The Durutti Column ‎– Obey The Time

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  • Computer [Computed By], EngineerPaul Miller (tracks: A1 to B3, B5)
  • Design8vo
  • Mastered ByMax*
  • Other [Food And Relaxation] – Dry
  • Other [Hypnosis And Medication] – Sydney Gottlieb
  • Written-By, Performer, ProducerVini Reilly


Computed and engineered at home except B4 computed and engineered at Spirit Studios.
Published by the Movement of 24th January

Dedicated to Isabel Emily.

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  • Barcode: 5 016839 302746
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): FACT-274-A1 * MAX
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): FACT-274-B1 * MAX

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FACT-274 The Durutti Column Obey The Time(LP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Factory FACT-274 UK 1990 Sell This Version
C 40823, fact-274c The Durutti Column Obey The Time(Cass, Album) Festival Records, Factory C 40823, fact-274c Australia 1991 Sell This Version
nm33554le The Durutti Column Obey The Time(LP, Album) Nuevos Medios nm33554le Spain 1990 Sell This Version
facd274 The Durutti Column Obey The Time(CD, Album) Factory facd274 UK 1990 Sell This Version
fact274c The Durutti Column Obey The Time(Cass, Album) Factory fact274c UK 1990 Sell This Version


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July 23, 2018
'Obey the time' is a unique album, but it is not a great one. It was Vini Reilly's response to house, and uses many synth pads that date it to 1989–90. In some ways it's a (much) less commercial companion to New Order's 'Technique', and it's a pity that 'Obey the time' was released after the event (December 1990 – a winter release for such a summery album!) instead of in summer 1989, a few months after 'Technique'.

All of the songs are instrumental, and unlike Reilly's previous album there are no voice samples. 'Obey the time' is bookended by two guitar-and-delay pieces which would be archetypally Durutti if they weren't so summery. The eight tracks in between are a significant departure from all earlier Durutti Column releases: they rely as much on programming as performance, and Bruce Mitchell's live drumming is absent, except on the lagging 'Art and freight'.

I have not found any other album that expresses summer humidity so well, and I'd love to give 'Obey the Time' five stars. But most of the tracks are ultimately tame and don't develop anywhere near as much as earlier Reilly compositions. 'Home', 'Spanish reggae', 'Neon', and 'The warmest rain' each have a unique sound, and each outstay their welcome. Within the first 40 seconds of most of the pieces you've heard all they have to offer.

In addition to the two bookends, the most notable tracks are 'Hotel of the lake, 1990', the most sinister track Reilly has ever written; and 'Contra-indications', which is pretty much a direct homage to 'Technique'-era New Order.


January 8, 2015
Vini goes to Ibiza, Vini creates a masterpiece. (1990)

Vini goes to Ibiza, Vini is lethargic and broke after post hippie capitalist clubs rape his wallet and mind. (2014)


December 14, 2014
My favourite DC album. Meditative, melancholy, driving, and sonically pleasing even 20 years later. Its good stuff.


February 13, 2012

This album just gets better as the years go by. The Return of the Durutti Column may always be Vini's crowning achievement but this one has just about risen to #2 in my book -- and I do own them all. The similarities with the first album are not apparent at first, but they are there -- a fully instrumental work that leaps across expectations and gives the listener an experience they won't find anywhere else. I can listen to this album over and over again w/o tiring of it because it doesn't exist to make a statement -- rather it's a texture and a vibration i can live in.