The Durutti Column | Vini Reilly + Womad Live - RSD20
Factory Benelux presents an expanded double vinyl edition of Vini Reilly, the acclaimed seventh studio album by Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column. Originally released by Factory Records in 1989, just 1000 copies have been pressed in black vinyl (with bonus seven inch in CLEAR vinyl ) for Record Store Day on 18 April 2020.
Produced by Vini Reilly and Stephen Street (The Smiths, Morrissey, Blur), the original working title of the Vini Reilly album was The Durutti Column Sampler. ‘People describe them as found samples and found voices,’ explained Vini at the time. ‘I always build up a catalogue of interesting loops and voice samples and stuff. Then I forget where I got them from a lot of the time, which is quite convenient… A lot of the time I manipulate the sample anyway, so it’s singing my tune, rather than the original tune.’
Stand-out tracks include Otis, Love No More and My Country. ‘The tune always comes from playing the guitar,’ added Vini. ‘As soon as I pick a guitar up I’ll come up with a tune. I don’t know whether it’s good or bad - but there’s always a tune there.’
The sleeve itself samples Bob Dylan circa Highway 61 Revisited, showcasing an iconic portrait by Mark Warner. Indeed much about the album flirts with mainstream culture, being a deliberate attempt to position Reilly as a ‘pop’ artist following his chart-topping collaboration with Morrissey on Viva Hate. This collaboration is further explored on the bonus 7” single, which features rare outtake I Know Very Well How I Got My Note Wrong and exquisite homage For Steven Patrick.
Bonus tracks on this 2020 double-disc remaster include several never before issued on vinyl, including William B and Red Square from the extended CD version of Vini Reilly, plus all four tracks from pristine performance CD WOMAD Live. Recorded at the WOMAD Festival in Cornwall in August 1988, the core Durutti duo of Vini Reilly and Bruce Mitchell are here augmented by Andy Connell on keys and Chinese opera singer Liu Sola.
A1. Love No More A2. Pol in G A3. Opera I A4. People’s Pleasure Park A5. Finding the Sea
B1. Otis B2. They Work Every Day B3. Opera II B4. Homage to Catalonia B5. Requiem Again
B6. My Country
C1. Red Square C2. William B C3. Dry C4. Paradise Passage Road C5. My Country (Monarchy Mix) D1. Otis (live) C2. English Landscape Tradition (live) D3. Finding the Sea (live)
D4. Bordeaux (live)
Disc 3 (7” single)
E1. I Know Very Well How I Got My Note Wrong
F1. For Steven Patrick