Boomkat Product Review:
Digitally re-mastered from vinyl, this is a limited re-release of the hard to find Import ‘Amigos Em Portugal’, originally released in 1983 and a pre-cursor to one of the great Durutti Column albums ‘ Without Mercy’.
"Recorded in only a couple of days – such is always the case with Vini Reilly - the album allegedly was supposed to be a single or extended play but the newly formed Portuguese label had the tapes and different ideas! Vini was just enjoying the tape time, playing many of his current ‘work in progress’ pieces. These sketches later became part of the Tony Wilson classical experiment made with Northern College Music degree students, ’Without Mercy’. Most of the tracks here have a beautiful fragility whether just solo guitar instrumentals ‘Estoril a Noire’ or piano pieces such as ‘Wheels Turning’ or the piano loop from ‘Without Mercy ‘ ‘Favourite descending intervals’.
Yes…… the times when Vini played piano….. the years before he believed he was ‘an awful and discombobulated pianist’ in his own words …. It is the second in a series of vinyl and compact disc re-issues from the band on the imprint ‘DURUTTI’. Three other albums of rare or previously unreleased material are planned over the next eighteen months. Trevor Johnson will have full artistic control of new art and design on all the albums."