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November 8, 1995

DON’T TURN YOUR OLD LPs INTO FLOWERPOTS, TURN THEM INTO CD-ROMs

By CBR Staff Writer

Long time survivor of the late 1970s Manchester punk scene The Durutti Column has come up with a novel way of persuading diehard fans to buy the last album for a second time. Lead singer Vinny Riley has created a 50-page album sleeve on CD-ROM, with a little help from San Francisco-based Macromedia Inc. The CD can either be played on a Macintosh or CD player, the difference being that the CD player will only play the album tracks whereas a Macintosh can access an additional 250Mb of tantalising facts and information. These include lyrics, production notes and Vinny’s recollections of falling over several times in a shopping centre in Manchester while under the effects of Prozac. The CD-ROM costs ú15. A version for multimedia machines will be added next month.

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