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Crispy Ambulance

The Plateau Phase (RSD19 EDITION)

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    Factory Benelux presents a remastered edition of The Plateau Phase, the debut by Manchester postpunk group Crispy Ambulance. Originally issued by Factory Benelux in March 1982, the album is now reissued in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies in clear vinyl for Record Store Day on 13 April 2019. (NON-RETURNABLE) Recorded at Strawberry 2 with producer Chris Nagle, the album captured Crispy Ambulance at the peak of their creative powers.   “When we started discussing the track selection for this new vinyl edition,” says singer Alan Hempsall, “it struck me that the songs which made the cut were all written and recorded within a very short space of time. July 1980 to September 1981 marked an intensive period of creativity informed by the new music we were being exposed to, and films we’d seen around that time: Eraserhead, Scorpio Rising, Apocalypse Now, Warhol’s Dracula and Argento’s Suspiria all played a part. We became curious about what would result from a partial breaking away from traditional song structures and experimenting with the concept of soundtrack and incidental music. Film music looking for a film, so to speak.” Bonus tracks on the second disc include lauded 12” single The Presence and Concorde Square, produced by the legendary Martin Hannett at Pink Floyd’s Britannia Row studio, as well as the group’s powerful John Peel session from January 1981. Sleeve art by Benoit Hennebert. Inner gatefold portrait by Harry Papadopoulos. New liner notes by Alan Hempsall. Tracklist: A1. Are You Ready? A2. Travel Time A3. The Force and the Wisdom A4. The Wind Season A5. Death From Above B1. We Move Through the Plateau Phase B2. Bardo Plane B3. Chill B4. Federation B5. Simon’s Ghost C1. The Presence C2. Concorde Square D1. Come On D2. Drug User-Drug Pusher D3. October 31st D4. Egypt

    The Durutti Column

    Obey The Time

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      Factory Benelux presents an expanded double vinyl edition of Obey the Time, the eighth studio album by Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column. Originally released by Factory Records in 1990, just 800 copies have been pressed in coloured vinyl (purple and yellow) for Record Store Day on 13 April 2019. (NON-RETURNABLE)Largely self-produced, Obey the Time saw DC mainman Vini Reilly further develop his interest in electronic music, and even embrace house and techno stylings. “The title came screaming off the TV screen in somebody’s version of Othello and captured exactly the feel of the work in progress,” explained Tony Wilson, Durutti manager and Factory founder. “We were in the middle of the Aceeed explosion. If you lived in Manchester, you were absolutely in the middle of it. Vini even explained why house made keyboards sound so fresh. Something to do with a chord being played with 3 or 4 notes into the sampler, but then different chords being triggered by a single key stroke. Creating mathematical harmonic relationships ‘which Schoenberg had searched for but never found.’”Indeed veteran Durutti percussionist Bruce Mitchell features on just one track, Art and Freight. Meanwhile dance exploration Contra-Indications was taped with New Order programmer (and later co-manager) Andy Robinson. Released in December 1990, Obey the Time would be the last Durutti Column album on Factory before the labelled collapsed beneath a mountain of debt.Disc 2 features extracts from a previously unreleased live performance at Manchester University Whitworth Hall on 23 June 1990 (opportunistically billed as ‘The Acid Guitar’), on which Reilly and Mitchell are joined by guests Andy Connell, Liu Sola and Rob Gray.The remastered vinyl set is housed in a striking gatefold sleeve by 8vo printed in pantone colours on white matt board. The bold primary colours are mirrored by the coloured vinyl – purple for Disc 1, and yellow for Disc 2.Disc 1 A1. Vino Della Casa Bianco A2. Hotel of the Lake 1990 A3. Fridays A4. Neon A5. HomeB1. Spanish Reggae B2. Art and Freight B3. The Warmest Rain B4. Contra-IndicationsB5. Vino Della Casa RossoDisc 2 C1. Home (live) C2. What It Means to Me (live) C3. English Landscape Tradition (live)C4. Opera II (live) D1. Finding the Sea (live) D2. Otis (live) D3. Jacqueline (live)

      New Order Presents Be Music is a compilation of productions by members of iconic Manchester group New Order, including classic dance and electro tracks released on Factory Records between 1982 and 1985, as well as more recent remixes for current artists such as Factory Floor, Marnie, Tim Burgess and Fujiya & Miyagi.

