30 April 2013

The Durutti Column - A Paean To Wilson (2LP)

The Durutti Column - A Paean to Wilson2LP: UK 13.04.20 (Kooky Records, Kookydisc 35)
Download: UK 13.04.20 (Kooky Records) (via code redemption)



I Or Are You Just A Technician
II Chant
III Quatro


IV Requiem
V Stuki
VI Along Came Poppy


VII Brother
VIII Duet With Piano
IX Darkness Here


X Catos Revisited
XI The Truth
XII How Unbelievable

Download only: Heaven Sent (It Was Called Digital. It Was Heaven Sent) [Kookydisc 35]

1 Bruce
2 Keir
3 Neil
4 Mike
5 Alan
6 Anthony



Liner notes by Vini Reilly

A Paean to Wilson is part of a body of work which I started around the time that my friend, Tony Wilson died. Towards the end of his illness, I sent him an instrumental track and he loved it, so I decided that the right thing to do was carry on.

I was at the hospital when he died. We were very, very close. Afterwards, many things were done in his name. They were all about 'Mr Manchester', and about what Tony had done for music, art and literature. I didn't attend many of them. I'd just lost one of my closest friends and I had all the grief that you feel under such circumstances. Once I'd got my act together though, I decided to do something for myself and for Tony.

The Durutti Column was Tony Wilson's baby. We were the first act signed up to his Factory club night and the first band signed to Factory Records. Over the years we worked on many albums together and the one thing that Tony and I always argued about was that he thought that I should make music and write rather than sing.

After he died, I decided to make a body of work which did not have traditional song structures and which was concerned solely with the musical content. My only objective was to create some music that Tony would thoroughly approve of. I think I've done that and, if his spirit lives on - which I like to think that it does - I want him to know that this is for him. Vini Reilly


Vini Reilly - Guitar, Piano
Bruce Mitchell - Drums, Marimba
Keir Stewart - Bass, Keyboards, Harmonica
Poppy Morgan - Piano
John Metcalfe - Viola
Tim Kellet - Trumpet

Ruby Morgan, Kate Williamson - Vocals

String arrangements by Ian Livingstone and Keir Stewart; performed by the Livingstone Chamber Ensemble. Recorded at Highfield Studios, Guildford, Surrey

Composed by Reilly, Stewart & Mitchell

Drums engineered by Seadna McPhail and recorded at Moolah Rouge, Manchester

Produced by Keir Stewart
Executive producer Bruce Mitchell

Mixed & mastered by Keir Stewart at Inch Studio, Manchester - www.inchstudio.com

The copyright in this recording is owned by Bruce Mitchell Productions

Photography by Stephen Wright
Sleeve by Trevor Johnson & Lynx Studio

Kookydisc 35


Manufactured in the EU


Double 180 gram vinyl edition produced in a limited edition of 497 copies for Record Store Day 2013 in the UK. Copies not sold in the shop subsequently offered by mail order to Kooky Records mailing list and other customers via thedurutticolumn.com and kookydisc.co.uk. Includes an envelope containing the Manchester International Festival programme and a large postcard featuring the original artwork.

Content of the album is the same as the CD version with the exception of a slightly different mastering overseen by Keir Stewart and the removal of the wind noise at the end (due to timing constraints).

The 'Heaven Sent' download tracks offered as CD2 in the original cd version (Kookydisc 29/2) are offered as a free download along with this vinyl edition and are exactly the same. Further bonus tracks were not offered but may subsequently be distributed by a means that remains to be determined.


  1. My copy arrived already today and I live in Canada. Thank you for the incredibly fast shipping. This record is absolutely gorgeous. The music, packaging, everything. Just wonderful!

  2. Unfortunately I am unable to download the mp3 version I received with the vinyl. I have followed the instructions (http://kookydiscdownloads.co.uk/paeantowilson) but receive a 404 not found message. Can you please help. Many thanks Julian