The Durutti Column ‎– The Return Of The Durutti Column

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The track "In 'D'" is actually a different mix of "Sketch For Winter"

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.

Initial pressings are on dark red translucent vinyl. Some sandpaper copies included a flexi disc with two instrumental tracks by Martin Hannett. There were four editions of the sandpaper sleeve (total edition of 3600): FACT 14 sprayed (in black or white) and with flexi; no spray but with flexi; no spray and no flexi; or The Return Of The Durutti Column sprayed in black but without flexi.

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 originally two audio versions of this album.
- The first and third pressings each have five tracks on the B side (matrices A1/B1 and A3/B3).
- The second pressing (matrix A2/B2) has six tracks on the B side, but only five are listed: track B1 is new and uncredited but labeled as "Beginning", track B5 is "Beginning" but unlisted, and track B6 is "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 track B5 as "In 'D' (A)" and "(B)". Same audio content as FACD 14 and FACT 14 A2/B2.

Both Japanese CD editions and FACD 14 have "Beginning" and "In 'D'" combined into one track, labeled as "In 'D'", 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
Testcard
Martin Hannett First Aspect Of The Same Thing 3:42
Martin Hannett Second Aspect Of The Same Thing 2:59

Versions (38)

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
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, RE, RP) 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
19L0099 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album) Factory, Edigsa 19L0099 Spain 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
FACN 03 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album) Factory FACN 03 Canada 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
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 1985 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, RE, RP, Tex) 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
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, 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
FBN 114 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, RE + 7", RE, Red) Factory Benelux FBN 114 UK 2020 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 Unknown 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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steven.vanderputten

steven.vanderputten

March 14, 2021
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album, RE + 7", RE, FBN 114
I bought a sealed copy and was disappointed to find the vinyl was very warped. LOTS of loud pops and crackles.
AudioPhilPz

AudioPhilPz

February 14, 2021
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album, RE + 7", RE, Cle, FBN 114

No problems with mine, clean bright and sharp. No surface noise.
ealdorman

ealdorman

February 1, 2021
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album, RE + 7", RE, Cle, FBN 114

mine sounds fine listened through headphones mind you it did go through the cleaner first
Champavert

Champavert

September 28, 2020
referencing The Return Of The Durutti Column, LP, Album, RE + 7", RE, Cle, FBN 114
As far as my copy is concerned, it has some flaws when you listen to it.
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.