      The generic tag Be Music was first used in 1981 and covered studio production work by all four members of New Order: Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert. Sumner often teamed with Donald ‘Dojo’ Johnson of A Certain Ratio, including the pioneering electro cuts featured here by Quando Quango, 52nd Street, Marcel King, Paul Haig and Surprize. Morris and Gilbert worked with Thick Pigeon, Life, Red Turns To and also 52nd Street. Although more rock orientated, Hook proved he was no slouch on the dancefloor either with the mighty Fate/Hate by Nyam Nyam.

      ‘Producing was a really important sideline,’ recalls Bernard Sumner of the Factory era. ‘It’s OK doing it because although all the groups are skint, you learn a lot and you're helping somebody.’
      After 1985 the band focused more on producing their own records, both as New Order and solo projects such as Electronic, Revenge, The Other Two, Monaco and Bad Lieutenant. However in recent years Stephen Morris in particular has remixed several newer artists, notably London industrialists Factory Floor, as well as former Factory workers A Certain Ratio and Section 25.
      Bonus tracks on the 3xCD box set include Knew Noise by Section 25, produced by Ian Curtis and Rob Gretton of Joy Division way back in 1979, and the complete 22 minute version of Video 586, recorded by New Order themselves in 1982.
      All tracks (12 on vinyl, 36 on the CD) are newly remastered. The liner notes feature commentary on the tracks by the artists and the members of New Order. Design and packaging are by Matt Robertson/Peter Saville Studio.


      Section 25

      Alfresco

        A digitally recorded festival set mixing SXXV classics old and new, the line-up for the Alfresco event staged in their Blackpool hometown on 24 May 2015 featured Beth Cassidy, Vin Cassidy, Steve Stringer, Jo Cassidy and guest Simon Topping, formerly of A Certain Ratio and Quando Quango. “A revelation,” wrote the Guardian. “The best old/new band in Britain.”

        Vintage dance and electro faves Looking From a Hilltop, Beating Heart and Dirty Disco are matched with more recent songs including Garageland and Inner Drive. Extra tracks on the bonus CD include a version of early Ratio classic All Night Party.

        The cover art features live photography by Xavier Marquis and portraits by Martin Bostock. Finished product is stickered.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: Black vinyl edition.

        Durutti Column

        Another Setting

        Factory Benelux presents an expanded edition of Another Setting, the third studio album by cult Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column, originally issued in 1983.

        Another Setting was recorded at Strawberry Studio in Stockport with production by Chris Nagle, a favourite engineer of Martin Hannett. The 11 track album contains several acknowledged Durutti classics, notably haunting instrumental Prayer (burnished with cor anglais by Maunagh Fleming) and The Beggar, an unusually muscular vocal song and probably the closest Vini Reilly has edged to rock music. Elsewhere, Smile in the Crowd would be covered by Depeche Mode mainman Martin Gore on his 1989 solo project Counterfeit.

        Bonus tracks on FBN 30 CD include exemplary live versions of The Beggar and Bordeaux, plus non-album single I Get Along Without You Very Well, a Hoagy Carmichael cover sung by Lindsay Reade, the former wife of Factory foreman Tony Wilson. Also included are two tracks issued on a highly collectible Japan-only 7” single, Love Fading and For Noriko, as well as Piece for Out of Tune Grande Piano from an earlier EP on Factory Benelux, Deux Triangles.

        This extended remaster of Another Setting is packaged in a 6 panel digipack on white reverse board, restoring the original cover artwork by Mark Farrow with cover paintings by Jackie Williams.

        Section 25

        Mirror

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          Factory Benelux presents Mirror b/w You Leave Me No Choice, the brand new single by Section 25 issued in a special limited edition of just 500 copies to mark Record Store Day on Saturday 18 April 2015
          Coinciding with a deluxe double disc remaster of classic debut album Always Now (originally released by Factory Records in 1981), the single features brand new recordings of two songs performed live by the original trio line-up of Section 25 in 1980/81, but never studio recorded. Bridging past and present, Larry Cassidy’s vocals and lyrics are now handled by Factory colleague Simon Topping, previously a member of A Certain Ratio, Quando Quango and T-Coy.
          The artwork is based on the original cover design for Always Now by Peter Saville, with the colour scheme now reversed.
          Section 25 are Vin Cassidy, Beth Cassidy, Steve Stringer, Jo Cassidy and Simon Topping. “A revelation. The best old/new band in Britain” (The Guardian, 2014).


