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.
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.
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.
2. French Film Blurred
3. Another The Letter
4. Men 2nd
6. Sand In My Joints
7. Being Sucked In Again
10. Outdoor Miner
12. I Feel Mysterious Today
13. From The Nursery
14. Used To
15. Too Late
Special Edition CD 2:
(Singles, B-sides & studio recordings)
1. I Am The Fly (single Version)
2. Dot Dash
3. Options R
4. Outdoor Miner (single Version)
5. Practice Makes Perfect (single Version)
6. Underwater Experiences (Advision Version)
Special Edition CD 3 (Studio demos)
Fourth demo sessions
1. Practice Makes Perfect
3. Culture Vultures
4. It’s The Motive 05 Love Ain’t Polite
6. French Film Blurred (version 1)
7. Sand In My Joints
8. Too Late
11. Underwater Experiences
13. I Feel Mysterious Today
Fifth demo sessions
14. Dot Dash
15. French Film Blurred (version 2)
16. Options R
17. Finistaire (Mercy)
19. From The Nursery
20. Indirect Enquiries (version 1)
21. Outdoor Miner
22. Chairs Missing (Used To)
23. Being Sucked In Again
24. Men 2nd
25. Another The Letter
26. No Romans
Release Date: 22/06/2018