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Boomkat Product Review:
Factory Records mainstay and all-round Manchester legend Vini Reilly returns with another collection of odds and ends from The Durutti Column's archive. The material here is culled from a number of different recording scenarios including four track demos. 'Dig A Hole' is one such Portastudio recording - with just a few layers of guitar and half-whispered late night vocal to its name, the track has a slow-burning power to it, thanks in part to Reilly's lyrical lead guitar. This is, lest we forget, the man who John Frusciante declared the greatest guitarist in the world. In a similar vein there's the echo-drenched shoegaze minimalism of tracks like 'Trust Not The Artist' and 'Natural Mystics'. Showing another side of the project, there are pieces like 'In The City', commissioned by none other than Mr. Anthony H Wilson, who was looking for a Durutti Column work that incorporated snatches of dialogue from a debate at the In The City conference. Frankly it's all a bit strange. Elsewhere, Reilly gives an impressively faithful nod to his old labelmates on the New Order tribute that is... 'New Order Tribute'. A real mixed bag this, but a release that Durutti Column devotees will be snapping up without delay.