The Durutti Column ‎– The Return Of The Durutti Column

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First released in January 1980 in a sandpaper sleeve, inspired by Situationist Guy Debord's book 'Mémoires', which was housed in a sandpaper cover to destroy other books on the shelf. The sandpaper sleeve was assembled by members of Joy Division, A Certain Ratio, and others. While Ian Curtis did the glueing, the other members of Joy Division watched a porn movie in the same room. There were four editions of the sandpaper sleeve (total edition of 3600): FACT 14 sprayed (in black or white) and with 7"; no spray but with 7"; no spray and no 7"; or The Return Of The Durutti Column sprayed in black but without 7".
Initial pressings are on dark red translucent vinyl. Some sandpaper copies included a flexi disc with two instrumental tracks by Martin Hannett.

Reissued in July 1980 in a black sleeve, with a painting by Raoul Dufy. The black sleeve editions come in textured and untextured versions. There are two versions of this album.
- The first and third pressings each have five tracks on the B side: the track "In 'D'" is actually a different mix of "Sketch For Winter" (matrices A1/B1 and A3/B3)
- The second pressing (matrix A2/B2) has six tracks on the B side: track B1 is new and uncredited, track B5 ("Beginning") is labeled as track B1 and track B6 is the different mix of "Sketch For Winter", labeled as "In 'D'". This configuration is also found on Italian and Japanese vinyl pressings, as well as on the CD that was part of FACD 224.

The first Japanese edition (JAL-1) has 10 tracks with new / uncredited track as B1 but the inner sleeve lists In 'D' A and In 'D' B. Same audio content as FACD 14 and FACT 14 A2/B2.

Both Japanese CD editions and FACD 14 credit In "D" but have Beginning and In 'D' (= Sketch For Winter (Version)) rolled into 1 track with overall track length of 4:10 (incl. 6 second silence). Same audio content as JAL 1 and FACT 14 A2/B2.

14.000 copies were pressed until 17 July 1981.

Tracklist

The Durutti Column Sketch For Summer 2:58
The Durutti Column Requiem For A Father 5:06
The Durutti Column Katharine 5:26
The Durutti Column Conduct 4:59
The Durutti Column Beginning 1:37
The Durutti Column Jazz 1:35
The Durutti Column Sketch For Winter 2:22
The Durutti Column Collette 2:20
The Durutti Column In 'D' 2:25
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Martin Hannett First Aspect Of The Same Thing 3:42
Martin Hannett Second Aspect Of The Same Thing 2:59

Versions (36)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FACT 14, FACT 14C The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album + Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Factory, Factory FACT 14, FACT 14C UK 1980 Sell This Version
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album) Factory FACT 14 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FACN 03 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album) Factory FACN 03 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
FACT 14, FACT 14C The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, No + Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Factory, Factory FACT 14, FACT 14C UK 1980 Sell This Version
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, RP, Sec) Factory FACT 14 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, RP, Tex) Factory FACT 14 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FACT 14, FACT 14C The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, Whi + Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Factory, Factory FACT 14, FACT 14C UK 1980 Sell This Version
TCFACOZ 1002, TC-FACOZ-1002 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(Cass, Album) Factory, Factory TCFACOZ 1002, TC-FACOZ-1002 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
FACOZ 1002 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album) Factory, GAP Records FACOZ 1002 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album) Factory FACT 14 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
19L0099 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album) Factory, Edigsa 19L0099 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
19L0099 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album) Factory, Edigsa 19L0099 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, RE) Factory FACT 14 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FACOZ 1002 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, W/Lbl) GAP Records FACOZ 1002 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, WEA) Factory FACT 14 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album) Factory FACT 14 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
23JAL-1 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album) Factory, Japan Record 23JAL-1 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
23JAL-1 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, Promo) Factory, Japan Record 23JAL-1 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
Fact 14c The Durutti Column Return Of...(Cass, Album + Box) Factory Fact 14c UK 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, Promo, RP, W/Lbl) Factory FACT 14 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, RP, Glo) Factory FACT 14 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, RP, Tex) Factory FACT 14 UK 1986 Sell This Version
33CY-1356 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(CD, Album, RE) Factory 33CY-1356 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
CY-3117 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(CD, Album, RE) Factory CY-3117 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
Facdo 14, 828 829-2 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(CD, Album, Comp, M/Print, RE, RM) Factory Once, London Records Facdo 14, 828 829-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Facdo 14, 828 829-2 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(CD, Album, Comp, RE, RM) Factory Once, London Records Facdo 14, 828 829-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Facdo 14, 828 829-2 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(CD, Album, Comp, RE, RM) Factory Once, London Records Facdo 14, 828 829-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
4m521 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, RE, 180) 4 Men With Beards 4m521 US 2010 Sell This Version
VSCD9712, WQCP-1117 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pap) Vivid Sound, Vivid Sound VSCD9712, WQCP-1117 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
VSCD9715 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Vivid Sound Corporation VSCD9715 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
VSCD9715 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) Vivid Sound, Warner Music, Factory VSCD9715 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
if50 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(CD, Album, RE) 1972 if50 US 2013 Sell This Version
FBN 114 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, RE + 7", RE) Factory Benelux FBN 114 UK 2013 Sell This Version
FBN 114 CD The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(CD, Album, RE, RM) Factory Benelux FBN 114 CD UK 2014 Sell This Version
FBN 114 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, RE + 7", RE, Cle) Factory Benelux FBN 114 UK 2018 Sell This Version
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, MP, RE) Factory FACT 14 Italy Unknown Sell This Version

