The Durutti Column ‎– Keep Breathing

Artful Records ‎– ARTFULCD52
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1 Nina 3:52
2 It's Wonderful 5:20
3 Maggie 5:32
4 Helen 4:48
5 Neil 5:07
6 Big Hole
Harmonica – Ben Roberts
7 Let Me Tell You Something 7:02
8 Lunch 3:55
9 Gun 5:35
10 Tuesday
Clarinet – Ben Roberts
11 Agnus Dei
Vocals – Helen Farley-Jones
12 Waiting 6:50

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℗ 2005 Fullfill LLC
© 2005 Fullfill LLC
Published by Zomba / BMG 2005
Marketed and distributed by Universal Music Operations & Fullfill
Made in the UK.

Track 2: title printed as "Its Wonderful".

In loving memory of Maggie McFarlane.

Special Thanks to my family, Bruce and family, Rachel McFarlane, Kier Stewart, Oklahoma, Mark Broscumbe, Anthony H Wilson, Nat Curtis, The Twinz, Kooky and Co, Hair by Michael Pitrik. Guitar from Gary at Sounds Great.

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  • Barcode (Text): 8 01963 87352 2
  • Matrix / Runout: [Lynic logo] MMG 91542 02
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1+2): IFPI LU81
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI KA03
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI KA07

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November 5, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
Every now and again a record comes along and there will be a piece of music on it, which effortlessly transports you to the space and place that the adherents of the Orphic religion were probably digging on circa 600BC. The magic in this record is palpable and features several gem-like moments with track 4, ‘Helen’, surely being one of the most beautiful pieces of western music recorded in the last 20 years.

Ben Roberts engineered the album and was key in shaping the music in also supplying the programming, arrangements, and some instrumental accompaniment. His contribution was undeniably pivotal to the strength and mood of the record. Drummer Bruce Mitchell’s swish grooves lock in with the electronics and sit perfectly next to Vini Reilly’s acoustic and electric guitars, which are coloured with perfectly measured reverbs and delays.

Reilly doesn’t have a huge range to his voice but within that range is a power, honesty and feel that is English romanticism and roots personified. The songs relate pictures of the strangeness, rituals, poignancy, and occasional guile, of everyday life as it, the process of observing life, includes us all as we age. These vignettes from various settings are all bequeathed with gentleness and dignified warmth, which is only magnified by the textures created by the guitars. And to include the phrase ‘the compressed air is hissing’ is post-industrial landscape poetic genius, which in a single line highlights the vacuousness of 95% of postmodern literature.

The lyrics, gentle guitar and rhythms of the album reach their creative peak with ‘Helen’. The chorus break is utterly delicious with a descending E, D#, C# line in Reilly’s vocal melody set against picked classical guitar and a gorgeous ascending string flourish of E, F#, G#. This counterpoint moment is stunning in its beauty and resonance, and the feel of wistfulness in it just makes it more affecting.

The album has a longevity to it that allows you to hear new things in it each time you play it. It is of the now, yet holds hints of prime early 70’s Santana and the classic rockin’ slapback guitar of the early years of rock, which just increase the compelling nature of it. ‘Keep Breathing’ is not only one of the best records released in 2006 but a master work.