2013 repress, originally issued 2010. Paean to Wilson was arguably The Durutti Column’s most important and consistent piece of work since the demise of Factory Records in the early 1990s. Manchester International Festival of Music commissioned it for their festival in July 2009. Vini Reilly had already composed pieces for Tony Wilson to listen to while he was ill in the hospital and it was from here that the project developed. With Reilly and drummer Bruce Mitchell augmented by bass, keyboard, violin, electric piano, drum machine, and trumpet, the band’s beautiful pieces reflected Wilson’s love of rock and classical. Reilly’s plangent guitar work showed grief’s emotional spectrum, from sadness to overdriven anger. As in life, Wilson had the last word, his recorded voice expounding thoughts on Socialism with an eerie echo. Ever-critical of Vini’s voice, but ever a fierce champion of his talent, the late Tony Wilson would surely appreciate this instrumental tribute by The Durutti Column.