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40th anniversary box set & greatest hits collection
Out October 4th
World Tour including 21 UK dates this autumn
After the announcement of their 40th anniversary career box set and greatest hits collection, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) unveil the details of a limited edition 7” vinyl of their iconic debut single ‘Electricity’ – out September 27th and available for pre-order now.
The limited edition run, that also comes as an ultra-clear vinyl, has been remastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. Side A features an original Factory Records version of ‘Electricity’, whilst side B offers up a brand new remix of ‘Almost’ by Vince Clarke. Vince noted that “OMD convinced me to switch to synths…’I thought I can do that. I can write songs like that.’” On the release Andy said, “For Paul and I, holding in our hands an actual vinyl record of a song we had written as 16 year olds was one of the greatest thrills of our young lives. Forty years later, that original garage recording still has a charming energy that makes us proud. We are honoured that Vince Clarke has created such a distinctive personal remix of the B side ‘Almost’.”
The announcement comes off the back of details of their upcoming 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. Pre-order at OMD.lnk.to/Souvenir
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.
Side A – Electricity
Side B – Almost (Vince Clarke Remix)
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
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).
Today’s announcement comes as part of yet 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, also 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.