The Durutti Column ‎– The Return Of The Durutti Column

Factory ‎– FACT 14, Factory ‎– FACT 14C
Vinyl, LP, Album
Flexi-disc, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single Sided

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A1 The Durutti Column Sketch For Summer 2:58
A2 The Durutti Column Requiem For A Father 5:06
A3 The Durutti Column Katharine 5:26
A4 The Durutti Column Conduct 4:59
B1 The Durutti Column Beginning 1:37
B2 The Durutti Column Jazz 1:35
B3 The Durutti Column Sketch For Winter 2:22
B4 The Durutti Column Collette 2:20
B5 The Durutti Column In 'D' 2:25
AA1 Martin Hannett First Aspect Of The Same Thing
Written-By – Martin Hannett
AA2 Martin Hannett Second Aspect Of The Same Thing
Written-By – Martin Hannett

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First issue housed in a sleeve made of sandpaper and with flexi-disc.

The sandpaper cover comes in various editions (3,600 editions altogether):
1. With spray-painted FACT 14 in black (this)
2. With spray-painted FACT 14 in white
3. With spray-painted title in black
4. Without spray-paint

Recorded over three days in August 1979 on 8-track equipment at Cargo, Rochdale.
Mixed at Strawberry, Stockport.
Published by Movement of 24th. January Music.
A Factory Records Product
℗© 1979

Thanks also to Gammer for his melody and Rowbotham, Reid and Debord for the marketing concept.

It was Tony Wilson who had the idea for the cover, following Situationist Guy Debord's book "Mémoires" also wrapped in sandpaper to destroy the adjacent books. Gammer refers to N.H. Gammer, founder of Gammer And His Familiars, Reilly's first band. Rowbotham refers to Dave Rowbotham, the former DC founder and guitarist. Reid refers to Jamie Reid, who apparently wanted to title the first Sex Pistols album "Where's the Durutti Column?"

The covers were assembled by 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.

In 'D' is in fact another version of Sketch For Winter.

Reissued in July 1980 with a black picture sleeve but without flexi.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - variation 1): FACT 14 4 PBG A1 SOUND CLINIC EG S-6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - variation 1): FACT 14 PBG B1 EG S-3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - variation 2): W-2 FACT 14 4PBG A1 SOUND CLINIC EG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - variation 2): S-4 FACT 1̶4̶ ̶B̶1̶ 14PBG B1 EG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - variation 3): FACT 14 4 PBG A1 W1 SOUND CLINIC EG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - variation 3): S-6 FACT 14PBG B1 EG
  • Matrix / Runout (Flexi): LYN 7561

Other Versions (5 of 35) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album, RP, Tex) Factory FACT 14 UK 1980 Sell This Version
if50 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(CD, Album, RE) 1972 if50 US 2013 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
FACT 14 The Durutti Column The Return Of The Durutti Column(LP, Album) Factory FACT 14 Italy 1981 Sell This Version


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November 16, 2018
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.


August 12, 2018
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


March 25, 2018
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?


April 5, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
The last CD edition of "The Return Of The Durutti Column" by Factory Benelux, finally explains the complete mess of the side2 tracklist in many releases of this album:

"Beginning" is the 1:37 track B1 of the first and third UK pressing, shifted as track 5 in the second pressing.
Track B1 of the second pressing, lasting 2:37, is an "Untitled" track.
This is the original side 2 tracklist of first and third pressing:
B1. Beginning 1:37
B2. Jazz 1:38
B3. Sketch for Winter 2:25
B4. Collette 2:21
B5. In 'D' 2:31
This is the tracklist of the second UK pressing (maybe a wrong matrix?) used also for some foreign editions (ie Italy and Japan):
B1. (Untitled) 2:25
B2. Jazz 1:39
B3. Sketch for Winter 2:25
B4. Collette 2:23
B5. Beginning 1:40
B6. In 'D' 2:26
From the Factory Benelux page: "This new 2014 edition on Factory Benelux includes the 9 tracks included on the first Factory pressing, as well as all six 6 tracks which formed side two of the rare second pressing (tracks 14 to 19)."

"In 'D'" is actually a different mix of "Sketch For Winter", and the label of side 2 is the same for both pressing.
All this has produced a total confusion about the real titles of some tracks, both in LP and CD reprints, reissues, remasters...


I've seen that the vinyl edition published by Factory Benelux, give the title "Beginning" to the track named "Untitled" in the CD!
While in the CD "Beginning" is the short track B1 of the first and third original vinyl pressings.
The nightmare continue... :-(


November 3, 2014
The Italian edition has 10 tracks, featuring a new (untitled) track as B1 and durations of 1:37 for Beginning and 2:25 for In 'D' (= Sketch For Winter (Version)) but only In 'D' is credited.


August 24, 2011

Like nothing that could have been anticipated this album captures the essence of something that falls outside of rock or jazz. It's its own thing and I can still listen to it 30 years later without any loss of integrity to the original musical ideas and spirit that Vini and Martin laid down. If they gave me one album to play during my last meal this would be it.


May 27, 2011

Beautiful limpid electric guitar work, mostly single note runs rather than chordal. Little bit of jazz guitar and brazillian bossa influence, Vini must have heard Bola Sete before this. Well accented with effects such as echoplex and reverb, good production by Hannett which adds just enough to colour the sound and lifts it above being just another pleasant solo guitar record.