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The Durutti Column
Factory Benelux
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Release Date
May 21, 2021


Press Release

Factory Benelux presents a deluxe double vinyl gatefold edition of LC, the second studio album by cult Manchester group The Durutti Column, originally issued in 1981 and ranked among Vini Reilly’s finest albums. After recording debut album The Return of the Durutti Column with producer Martin Hannett in 1979, virtuoso guitarist Vini Reilly purchased a TEAC four-track recorder from Bill Nelson and began producing his own material. These evocative demos were perfected by Reilly at Graveyard Studio with co-producer Stuart Pickering, with additional drums and percussion from Bruce Mitchell. Originally released by Factory Records in November 1981, LC is a key album in a body of work described by David Stubbs of Uncut magazine as ‘unique in rock, with Reilly’s scampering, watercolour guitar style building a tentative bridge between post-punk and the chamber sketches of Debussy and Ravel.’  On this expanded Factory Benelux the original ten tracks are supplemented by no less than 9 bonus cuts, including rare Sordide Sentimental single Danny/Enigma, and the three tracks Reilly contributed to A Factory Quartet in 1980 - his last recordings with Hannett, which feature Donald Johnson of A Certain Ratio on drums. The remastered double disc set is housed in a gatefold sleeve printed on matt reverse board, with liner notes and archive images. The package also includes an exclusive 7-inch single featuring live versions of Sketch for Summer and Requiem for a Father, recorded at Leeds Polytechnic in October 1980. These are the earliest surviving professional live recordings of Durutti Column in concert.

Track List

Disc 1

A1. Sketch for Dawn (1)
A2. Portrait for Frazier
A3. Jaqueline
A4. Messidor
A5. Sketch for Dawn (2)
B1. Never Known
B2. The Act Committed
B3. Detail for Paul
B4. The Missing Boy
B5. The Sweet Cheat Gone

Disc 2

C1. Danny
C2. Enigma
C3. Experiment in Fifth
C4. Portrait for Paul
C5. Favourite Painting
D1. For Mimi
D2. For Belgian Friends
D3. Self-Portrait
D4. Zinnia

Disc 3 (7")

E1. Sketch for Summer (live)
F1. Requiem for a Father (version)(live)

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Factory Benelux

Alternative / Indie / Post-rock

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