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Pink Flag

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Wire’s first three albums need no introduction. They are the three classic albums on which Wire’s reputation is based. Moreover, they are the recordings that minted the post-punk form. This was adopted by other bands, but Wire were there first. These are the definitive re-releases. Each album is presented as an 80-page hardback book – the size of a 7-inch, but obviously much thicker. After a special introduction by Jon Savage, Graham Duff provides insight into each track. These texts include recording details, brand-new interviews with band members, and lyrics.

This stunning set of presentations also includes a range of images from the archive of Annette Green. Wire’s official photographer during this period, Green also shot the covers for Pink Flag and Chairs Missing. Promotional and informal imagery – in colour and black and white – is featured throughout the books. Most of the photographs have not been seen for 40 years – and many have never been published anywhere before.

These special editions are something every Wire fan will want to own. It has been a number of years since these albums were readily available. The aim with these new vinyl and CD releases is to approximate the original statements as closely as possible, but with remastered audio. The vinyl releases have the same covers and inners as the originals (minus the Harvest logo). The digipack CDs have identical tracklistings to their vinyl counterparts. These versions should be considered Wire’s classic 1970s albums, pure and undiluted.

Pink Flag was very much Wire's punk rock album, and while they fully embraced it's revolutionary spirit, they came at it from their own obtuse angle. unhindered by talent (any kind of prior musical schooling) they gleefully took a baseball bat to Rock's overblown torso with humour and irreverence, producing classic, unsurpassed razor pop brilliance and a joyful antidote to the pomposity of their forerunners.

STAFF COMMENTS

Martin says: From the naked aggression of "12XU" and the ominous chordless drone of the title track, to the playful artpunk of "Start To Move" and "Brazil", this is, beginning to end, pure, unadulterated genius. Nothing more to add.

TRACK LISTING

Disc 1 (Original Album)

01/ Reuters
02/ Field Day For The Sundays
03/ Three Girl Rhumba
04/ Ex Lion Tamer
05/ Lowdown
06/ Start To Move
07/ Brazil
08/ It’s So Obvious
09/ Surgeon’s Girl
10/ Pink Flag
11/ The Commercial
12/ Straight Line
13/ 106 Beats That
14/ Mr. Suit
15/ Strange
16/ Fragile
17/ Mannequin
18/ Different To Me
19/ Champs
20/ Feeling Called Love
21/ 12XU

Disc 2 (Demos And Alternative Recordings) First Demo Sessions

01/ The Commercial
02/ Mr Suit
03/ Pink Flag Second Demo Sessions
04/ Surgeon’s Girl 
05/ Field Day For The Sundays
06/ 106 Beats That
07/ Fragile Third Demo Sessions
08/ Reuters
09/ Different To Me
10/ Ex Lion Tamer
11/ Mannequin 
12/ Champs
13/ Start To Move Alternative Mixes
14/ Ex Lion Tamer Alt Mix
15/ 12XU - Mono Mix
16/ Mannequin - Mono Mix
18/ It’s So Obvious - Alt Mix

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