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The Return of The Durutti Column

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 Dec. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London Records
  • ASIN: B000006YDO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sketch for Summer
  2. Requiem for a Father
  3. Katharine
  4. Conduct
  5. Beginning
  6. Jazz
  7. Sketch for Winter
  8. Collette
  9. In 'D'
  10. Lips that Would Kiss
  11. Madeleine
  12. First Aspect of the Same Thing
  13. Second Aspect of the Same Thing
  14. Sleep Will Come
  15. Experiment in Fifth

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BBC Review

It would be hard to think of an album less in line with the majority of Factory's output in the late 70s than The Return Of The Durutti Column. The Column, were originally put together as a 'proper' band by Factory founders, Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus. But by the time this album became fact (hoho) Wilson's wilful disposition had seen to it that it was just guitarist Vini Reilly who held onto the name. Oh, and a producer by the name of Martin Hannett.

Hannett's idiosyncracies are well documented. His bullying and cajoling of Joy Division to invest in electronics was the tip of the iceberg. The deeply personal vision of this troubled man only found voice when he sat behind a mixing desk. Having mined the possibilities of digital delay on Unknown Pleasures, he saw, in Reilly, a fellow traveller who could indulge his passions for more abstract fare.

Reilly himself was a devoted student of the six stringed kind of ambience that had more to do with the krautrock stylings of Ashra's Manuel Gottsching than anything that emerged from a Detroit garage. This was (originally) an album of singularly pretty instrumentals, drenched in reverb and chiming in some kind of delicate, yet still somewhat chilly imaginary space.

The two men worked as co-musicians on this project, and it was hannett's synth washes underpinning Reilly's arpeggios that anchored the work which in future years become more ethereal and less rooted in grim Noerthern reality.

The Return a bloody-minded contradiction of everything Factory stood for at that time. As if to underline its refusal to sit happily with its playmates, initial copies came housed in a sandpaper sleeve that would rub horribly against its neighbours: A situationist trick that, while as arch as the band's name (appropriated from the Spanish civil war), still signalled Hannett and Reilly's extreme faith in their vision. Hannett's wayward nature would prove his undoing, while Vini merely kept on spiralling into some crystaline alternative universe. The Return is a perfect meeting of minds! --Chris Jones

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Format: Audio CD
I used to buy an album a week, sometimes two, with my pocket money and the bit extra, earned from washing cars and drying dishes in a restaurant. This was in the late seventies. I got to have quite a little collection of the period, thanks in the main to a record stall in the local indoor market. I still have most of these records but have little time and inclination now to play them. All except one. The one with the sandpaper sleeve.
I still get the shivers when I put this on the deck.
The opening guitar note played on The Return of the Durutti Column is not unlike that of the first piano chord from Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata. It has, in it's complex brevity, all the beauty, sadness, sense of loss, and yet all the passion and hope, of the history and future of the world. Sketch for Summer is more than timeless. This tune HAS been around before. We have all heard it, and we hear it still: when we look at a sunset, when we lay in the tall grass, when we put our bare feet on the cool sands by the ocean and hold the hand of a loved one.
I dream of this sweet sound, and no other record comes close.
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Format: Audio CD
At a time when most of the music was fast loud and rough, those wonderful days of punk, the durutti column (another trendily named and highly talented manchester musician - Vini Reilly) came out with this wonderful, innovative and totally different sound - maybe too advanced for it's time, it was the forerunner of chill out........the original vinyl came in a real sandpaper sleeve (which wasn't too kind on the vinyl), and this remastered CD version, with extra tracks will take anyone back to those heady days. That isn't to say that the music is dated - it still sounds as fresh and innovative as it did way back. Produced by Martin Hannett, who tweaked the buttons for so many of the great bands of the time (sadly he's no longer with us). Well worth five stars and highly recommended!
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Quite simply, this album has been one of my most consistently played selections since the day it was released ... it is Sunday morning music, late night music, driving music, dinner music and more for me.

When it was released it sounded very different to everything else in the punk / new wave era and it is still out there on it's own. The Factory advertising at the time said that this record would 'streamline your record collection' - this was in part an ironic comment as the early copies were in a 12" sandpaper sleeve but also a comment on how it (still) stands out from other parts of your music collection.

File under 'Essential'
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This is my first Durutti Column purchase. I am quite a late starter, as I am a big fan of most of the other Factory Records artists from that time. Overall I find this album is quite drifty and backgroundy. The guitar is very shoegazey which I love, but most of the tracks don't do a great deal.
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