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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.

"154", released in 1979, is perhaps the most overlooked of the first trio of classic Wire L.P.s, before a ten year haitus interrupted only by esoteric solo releases. It develops further on the electronic and experimental direction of "Chairs Missing", and while guitars are not entirely done away with, keyboards and often unsettling vocal harmonies are the dominant mode of expression here. That's not to say they abandoned their talent for an exquisite harmony, it is very much still there; just bent a bit. That said it is given undiluted free rein during "Map Ref...", and elevates the sublime "The 15th" into the realm of the gods.


Martin says: "154" is the last of the trio of Wire's groundbreaking late 70s output. Given their general wont for being wilfully awkward, its no surprise that this is possibly the most enigmatic and opaque of the three; but definitely not enough to conceal interludes of pure gorgeousness. A fitting bookend to a matchless chapter of punk/post punk brilliance.


Tracklist: Disc 1 (Original Album)

01/I Should Have Known Better
02/Two People In A Room
03/The 15th
04/The Other Window
05/Single K.O.
06/A Touching Display
07/On Returning
08/A Mutual Friend
09/Blessed State
10/Once Is Enough
11/Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
12/Indirect Enquiries
13/40 Versions

Disc 2 (Singles, B-sides & Studio Recordings)

01/A Question Of Degree (single)
02/Former Airline (single)
03/Go Ahead (single)
04/Our Swimmer (single)
05/Midnight Bahnhof Caf E (single)
06/Our Swimmer [2nd Length] (single)
07/Catapult 30 (single)
08/Song 1 (154 EP)
09/Get Down 1 + 2 (154 EP)
10/Let's Panic Later (154 EP)
11/Small Electric Piece (154 EP)

Disc 3 (Studio Demos) Sixth Demo Sessions

01/40 Versions
02/Ignorance No Plea (I Should Have Known Better)
03/Blessed State
04/A Touching Display
05/The 15th
06/A Mutual Friend
07/Once Is Enough
08/The Other Window
09/Stepping Off Too Quick
10/Indirect Enquiries V2
11/Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
12/Single K.O.
13/On Returning
14/A Question Of Degree
15/Former Airline
16/Two People In A Room

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