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
- About Drift
We offer free delivery on orders of £75 and over, sent within mainland UK. To qualify for free delivery, your order will be sent as one dispatch. If your order includes items that are not in stock at the point of ordering, specifically preorder items, then please expect to wait until all items are available to ship as one delivery. If you are waiting for a box to ship, you are most welcome to add more items ('top up') to your box, up to the point we ship it to you.
Click & Collect
On all orders, we offer a Click & Collect option to avoid unnecessary carriage if you feel like coming and seeing us at the shop in Totnes. Click the Pick up at Drift button during the checkout and you will bypass all shipping during payment.
• If you purchase a pre-order item amongst an order of in-stock releases, we will typically hold your box until all items are in stock.
• If you are 'topping up' an order, we advise you contact us when placing the additional order to make sure we notice.
• We aim to dispatch orders placed before 11am, on the same day.
• We ship all UK orders with Royal Mail, DHL and Parcelforce.
• We ship outside the UK with DHL.
• We are unable to ship orders on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
• Although we use all reasonable means to ensure that your order is delivered within a specified time, we cannot accept any responsibility for late deliveries due to circumstances outside of our control. We will do our best to inform you of any unexpected delay.
If you have any questions about shipping or delivery, get in touch.
Come meet us, or have us ship you something in the post.