DURUTTI COLUMN, THE

A PAEAN TO WILSON (TRIPLE VINYL DELUXE EDITION) (DURUTTI.COM)

DURUTTI COLUMN, THE - A PAEAN TO WILSON (TRIPLE VINYL DELUXE EDITION) 149320
Format:
3 LP
Release:
26.11.2021
Label:
DURUTTI.COM
Kat.-Nr.:
149320
Barcode:
5024545919011
Coloured Vinyl, Triple Vinyk Deluxe Ed. w/ one clear, one gold & one black vinyl! onus: On this release we have the 'F4 Heaven Sent' tracks released on vinyl for the first time.

- Paean to Wilson is still arguably Vini Reilly and the Durutti Column's most important and consistent piece of work since the demise of the original and seminal Factory Records in the early 1990's.

Originally this was commissioned for the MIF (Manchester International Festival) where it was premiered in July 2009.

Vin had already composed pieces for Tony to listen to whilst he was ill in hospital and it was from here that the project developed.

Ever critical of Vini's voice, but ever a fierce champion of his talent, the late Tony Wilson would surely appreciate this instrumental tribute by The Durutti Column.

'Near the beginning of the final night of the Durutti Column's 70-minute international festival tribute to Tony Wilson, A Paean to Wilson, guitarist Vini Reilly announced that he wouldn't be singing: "So you won't have to put up with my awful voice and schoolboy lyrics." If Wilson was with us, he would have chuckled.

The Granada presenter-turned-Factory Records boss spent years urging his first signing to stop singing, and concentrate on the virtuosity that led Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante to call Reilly "the greatest guitarist in the world".

Two years after his death, Wilson got his way, one of many lovely touches in a very personal, emotional and often warmly funny musical tribute.

Wilson signed Joy Division and Happy Mondays, yet never gave up on this cult band he adored, working with them even after his legendary label went bankrupt.

At one point, Reilly known for melancholy launched into something resembling an Irish jig.

"Tony loved to laugh," he explained. "He loved absurdities." After the humour came exquisitely mournful music.

With Reilly and drummer Bruce Mitchell augmented by bass, keyboard, violin, electric piano, drum machine and trumpet, the band's beautiful pieces reflected Wilson's love of rock and classical.

Reilly's plangent guitar work showed grief's emotional spectrum, from sadness to overdriven anger.

As in life, Wilson had the last word, his recorded voice expounding thoughts on socialism with an eerie echo.

Silence followed as Manchester pondered the loss of one of its truly larger-than-life characters.

Then everybody cheered.' Dave Simpson The Guardian 20/7
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. OR ARE YOU JUST A TECHNICIAN
  • 1.2. CHANT
  • 1.3. QUATRO
  • 1.4. REQUIEM
  • 1.5. STUKI
  • 2.1. ALONG CAME POPPY
  • 2.2. BROTHER
  • 2.3. DUET WITH PIANO
  • 2.4. DARKNESS HERE FOUR
  • 2.5. CATOS REVISITED
  • 2.6. THE TRUTH
  • 2.7. HOW UNBELIEVABLE
  • 3.1. BRUCE
  • 3.2. KEIR
  • 3.3. NEIL
  • 3.4. MIKE
  • 3.5. ALAN
  • 3.6. ANTHONY