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 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 15 Ex Lion Tamer - Alt Mix 16 12XU - Mono Mix 17 Mannequin - Mono Mix 18 It’s So Obvious - Alt Mix