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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.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN274)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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The Durutti Column
The Return Of The Durutti Column

It's fun to imagine the naming sessions for the 1980 debut LP from dream-pop pioneers The Durutti Column. “What are we going to call our first album then? Something that really messes with them. ‘In The Court Of The Crimson Durutti Column’? ‘Remain In Durutti Column’? ‘The Durutti Column Two; Electric Boogaloo’?” “How about ‘The Return Of The Durutti Column’?” “Yeah, I guess that'll do…” Given that the Mancunian group made some of the least abrasive music released by Factory Records, it's slightly incongruous that this should be the Factory album with the famous sandpaper sleeve. Fortunately for those of you who don't want large swathes of your vinyl collection destroyed from within, this new edition of ‘The Return Of The Durutti Column’ opts for a less problematic sandpaper insert. The halcyon musings of the tracks within remain unchanged.

The Names
Swimming

It was always curious how Factory Manchester hooked up with a Belgian arm. This brought a lot of Belgian music to the attention of listeners that may have never been heard. One such group were the Names. They played a dark and taut form of post-punk that was perfect for the times. they were also produced by the legendary Martin Hannett. This clear vinyl re-press collects all their work onto one disc.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (FBN9)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

The Durutti Column
Vini Reilly + WOMAD Live

Factory Benelux delivers a lavish re-issue of Vini Reilly, the 11th studio album from the ingenious, eponymous guitar player’s band The Durutti Column. Originally released in 1989 and coming soon after he had collaborated with Morrissey on Viva Hate, it sought to position Reilly as a pop proposition. Comes with bonus tracks, including all four tracks from his amazing ‘WOMAD Live’ performance. 

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

A Certain Ratio
Sextet

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

The Wake
Harmony

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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.

The Wake
Here Comes Everybody

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The Durutti Column
Without Mercy

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Crispy Ambulance
The Plateau Phase

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Crispy Ambulance
Compulsion

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Section 25
Mirror

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Section 25
Alfresco

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The Durutti Column
Another Setting

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The Wake
Clouds Disco

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Minny Pops
Sparks In A Dark Room

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Mark Reeder
Collaborator

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Section 25
Reflection (Young Image)

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The Names
In Time

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Section 25
My Outrage

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Blurt
Live In Berlin

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Section 25
Charnel Ground/ Haunted

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Section 25
Je Veux Ton Amour / Oyo Achel Ada

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