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The Durutti Column
The Guitar and Other Machines

Massively expanded edition of the sixth album by Factory Records veteran Vini Reilly. Having been gifted electronic equipment by label boss Tony Wilson, Reilly set about devising fresh contexts for his liquid guitar playing. The Stephen Street-produced result was a genuine enrichment of the signature Durutti style that’s full of subtlety and still sounds fresh today. Includes a disc’s worth of related studio recordings and another of contemporary live material.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN204)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN204)
  • CD box set (FBN204CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux

The Durutti Column
M24J (Anthology)

The Durutti Column were Tony Wilson’s first signing to Factory Records, and remained an understated constant throughout the label’s existence and beyond. Vini Reilly’s minimal, mostly instrumental arrangements, fluid guitar playing and gentle introversion were an atypical product of post punk, but in retrospect seem to prefigure much in indie and post rock. Over the years Reilly moved from the the drumbox austerity of notoriously sandpaper-sleeved debut The Return of… to incorporate everything from classical elements to soul samples alongside his instantly recognisable playing. If you only know Reilly from his work on Morrissey’s Viva Hate, or the few occasions his work made an impact beyond cult status, this double retrospective is a fine overview.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN164)
  • CD (FBN164CD)
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  • Factory Benelux

The Durutti Column
Without Mercy

Mancunian post-punks The Durutti Column already had three LPs under their belt by the time they got round to 1984’s Without Mercy, but the previous trio of records wouldn’t have prepared their fans for what the band were about to get up to. Under the tutelage of Tony Wilson the group abandoned their wistful dream-pop style for contemporary classical composition. Drawing on the English classical tradition and the post-minimalist developments of artists like Arthur Russell, The Durutti Column end up with near forty minutes of blissy chamber music that occasionally crosses over into chamber-pop. These New Puritans may have been taking note. Now reissued with extra live recordings and bonus tracks on Factory Benelux.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN84)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD box set (FBN84CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux

Crispy Ambulance
Compulsion

Compulsion is a new album by Crispy Ambulance. The wonderfully named post-punks from Manchester wrote six of the tracks way back in 1982 after their debut album The Plateau Phase. The songs were even included in their live set at the time. Compulsion is the band’s fourth album and was specially released for Record Store Day 2015.
  • Vinyl LP (FBN54)
  • Limited edition
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux

The Names
Swimming


  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN9)
  • Limited edition

The Durutti Column
The Return Of The Durutti Column

Factory Benelux presents a new vinyl edition of landmark album The Return of the Durutti Column, housed in a revised version of the iconic sandpaper sleeve first issued by Factory Records in January 1980. A collaboration between virtuoso guitarist Vini Reilly and legendary Manchester producer Martin Hannett,The Return of the Durutti Columnpaired Reilly’s non-rock sketches with Hannett’s electronic textures to produce “perfectly realised, correctly ambient and inventive music” (NME). The infamous sandpaper sleeve was somewhat less user friendly. Inspired by a 1959 Situationist publication by Guy Debord and Asger Jorn, the relentless iconoclasts at Factory hoped that the abrasive packaging would destroy existing record collections. This new 2013 edition on Factory Benelux develops rather than replicates the original packaging. On the front cover, an 11-inch square sheet of coarse sandpaper is seated in a recessed deboss, while the back cover and inner sleeve feature period Durutti images by noted photographer Daniel Meadows. The bonus Hannett ‘test card’ flexidisc is now a hard vinyl 7” (with improved sound quality), while the album itself features two extra tracks, Madeleine and Lips That Would Kiss (previously issued as a separate 7-inch single on Factory Benelux in October 1980). The inner bag also features extensive liner notes with quotes from Vini Reilly, Martin Hannett, Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Daniel Meadows, John Brierley, Bruce Mitchell and members of Joy Division, who assembled most of the sandpaper originals. The new package is sealed in a heavy duty polythene wallet, thus ensuring that adjacent records in your collection remain intact.
  • Vinyl LP (FBN114)
  • CD (FBN114CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux

Various
New Order Presents Be Music

Be Music is the umbrella name for the various extracurricular activities that the individual members of New Order got up to in their time away from the band. Lots of productions and remixes for acts including Section 25, A Certain Ratio and Factory Floor. This overview release, spanning the whole course of the band’s existence, compiles twelve tracks on the double vinyl edition and thirty-six tracks on the triple CD edition.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN60)
  • CD box set (FBN60CD)

A Certain Ratio
Sextet

One of the prime movers in the early Factory movement, A Certain Ratio were known for a lot more than just wearing shorts on stage and for switching remarkably quickly from post-punk to punk-funk. This is their second album which has yet to have the re-issue treatment. Would have fitted in perfectly to the punk funk that everyone loved a few years ago. Well maybe they still do. The album shows some serious Latin, samba and jazz influences yet still manages to retain the sound of rainy Manchester. Wilson must have been horrified but it certainly fits right in with the early 80's funksters such as Pigbag, Liquid Liquid et al. 
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  • Factory Benelux
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  • Factory Benelux

