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It all started here,
This review is from: The Return of The Durutti Column (Audio CD)
On my God, 1979 - It seems a lifetime ago - I hadn't even gone to college & certainly wouldn't have been interested in any Factory Band - I was off to Knebworth to see Led Zeppelin!!!
Anyway it was 10 years before I heard any DC (Guitar & Other Machines) & it was love at first etc.. Scooped up what I could new & 2nd hand & this is my 3rd version of the album. One is the 'black' cover vinyl version, one a (hopefully rare & outrageously expensive) White Label vinyl version & now this CD with some extra stuff bunged on - which is for completists only I have to say.
As ever with DC, Vini Reilly had apparently done his bit in 2-3 days and cleared off, leaving Martin Hannett to insert primitive synthesiser noises & bung it all together
I quote from the DC Website 'nine simple classically-structured guitar pieces put through echoplex'.
Absolutely..... and the Mona Lisa is oil paint daubed on canvas.
A little context is required I think. 1979 - Punk is in the ascendancy (in the music press anyway) the Dinosaurs still have huge followings but the mainstream record buying public are ignoring both both & buying disco cr*p.
The DC fell through the cracks, as they have been fated to do so ever since.....
It is lovely, simple, melodic, neccesarily limited and of a whole. God only knows what the music press & public made of it back then. Utter bewilderment I would have thought.
It is always difficult to say how & why anyone not familiar with a Musicians sound should bother listening to them. You usually end up with comparisons e.g. 'Imagine Nick Drake crossed with Joy Division' which is both true & false.
It doesn't really matter I suppose, it is lovely music & it started a wobbly career which has lurched onwards over the past 25 years. I don't love everything Vini has done but I do love most of it and this is where it started so you really should have it, if only to see how it all started.
4 stars not 5 because what was to come was an improvement - still a regular on my CD player though!