15 Mar 2006
Deeply Vale of the 1970s 5CD box set 
Deeply Vale 2006 may not be happening but despair ye not. Those nice people at Ozit Morpheus Records are working on bringing you a 5CD retrospective set of the classic years of the Seventies at Deeply Vale.

This will feature tracks from as many musicians as possible who played the Festival during that time including some from The Durutti Column who were playing their third live set ever. The featured tracks are 'Halitosis' and 'Boxes'.

The rest of the line-up includes Steve Hillage, The Fall, Wilful Damage, Danny and the Dressmakers (featuring Graham Massey), Fast Cars, The Tunes, The Ruts, and, erm, the joint rolling contest.

The full package is in the process of being finalised but if there are any other musicians who were there or who want to be involved in donating a track or two to this boxed set please contact Ozit Morpheus.

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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)

The Durutti Column