The Durutti Column

Short Stories For Pauline

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'Short Stories for Pauline', the legendary ‘lost’ fourth album by cult Manchester group The Durutti Column.

Originally recorded by Vini Reilly in Brussels for Factory Benelux in 1983, the 14 track album features several exquisite pieces including College, A Room in Southport and (most notably) Duet. Recorded with Tuxedomoon viola player Blaine L. Reininger, this poignant instrumental proved - ironically – to be the downfall of the album, after Factory director (and Durutti manager) Tony Wilson insisted that Duet form the basis of an entire neo-classical album. As a result, Duet became Without Mercy in 1984, and Short Stories for Pauline was shelved.

Although individual tracks from Short Stories for Pauline have appeared on several compilations, notably highbrow Crépuscule collection Hommage à Marguerite Duras, this is the first time the original album has appeared in its entirety. The 2012 remastered edition is a must for Vini Reilly and Factory collectors alike, and a priceless addition to the Durutti canon.

This CD edition comes with a bonus disc, comprising 10 tracks recorded live in Brussels on 13 August 1981 together with a Vini Reilly radio interview.


CD1 : Short Stories For Pauline
1. At First Sight
2. Duet
3. College
4. Invitations
5. Destroy, She Said
6. Model
7. Journeys By Vespa
8. Take Some Time Out
9. A Silence
10. Mirror A
11. Cocktail
12. Telephone Call
13. Mirror B
14. A Room In Southport

CD2 : Live In Bruxelles 13.8.1981
1. Sketch For Dawn
2. Messidor
3. Jacqueline
4. Conduct
5. Sketch For Summer
6. Danny
7. Stains (Useless Body)
8. The Missing Boy
9. Self Portrait (version)
10. For Belgian Friends
11. Interview

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