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154 [VINYL]

Wire Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (23 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4menwithbeards
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 Men With Beards * 180g * stereo * US * * * * *

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD!! 14 Dec 1999
Format:Audio CD
My advice is simple......If you do nothing else, buy this CD. Then go and buy every other Wire recording you can find. This is Newman and Lewis pushing the edge of their vocal best. This is Wire at its musical triumph. With 154 we are light years from the harsh, raw edge of Pink Flag and we, the listeners, are exposed to far more depth than the quite excellent Chairs Missing. This album is just simply brilliant.
It does not seem possible that twenty years have passed since the release of this, the last of the best of the Wire LP's, and yet listening it at the end of the 20th Century this album is surely as powerful as it was when first released. Right from the start Wire never fitted any sort of NME/MM pigeonhole and for the span of time covering their first three LP releases the diverse musical styles of Newman/Gilbert/Gotobed/Lewis defied any kind of categorisation. Take 154: how can you hope to define an album which opens with three tracks as musically varied as "I should have known better", "2 people in a room", The 15th"? You can't. Don't try. At times the listener is taken the way of Colin Newman ("Single KO", "On returning") whose harder lyrics, harsher vocal style contrasts with the softer, warmer voice of Graham Lewis ("A touching display", "Blessed state") (Go and find the post-split albums "A to Z" by Colin Newman and "Barge Calm" by Lewis/Gilbert to find out where this separation of styles eventually leads you).
Musically too, the sound of Wire reaches its zenith with this album.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Replace the old with the new. 13 Jun 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Played my old vinyl copy so many times it wore out. Greatest record I've ever heard. At least I've played it more than anything else. So varied but so cohesive, this album still sounds as fresh as the first time I heard it. The best in existential soured relationship analysis to the nature of the universe all summed up in lyrics delivered with total conviction, then the music... impossible to relate the effect it's had on me. Not even digital remastering can spoil the sound like it did to Pink Flag. Wire are now playing together again and are as impressive as ever. I doubt anyone will ever match what these four can do with 2 guitars, bass and drums. Add producer Mike Thorne's synths and keyboards and what they made was perhaps the most fascinating art of the 20th century.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of Harvest-era & post-punk masterpiece 13 Feb 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The philosophy of 1978's 'I am the Fly' which dismissed punk and cast Wire as punk-spirited outsiders in a blurred French Film of their own was carried on into the great 'Chairs Missing' LP. Late 1978 saw the band shift again, the effect of touring and travel excerting an influence over the material - which came in various origins - Lewis writing on his own, Gilbert writing on his own, Newman writing on his own...and the odd collaboration between members (the e.p. included with this album and on later reissues is effectively solo-work from each member).The band seem at odds with each other at odds with the world - so it was unsurprising they would disintegrate following the 'Document + Eyewitness' performance, resurfacing as a different (but same spirited) Wire on Mute-records in the mid-1980s. '154' was the conclusion of their years on a major label and another obligatory purchase.
'154' remains for me their most complete LP, as great as many albums of this era - 'Unknown Pleasures', 'Metal Box', 'Cut', 'Secondhand Daylight','Entertainment!','Fear of Music', 'Dub Housing', 'The Only Fun in Town', 'The Scream' etc. Lewis' opener 'I Should Have Known Better' is a different kind of angular pop, a building melancholy reflected in the manic-guitars towards its climax. & it even uses the word 'albeit'! There are kind of pop songs here - 'The 15th' still sounds terminally sublime and was later covered by proto-Scissor-Sisters outfit Fischerspooner (essentially Sigue Sigue Sputnik with a smaller budget and a bit more taste) while 'Map Ref 41 N 93 W' (title!) is essentially catchy - setting the precedent for things like 'Eardrum Buzz' and 'Not Me'. Sadly it never became a hit when the record label opted to put their money behind reductive Japan-tribute outfit Duran Duran!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless brilliance 23 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
With its nondescript title and mundane cover it is perhaps easy for anyone to overlook "154". Quite simply this record is the absolute pinnacle of the post-punk era, and at the time this was miles ahead of Joy Division or The Cure or the Banshees, and perhaps rivalled only by Magazine. By turns cold, angular, funny, manic and energetic, "154" is bristling with stunning oblique lyrics and unforgettable melodies - yes, for all their art-school obscurantisms, Wire produced perfect pop songs. What lessons Radiohead and Bloc Party could learn from this...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Album 25 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is Wires most accomplished record and therefore the one that anyone new to the band should think about first. In fact: just buy it - This album stands alongside the likes of Closer and The Holy Bible as one of the 20th centurys great cult rock records.
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