Boomkat Product Review:
Factory Benelux presents a remastered edition of Circuses and Bread, the seventh studio album by Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column. Originally released by Factory Benelux and Factory in 1986, the original 9 tracks have now been expanded with 6 bonus pieces. It's A flower in the bonnet of Vini Reilly’s The Durutti Column.
Comprising the elegant swoon of the original, plus 3 tracks off the Italian EP ‘Greetings 3’, this is a definitive new edition of ‘Circuses and Bread’ from a prime period in their catalogue. Ever an outlier on Factory Records, Reilly’s music was pushed against the grain by his patron Tony Wilson, to find its audience in high ceilinged bedsits in Manchester and far beyond, but most particularly Belgium, where his almost theatric, soundtrack-like, and lyrical playing resonated with the city’s more rarified tastes and whims.
There’s an abundance of loveliness to check for here, but we’re perhaps most drawn to his heartbreaking collage ‘Street Fight’, which contrarily enough, doesn’t even feature his guitar, but rather chamber like keys strewn with birdsong and gunshots. It gets us every time, especially as it leads into the tearjerker ‘Royal Infirmary’ and the sashay of ‘Black Horses’, which now strikes us as deeply foreshadowing elements of Mica Levi’s music to come.
The more ardent fans may know the bonus songs, but for everyone else the likes of his shimmering beauty ‘All That Love and Maths Can Do’, the appearance of Lindsay Wilson (aye, ex wife of Tony), now Lindsay Reade on ‘I Get Along Without You Very Well’, and the heart-jangling ‘Verbier (For Patti)’ are very much worth your time.