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’ – listen here.

Written and produced by both Paul and Andy, and recorded at Bleepworks in London,the 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:

October

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

November

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

OMD have sold an astonishing 25 million singles and 15 million albums, which has established them as electronic synthesiser pioneers and one of Britain’s best-loved pop groups. Their 13 albums include recently reissued ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’ (1980), ‘Organisation’ (1980), ‘Architecture & Morality’ (1981) and ‘Dazzle Ships’ (1983).

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.

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 also includes all the singles from ‘Electricity’ to ‘What Have We Done’, as well as the exclusive brand new single, ‘Don’t Go’.

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.

To coincide with the band’s Liverpool show, there will be upcoming exhibitions happening at the British Music Experience and Museum Of Liverpool to celebrate the band’s impressive legacy.

Disc 1 – The Singles 1979 – 1987

  1. Electricity
  2. Red Frame/White Light
  3. Messages
  4. Enola Gay
  5. Souvenir
  6. Joan of Arc
  7. Maid of Orleans
  8. Genetic Engineering
  9. Telegraph
  10. Locomotion
  11. Talking Loud and Clear
  12. Tesla Girls
  13. Never Turn Away
  14. So in Love
  15. Secret
  16. La Femme Accident
  17. If You Leave
  18. (Forever) Live and Die
  19. We Love You
  20. Shame

Disc 2 – The Singles 1988 – 2019

  1. Dreaming
  2. Sailing on the Seven Seas
  3. Pandora’s Box (It’s a Long, Long Way)
  4. Then You Turn Away
  5. Call My Name
  6. Stand Above Me
  7. Dream of Me
  8. Everyday
  9. Walking on the Milky Way
  10. Universal
  11. If You Want It
  12. Sister Marie Says
  13. History of Modern (part 1)
  14. Metroland
  15. Dresden
  16. Night Café
  17. Isotype
  18. The Punishment Of Luxury
  19. What Have We Done
  20. Don’t Go

Disc 3 – Unreleased Archive Vol I.

  1. Brand New Science (06.1981)
  2. Dumbomb (01.1986)
  3. Violin Piece (09.1982)
  4. Untitled 2 (06.1981)
  5. Cut Me Down (03.1986)
  6. Radio Swiss International (09.1982)
  7. Untitled 3 (09.1982)
  8. Weekend (04.1985)
  9. Organ Ditty (05.1980)
  10. Unreleased Idea (06.1981)
  11. Cajun Moon (05.1986)
  12. Guitar Thrash (09.1982)
  13. SMPTE (12.1982)
  14. American Venus (04.1990)
  15. Liberator (02.1985)
  16. Ambient 1 (04.1980)
  17. Unused 1 (12.1980)
  18. Flamenco (04.1990)
  19. Andy’s Song (04.1985)
  20. Dynamo Children (01.1985)
  21. Flutey (03.1984)
  22. Nice Ending (06.1981)

Disc 4 – Live at the Mermaid Theatre, London (03/02/2011)

  1. Messages
  2. Tesla Girls
  3. New Babies New Toys
  4. History of Modern (Part 1)
  5. (Forever) Live and Die
  6. Souvenir
  7. Joan of Arc
  8. Maid of Orleans
  9. New Holy Ground
  10. Green
  11. Walking on the Milky Way
  12. Sister Marie Says
  13. Locomotion
  14. Sailing on the Seven Seas
  15. Enola Gay
  16. Electricity

Disc 5 – Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (10/05/1983)

  1. Dazzle Ships – Parts II,III & VII
  2. ABC Auto Industry
  3. Messages
  4. She’s Leaving
  5. Georgia
  6. Almost
  7. Julia’s Song
  8. Joan of Arc
  9. Maid of Orleans
  10. Statues
  11. The Romance of the Telescope
  12. Souvenir
  13. Telegraph
  14. Radio Waves
  15. Bunker Soldiers
  16. Enola Gay
  17. Silent Running
  18. Electricity
  19. Pretending to See the Future
  20. Stanlow

