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13 October 2017

A Paean To Wilson [Cargo/Durutti/Kooky 2LP blue vinyl]

The Durutti Column - A Paean to Wilson

2LP: UK 17.11.17 (Cargo/The Durutti Column/Kooky Records, Kookydisc 35)

Tracklisting

One

I Or Are You Just A Technician
II Chant
III Quatro

Two

IV Requiem
V Stuki
VI Along Came Poppy

Three

VII Brother
VIII Duet With Piano
IX Darkness Here

Four

X Catos Revisited
XI The Truth
XII How Unbelievable

Liner notes by Vini Reilly

A Paean to Wilson is part of a body of work which I started around the time that my friend, Tony Wilson died. Towards the end of his illness, I sent him an instrumental track and he loved it, so I decided that the right thing to do was carry on.

I was at the hospital when he died. We were very, very close. Afterwards, many things were done in his name. They were all about 'Mr Manchester', and about what Tony had done for music, art and literature. I didn't attend many of them. I'd just lost one of my closest friends and I had all the grief that you feel under such circumstances. Once I'd got my act together though, I decided to do something for myself and for Tony.

The Durutti Column was Tony Wilson's baby. We were the first act signed up to his Factory club night and the first band signed to Factory Records. Over the years we worked on many albums together and the one thing that Tony and I always argued about was that he thought that I should make music and write rather than sing.

After he died, I decided to make a body of work which did not have traditional song structures and which was concerned solely with the musical content. My only objective was to create some music that Tony would thoroughly approve of. I think I've done that and, if his spirit lives on - which I like to think that it does - I want him to know that this is for him. Vini Reilly

Credits

Musicians
Vini Reilly - Guitar, Piano
Bruce Mitchell - Drums, Marimba
Keir Stewart - Bass, Keyboards, Harmonica
Poppy Morgan - Piano
John Metcalfe - Viola
Tim Kellet - Trumpet

Ruby Morgan, Kate Williamson - Vocals

String arrangements by Ian Livingstone and Keir Stewart; performed by the Livingstone Chamber Ensemble. Recorded at Highfield Studios, Guildford, Surrey

Composed by Reilly, Stewart & Mitchell

Drums engineered by Seadna McPhail and recorded at Moolah Rouge, Manchester

Produced by Keir Stewart
Executive producer Bruce Mitchell

Mixed & mastered by Keir Stewart at Inch Studio, Manchester - www.inchstudio.com

The copyright in this recording is owned by Bruce Mitchell Productions

Photography by Stephen Wright
Sleeve by Trevor Johnson & Lynx Studio

Notes

Double blue vinyl reissue edition produced by Cargo Records in association with The Durutti Column. Packaging, credits and notes are similar to the 2LP edition produced by Kooky Records for Record Store Day 2013 in the UK (which is sold out). Please note this 2017 edition does not include the envelope containing the Manchester International Festival programme and the large postcard featuring the original artwork which were include in RSD 2013 package. Please also note that the 'Heaven Sent' tracks offered via download with the RSD 2013 2LP or as CD2 in the original cd version (Kookydisc 29/2) are not included.

The 2CD version (with 'Heaven Sent' bonus disc) is available again via Cargo.

Finally, please also note that this is not technically a formal Kooky Records release but is rather a Cargo/Durutti co-production. However, it does bear the original catalogue number and packaging.

How to buy

A Paean To Wilson [Kooky Records/Cargo, 2LP blue vinyl] is available to pre-order/buy via Cargo.

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11 October 2017

The Guitar and Other Machines [FBN 204]

The Guitar and Other Machines [FBN 204 CD]

2LP: UK 12.01.18 (Factory Benelux, FBN 204)

Tracklisting

Side A

1. Arpeggiator
2. What It Is to Me (Woman)
3. Red Shoes
4. Jongleur Grey
5. When the World
6. U.S.P.

Side B

1. Bordeaux Sequence
2. Pol in B
3. English Landscape Tradition
4. Miss Haymes
5. Don’t Think You’re Funny

Side C

1. Arpeggiator (live)
2. Our Lady of the Angels (live)
3. Pol in B (live)
4. Miss Haymes (live)

Side D

1. When the World (live)
2. English Landscape Tradition (live)
3. Bordeaux Sequence (live)

Notes

Deluxe double vinyl edition of the sixth studio album originally released by Factory Records in 1987.

