Boomkat Product Review:
Nearly three decades since it was created, The Durutti Column's "lost" fourth album is finally issued - with Factory Benelux catalogue number 36, and all.
According to legend, the original album was scheduled for release on Factory's Belgian subsidiary but an executive decision from Tony Wilson shelved it in favour of 1984's 'Without Mercy'. Darla Records have picked up the thread in reverent fashion, commissioning a prime remaster, and new artwork from Crepuscule designer Benoit Henneber.
Some tracks have appeared on Crepuscule's beautifully curated compilations over the years, but ultimately this is a real missing gem from the early Factory era: those skeletal drums, the sparse daubs of synth and violin, or Vini's iconoclastic virtuosity, and just the feel of the pieces, all transporting us to some high-ceilinged apartment in Brussels or Didsbury with the hum of hash in the air. For Manchester old-timers, Balearic types and dream pop lovers, this record is hugely recommended.