Durutti Column from 2001 and onward

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Recently bought the 2006 Durutti Column album Keep Breathing. It looks like this:


Also got Tempus Fugit, which I won't bother to find a photo of because I can't be arsed.

The point is I admit I lost interest in Durutti Column circa 1995's Sex and Death. I thought that album was mildly enjoyable, but the early 90's stuff just didn't work for me. I figured he would just be one of those arists where the first bunch of records is the best, but I think I've changed my mind. It seems to me there's been no talk here as yet as to the quality of his 2006 album "Keep Breathing" or even any of the albums he's done since 2001. I'd like to hear some opinions, please.

Vampire Business (Bimble...), Saturday, 1 July 2006 20:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

well, you clearly like at least one track off return of the sporadic recordings!

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Saturday, 1 July 2006 20:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

anyway, i think post-2000 durutti column is the best stuff. he's warmer and more playful, and although it's hit or miss when he hits it's just so great. i don't generally listen to his latterday albums straight through, but they all have songs on them that i go back to endlessly because they're simply gorgeous. also, he sings more often and i've always liked him singing.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Saturday, 1 July 2006 20:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yes! TONY WILSON WAS BOTH WRONG AND RIGHT IN SHADOWPLAYERS SHOCKER! Vini should always sing. Always. Whereas, Wilson was also right that ACR would have done well with more vocals from Simon Topping, just like Wilson said in the Shadowplayers DVD now available etc etc.

Vampire Business (Bimble...), Saturday, 1 July 2006 21:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

I'll have to go back and check Keep Breathing (and the rest of this decade's stuff), but I was pleasantly surprised by the latest one The Sporadic Three.

I have to agree with the sentiment that he's warmer and more playful in his old age. Ditto on the love for him singing.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 28 May 2007 06:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Is the latest one out now?

Bimble, Monday, 28 May 2007 07:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Quick POX for post-2000 Durutti Column:

1. No More Hurt - Someone Else's Party
2. Vigil - Someone Else's Party
3. Spanish Lament - Someone Else's Party
4. Shooting - Tempus Fugit (reworking of Longsight Romance)
5. Lullaby 4 Nina - Tempus Fugit
6. Love Song on Quattro - Tempus Fugit
7. Gun - Keep Breathing
8. Neil - Keep Breathing
9. Protest Song - Rebellion
10. Longsight Romance - Rebellion

f. hazel, Monday, 28 May 2007 07:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

@Bimble: Yeah, it came out last month, but I just got it yesterday.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 28 May 2007 08:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

shit, i knew nothing about this new one at all. "keep breathing" is godlike, too. which reminds me ... where did that poll go?

grimly fiendish, Monday, 28 May 2007 22:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i was gonna start a thread like this! i feel kinda bad that i own almost everything up to sex & death and then NOTHING. i don't even own sex & death anymore. i just didn't listen to it much. meanwhile, there is like a whole 'nother career's worth of stuff after sex & death. i don't know why i didn't keep up. i mean, i love vini.

scott seward, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 00:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one reason might be my luekwarm feelings for sex & death and the fact that i would see later stuff for ungodly new prices of 20+ dollars and decide against getting them.

scott seward, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 00:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

What poll, grimly?

Bimble, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 03:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this one but it's too late now :/

grimly fiendish, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 07:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

so has anybody heard "idiot savants" yet? was released july 15th, i think. none of my usual american mailorders have gotten it in stock yet. it's new stuff, recorded in may and june of this year.

f. hazel, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 07:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

The forthcoming Durutti Column album, to be released early in March, is to be titled Love in the Time of Recession!!

Skank Bloc Burwood (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 29 January 2009 09:16 (ten years ago) Permalink


i discovered the other day that it was a durutti album that was the first commercially released DAT. i think four or five DC albums came out on DAT, i wonder if that's some kind of world record?

i still need to get idiot savants. the steppenwolf soundtrack was kinda disappointing. someone else's party is still the strongest of the recent work. he needs to sing more.

what is your beef with the mac? (electricsound), Thursday, 29 January 2009 09:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

he needs to sing more.


looking forward to the new one! Sunlight to blue was a little disappointing after the last couple

Jack Battery-Pack, Thursday, 29 January 2009 09:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

Wasn't sure which Durutti topic to revive for this post, but I settled on this one.

Taking in Chronicle XL for the first time in quite a while and I have to say that it's reminded of his incredibly strong run in later years. Chronicle was obviously never intended to be his last hurrah, but that's exactly what it seems to have ended up as. I can think of no better way for him to make that sort of statement, honestly. It is such a sad, yet somehow life-affirming record. Same can be said for A Paean to Wilson and Idiot Savants (which I will still argue is one his very best albums, period).

Chronicle has that gargantuan trilogy of songs that kick off disc two ('Free From All the Chaos' / 'Electrostatic' / 'Follow') and that is a combination of emotional heft that has consistently brought tears to my eyes since the first time I heard it.

Absolutely wonderful music.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Monday, 11 June 2018 03:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I need to get a copy of Chronicle XL, and give the 2-3 previous albums some attention... everything from Idiot Savants onwards. How is his health these days? Good, I hope.

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 11 June 2018 13:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

For everything post-Idiot Savants, here's how I would rate them. . .

Sporadic Three:
For just being another installment in the "Sporadic" series, I'd say it's easily the best in that regard. It's all over the place, obviously. But it has some excellent new songs ('Birthday Present', 'Mama and Papa') and even an outtake from LC.

Treatise on the Steppenwolf:
Mostly just songs from the previous few records under different titles. Pretty disappointing, actually.

Sunlight to Blue. . .Blue to Blackness:
A really underrated album, actually. A very pretty, calm record. I've always likened it to the classic jazz tradition of recording an all ballads album after someone near and dear to the band leader passes away. This is Vini's "all ballads" record for Tony Wilson.

Love in the Time of Recession:
This one's alright. Some of the songs are kind of meandering, but 'Rainbow Maker' (and its sequel 'More Rainbows') is pretty fantastic. Kind of a second tier album for this period.

A Paean to Wilson
At the time, this felt like one of his most profound statements. It still does, but kind of to a lesser degree after properly digesting Chronicle XL. And yet, I'd still say it is one of his most beautiful records, which is saying quite a lot.

And then there's Chronicle / Chronicle XL, which is just such a sprawling, encompassing piece of work. It's absolutely huge in scope and execution. Hard to imagine even casual Durutti fans not loving it.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Monday, 11 June 2018 16:36 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Man, 'Falling' from Rebellion is one of his most beautiful songs.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Sunday, 17 June 2018 17:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink


Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 17 June 2018 23:23 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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