Wire ‎– Document And Eyewitness

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Electric Ballroom
5/10
12XU (Fragment)
Underwater Experiences
Everythings Going To Be Nice
Piano Tuner (Keep Strumming Those Guitars)
We Meet Under Tables
Zegk Hoqp
Eastern Standard
Instrumental (Thrown Bottle)
Eels Sang Lino
Revealing Trade Secrets
And Then ...
Coda
Notre Dame Hall
Go Ahead
Ally In Exile
Relationship
Underwater Experiences
Witness To The Fact
2 People In A Room
Our Swimmer
Montreux
Heartbeat

Versions (21)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ROUGH 29, ROUGH 2912 Wire Document And Eyewitness(LP, Album + 12", MiniAlbum) Rough Trade, Rough Trade ROUGH 29, ROUGH 2912 UK 1981 Sell This Version
COPY 004 Wire Document And Eyewitness(Cass) Rough Trade, Rough Tapes COPY 004 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Rough 29, Rough 2912 Wire Document And Eyewitness(LP + 12" + Album) Base Record, Base Record, Rough Trade, Rough Trade Rough 29, Rough 2912 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
GI LP 29, ROUGH 29 +ROUGH 2912 Wire Document And Eyewitness(LP, Album + 12", MiniAlbum) Go International, Rough Trade GI LP 29, ROUGH 29 +ROUGH 2912 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
ROUGH 29, ROUGH 2912 Wire Document And Eyewitness(LP, Album + 12", MiniAlbum, MP) Rough Trade, Rough Trade ROUGH 29, ROUGH 2912 UK 1981 Sell This Version
RTL-3501 Wire Document And Eyewitness(LP, Album + 12") Rough Trade RTL-3501 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
RTL-3501 Wire Document And Eyewitness(LP, Album, Promo + 12", Album, Promo) Rough Trade RTL-3501 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
30463 Wire Document And Eyewitness(CD) Virgin, Mute 30463 France 1991 Sell This Version
61079-2, 9 61079-2 Wire Document And Eyewitness(CD, Album) The Grey Area, Mute 61079-2, 9 61079-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
Wire 80 CDX Wire Document And Eyewitness(CD, Album + 2xCD, Mini, Single + Box, Ltd) Mute, The Grey Area Wire 80 CDX UK 1991 Sell This Version
WIRE 80 CD Wire Document And Eyewitness(CD, Album, RE) The Grey Area WIRE 80 CD UK 1991 Sell This Version
9 61079-4 Wire Document And Eyewitness(Cass, Album) Mute, Elektra Entertainment 9 61079-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
PFB 806 Wire Document And Eyewitness - Electric Ballroom 29.02.80(16xFile, FLAC, Album) Pinkflag PFB 806 2014
PFB 806 Wire Document And Eyewitness - Electric Ballroom 29.02.80(16xFile, MP3, Album) Pinkflag PFB 806 2014
PF21CD, pf21 Wire Document And Eyewitness ▪ 1979 ▪ 1980(2xCD, RE, RM) Pinkflag, Pinkflag PF21CD, pf21 UK, Europe & US 2014 Sell This Version
PF21CD, PF21 Wire Document And Eyewitness ▪ 1979 ▪ 1980(2xCDr, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Pinkflag, Pinkflag PF21CD, PF21 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
PF21LP Wire Document And Eyewitness(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Pinkflag PF21LP UK 2014 Sell This Version
Rough 29, Rough 2912 Wire Document And Eyewitness(2xLP, Lab) Base Record, Base Record, Rough Trade, Rough Trade Rough 29, Rough 2912 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
WIRE 80 CD, 5016025680023 Wire Document And Eyewitness(CD, Album, RE) The Grey Area, Mute WIRE 80 CD, 5016025680023 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
5016025680023 Wire Document And Eyewitness(CD, Album, RE, RP) The Grey Area 5016025680023 UK Unknown Sell This Version
WIRE 80 CD Wire Document And Eyewitness(CD, Album, RE, RP) The Grey Area WIRE 80 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version

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Gronk73

Gronk73

April 10, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Document And Eyewitness ▪ 1979 ▪ 1980, 2xCD, RE, RM, PF21CD, pf21

Bands are not always consciously aware of the urge to self-destruct when it arises, and it can manifest itself in strange ways. Nearly four decades after the fact, fans are still debating Wire's February 1980 gig at London's Electric Ballroom: was it brilliant performance art, not-so-brilliant performance art, or just sarcasm? Having been in a few bands myself, I've learned to recognize the moment when everyone loses interest, and that's what I hear on "Document and Eyewitness". (Listening to the recording of this performance in the cold light of day, Wire must have heard the same thing: they folded shortly thereafter.) The liner notes notwithstanding, it's hard to believe that this ever seemed like a good idea, even in rehearsals. When they launched into an actual song ('Revealing Trade Secrets') without warning, my jaw dropped in utter disbelief, and I would imagine that most of the audience had a similar reaction. I love Wire, but this is an endurance test for even the biggest fan. Two and a half stars for the bonus disc, which includes the band's excellent seventh single 'Our Swimmer'/'Midnight Bahnhof Café' (released posthumously in 1981) as well as a batch of intriguing rehearsal recordings.
phaks

phaks

November 25, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Document And Eyewitness, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Gat, PF21LP
Record 1 is more or less a documentary of live performances (some fine disputes between Newman and the audience) and music fragments, mostly boring anti-music (to annoy the audience). Not really a concert recording.
Record 2 brings the music. Some classics in full drama :-) The bonus tracks come from that period and fit well into the rest.
arensb

arensb

June 20, 2015
referencing Document And Eyewitness, LP, Album + 12", MiniAlbum, ROUGH 29, ROUGH 2912
My copy seems to be a mispress: what should be side D is actually a second copy of side B. I wonder if anyone else has seen this.
simoncooper

simoncooper

October 5, 2013
referencing Document And Eyewitness, CD, 30463
Wire - Document & Eyewitness - Not the easiest of discs to listen to but compelling nevertheless! Given the fact that the latest Wire album " Change becomes us" is most of the material from the 1979-80 period during the departure from EMI and the break-up of the band, it's very interesting to see how the songs have been developed for the completed new album, but also fascinating to see how they might've been developed if the band had stayed together and done the 4th album with Factory Records.
The recording isn't the best but good enough ; the songs are half-formulated or complete but the most compelling point of the disc is the interaction of the group's manager whilst introducing the songs and the absolute hostility of the audience particularly the recording made at the Electric Ballroom.
This is essential for all Wire fans as well as for people who love live recordings and the atmosphere within that environment.
Lloigor

Lloigor

October 8, 2010
referencing Document And Eyewitness, CD, Album + 2xCD, Mini, Single + Box, Ltd, Wire 80 CDX

A really bizarre promo package of sorts: Buy Wire's most abrasive album*, get their two most accessible '80s singles! At least the selections are decent...

*Technically, Turns And Strokes is, but most of that album is made up of out-takes from this release.