Following on from their 40th anniversary celebrations last year which saw them release their greatest hits and anniversary box set, Souvenir, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) have announced further remastered reissues of their UK Top 20 album Liberator and their 1996 album Universal on vinyl on 6 August on UMC/Liberator.
Frontman Andy McCluskey’s fascination with WWII bombers influenced the title of the UK Top 20 album Liberator named after the B-24 Liberator aircraft. Peaking at number 14 in the UK album charts, the record features singles “Stand Above Me” and “Dream Of Me” as well as a cover version of the Velvet Underground’s classic 1967 track, “Sunday Morning”. Universal, the band’s tenth album released in 1996, also had chart success with single “Walking On The Milky Way” entering in the Top 20 in the UK singles charts and saw the band make their 29th and final appearance on Top of the Pops.
Both albums, which haven’t been available on vinyl since their first release, will be reissued on 180g black vinyl and were remastered at the iconic Abbey Road studios. The releases follow a string of reissues in the last year from OMD including the limited 12” vinyl of their legendary antiwar hit single “Enola Gay” as well as a limited reissue of the band’s iconic debut single, ‘Electricity’, on 7” vinyl.
OMD will also embark on a UK arena tour in November of this year. The tour, which will see the band perform songs from their iconic album Architecture & Morality, plus many more hits from their legendary back catalogue, will stop off at London’s Eventim Apollo, and two hometown shows at the Liverpool Empire and Olympia.
As well as the tour, fans and the band can give back to the tour crew at the ‘You Me & OMD’ livestream at London’s Indigo at The O2 on 19 June. The show is set to raise money and awareness for their crew, whose livelihoods have been so affected in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Strap in and prepare for nothing but the best from a band who are unquestionably still at the very top of their game.
OMD will play the following UK arena headline shows in November 2021:
Mon 1st: GLASGOW, O2 Academy
Tue 2nd: EDINBURGH, Usher Hall
Wed 3rd: GATESHEAD, Sage
Fri 5th: HULL Bonus Arena
Sat 6th: LEEDS, First Direct Arena
Sun 7th: CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
Tue 9th: LEICESTER, DeMontfort Hall
Wed 10th: CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena
Fri 12th: BIRMINGHAM, Resorts World Arena
Sat 13th: LONDON, Eventim Apollo
Sun 14th: BOURNEMOUTH, BIC
Tue 16th: BRIGHTON, Brighton Centre
Wed 17th: OXFORD, New Theatre
Fri 19th: MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo
Sat 20th: MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo
Sun 21st: LIVERPOOL, Empire
Tue 23rd: LIVERPOOL, Eventim Olympia.