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whitespyder

whitespyder

July 27, 2020
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album, RE + 7", RE, FBN 114
No more sound reviews? I'm really curious about those 2 recent presses VS the 2nd version LP which is still affordable...
whitespyder

whitespyder

July 27, 2020
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album, RE + 7", RE, Cle, FBN 114
Any review on the sound of this pressing? I'm afraid this being so-so like the previous one...
DauntingWord449

DauntingWord449

February 6, 2020
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album, RE + 7", RE, FBN 114

It came with a very VERY static record, cover kinda worn up and a track that's different from the original: beginning.
still, it's very cool and it's a good sounding copy, for the original get a copy from late 80s without sandpaper.
rapunzel

rapunzel

May 31, 2019
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album, RE, 180, 4m521
Wondering how this pressing sounds. Could anybody comment on the sound quality, please?
Pavol_Stromcek

Pavol_Stromcek

December 29, 2018
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album, RE + 7", RE, FBN 114
This version does *not* have the excellent, guitar-only track that begins side two of the pressing with the black textured sleeve and paintings, and is listed as "Beginning." That track runs 1:37. Instead, it has a longer track titled "Beginning," which is way, way less interesting, and has drums. This is unfortunate, since the shorter "Beginning" is a haunting, beautiful, albeit brief track, and it's what I'm used to hearing at the start of side two, while this longer "Beginning" is just kind of ho-hum. So, that's something to keep in mind for anyone who is interested in getting this particular reissue.
crime-conviction

crime-conviction

November 16, 2018
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album + Flexi, 7", S/Sided, FACT 14, FACT 14C
Remember when this came out. The whole LP is absolutely brilliant. Cracker of an album. Beats me why there isn't more music of this level produced today.
DigLiverpool

DigLiverpool

August 12, 2018
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album + Flexi, 7", S/Sided, FACT 14, FACT 14C
I have an interesting copy given to me by Steve Hopkins (Invisible Girls) and friend of Vini and Martin - indeed they played in bands together. Steve was often in the studio with Vini and this copy was one of the original pressings in a white cardboard sleeve before the sandpaper was stuck on! The sleeve is signed to Steve by Vini and Alan Wise (Factory Records Svengali). Matrix numbers are A side - FACT 14 4 PBG A1 F̶A̶C̶T̶ ̶1̶4̶ ̶A̶1̶ SOUND CLINIC EG S-4 B side - FACT 1̶4̶ ̶B̶1̶ 14 PBG B1 EG S-2
Just_an_indiekid

Just_an_indiekid

March 25, 2018
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album + Flexi, 7", S/Sided, FACT 14, FACT 14C
I have had a copy since 1982. This has the title in silver with identical layout/spacing to the black paint version. Is it likely to be a fake?
RyansGoldenRecords

RyansGoldenRecords

October 23, 2017
edited over 3 years ago
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album, RE, FACT 14

An absolutely drop-dead gorgeous album of harmonically sophisticated and tearjerking guitar compositions, minimalistically yet artfully woven and executed by Vini Reilly. It's a brief 28 minutes (and the especially short duration of side 2 - with one song being repeated in an alternate mix - really highlights this), but every track is intelligently concise, sucking you into its strikingly immersive world with every next set of multilayered notes Reilly plucks.

I'm serious - TRotDC is that otherworldly. It's that stunning a melancholy display of genuine human emotion.... the instrumentation is almost 'superhuman', as if Reilly had been playing with three pairs of hands at once.

OK, maybe I'm got a little out of control there, but either way, this is essential listening for those who like mellow, laid-back AND throbbing minimalistic music like I do. This gets my easy vote for one of the best albums of 1980.... and the 80's period. It's been an all-time favourite for over a decade, so give it a try if you're in the mood!
Blackploid

Blackploid

February 6, 2016
edited over 5 years ago
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album, RE + 7", RE, FBN 114

The glasspaper wasn't a good idea. It ruins the vinyl.