- メーカー : Virgin
- EAN : 5052795998555, 7110869625986
- 製造元リファレンス : V2261
- レーベル : Virgin
- ASIN : B003UUN8GK
- ディスク枚数 : 1
O.M.D. Dazzle Ships (1983 UK 12-track LP something of a Radioheads Kid A of its day full of leftfield experimental pop led by the single Genetic Engineering housed in a die-cut gatefold picture sleeve with yellow & pink inner. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl appears barely played V2261)
As a piece of work it was a natural progression from the classic Architecture and Morality, however the general record buying public appeared confused, to be honest I dont think people knew what they wanted from the band at this time, for us die hards it was genius, pushing the A&M blueprint further, an evenly balanced pop and experimental tour de force, not tour de france. Whatever OMD put out at this time I feel would have sunk, excuse the pun, as Ive said before OMD never had a niche, they have wandered nomad like between pop and pretention, nomads of new romanticism and always on the wrong side of cool.
Its funny, part of OMD's enduring appeal for me is their total lack of alignment to a given genre or fashion, and its because time has faded confusing perceptions of the band that people are revisiting the album in a neutral light, seeing it for its creativity and breadth of palette. Of course its risky to include tracks made up of short wave radio samples - ABC auto industry - This is helena, and a collection of speaking clock announcements from around the world - Timezones -
these were balanced with some classic OMDish moments of pop brilliance, Telegraph - Genetic engineering - Silent Running - Radio Waves. These combined with International, a waltz about politics. My favourite though is the inclusion of a b-side from A&M period, Romance of the Telescope, it is one of OMD's finest moments, brooding and powerful epic, it was always a great show finale, even though its downbeat it uplifts in that spooky way that sometimes happens, a beautiful paradox.
Its always odd writing reviews as they are very much a personal opinion, I learnt a long time ago not to push music or art preferences on anyone, but it is good to get the opportunity to impart enthusiasm of an item, and hope this is helpful to others.. Dazzleships is as good as any OMD album, it is the last of the original quatraine of semi experimental material. Unfortunately the commercial experience of this album made OMD play safe. They still produced excellent work, but were always looking over their collective shoulders at pursuing market forces.
The remastered album is superb, recreating the inner sleeve of the original album in the booklet section, and some sleeve notes about the history of the album. Anyone who is a fan of "Telegraph" will love the Extended Version, and also a great early version dating from 1981 - around the time of Organisation - with a much clearer vocal and a more raw sound. We get the 12" version of "Genetic Engineering", and some B sides (4-Neu and 66 & Fading) plus another Radio sample track "Swiss Radio International".
For me, a truly ground breaking and extraordinary album, impossible to believe it ever came about in some respects, but so glad it did. And now remastered with those extra tracks. Fantastic !