The Durutti Column
Domo Arigato v2.0

Originally setup by Tony Wilson and signed to his Factory records label, Manchester based avant garde ensemble The Durutti Column recorded Domo Arigato live in Tokyo in 1985. Mixed and mastered straight after the concert before they had to fly home they were never truly happy with it. Now Factory Benelux have revisited the album, returning to the original tapes and spending the time they didn’t have on polishing it to perfection. Includes a bonus 7” single and digital copy.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN52)
  • CD box set (FBN52CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux

Section 25
Alfresco

Vintage Factory outfit Section 25 were always a bit underrated following as they did in the footsteps of New Order and A Certain Ratio. Blackpool's finest are still at it though and this limited (to 250 on clear vinyl) live LP is a recording of the time last year that they rocked the seaside town to it's very foundations. Will be much sought after for Factory nuts.  

The Durutti Column
Another Setting

Album number three from indie stalwarts The Durutti Column. Another Setting was first out in 1983, and now gets a well-deserved reissuing. The original eleven tracks are boosted up to a total of seventeen here, thanks to a selection of rare and live cuts that were previously hard to come across. Released by Factory Benelux
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  • Factory Benelux

The Names
Stranger Than You

Available on CD or Double 12” Vinyl in gatefold packaging with digital download on Factory Benelux. The Names are a new wave group from Belgium, mainly known for their body of work with Factory records in the early 80s. Now, since 2014’s In Time they are joined by two new memebers and are looking back to the sound they forged with Factory.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN119LP)
  • CD (FBN119CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux

The Wake
Here Comes Everybody + Singles

A thoroughly comprehensive compendium of The Wake in-and-around their fabled Here Comes Everyone album, in celebration of its 30th birthday. Captured Tracks once again do the honourable thing in bringing these unique, dreamy post-punk sounds to a wider audience via a plush reissue. The album tracks are joined by music from singles, EPs and unreleased demos from the era, spread over 2 discs.
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux

The Wake
Testament (Best Of)

The Wake started off as an outfit of wannabe post-punk goths before making the switch to Bristol's finest twee label, Sarah Records, and opting to be more whimsical, more kind-hearted, and more indie pop.  'Testament' is a sneaky best of release for the Scottish band, bringing together both sides of the band into one neat compilation: whether you're looking for the self-serious band they started as or the Sarah sentimentalists, you'll get it on here. And if you pick the vinyl, you'll get twenty-odd early live cuts and demos. Tonnes of twee.
  • Vinyl LP (FBN95)
  • CD (FBN95CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux

Martin Hannett & Steve Hopkins
The Invisible Girls

The Invisible Girls is a collaborative effort by Steve Hopkins and Martin Hannett who have both weaved their way in and out of the brilliance of many different bands, Hannett producing for the likes of New Order where Hopkins has helped perform for some classic records. Together they actually make some music, and these recently unearthed recordings show that in abundance.
  • CD (FBN65CD)

Minny Pops
Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement

Known for not really taking themselves seriously and putting more faith in their machines than themselves -- to the point where they named themselves after the dingiest Korg machine they could get their hands on -- Minny Pops were always able to see the fun in making the most sombre post-punk. 'Drastic Measures, Drastic Movements' shows off propulsive rhythms and stoical stances that suggest they wouldn't have it any other way. 
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux

Minny Pops
Sparks In A Dark Room

This is a reissue of Amsterdam post-punkers Minny Pops' second album from 1982. 'Sparks In A Dark Room' dropped the guitar of its predecessor for a cleaner and more clinical synth-focused side which drew comparison to Kraftwerk and Caberet Voltaire. This remastered 2LP edition includes a second disc containing a 13-song live set recorded in Amsterdam in 2012 on the band's 30th anniversary tour.

Mark Reeder
Collaborator


  • CD (FBN111CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux

The Names
In Time

The Names by name but not by nature. Belgian post-punk band The Names recorded with Joy Division producer Martin Hannett between 1980-82 and recorded for Factory Records. In Time, however, compiles songs from their self-released albums from 1997 and 2009. In Time contains the song Halloween In June which is regarded as the bands best song since the heights of Nightshift in 1980.
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  • Factory Benelux

The Wake
Harmony


  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN29)
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux
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  • Factory Benelux
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  • Factory Benelux
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  • Factory Benelux
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  • Factory Benelux

The Durutti Column
Short Stories For Pauline


  • CD (FBN36CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux

The Durutti Column
LC

The second Durutti Column album, LC, was first released in 1981, and it still carries a certain remarkable feel to it. These expanded reissues present the original album in remastered form, and add in a number of compilation tracks, demos, and other rarities: the exact number of bonus tracks varies depending on whether you fancy CD or LP versions.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN10)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux
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  • Factory Benelux
  • Label(s):
  • Factory Benelux