Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wire



4-14-10 Wire


I last wrote about Wire 2 years ago. I just listened to some more Wire stuff recently. My collection remains:


LP 154 HARVEST UK SHSP 4105

1979 13 TRKS LP + 7"

CD 154 re PINK FLAG US PF 13

1979 13 TRKS ('06 issue)

CD CHAIRS MISSING RESTLESS US 72361.2

1978 18 TRKS bonus tracks

CD DOCUMENT AND EYEWITNESS MUTE UK WIRE 80CD

1980 22 TRKS Live ('91 issue)

7" DOT DASH / OPTIONS R HARVEST UK HAR 5161

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" I AM THE FLY / EX LION TAMER HARVEST UK HAR 5151

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" IN VIVO MUTE US 75528-0

1989 5 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD IT'S BEGINNING TO AND BACK AGAIN MUTE US 73516.2

1989 11 TRKS

12" KIDNEY BINGOS MUTE US 72245-0

1988 5 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" MANNEQUIN / FEELING CALLED LOVE / 12XU HARVEST UK HAR 5144

1977 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" MAP REF. 41N 93W / GO AHEAD HARVEST UK HAR 5192

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" OUR SWIMMER / MIDNIGHT BAHNHOF CAFE ROUGH TR UK RTO 79

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" OUTDOOR MINER / PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT HARVEST UK HAR 5172

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, white vinyl

LP PF456REDUX PINK FLAG UK PF 456REDUX

2003 16 TRKS vinyl-only?

7" QUESTION OF DEGREE, A / FORMER AIRLINE HARVEST UK HAR 5187

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD5 READ & BURN 01 PINK FLAG UK PF 4

2002 6 TRK CD EP CD5

7" SONG 1 / GET DOWN (free 45 w/ “154”) HARVEST UK PSR 444

1979 4 TRK EP; no pic sleeve, promo-only


Even “154” (CD, re-mastered) sounded a bit ‘uneven’ as I listened to it recently. I guess I just like their singles more than their albums. I never had the chance to see Wire play live, and that may have something to do with why I am less enamored of them that, say, Magazine or Ultravox (both of whom I had the opportunity to see perform live).


Their material on Mute Records doesn’t seem to be of much interest these days, as many (all?) of those are $3 or less CD’s. Good to see that the Harvest 45’s are still really worth something.


I might like to try and find a re-mastered CD of “Chairs Missing”. I wish there was a good sounding CD of all the Harvest 45’s! I would definitely try more of their newer stuff, if I could ever find it cheap enough – the Pink Flag label stuff. “A Question of Degree” remains my favorite Wire 45. Why doesn’t the rest of “Chairs Missing” sound like that?

1 comment:

REVO said...

Well, their material on Mute of of interest to me! It's all I've heard! I never buy the Harvest stuff because I don't see it cheap enough! I like the Mute era a lot. I also like the solo material post-Harvest a lot too. Especially He Said's "Take Care!" Great postpunk with Scott Walker-esque baritone from Bruce Gilbert. Excellent Cohen cover, too. If I ever come across anything by Wire or its members at "the right price" I buy it and always enjoy it.