Boomkat Product Review:
Containing exclusive never re-recorded material from The Durutti Column, Paul Haig and The Names, this re-issue of a 1982 tour compilation from the Crepuscule label is something of a slice of musical history. All the tracks were recorded on the 'Dialogue North-South Tour', an ambitious live project which would visit Brussels, Paris, London and Amsterdam. Notable for it's exclusive material, this disc captures a time in music that was incredibly interesting, and incredibly fresh, bands like Durutti Column were carving out a sound for themselves and just starting to get noticed on the world stage, and their label Factory records (also home of Belgian band The Names) could seemingly do no wrong. Of course we all know how that ended, but it's nice to go back and see this - a snapshot of time, and read the tour programme, listen to the sounds and hear how it was done way back then. The standout tracks here are from those Factory fellows Durutti Column of course, their reverberating dream-pop was set to influence a generation of shoegazers, and has never sounded more affecting than in this live environment. Recommended.