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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.
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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.
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Section 25
Always Now

It's that time in musical history where we welcome a 5LP box set by Section 25. As well as the original album (think an adventurous Joy Division but from Blackpool) you get a disc on non album singles, a live show, a part improvised recording of an attempted follow up album and a recording of the car journey the band made to the studio. I jest of course. But this is a near holy grail for fans of second tier Factory records bands and to tempt you further each vinyl comes on a different colour and you get a 16 page booklet.   
  • Vinyl LP box set (FBN3-045 )
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • 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)
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  • Last copy
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  • Factory Benelux

Tunnelvision
Watching The Hydroplanes

An angsty post-punk new wave album from a young Blackpool duo who caught the eye of Rob Gretton and Tony Wilson of Factory Records, recorded in 1981 (and mixed by estranged New Order bassist Peter Hook) but never released save for one song on 7”. Now, thanks to Factory Benelux, the original reels (plus a bonus live song recording) have been given a new master and a nice pressing.
  • Vinyl LP (FBN38)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
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  • Factory Benelux

Various
Of Factory New York

Yup, it is *that* Factory and it's a benefit compilation for Factory legend Michael Shamberg who ran the US office in the 80s and is now very ill with  mitochondrial disease. The compilation contains some rare stuff from the 80s including a live take on New Order's Your Silent Face and the megamix version of Looking From A Hilltop by Section 25 but also recordings from the likes of Ike Yard, Arthur Baker and Konk. A fascinating and eclectic listen no doubt.  

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.
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The Durutti Column
Obey The Time

Factory Benelux could probably be re-issuing the Durutti Column records until the end of time if they so wished. This time it's the turn of their 8th album Obey the Time. The album saw leader Vini Reilly explore electronic textures influenced by the acid house explosion of the time. There's an extra disc of live recordings from a show at Whitworth Hall in 1990.  
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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.
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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.
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  • 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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Wake
Harmony

Reissue of The Wake’s 1982 debut LP Harmony here. The Wake were signed up by Factory in an era when the label was looking to cash in on the successes of Joy Division, and the new wave jangles here certainly fit the bill. This Factory Benelux beefs up Harmony's original track listing with a John Peel session and the non-album single ‘Something Outside’. Notable for featuring a young Bobby Gillespie on bass.
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  • Factory Benelux