Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Stanlow

• “Stanlow” set to a slideshow of the famous refinery. Thanks to CarminaBarritus.

8.8 “Excellent Electronica from England”

From their album “Organisation” (Dindisc DID-6), released in 1980.

Was very pleased to get with this gem lately; if Stanlow is not the most beautiful song about an oil refinery ever, then I’d very much like to know what is.

The YouTube poster writes:

As a kid I could see the distant Stanlow oil refinery situated on broad flat banks of the River Mersey, from the top class of the school building. When my parents drove past it to go to nearby Chester, I would gaze out of the window at this huge installation of machinery with its complex network of pipes emanating steam at certain points. At night it was illuminated by a multitude of lights which could be seen miles away across the estuary and appeared to me as being some kind of futuristic space station when viewed against a golden sunset of an Autumnal sky.

You can check my favoured album reviews from 1980 here.

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