DVD1 – BBC TV Performances

  1. Messages (The Old Grey Whistle Test 15/04/1980)
  2. Messages (Top Of The Pops 08/05/1980)
  3. Messages (Top Of The Pops 29/05/1980)
  4. Enola Gay (Top Of The Pops 09/10/1980)
  5. Souvenir (Top Of The Pops 03/09/1981)
  6. Joan of Arc (Top Of The Pops 29/10/1981)
  7. Maid Of Orleans (Top Of The Pops 14/01/1982)
  8. Genetic Engineering (Top Of The Pops 03/03/1983)
  9. Locomotion (Top Of The Pops 19/04/1984)
  10. Locomotion (Top Of The Pops 03/05/1984)
  11. Talking Loud and Clear (Top Of The Pops 05/07/1984)
  12. Tesla Girls (Top Of The Pops 13/09/1984)
  13. So in Love (Top Of The Pops 30/05/1985)
  14. La Femme Accident (The Old Grey Whistle Test 22/10/1985)
  15. (Forever) Live and Die (Top Of The Pops 18/09/1986)
  16. Dreaming (Wogan 27/06/1988)
  17. Sailing on the Seven Seas (Top Of The Pops 02/05/1991)
  18. Pandora’s Box (It’s a Long, Long Way) (Top Of The Pops 11/07/1991)
  19. Pandora’s Box (It’s a Long, Long Way) (Top Of The Pops 25/07/1991)
  20. Call My Name (Pebble Mill 11/12/1991)
  21. Stand Above Me (Top Of The Pops 13/05/1993)
  22. Walking on the Milky Way (Top Of The Pops 16/08/1996)
  23. Enola Gay (Later With Jools Holland 31/05/2013)

DVD2 – Live at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (04/12/1981), Live at Sheffield City Hall (14/06/1985) and Crush – The Movie

Live at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (04/12/1981)

  1. Almost
  2. Mystereality
  3. Joan Of Arc
  4. Motion and Heart
  5. Maid Of Orleans
  6. Statues
  7. Souvenir
  8. New Stone Age
  9. Enola Gay
  10. Bunker Soldiers
  11. Electricity
  12. She’s Leaving
  13. Julia’s Song
  14. Stanlow

Live at Sheffield City Hall (14/06/1985)

  1. The Romance Of The Telescope (intro)
  2. Crush
  3. Messages
  4. Secret
  5. Tesla Girls
  6. White Trash
  7. Talking Loud and Clear
  8. Maid Of Orleans
  9. Telegraph
  10. Enola Gay
  11. Electricity
  12. The Romance Of The Telescope

Crush – The Movie

  1. Bloc Bloc Bloc
  2. The Native Daughters Of The Golden West
  3. So In Love
  4. 88 Seconds In Greensboro
  5. Hold You
  6. Women III
  7. Crush
  8. La Femme Accident
  9. Secret
  10. The Lights Are Going Out

Greatest Hits

LP 1 Side A

  1. Electricity
  2. Red Frame/White Light
  3. Messages
  4. Enola Gay
  5. Souvenir
  6. Joan Of Arc
  7. Maid Of Orleans

LP 1 Side B

  1. Genetic Engineering
  2. Telegraph
  3. Locomotion
  4. Talking Loud and Clear
  5. Tesla Girls
  6. Never Turn Away
  7. So In Love

LP 2 Side A

  1. Secret
  2. La Femme Accident
  3. If You Leave
  4. (Forever) Live and Die
  5. We Love You
  6. Shame
  7. Dreaming

LP 2 Side B

  1. Sailing on the Seven Seas
  2. Pandora’s Box (It’s a Long, Long Way)
  3. Then You Turn Away
  4. Call My Name
  5. Stand Above Me
  6. Dream of Me

LP 3 Side A

  1. Everyday
  2. Walking on the Milky Way
  3. Universal
  4. If You Want It
  5. Sister Marie Says
  6. History of Modern (Part I)

LP 3 Side B

  1. Metroland
  2. Dresden
  3. Night Café
  4. Isotype
  5. The Punishment Of Luxury
  6. What Have We Done
  7. Don’t Go

 

2CD

 CD1

  1. Electricity
  1. Red Frame/White Light
  1. Messages
  1. Enola Gay
  1. Souvenir
  1. Joan Of Arc
  1. Maid Of Orleans
  1. Genetic Engineering
  1. Telegraph
  1. Locomotion
  1. Talking Loud and Clear
  1. Tesla Girls
  1. Never Turn Away
  1. So In Love
  1. Secret
  1. La Femme Accident
  1. If You Leave
  1. (Forever) Live and Die
  1. We Love You
  1. Shame

CD2

  1. Dreaming
  1. Sailing on the Seven Seas
  1. Pandora’s Box (It’s a Long, Long Way)
  1. Then You Turn Away
  1. Call My Name
  1. Stand Above Me
  1. Dream of Me
  1. Everyday
  1. Walking on the Milky Way
  1. Universal
  1. If You Want It
  1. Sister Marie Says
  1. History of Modern (Part I)
  1. Metroland
  1. Dresden
  1. Night Café
  1. Isotype
  1. The Punishment Of Luxury
  1. What Have We Done
  1. Don’t Go

Feature image © Alex Jake

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