WIRRAL Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark (OMD) have announced they will re-release classic singles Souvenir, Joan Of Arc and Maid Of Orleans, from their 1981 album Architecture and Morality on 12 ”vinyl on October 15.
Released in 1981, Architecture and Morality was OMD’s third genre-defying studio album. His iconic use of Mellotron and choral samples has received international critical acclaim and the album has sold over 4 million copies worldwide.
The album’s three singles all reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart and sold a total of 8 million copies combined.
Founders Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys met at Meols Elementary School before forming the group in 1978.
“The success of Architecture and Morality took us all by surprise,” said McCluskey. “Once again, we had followed our raison d’être to change our musical style, but we really seemed to have found a sound that resonated with a large audience.
“The three singles, Souvenir, Joan of Arc and Maid of Orleans, all made top five in the UK. To this day, they remain the ‘Holy Trinity’ amid our performances on stage, and the public reaction is always enthusiastic. ”
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the band will be releasing the hits as three 12 “singles on colored 45-rpm vinyl. The vinyl contains a triple gatefold cover, silver panel and embossed details, as well as a performance card. download and is available for pre-order.
OMD will also embark on a UK arena tour in November, which will see the group perform songs from Architecture and Morality, along with many more from their legendary catalog.
The tour will stop at London’s Eventim Apollo and two hometown shows at the Liverpool Empire and Olympia.