5 Nov 2004
Liquid The December 2004 issue of UNCUT magazine has a review of The Best of the Durutti Column [about time too! Ed.], an extract of which follows, "... over the last 25 years Vini Reilly has explored a liquid, airy form, notes bent by the other gravities and atmospheres of whichever planet Martin Hannett now calls home."

Title: The Best of The Durutti Column

Label: Warner

Catalogue number: 5046753932

Release date: 11 October 2004

There are also reviews of the Magnetic Fields back catalogue which has also been reissued by "a newly flushed Domino - that's 132 songs in total - they chart his gentle ascent as a kind of F Scott Fitzgerald fronting The Field Mice concern to becoming America's equivalent to Morrissey; a witty, bookish cause célèbre."

Label: Domino

Titles: The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees, The House of Tomorrow, Holiday, The Charm of the Highway Strip, Get Lost, 69 Love Songs

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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