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Durutti Column: Idiot Savants (Artful)

Durutti Column: Idiot Savants (Artful)

To be honest, I thought they wuz dead! It has probably not been since the early 90s that I last heard of, let alone heard, Durutti Column. I just assumed that mainman/guitarist Vini Reilly had packed his exotic tent and headed off into even greater obscurity. So I was initally baffled -- then delighted - when this new album arrived in...

The Durutti Column: A Paean to Wilson (Kooky)

The Durutti Column: A Paean to Wilson (Kooky)

In the brief liner notes here Durutti Column's Vini Reilly notes how close he had been to the late Tony Wilson who had almost single-handedly founded and shaped the scene which came out Manchester. Reilly notes that Wilson was his close friend (he was at the hospital when Wilson died in '07) and that Durruti Column was the first act signed...

THE BARGAIN BUY: Joy Division; Unknown Pleasures

THE BARGAIN BUY: Joy Division; Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division's debut album, for the sound of Martin Hannett's production alone, changed the way people thought about music in the post-punk era. Here was glacially smooth and dark music with theatrical intent and a poetic sensibility. It sounded astonishingly gloomy (lines like "where will it end" and "she's lost control...

Tom Kerstens' G Plus Ensemble: Utopia (Real World/Southbound)

Tom Kerstens' G Plus Ensemble: Utopia (Real World/Southbound)

Although nominally a contemporary classical album -- English acoustic guitarist Kerstens and a string quartet -- this delightful, deep, meditative and probing album should find wide favour beyond the recital hall. Kerstens has commissioned from outside the classical world for this debut of his G Plus ensemble (which includes The Tippett...

Section 25: Looking from a Hilltop, Megamix (1980)

Section 25: Looking from a Hilltop, Megamix (1980)

The jury is perhaps still out on Blackpool's Section 25: dismissed in some circles as a pallid version of Joy Division/New Order for their electronica dance music, hailed by others who heard in them an innovative band well in the vanguard of post-punk dance pop. Sharing a label with Joy Division/New Order and A Certain Ratio (also with whom...

PETER GABRIEL, THE SOLO FLIGHT IN THE SEVENTIES: Not one of us

PETER GABRIEL, THE SOLO FLIGHT IN THE SEVENTIES: Not one of us

In late '77 Peter Gabriel -- two years after quitting Genesis at their creative peak with the ambitious concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway -- told NME "I felt that [Genesis] were just at a point of breaking through to the Big Time. "I just felt that if I'd stayed I would have got trapped into roles that I was beginning...

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