A re-release of a 1986 live show in the Big Apple, A Night in New York is finally available again to the record buying public after years of being a tape-only compilation on ROIR. Originally a Factory Records band, along with Joy Division, the Durutti Column spawned from the post-punk petri-dish of the late ‘70s. Taking their name from a Situationist International poster campaign, the band basically is Vini Reilly, who plays guitar and keyboards, which make up the majority of this record.
Along with a beat box producing the rhythm, the layering of keyboards gives the songs a very lush, mellow feel. Other tracks spotlight solo guitar. In fact, this music produced by the Durutti Column is not unlike some of the better scores to adult films, particularly those falling under the “four-star erotic cinema” category. I also envisioned this as the soundtrack to an early ‘80s educational documentary about energy resources-coal, fusion, and nuclear power. Perhaps that’s the beauty of Durutti, they provide the soundtrack to the movie in your head. Relax and enjoy.
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