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The Durutti Column

The Guitar And Other Machines

factory benelux

3cd (pre-order)

Expected Release: 12th Jan 2018


2lp (pre-order)

Expected Release: 12th Jan 2017


Factory Benelux presents an expanded 3x disc deluxe edition of The Guitar and Other Machines, the sixth studio album by Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column, originally released by Factory Records in 1987.

The origin of The Guitar and Other Machines was the Christmas present given by Factory founder Tony Wilson to Durutti mainman Vini Reilly in 1985. “He gave me another kick and bought me a load of electronic instruments,” revealed Reilly at the time. “I never dreamt of getting into this electronic thing, and I struggled and fought and stayed up til half seven in the morning and really worked on it. I know that Tony’s got this vision and I persevered. And I found a way of using a sequencer that isn’t like New Order – it’s my way, and it’s my music.” Produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths; Morrissey), the album also features percussionist Bruce Mitchell and viola player John Metcalfe. Remastered in 2017, this new FBN edition restores all three bonus tracks included on the original Factory CD, being experimental pieces written and recorded with Jez Kerr and Simon Topping of A Certain Ratio. Disc 2 gathers together a wealth of associated recordings, including the rare Greetings 3 EP (released only in Italy), non-album tracks such as Our Lady of the Angels, LFO Mod, and the exquisite acoustic instrumental Catos con Guantes. Other tracks on Disc 2 include various mixes of When the World (a video single at the time), oddball Jefferson Airplane cover White Rabbit (recorded in LA on a whim with guest vocalist Debi Diamond), and several ‘sporadic recordings’ which revisit themes first heard on the original album. Disc 3 is an in-concert recording of the band taped at the famous Bottom Line club in New York City in October 1987, along with two further live tracks taped at the WOMAD festival in August 1988.

The Guitar And Other Machines


lp / 3cd

  1. Arpeggiator
  2. What It Is to Me (Woman)
  3. Red Shoes
  4. Jongleur Grey
  5. When the World
  6. U.S.P.
  7. Bordeaux Sequence
  8. Pol in B
  9. English Landscape Tradition
  10. Miss Haymes
  11. Don’t Think You’re Funny


  1. Dream Topping
  2. You Won’t Feel Out of Place
  3. 28 Oldham Street
  4. LFO Mod
  5. Catos con Guantes
  6. Florence Sunset
  7. All That Love and Maths Can Do
  8. San Giovanni Dawn
  9. For Friends in Italy
  10. Our Lady of the Angels
  11. Red Shoes (VR vocal)
  12. Song for Les Preger
  13. For Rebecca
  14. Final Cut
  15. When the World (Newson Mix)
  16. Arpeggiator II
  17. Pol in AB
  18. 30 Oldham Street
  19. When the World (Soundtrack)
  20. Our Lady
  21. White Rabbit
  22. When the World (Version)
  23. Prayer (live)
  24. Arpeggiator (live)
  25. Our Lady of the Angels (live)
  26. Pol in B (live)
  27. Miss Haymes (live)
  28. For Mother (live)
  29. Requiem (live)
  30. Jacqueline (live)
  31. Elevator Sequence (live)
  32. The Missing Boy (live)
  33. When the World (live)
  34. Tomorrow (live)
  35. English Landscape Tradition (live)
  36. Bordeaux Sequence (live)