Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ‎– Dazzle Ships

Disky ‎– VI 882342
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1 Radio Prague 1:18
2 Genetic Engineering 3:37
3 ABC Auto-Industry 2:06
4 Telegraph 2:57
5 This Is Helena
Vocals [Additional] – Maureen Humphreys
6 International 4:24
7 Dazzle Ships (Parts II, III & VII) 2:21
8 The Romance Of The Telescope 3:27
9 Silent Running 3:34
10 Radio Waves
Written-By – Floyd*, OMD*
11 Time Zones
Recorded By – Andy Dunkley, Dirk Hohmeyer, Jean Michel Reusser*, Keith Nixon, Michael Stark (2), Paul Ward (4), Sue Sawyer, Tony Lawrence (3)
12 Of All The Things We've Made 3:27

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

Roland Drumatix Rhythm Unit—Eko Rhythmaker—Korg MS20—Korg Micropreset—Roland SH09 & SH2—Emulator Synthesizer—Novatron—Prophet 5—Oberheim OBX—Solina String Machine—Vox Organ—Toy Piano—Rainbow Organ—Piano—Gretsch & Ludwig Drums—Premier Military Bass Drum—Hammer Bass Block Guitar—Fender Jazz Bass—Speak and Spell Machine—Sanyo Short Wave Radio—Typewriter. 'Speak and Spell' Machine used with kind permission of Texas Instruments Limited. Bugle on <This is Helena> courtesy of BBC Records/RAD 126. Original Tapes for <Dazzle Ships> supplied by Sound Centre Radio.
Title suggested after the painting by Edward Wadsworth.

Produced and created for Telegraph and on behalf of White Noise Limited.

℗ 1983 Virgin Records Ltd. © 1997 Disky Communications Europe B.V.
Marketed and distributed by Disky Communications Europe, B.V, The Netherlands. Printed in Holland.

[CD:] Made in Holland

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0724348823427
  • Barcode (text): 0 724348 823427
  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout: EMI UDEN VI 882342 @ 1
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L047
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 15BB

Other Versions (5 of 61) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V 2261 OMD* Dazzle Ships(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Telegraph (2) V 2261 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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
OVEDC 106 OMD* Dazzle Ships(Cass, Album) Virgin OVEDC 106 UK 1983 Sell This Version
VNC 5034 OMD* Dazzle Ships(LP, Album) Virgin VNC 5034 Zimbabwe 1983 Sell This Version


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August 11, 2006
edited over 13 years ago

Even though Dazzleship flopped as a mainstream album, I still love it. Only the Dazzleship suite is the track I have to skip each time. The more poppy songs on here are extremely underrated. Genetic Engineering and Telegraph are two classic OMD songs. I also love the avantgarde experiments on here. Time Zones is a great experiment, layering different talking clocks from around the world is a great, yet very unobvious idea. However, I think this album did kill OMD, who probably paid too much attention to it's commercial success. Crush and Junk Culture are terrible compared to Architecture & Morality and perhaps even Dazzleships. Or, it may be the new digital technology taking over the studio.


January 21, 2004

listening to <i>dazzle ships</i>, i can see why OMD sold out and went the full-on new romantic route - this album is very ambitious, not entirely successful and probably cost their a&r guy his job.

flush with the critical and commercial success of <i>architecture and morality</i>, OMD followed up with this vaguely conceptual album about modern love, life and the cold war, grabbing every sound source that their disposal - shortwave transmissions, speak and spell, and the best synths money could buy - and assimilating every music style they could listen to. <i>dazzle ships</i> is packed with daring ideas and clever intertextualities, but it's a little short on good songs.

still, when they're on, as on "abc auto-industry", the joy divisionesque "silent running" and "of all the things we've made", OMD display uncanny talents for extending the limits of pop songcraft, as radiohead would nearly 15 years later, with <i>ok computer</i>.

it makes sense that <i>architecture and morality</i> would be considered OMD's best album, but <i>dazzle ships</i>, which is very much of its time (you've heard those synth presets way too many times) and well ahead of it, will always be their underrated, flawed masterpiece. worth revisiting.