10 Oct 2006
Japanese edition of 'Keep Breathing' + "mystery" dvd 
'Keep Breathing' by The Durutti Column is set to be released in Japan on 22 November on Imperial Records (Cat No. TECI-30398) according to pre-release information on HMV Japan broken on the Durutti YahooGroups email list. This is listed as a 2-disc set, with the regular album on cd plus a bonus dvd with as-yet-undisclosed content.

The content was rumoured to contain elements connected to the Story Rooms installation curated by Andrea Zapp last year in Manchester for which Vini Reilly provided soundtrack material. However, eil.com is listing it as a forthcoming import and describes the dvd as "The Durutti Column Live at Xfm Manchester" (tracklisting to be confirmed).

Vini's music for Story Rooms did appear on the official dvd. Andrea explained all to Cerysmatic Factory:

"We produced a limited edition of 500 DVD copies which were distributed by the Cornerhouse to museums, galleries, bookshops and via their website etc. Vini also wrote the soundtrack quite early on in spring last year, while I was still working on the installation. Although he reworked samples of it on his CD later in the year, he still considers it to be a different project and piece of music, we just had a chat about this recently. So I'd be surprised if there is a link between this release and the exhibit."

With Japanese releases being such a fickle thing only time will tell the exact nature of the bonus dvd content.

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"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."

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