The Durutti Column – The Best Of The Durutti Column

Thirty-track compilation tracking a quarter-century in the life of Reilly

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If most rock guitar still roots itself in the earthy, wooden fire of the blues, over the last 25 years Vini Reilly has explored a liquid, airy form, notes bent by the other gravities and atmospheres of whichever planet Martin Hannett now calls home. Essentially an update of 1986’s Valuable Passages, the extra disc showcases Reilly’s experiments with vocal samples (“Otis”), sequenced beats (“Contra Indications”) and female singers (“Sing To Me”)?all remarkably successful. A much-needed introduction to the fugitive pieces of a neglected career.



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