission (there's a youtube video interview with them which they say as much, and that they made mistakes by trying to be too 'pop' later on, which is when they really took a dive creatively after this record.
Overall, initially they were an inventive, unpredictable, surprising group who crafted some very unique moods, feelings and emotions through their music, and didn't really pander or conform to any fashions or fads.
They are a big inspiration.


March 9, 2017
underestimated release concerning it´s influende on later techno releases, but at it´s time ignored for sample works, which were already no longer en vogue and Pink Floyd labeled - John Peel session version of "genectic enegneering" is a brilliant evidence of musical evolution from rock towards techno. My favorite still is " This is Helena"


February 2, 2017

It's a shame the experimental gamble did not pay off. Before long you have the distinctly MOR pop of Crush and Pacific Age. It is only now they are taking risks again, I suppose because they have nothing to lose.


October 19, 2016
No wonder this LP went down as a lead zeppelin. The two best tracks are "The Romance Of The Telescope" and "Of All The Things We've Made", which both already had appeared as b-sides for A&M singles in '81. Beautiful sleeve, and interesting concept, but the music is the sound of threading water.


November 13, 2015

An underrated timeless conceptual and experimental synthpop album! And in my opinion OMDs best! Def worth checking out and is probably best to be heard from beginning to end in completion. Theres some great experimentation&risk taking ideas here!