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The Durutti Column — The Guitar And Other Machines (1987/2019)

The Durutti Column — The Guitar And Other Machines (1987/2019) The Durutti Column — The Guitar And Other Machines (1987/2019)The Durutti Column — The Guitar And Other Machines (1987/2019)✹    One of the earliest and most enduring acts springing from the Factory Records scene.
✹    Klíčem k tomuto albu (a opravdu docela slušné množství kánonu Durutti Column) je, že funguje více jako celek než jako individuální tracky. Vini Reilly jakožto vynikající aranžér využívá dostupné nástroje a zvuky a sdružuje je ke svým vlastním cílům (samozřejmě s velkou pomocí svých kolegů), stejně jako malíř používá různé barvy / odstíny. Navíc kapela sází na velmi vizuální prvek a obrazy snadno kouzlí, čarují, možná i nenápadně navádějí posluchačovu mysl, kam autoři chtěli. Samozřejmě, že tentokrát měl Reilly širší škálu nástrojů a vybavení, takže Durutti C. se dotýká širší palety, diverzifikuje vrstvy nad to, co bylo předtím, ale celkový dojem je stále klidný, uklidňující, osvěžující, tichý, rekreační, pokojný, jasný, vyrovnaný a rozvážný, výrazně evokující tu převládající cestu jejich nahrávek až do tohoto okamžiku doby.
✹    „The Guitar And Other Machines“ představovaly pro Durutti Column změnu směru, nebylo to však ani plánováno, ani na úkor původní vizí Viniho Reillyho. Možná proto funguje tak dobře. Tony Wilson, který byl od té doby hlavním obhájcem a fanouškem kapely, dodal Vinimu některé elektronické nástroje jako sváteční present.
Formed: 1978 in Manchester, England
Location: Manchester, England, UK
Styles: Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Post~Punk
Recording Location:
✹    Island Studios, Hammersmith
✹    Strawberry Studio, Rockport
✹    Suite Sixteen, Rochedale
Album release: 25th January, 2019
Record Label: Factory Benelux
Duration:
Tracks:
Disc 1 
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
Disc 2 
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)
Written by:
→   Bruce Mitchell / Vini Reilly  A1
→   Vini Reilly  A2~6, B1, B2, B4, B5
→   John Metcalfe / Vini Reilly  B3
Credits:
✹    CJ   Engineer
✹    Andy Connell   Piano
✹    Nick Garside   Producer
✹    Robbie Grey   Jew’s~Harp
✹    Lee Hamblin   Engineer
✹    Stuart James   Composer, Mixing, Producer
✹    Tim Kellett   Trumpet
✹    Jeremy Kerr   Composer
✹    John Metcalfe   Arranger, Composer, Percussion, Viola
✹    Stanton Mirands   Vocals
✹    Bruce Mitchell   Composer
✹    Bruce Mitchell   Arranger, Drums, Xylophone
✹    Chris Nagle   Engineer
✹    P.O.L.   Vocals
✹    Vini Reilly   Arranger, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
✹    Liu Sola   Vocals
✹    Stephen Street   Guitar (Bass), Producer
✹    Simon Topping   Composer
Protection:
→   Each record is protected within its record sleeve by a white vellum anti~dust sleeve.
Packaging:
→   All items are shipped brand~new and unopened in original packaging. Every record is shipped in original factory~applied shrink wrap and has never been touched by human hands.
Description:
Δ→  Factory Benelux presents an expanded 2xLP and 3xCD edition of The Guitar and Other Machines, the acclaimed sixth album by Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column, originally released on Factory in December 1987.
Δ→  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.
Δ→  “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.”
Δ→  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.
Δ→  An expanded double vinyl edition of The Guitar And Other Machines, the sixth studio album by The Durutti Column (originally released by Factory Records in 1987).
Δ→  Limited (300 globally) clear and silver double vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
Δ→  Produced by Stephen Street, the album also features percussionist Bruce Mitchell and viola player John Metcalfe. Standout tracks include Arpeggiator, Bordeaux Sequence and English Landscape Tradition.
Δ→  The second LP features in concert versions of album tracks recorded at the Bottom Line club in New York City in October 1986, as well as the WOMAD festival in August 1988.
Review
Δ→  “So named because of Reilly’s choice to explore and use newer instruments, specifically a Yamaha Sequencer and a DMX drum machine among others, while also trying out new approaches with his guitar playing, first signalled on Circuses and Bread. Opening track Arpeggiator gives a sense as to the result. There’s a more straightforwardly soaring lead guitar line; quick, gently perky synth loops; a heavy drum punch; additional strings; and other touches to fill out the busy but strong arrangement. While technology in general was no stranger to the band, these instruments and approaches were, resulting in a generally lusher record than most recorded by Durutti before it, with more rather than fewer instruments being the key motif while still retaining an economy of performance. Both Metcalfe and Kellett appeared on an album highlight, When the World, recalling the band’s mid~‘80s highlights while Reilly turns in a surprisingly loud, kick~ass solo, contrasting his acoustic work on the immediately following USP. Otherwise, a variety of other performers assisted the duo as needed, including producer Stephen Street, who sat in on bass on English Landscape Tradition, and guest singers Stanton Miranda and Pol (a high point of When the World who ironically enough doesn’t appear on Pol in B). Rob Gray’s mouth organ work adds a nicely rootsy feel to What Is It to Me (Woman) and Jongleur Grey, a notable contrast against Durutti’s generally futurist approach. Continuing the string of excellent Durutti reissues, its 1996 reappearance included several other studio tracks done around that time, notably the moody and mysterious LFO Mod, which only appeared on the Valuable Passages compilation in the U.S., and Dream Topping, featuring a reunion with A Certain Ratio singer Jeremy Kerr. Concluding the reissue are four further tracks from a performance at Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD festival, with guest appearances from Chinese opera singer Liu Sola and Swing Out Sister keyboardist Andy Connell, both of whom would feature on the Vini Reilly album.” (AllMusic Guide)
Label: https://factorybenelux.com/
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