The origin of The Guitar and Other Machines was the Christmas present given by Factory founder Tony Wilson to Durutti mainman Vini Reilly in 1985. "He gave me another kick and bought me a load of electronic instruments," revealed Reilly at the time. "I never dreamt of getting into this electronic thing, and I struggled and fought and stayed up til half seven in the morning and really worked on it. I know that Tony's got this vision and I persevered. And I found a way of using a sequencer that isn't like New Order – it's my way, and it's my music."

Produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths; Morrissey), the album also features percussionist Bruce Mitchell and viola player John Metcalfe.

The second record features selected recordings of the band performing live at the Bottom Line club in NYC in October 1987, plus two further live tracks from WOMAD in August 1988.

The double vinyl set comes in a gatefold sleeve featuring original artwork by 8vo. A 3CD edition will also be available.

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09 October 2017

The Guitar and Other Machines [FBN 204 CD]

The Guitar and Other Machines [FBN 204 CD]

LP: UK 12.01.18 (Factory Benelux, FBN 204 CD)

Tracklisting

CD1

1. Arpeggiator
2. What It Is to Me (Woman)
3. Red Shoes
4. Jongleur Grey
5. When the World
6. U.S.P.
7. Bordeaux Sequence
8. Pol in B
9. English Landscape Tradition
10. Miss Haymes
11. Don't Think You're Funny
12. Dream Topping
13. You Won't Feel Out of Place
14. 28 Oldham Street
15. LFO Mod
16. Catos con Guantes

CD2

1. Florence Sunset
2. All That Love and Maths Can Do
3. San Giovanni Dawn
4. For Friends in Italy
5. Our Lady of the Angels
6. Red Shoes (VR vocal)
7. Song for Les Preger
8. For Rebecca
9. Final Cut
10. When the World (Newson Mix)
11. Arpeggiator II
12. Pol in AB
13. 30 Oldham Street
14. When the World (Soundtrack)
15. Our Lady
16. White Rabbit
17. When the World (Version)

CD3

1. Prayer (live)
2. Arpeggiator (live)
3. Our Lady of the Angels (live)
4. Pol in B (live)
5. Miss Haymes (live)
6. For Mother (live)
7. Requiem (live)
8. Jacqueline (live)
9. Elevator Sequence (live)
10. The Missing Boy (live)
11. When the World (live)
12. Tomorrow (live)
13. English Landscape Tradition (live)
14. Bordeaux Sequence (live)

Notes

Expanded 3CD deluxe edition of the sixth studio album originally released by Factory Records in 1987.

The origin of The Guitar and Other Machines was the Christmas present given by Factory founder Tony Wilson to Durutti mainman Vini Reilly in 1985. "He gave me another kick and bought me a load of electronic instruments," revealed Reilly at the time. "I never dreamt of getting into this electronic thing, and I struggled and fought and stayed up til half seven in the morning and really worked on it. I know that Tony's got this vision and I persevered. And I found a way of using a sequencer that isn't like New Order – it's my way, and it's my music."

Produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths; Morrissey), the album also features percussionist Bruce Mitchell and viola player John Metcalfe. Remastered in 2017, this new FBN edition restores all three bonus tracks included on the original Factory CD, being experimental pieces written and recorded with Jez Kerr and Simon Topping of A Certain Ratio.

CD2 features many associated recordings, including the rare Greetings 3 EP (released only in Italy), non-album tracks such as Our Lady of the Angels, LFO Mod, acoustic instrumental Catos con Guantes, various mixes of When the World, Jefferson Airplane cover White Rabbit, and several ‘sporadic recordings' which revisit themes first heard on the original album.

CD3 features a recording of the band live at the Bottom Line club in NYC in October 1987, plus two further live tracks from WOMAD in August 1988.

The 3CD set is housed in a clamshell box with individual interior wallets. A 2LP vinyl edition will also be available, featuring the core studio album plus live versions of selected album tracks on Disc 2.

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