DIN 40-12 Maid of Orleans
Produced by OMD & Richard Manwaring
(tracks 2 & 3 produced by OMD)
Released on December 1981
UK CHART POSITION #4
Find it at GEMM
DIN 40-12 cover  

T hree tracks of hushed, ethereal beauty shrouded in gossamer, of all the things they’ve made perhaps the prettiest. “Maid of Orleans” is a variation on “Joan of Arc” (here it’s subtitled “The Waltz Joan of Arc”), which appeared on Architecture & Morality. The single featured the nonalbum “Navigation,” while the 12-inch added the even more obvious offspring of Brian Eno’s sleepy pop experiments from Another Green World, “Of All The Things We’ve Made.” (The sleeve erroneously cites the mysterious “Experiments In Vertical Take Off” as the third track.) A fitting addendum to the band’s most creative musical statement (A&M), this stands as some of the loveliest music to emerge from the new wave movement.

TRACK LISTING

  1. MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC)
  2. NAVIGATION

    12-inch track listing
  3. MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC)    (Andy McCluskey)
  4. OF ALL THE THINGS WE'VE MADE    (Paul Humphreys/Andy McCluskey)
  5. NAVIGATION    (Paul Humphreys/Andy McCluskey)

CREDITS

Sleeve by Peter Saville & Brett Wickens from a stained glass design by Anton Wolff

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK December 1981 Dindisc 7"/12 DIN 40/-12 picture sleeve
GER/NET 1981 Dindisc 7"/12 103894100/600499213 picture sleeve

 

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