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WireBehind The Curtain (Early Versions 1977 & 78)

Label:EMI – 7243 8 32403 2 6, EMI – CDGO 2066
Format:
CD, Compilation
Country:UK & Europe
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Punk

Tracklist

1Mary Is A Dyke
Written-ByGilbert*, Newman*, Gill*, Lewis*, Gotobed*
1:08
2Too True1:05
3Just Don't Care1:22
4TV1:26
5New York City1:12
6After Midnight
Written-ByJ.J. Cale
1:30
7Pink Flag2:35
8Love Ain't Polite1:05
9Oh No Not So1:37
10It's The Motive1:24
11Practice Makes Perfect
Written-ByGilbert*, Newman*
3:49
12Sand In My Joints
Written-ByLewis*
1:51
13Stablemate2:17
14I Feel Mysterious Today
Written-ByNewman*, Lewis*
1:41
15Underwater Experiences3:15
16Dot Dash
Written-ByNewman*, Lewis*
2:20
17Options R
Written-ByLewis*
1:51
18From The Nursery2:53
19Finistaire
Written-ByNewman*, Lewis*
2:17
20No Romans1:12
21Another The Letter
Written-ByGilbert*, Newman*
1:07
2240 Versions
Written-ByGilbert*
3:19
23Blessed State
Written-ByGilbert*
3:14
24A Touching Display
Written-ByLewis*
5:19
25Once Is Enough
Written-ByNewman*
2:39
26Stepping Off Too Quick1:24
27Indirect Inquiries
Written-ByNewman*, Lewis*
3:20
28Map Ref 41° N 93° W
Written-ByGilbert*, Newman*, Lewis*
3:50
29A Question Of Degree
Written-ByNewman*, Lewis*
2:58
30Two People In A Room
Written-ByGilbert*, Newman*
2:04
31Former Airline
Written-ByGilbert*
1:12
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Notes

Tracks 1-6 recorded 1st April 1977; 7 recorded 4th April 1977; 8-15 recorded 14th May 1977; 16-21 recorded 14th April 1978; 22-31 recorded 11th December 1978.

℗ 1995 The copyright in this compilation is owned by EMI Records Ltd.
Tracks 1-6 ℗ 1995 The copyright in these sound recordings is owned by Trojan Records Ltd.
Tracks 7-31 ℗ 1995 The copyright in these sound recordings is owned by EMI Records Ltd.
© 1995 EMI Records Ltd.
Manufactured and Distributed by EMI.
Made & printed in the UK.

Note: some of the tracks here had already been released in the early 1980s on the unofficial LP Wire - Not About To Die which then got its first official release in 2022.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 2438 32403 2 6
  • Barcode (Scanned): 724383240326
  • Label Code: lc 0542
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS
  • Other (UK Cat#): CDGO 2066
  • Price Code: I: / F:
  • Matrix / Runout: 832403 2 . 1 : 1 : 1 EMI SWINDON
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 1421

Reviews

  • Rooksby's avatar
    Rooksby
    Most of these demos have since been included, with further selections from the Wire archive, on 2018's expanded CD reissues, but rest assured that all of the essential tracks are included here.
    • Said_Head's avatar
      Said_Head
      Great collection of early work, yes, but some of this stuff is, as might be expected, just plain AWFUL. The first six tracks, which comprise an early live recording when WIRE were still a 5 member barrage of untalented music aggressors, are the worst material they've ever done, I don't care who disagrees, it's the blatant truth; from Too True where Lewis sounds like he's yelling 'TOOT TOOOOOT TOOT TOOOOOT!' to the total crap that is Mary Is A Dyke it makes sense as to why they didn't get very far with these songs.

      Fortunately, things turn around for the better with other non-released tracks such as Oh No Not So or It's THe Motive, among others (though still not the best). With that said, the best reason for owning this CD is to get these songs, good or bad, they're nearly as vital as any of their albums in order to get an appropriate scope of their work.

      The later recordings are great, from which the final recordings didn't stray too far. Some others, however, like Underwater Experinces for sure, are very different from other later versions.

      Also a major plus is the booklet, which gives a great account of these recordings and other info about this period. Each recording session is seperated in chronological order, which is nice.

      Basically, if you get the releases Turns And Strokes, Document & Eyewitness, and The Drill EP, you NEED this CD; not that any of these four releases are totally related to each other (except the first two) but in order to fully understand the persona of WIRE over so many decades these items really are necessary (and quite entertaining).

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