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154 [CD]

Wire Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (27 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0006G88AW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,433 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Should Have Known Better (2006 Digital Remaster)
2. Two People In A Room (2006 Digital Remaster)
3. The 15th (2006 Digital Remaster)
4. The Other Window (2006 Digital Remaster)
5. Single K.O. (2006 Digital Remaster)
6. A Touching Display (2006 Digital Remaster)
7. On Returning (2006 Digital Remaster)
8. A Mutual Friend (2006 Digital Remaster)
9. Blessed State (2006 Digital Remaster)
10. Once Is Enough (2006 Digital Remaster)
11. Map Ref 41 Degrees N 93 Degrees W (2006 Digital Remaster)
12. Indirect Enquiries (2006 Digital Remaster)
13. 40 Versions (2006 Digital Remaster)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of Harvest-era & post-punk masterpiece 13 Feb 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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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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1977 - Pink Flag. Punky as befitted the times, but still with occasional strangeness ("Strange", "Reuters", "Pink Flag" and one or two others). A band that were a definite synthesis of their influences but who had something else to say, though they didn't know what it was at the time.
1978 - Chairs Missing. Wire let their expression loose more than a little. Still the same angular, punk songs to a limited extent, but they were post-punk, experimenting as much as they could, and creating genuine, long-lasting, timeless ART while most of the establishment "punk" groups were still spitting on their audiences and churning out lowest common denominator 3-chord s***e for the music industry mass market.
1979 - 154. Event Horizon. Nothing like this had been done before. It was almost as if some higher being had said "OK, here you are, a musical gift from the Gods". Their progress in such a short time was nothing less than supernatural. There was no point releasing another album for many years (and they didn't), such was the impact of this album. OK, it sold about 30 copies, but they said the same thing about the VU. I saw Wire a couple of times a few years ago, and I was dumbstruck. Wish I'd seen them in their pomp, but they are SUCH an important band to me that I still viewed it as a privilege. Check out the Rockpalast footage on YouTube, it's primitive but a fantastic document of Wire playing these songs live. I wish I'd been in this band, just to get the feeling they must have had when they recorded this masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time
I think this album was ahead of its time, and still is! So no problem in giving it five stars.
Published 6 months ago by frazzle
5.0 out of 5 stars wire 154
I think everyone sould know about wire I started from the start with pink flag people I had spoken to who were in to the post punk stuff like myself said this was the album they... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by gar
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted: vocalist
I bought '154' on its original release, attracted by some tracks I heard on the radio. The song I particularly remember is 'The 15th', with lyrics that sound like fragments and an... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2006 by D. J. H. Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars My God, they're so gifted!
1979 delivered three essential albums for me: PiL's Metal Box, Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and 154, Wire's third studio LP (so-called because they had played 154 gigs by that... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2006 by Kraftwerker
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless brilliance
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... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2006 by John A. Atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Album
This is Wires most accomplished record and therefore the one that anyone new to the band should think about first. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2005 by Mr. T. S. Swann
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic
This is the best LP Wire ever made, and Wire are one of the most important British bands of the last 25 years... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Replace the old with the new.
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. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2000
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