Wire’s first three albums - 'Pink Flag,' 'Chairs Missing' and '154' need no introduction. They are the three classic albums...
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Wire’s first three albums - 'Pink Flag,' 'Chairs Missing' and '154' 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. 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.
+ Special Edition 2CD plus Book is released 18th May 2018. + CD and LP editions follow on 22nd June 2018.
The original album is presented on its own CD, accompanied by discs that feature relevant extra tracks: singles; B-sides; demos; and many previously unreleased songs. 'Pink Flag' is a two-CD set; 'Chairs Missing' and '154' have three CDs each. All audio has been painstakingly remastered (or, in some cases, mastered for the first time).
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.
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.
Special Edition 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