Factory record were on of the most iconic label during the ‘80s, releasing classic records from Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ration, Happy Mondays, and countless others. One of the releases that has gained notoriety of the years is The Return of The Durutti Column, the debut album The Durutti Column.
A great deal of that notoriety comes from the sleeve, which is made of coarse sandpaper. The idea was taken from Memoirs, a book by Guy Debord, which had a sandpaper sleeve that was designed to destroy the other books on your shelf. Wanting to make their make on the industry, The Durutti Column used this technique and 3600 copies of their debut album were manufactured with the same style sleeve.
According to legend, the sleeves were put together by members of Joy Division, A Certain Ratio, and various other Factory Records alumni. As the story goes, Ian Curtis was gluing them while the rest of the band watched pornography in the same room…
The actual content of The Return of The Durutti Column is fantastic. It was miles ahead of its time, and while the UK was hooked on the hypnotic repetition of post-punk, Durutti Column mastermind was thinking outside the box. The instrumental album is marvel of intricate guitar work, with gentle atmosphere and incandescent hum. Reilly drew from classical guitar, folk, new wave, and even soft rock, eschewing the raw clatter of post-punk at the time. It almost serves as a pre-cursor to dream pop, and you can almost hear the Cocteau Twins taking notes.
It proved a divisive formula for The Durutti Column, and history says that not everyone knew quite what to make of the Martin Hannett produced LP. Even Reilly himself seemed indifferent to the music he made, simply wanting to “just try and be truthful,” as he said in an interview. This was parodied in the movie 24 Hour Party People, where footage was shown of Reilly playing to an empty Hacienda.
Whether it was popular or not, listening back to the album nearly forty years later, its feels so much more important. By taking a chance, and going against the grain of the early ‘80s, The Return Of The Durutti Column has aged incredibly well and has stood the test of time.
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THE DURUTTI COLUMN Another Setting (Sealed Limited Edition 2021 UK remastered double LP issue of their 1983 third studio album, expanded with a Bonus LP including eight live tracks plus the non-album single I Get Along Without You Very Well. The heavyweight discs are pressed on Blue & Green Vinyl, respectively & housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve with download code. Factory sealed from new in the hype stickered shrinkwrap, the vinyl is Mint & unplayed FBN30) **Limited to 500 Copies Only**