          Factory Benelux presents a special 30th anniversary edition of Here Comes Everybody, the highly-regarded second album by Scottish group The Wake, originally released by Factory Records in 1985.

          The Wake formed in Glasgow in 1981 after singer/guitarist Caesar left Altered Images. Joining Factory the following year, the group toured with New Order and released popular mini-album Harmony. Trailed by sprightly single Talk About the Past in 1984, second album Here Comes Everybody was eventually recorded as a trio, combining dreampop melodies and wistful lyricism typified by standout track O Pamela (later interpreted by artful French new wave covers project Nouvelle Vague).

          Praise for Here Comes Everybody: “Holds up as a touchstone for aching, atmospheric synth-pop, all slinky guitars, crispy percussion, textured keyboards and limber bass" (Pitchfork); “The album stands as a pillar of moody synth pop, still bearing passing resemblance to New Order while retaining the bounce of the Postcard label bands and the cavernous production of Closer-era Joy Division, covering it all in some of the heaviest synth wash this side of Klaus Schulze" (Dusted)

          Now remastered for this special edition double disc package, the album is joined on Disc 1 by companion singles Talk About the Past and Of the Matter, a radio session, and a previously unreleased dub take of Torn Calendar. Disc 2 combines their final Factory EP Something That No-One Else Could Bring (produced by John Leckie) with no less than seven previously unreleased demos cut between 1988 and 1990, including unheard songs as well as material later re-recorded for Sarah Records.


          Factory Benelux presents Testament, a comprehensive ‘best of’ collection by influential Scottish group The Wake, including tracks recorded for cult labels Factory and Sarah Records.

          The Wake formed in Glasgow in early 1981 after singer/guitarist Caesar left future pop stars Altered Images. Joined by Carolyn Allen (keyboards), Steven Allen (drums) and Bobby Gillespie (bass), the band joined Factory the following year, recording debut mini album Harmony at Strawberry Studios in Stockport and subsequently hailed as the missing indiepop link between Factory and Postcard Records. After Gillespie departed for Primal Scream and the Jesus and Mary Chain, The Wake issued second album Here Comes Everybody in 1985, with standout track O Pamela later covered by artful French ensemble Nouvelle Vague.

          After leaving Factory the group joined cult Bristol imprint Sarah Records, releasing a brace of indiepop singles and albums in the Nineties before going on hiatus. Caesar and Carolyn reconvened as The Wake in 2009, releasing fifth album A Light Far Out three years later, with more new material due in 2015.

          Testament combines key album tracks with popular singles including On Our Honeymoon, Something Outside, Talk About the Past, Of the Matter and Crush the Flowers. Also included are a previously unreleased 7” edit of Pale Spectre, and (on the CD only) 2012 outtake Clouds Disco.

          The artwork for Testament is based on the artwork for an unreleased cassette edition of Here Comes Everybody, designed by Peter Saville.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Info: The vinyl edition includes a 54 minute bonus CD featuring 21 early live and demo recordings from 1981/82, preserved in the tape archive of Joy Division/New Order manager Rob Gretton. Among these priceless lost recordings are 7 songs never before heard even on bootlegs.

          Section 25

          Reflection (Young Image)

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            Factory Benelux presents Reflection (Young Image) b/w Change, the brand new single by Section 25, issued in a special limited edition of just 500 copies pressed in orange vinyl to mark Record Store Day on 19 April 2014
            Taken from the forthcoming release From The Hip (30th Anniversary Edition), Reflection is a brand new version of this driving dream-pop anthem from side one of the classic 1984 album, which maybe should have been a single at the time. “On first listening Reflection is a whimsical yet heartfelt expression of true love,” says Beth Cassidy. “But strip this back and we discover an inner core which explores the surreal nature of life itself. Even after 30 years there are layers to this song that conceal its true meaning.”

