Universal Music are set to reissue the first four albums by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (aka OMD) on 180-g vinyl on 2 November. All four landmark titles, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Organisation, Architecture & Morality and Dazzle Ships have been 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.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, best known and loved as OMD, were formed in 1978 by teenage friends Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys. They quickly became electro-pioneers with a string of hit albums released throughout the 1980’s including the four due to be reissued, eventually selling over 25 million singles and 15 million albums across their career to date.
Their 1980 self-titled debut album, Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark, featured hit singles ‘Electricity’ and ‘Messages’. Organisation followed later that year and reached No. 6 in the UK chart, showcasing undoubtedly one of the greatest synth-pop songs of all time, ‘Enola Gay’.
Maintaining a prolific work rate and a rich vein of form, the band released their third studio album in 1981, Architecture & Morality, which reached No. 3 in the UK chart, featured the top 5 singles: ‘Souvenir’, ‘Joan of Arc’ and ‘Maid of Orleans’ and sold over a million copies in the UK alone. Two years later, in 1983, OMD unveiled their influential Dazzle Ships – another top 5 album, featuring the singles ‘Genetic Engineering’ and ‘Telegraph’.
Earlier this year the band announced two concerts at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on 6 and 7 October. Both shows are sold out. They coincide with the anniversary of OMD’s first ever gig which took place at legendary Liverpool club Eric’s in October 1978.
These ‘must see’ shows will feature orchestral arrangements of many of OMD’s biggest hits, also fan favourite ambient tone poem pieces like ‘Stanlow’, ‘Sealand’ and ‘Ghost Star’ written especially for these concerts by Ian Stephens and Gary Carpenter, in addition to songs which have never been performed live before including rare B-sides. A 40th birthday world tour starting in late 2019 will also be announced soon.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Organisation, Architecture & Morality and Dazzle Ships are out on 2 November and can be bought here.