Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Messages
Dindisc – DIN 15
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Grey Labels
02 May 1980
New Wave, Synth-pop
A Messages 4:01
B Taking Sides Again 4:20
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Dindisc
Copyright (c) – Dindisc
Printed By – James Upton
Published By – Dinsong Ltd.
Published By – Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.
Produced At – Advision Studios
Mastered At – Tape One
Pressed By – CBS Pressing Plant, Aston Clinton
Engineer – Lawrence Diana*
Lacquer Cut By – BilBo (3)
Producer – Mike Howlett, Orchestral Manoeuvres* (tracks: A)
Written-By – McCluskey*, Humphreys*
Produced at Advision Studio
Published by DinSong Ltd/Virgin Music Publishers Ltd
℗ © 1980 DinDisc
The original album version of "Messages" was due to be used. However, Andy McCluskey of the band objected to this version and wanted to re-record the song. The 10,000 copies cut with the original mix were scrapped and a new, radically different version was recorded under the control of producer Mike Howlett.
"Taking Sides Again" is an instrumental 'dub' version of "Messages".
The original releases had a two-tone grey label which listed Chester Valentino (aka Paul Collister) as producer. DinDisc had scrapped the original album mix but hadn't bothered amending the labels which should have correctly credited Mike Howlett. Later releases in a pink/white combination and later still in red, would correctly list Howlett.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A. Var. 1): DIN-I5-A3 ⋀ BILBO'S TA1PE
Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B. Var. 1): DIN-I5-B3 D
Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A. Var. 2): DIN-15-A2 BILBO'S TA1PE
Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B. Var. 2): DIN-15-B2
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Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B. Var. 3): DIN-15.B-6 DB.TA1PE <