            Flipside 'Change' is exclusive to this 7” single and will not be made available elsewhere. “The lyric is the narrative of a changing relationship wrapped up in the music of a changing band,” explains founder member Vin Cassidy.

            The fluorescent artwork and packaging is based on original designs by Peter Saville for SXXV’s classic 1984 club single Looking From A Hilltop.
            Section 25 today are Vin Cassidy, Beth Cassidy, Steve Stringer and Jo Cassidy. “Metamorphosing from the glummest, most dour group ever into progenitors of House, Blackpool’s SXXV are, inevitably, one of the groups of this very post-punk moment” (Chris Bohn, The Wire magazine).

            Factory Benelux presents an expanded CD edition of The Return of the Durutti Column, the landmark debut album by The Durutti Column first issued by Factory Records in January 1980.

            A collaboration between virtuoso guitarist Vini Reilly and legendary Manchester producer Martin Hannett, The Return of the Durutti Column paired Reilly’s non-rock sketches with Hannett’s electronic textures to produce “perfectly realised, correctly ambient and inventive music” (NME). The infamous sandpaper sleeve was somewhat less user friendly. Inspired by a 1959 Situationist publication by Guy Debord and Asger Jorn, the relentless iconoclasts at Factory hoped that the abrasive packaging would destroy existing record collections.

            This new 2014 edition on Factory Benelux includes the 9 tracks included on the first Factory pressing, as well as the six 6 tracks which formed side two of the rare second pressing. Also featured are the two Martin Hannett ‘test card’ flexi-disc tracks, and Madeleine and Lips That Would Kiss, both previously issued as a 12-inch single on Factory Benelux in October 1980.

            The cover art of this new CD version restores the later jacket design issued by Factory, featuring three miniatures of paintings by Raoul Dufy. The booklet features period Durutti images by photographer Daniel Meadows, and extensive liner notes with quotes from Vini Reilly, Martin Hannett, Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Daniel Meadows, John Brierley, Bruce Mitchell and members of Joy Division, who assembled most of the sandpaper originals.

            The Wake

            Harmony

              Factory Benelux presents a new double vinyl edition of Harmony, the debut album by influential Scottish group The Wake, originally released by Factory Records in December 1982.

              Formed in Glasgow in 1981 after singer/guitarist Caesar left Altered Images, The Wake joined Factory the following year. Harmony was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport with producer Chris Nagle (formerly Martin Hannett’s preferred engineer), by which time the group comprised Caesar (vocals, guitar), Carolyn Allen (keyboards), Steven Allen (drums) and Bobby Gillespie (bass). On release as Fact 60 the original 7 track mini album earned a 5 star review in Sounds magazine, hailed as the missing indiepop link between Factory and Postcard Records.

              Bonus tracks on this special edition 2xLP include The Wake’s dub-informed Factory Benelux single Something Outside b/w Host, as well as their John Peel session from July 1983 – the last recordings to feature Gillespie before his departure for The Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream. The Wake carried on, releasing several further albums on Factory and Sarah Records, and more recently A Light Far Out in 2012.

              Factory Benelux presents Dark Light, the brand new album by post-punk trailblazers Section 25, Factory workers since 1979.

              Recorded in 2012, Dark Light is their first collection of new material since the tragic loss of founder Larry Cassidy in 2010, and marks a return to the smooth electro and synth-pop textures first explored on their seminal 1984 album From the Hip. These echoes are amplified by the presence of co-vocalists Beth and Jo Cassidy, and a sublime cover image by iconic artist/designer Peter Saville.

              Much of Dark Light was produced in collaboration with remixer Derek Miller (aka Outernationale), and includes new versions of recent single tracks Colour Movement Sex & Violence and Inner Drive. Other stand-out cuts include future pop classic My Outrage, which will also be made available as a limited edition 7” single (7 FBN 62) to mark World Record Store Day in April 2013. There are also two hidden tracks.

              Section 25 are: Vin Cassidy, Bethany Cassidy, Steve Stringer, Stuart Hill and Joanna Cassidy. “Metamorphosing from the glummest, most dour group ever into progenitors of House, Blackpool’s SXXV are, inevitably, one of the groups of this very post-punk moment” (Chris Bohn, The Wire magazine)


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