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The Durutti Column \ Fidelity [TWI 976]


Les Disques du Crépuscule presents the first ever vinyl release of Fidelity, the 1996 studio album by cult Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column.

Originally released by Crépuscule on CD only in April 1996, Fidelity featured 10 tracks written and performed by Vini Reilly, with occasional guest vocals by Eley Rudge. In addition to Vini’s trademark guitar stylings, the album showcases sleek electronic textures and programmed beats.

This 2019 vinyl re-master features two bonus tracks: My Only Love was originally released in 1995 on a covermount CD with a specialist guitar magazine, while experimental piece The New Fidelity was issued on a Portuguese compilation album from 1992 called Hare, Hunter, Field.

Limited to just 1000 copies, this special double disc edition pressed in clear and blue vinyl features brand new cover artwork by Crépuscule design director Benoit Hennebert, based on a portrait by Vini Reilly of filmmaker Carol Morley.

LP tracklist:

A1. Fidelity
A2. For Suzanne
A3. Future Perfect
B1. Abstract of Expression
B2. G+T
B3. Remember Me
C1. Sanko
C2. Grace
C3. Storm for Steve
D1. Guitar for Mother
D2. My Only Love
D3. The New Fidelity


Available on 2xLP and digital (MP3). CD version available on LTM. To order 2xLP or MP3 please select correct shipping option and click on Add To Cart button below cover image, or else contact LDDC by email for other payment methods.

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Reviews:

"Fidelity fuses chill-out room samples and beats alongside Eley Rudge's choirgirl voice on this rarely-heard gem" (Plan B, 03/2008)

"As with much Durutti Column, so much relies on the listener's mood, but this is both amiable and slightly edgy" (Record Collector, 04/2008)

"Despite the absence of a unifying sound the tracks work together extremely well, especially the frantic and rhythmic opening title track" (SubCulture, 03/2008)

"Fidelity is almost exclusively performed by Vini Reilly, with a few supplementary guest vocals by Eley Rudge. In addition to his signature guitar style, the album's sonic makeup owes much to an array of electronics, drum loops and synthesisers. Aside from a few wayward brass sounds in For Suzanne, this cocktail of digitally rendered audio and organic sound comes together in a fashion that actually slots into the preoccupations of current musical climes well, with thin, wispy echo devices coating everything in a kind of old-fashioned foggy aura that's entirely out of place with the analogue-favouring sensibilities of recent years. Of course now we've reached revisionist dream-pop saturation point in 2008, this all sounds a good deal more in vogue than it might have just a few months ago. Interestingly, one of the most compelling (most guitar-centric) pieces here comes in the form of bonus track My Only Love, originally issued on a cover-mount CD that came free with a magazine" (Boomkat, 02/2008)

"A more synthesized sound, but the good bits are still very good" (Exclaim!, 09/2008)