Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with the announcement of a career box set, ‘Souvenir’ and brand new greatest hits collection – out October 4th. The special box set will comprise of 5 CDs and 2 DVDs housed in a 10” box set, together with a hardback book, poster and a series of 10” prints.
Alongside the box set, there will also be a 2CD and 3LP format which will be a brand new greatest hits package, spanning the band’s 40-year career. This includes all the singles from ‘Electricity’ to ‘What Have We Done’, as well as the exclusive brand new single, ‘Don’t Go’
Written and produced by both Paul and Andy, and recorded at Bleepworks in London, the playful and uplifting new song ‘Don’t Go’ melds together the plaintive melancholia of McCluskey’s lyrical refrain and the soaring synth melody from Paul Humphreys, combining to create the classic style of OMD.
The band will also embark on a huge world tour later this year, including 21 UK dates listed in full below:
Weds 23rd Belfast, Ulster Hall
Sat 26th Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
Sun 27th York, Barbican
Mon 28th Hull, Arena
Weds 30th Gateshead, Sage
Tues 31st Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Fri 1st Manchester, O2 Apollo
Sun 3rd Sheffield, City Hall
Mon 4th Liverpool, Empire
Tues 5th Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Thurs 7th Leicester, De Montfort Hall
Fri 8th Bath, Pavilion
Sat 9th Oxford, New Theatre
Mon 11th Guildford, G Live
Tues 12th Portsmouth, Guildhall
Weds 13th Watford, Colosseum
Fri 15th Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Sat 16th Ipswich, Regent Theatre
Sun 17th Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
Tues 19th Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre
Weds 20th London, Eventim Apollo
The audio discs include all the band’s singles from ‘Electricity’ to ‘What Have We Done’, as well as a brand new single ‘Don’t Go’, exclusive to this release. The box set also includes a previously unreleased live show from the Hammersmith Odeon in 1983, 22 previously unreleased demos from the archive which have been selected and mixed by Paul Humphreys, rare and unreleased live material from the BBC and an entire live show from the Mermaid Theatre in 2011.
One of the DVDs contains BBC TV performances from Top Of The Pops, Old Grey Whistle Test, Later With Jools Holland and more. The other contains a live show from Sheffield City Hall in 1985, another live show from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1981, as well as Crush – The Movie.
The book contains unseen photos, single sleeve artwork, an introduction by Paul Morley and sleeve notes to accompany the archive material by Andy McCluskey.
Today’s announcement comes as part of another exciting installment of the band’s anniversary celebrations which first saw the reissue of their first four classic albums on 180g vinyl, mastered at half speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road and housed in their original iconic die cut sleeves designed by the legendary Peter Saville, followed by the huge world tour. The band, Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Stuart Kershaw will be starting in October in Portugal, stretching through to February 2020 finishing in Paris.