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The Durutti Column
The Return Of The Durutti Column
Factory Benelux
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November 27, 2020
  • Vinyl, 1×LP + 7”

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    • Revised version of original sandpaper sleeve
    • Sealed in heavy duty polythene wallet
    • Two extra tracks
    • Hard vinyl 7” with improved sound quality

    Available: December 4, 2020
    In stock, shipping: December 3, 2020


Press Release

Factory Benelux presents a new vinyl edition of landmark album The Return of the Durutti Column, housed in a revised version of the iconic sandpaper sleeve first issued by Factory Records in January 1980.

A collaboration between virtuoso guitarist Vini Reilly and legendary Manchester producer Martin Hannett, The Return of the Durutti Column paired Reilly’s non-rock sketches with Hannett’s electronic textures to produce “perfectly realised, correctly ambient and inventive music” (NME). The infamous sandpaper sleeve was somewhat less user friendly. Inspired by a 1959 Situationist publication by Guy Debord and Asger Jorn, the relentless iconoclasts at Factory hoped that the abrasive packaging would destroy existing record collections.

This new 2013 edition on Factory Benelux develops rather than replicates the original packaging. On the front cover, an 11-inch square sheet of coarse sandpaper is seated in a recessed deboss, while the back cover and inner sleeve feature period Durutti images by noted photographer Daniel Meadows. The bonus Hannett ‘test card’ flexidisc is now a hard vinyl 7” (with improved sound quality), while the album itself features two extra tracks, Madeleine and Lips That Would Kiss (previously issued as a separate 7-inch single on Factory Benelux in October 1980).

The inner bag also features extensive liner notes with quotes from Vini Reilly, Martin Hannett, Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Daniel Meadows, John Brierley, Bruce Mitchell and members of Joy Division, who assembled most of the sandpaper originals. The new package is sealed in a heavy duty polythene wallet, thus ensuring that adjacent records in your collection remain intact.

Pre-order Information

We endeavour to ensure pre-orders reach you on the official release date. The date indicated above is the nearest possible delivery date according to the distributor, and is therefore liable to change at any time in accordance with changes made by the distributor.

  1. 1 The First Aspect of the Same Thing 1:00
  2. 2 The Second Aspect of the Same Thing 1:00

Track List

A1. Sketch for Summer
A2. Requiem for a Father
A3. Katharine
A4. Conduct
B1. Beginning
B2. Jazz
B3. Sketch for Winter
B4. Collette
B5. In ‘D’
B6. Lips That Would Kiss
B7. Madeleine
A1. The First Aspect of the Same Thing
B1. The Second Aspect of the Same Thing

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