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OMD To Release 40th Anniversary Box Set, Greatest Hits Collection ‘Souvenir’

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.

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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 of the same name, due out on 4 October. 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.

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 Souvenir 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 Souvenir 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’, which you can check out below.

Written and produced by both Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey, 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 Humphreys, combining to create the classic style of OMD.

Souvenir is the latest 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.

The band will also embark on a huge world tour later this year, including 21 UK dates listed in full below. Visit OMD’s official website for further details of all the band’s shows.

Souvenir is out on 4 October. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and order it here.

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 Souvenir:

Disc 1 – The Singles 1979 – 1987
‘Electricity’
‘Red Frame/White Light’
‘Messages’
‘Enola Gay’
‘Souvenir’
‘Joan of Arc’
‘Maid of Orleans’
‘Genetic Engineering’
‘Telegraph’
‘Locomotion’
‘Talking Loud and Clear’
‘Tesla Girls’
‘Never Turn Away’
‘So in Love’
‘Secret’
‘La Femme Accident’
‘If You Leave’
‘(Forever) Live and Die’
‘We Love You’
‘Shame’

Disc 2 – The Singles 1988 – 2019
‘Dreaming’
‘Sailing on the Seven Seas’
‘Pandora’s Box (It’s a Long, Long Way)’
‘Then You Turn Away’
‘Call My Name’
‘Stand Above Me’
‘Dream of Me’
‘Everyday’
‘Walking on the Milky Way’
‘Universal’
‘If You Want It’
‘Sister Marie Says’
‘History of Modern (part 1)’
‘Metroland’
‘Dresden’
‘Night Café’
‘Isotype’
‘The Punishment Of Luxury’
‘What Have We Done’
‘Don’t Go’

Disc 3 – Unreleased Archive Vol I.
‘Brand New Science’ (06.1981)
‘Dumbomb’ (01.1986)
‘Violin Piece’ (09.1982)
‘Untitled 2’ (06.1981)
‘Cut Me Down’ (03.1986)
‘Radio Swiss International’ (09.1982)
‘Untitled 3’ (09.1982)
‘Weekend’ (04.1985)
‘Organ Ditty’ (05.1980)
‘Unreleased Idea’ (06.1981)
‘Cajun Moon’ (05.1986)
‘Guitar Thrash’ (09.1982)
‘SMPTE’ (12.1982)
‘American Venus’ (04.1990)
‘Liberator’ (02.1985)
‘Ambient 1’ (04.1980)
‘Unused 1’ (12.1980)
‘Flamenco’ (04.1990)
‘Andy’s Song’ (04.1985)
‘Dynamo Children’ (01.1985)
‘Flutey’ (03.1984)
‘Nice Ending’ (06.1981)

Disc 4 – Live at the Mermaid Theatre, London (03/02/2011)
‘Messages’
‘Tesla Girls’
‘New Babies New Toys’
‘History of Modern (Part 1)’
‘(Forever) Live and Die’
‘Souvenir’
‘Joan of Arc’
‘Maid of Orleans’
‘New Holy Ground’
‘Green’
‘Walking on the Milky Way’
‘Sister Marie Says’
‘Locomotion’
‘Sailing on the Seven Seas’
‘Enola Gay’
‘Electricity’

Disc 5 – Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (10/05/1983)
‘Dazzle Ships – Parts II,III & VII’
‘ABC Auto Industry’
‘Messages’
‘She’s Leaving’
‘Georgia’
‘Almost’
‘Julia’s Song’
‘Joan of Arc’
‘Maid of Orleans’
‘Statues’
‘The Romance of the Telescope’
‘Souvenir’
‘Telegraph’
‘Radio Waves’
‘Bunker Soldiers’
‘Enola Gay’
‘Silent Running’
‘Electricity’
‘Pretending to See the Future’
‘Stanlow’

DVD1 – BBC TV Performances
‘Messages’(The Old Grey Whistle Test 15/04/1980)
‘Messages’ (Top Of The Pops 08/05/1980)
‘Messages’ (Top Of The Pops 29/05/1980)
‘Enola Gay’ (Top Of The Pops 09/10/1980)
‘Souvenir’ (Top Of The Pops 03/09/1981)
‘Joan of Arc’ (Top Of The Pops 29/10/1981)
‘Maid Of Orleans’ (Top Of The Pops 14/01/1982)
‘Genetic Engineering’ (Top Of The Pops 03/03/1983)
‘Locomotion’ (Top Of The Pops 19/04/1984)
‘Locomotion’ (Top Of The Pops 03/05/1984)
‘Talking Loud and Clear’ (Top Of The Pops 05/07/1984)
‘Tesla Girls’ (Top Of The Pops 13/09/1984)
‘So in Love’ (Top Of The Pops 30/05/1985)
‘La Femme Accident’ (The Old Grey Whistle Test 22/10/1985)
‘(Forever) Live and Die’ (Top Of The Pops 18/09/1986)
‘Dreaming’ (Wogan 27/06/1988)
‘Sailing on the Seven Seas’ (Top Of The Pops 02/05/1991)
‘Pandora’s Box (It’s a Long, Long Way)’ (Top Of The Pops 11/07/1991)
‘Pandora’s Box (It’s a Long, Long Way)’ (Top Of The Pops 25/07/1991)
‘Call My Name’ (Pebble Mill 11/12/1991)
‘Stand Above Me’ (Top Of The Pops 13/05/1993)
‘Walking on the Milky Way’ (Top Of The Pops 16/08/1996)
‘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)
‘Almost’
‘Mystereality’
‘Joan Of Arc’
‘Motion and Heart’
‘Maid Of Orleans’
‘Statues’
‘Souvenir’
‘New Stone Age’
‘Enola Gay’
‘Bunker Soldiers’
‘Electricity’
‘She’s Leaving’
‘Julia’s Song’
‘Stanlow’

Live at Sheffield City Hall (14/06/1985)
‘The Romance Of The Telescope’ (intro)
‘Crush’
‘Messages’
‘Secret’
‘Tesla Girls’
‘White Trash’
‘Talking Loud and Clear’
‘Maid Of Orleans’
‘Telegraph’
‘Enola Gay’
‘Electricity’
‘The Romance Of The Telescope’

Crush – The Movie
‘Bloc Bloc Bloc’
‘The Native Daughters Of The Golden West’
‘So In Love’
‘88 Seconds In Greensboro’
‘Hold You’
‘Women III’
‘Crush’
‘La Femme Accident’
‘Secret’
‘The Lights Are Going Out’

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