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  • Audio CD (20 Feb. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video
  • Label: Pink Flag
  • ASIN: B0002VEVJ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Introduction ((On the Box - live 1979))0:50Album Only
Listen  2. Another The letter ((On the Box - live 1979)) 1:06Album Only
Listen  3. The 15h ((On the Box - live 1979)) 2:29Album Only
Listen  4. Practice Makes Perfect ((On the Box - live 1979)) 3:00Album Only
Listen  5. Two People In A Room ((On the Box - live 1979)) 1:59Album Only
Listen  6. I Feel Mysterious Today ((On the Box - live 1979)) 1:44Album Only
Listen  7. Being Sucked In Again ((On the Box - live 1979)) 2:49Album Only
Listen  8. Once Is Enough ((On the Box - live 1979)) 2:46Album Only
Listen  9. Blessed State ((On the Box - live 1979)) 3:00Album Only
Listen10. A Question of Degree ((On the Box - live 1979)) 2:43Album Only
Listen11. Single KO ((On the Box - live 1979)) 2:24Album Only
Listen12. Mercy ((On the Box - live 1979)) 5:44Album Only
Listen13. 40 Versions ((On the Box - live 1979)) 4:06Album Only
Listen14. Former Airline ((On the Box - live 1979)) 1:07Album Only
Listen15. A Touching Display ((On the Box - live 1979)) 6:14Album Only
Listen16. French Film Blurred ((On the Box - live 1979)) 2:34Album Only
Listen17. Men 2nd ((On the Box - live 1979)) 1:39Album Only
Listen18. Map Ref. 41°N 93°W ((On the Box - live 1979)) 3:37Album Only
Listen19. Heartbeat ((On the Box - live 1979)) 4:41Album Only
Listen20. Pink Flag ((On the Box - live 1979)) 3:26Album Only

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Rough and ready vintage, Wire caught in that vital period where they left ramalama punk behind and explored other textures in Chairs Missing and 154. The sound is brilliantine punk, rough, pristine. The songs are more stripped and focused to their basic elements than the studio. Huge chunks of the vintage era make it an essential purchase;

Another the Letter
The 15th
Practice Makes Perfect
Two People in a Room
Being Sucked In
Once is Enough
Blessed State
A Question of Degree
Single KO
40 Versions
Former Airline
A Touching Display
French Film Blurred
Men 2nd
Map Ref
Pink Flag

plus 20 mins interview

The visuals are culled from German TV; an art program reflecting a new take on trying to film a group, not always with success. There are too many shots of the hippy drippy audience sitting and politely clapping. It should really have been kept in tandem with the zeitgeist of the era.

The sound however is crystal clear and the playing is manic, tight. Composed of two CD's; a CD live set and the DVD visuals.

The performance is mesmeric; with Colin Newman exuding a space locked somewhere between Curtis and Byrne, beaming out as an angst ridden, resonating machine. Bruce is hiding behind at the back, whilst Graham punches a bellicose belligerent stage presence. Robert of course pummels and rattles as a toned down Moon.

The songs inoculate the Zeitgeist of permanent imminent emotional collapse. After so long, built 30 years ago, it still sounds fresh as sprung volcanic water and sparkling to a mesmeric effect. In the studio these gems were highly polished into something more pristine and diving deep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Partial Mind on 2 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD
The other two reviews here are NOT for this CD.

Behind the curtain is Harvest (EMI) mopping up early versions 1977 & 1978.

Well worth it for Wire lovers but a bit unpolished of course
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By meeky on 20 May 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Firstly let me start by commending "FIST" on his cracking review, agree whole heartedly. It was that review that made me buy this when I stumbled upon this the other day.

Now the DVD is quite a treat, the picture quality is amazing. This is 33 years old and it looks like it was done yesterday. The resolution is so good, I have Montreaux DVDs of the same era that are nowhere near as good as this for picture quality and I do mean nowhere near.

There is a full set performed as mentioned in front of an audience who obviously aren't fully getting it, but this is Wire, not Adam And The Ants. The playing is brilliant, expertly filmed, the musicianship is faultless. A truly great set of songs performed as only Wire perform HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW, LIKE IT OR LUMP IT, WE DON'T MUCH CARE! Such a treat to see, such a gem to find!

The interview is very candid and entertaining....and funny also.

To discover that there was actually film of Wire was one thing, to find it to be this good quite another. Be warned though , they really don't do requests!
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Essential. Really 12 Jan. 2005
By scrien - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although I was a fan of Wire from the first single, I didn't get to see them live until their second phase; nor was there much footage of them ever broadcast. So this hourlong live-in-the-studio session from the German TV show Rockpalast would be an intiguing document in any event, but it's so much more: a very strong performance from the band at its peak, half of the set previewing still-unrecorded songs that would appear on '154'; good image quality, with camerawork that is far better that the usual for bands on TV; and a display of unhinged art punk in a hilarious studio environment, and with an audience, that looks as though it had never heard of punk until that moment and doesn't know how to take it. Despite Lewis's jumpsuit and Elvis/mullet do, and Newman's skinny tie, Wire doesn't come across as dated at all.

If you're a fan, don't miss this. If you're not, it's an excellent place to start.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Finally 17 Nov. 2004
By Klaus Weston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First of all, if you aren't a fan of Wire, chances are that you may have stumbled across this "On the Box: 1979" not knowing what it is. For some reason, there is no listing for this when you search for "Wire" in any category. This is a DVD/CD release of the legendary post-punk group Wire.

Finally a glimpse into the first version of Wire's career. One of the greatest bands that kept changing, is seen here towards the end of the 70's playing live between the release of their second album "Chairs Missing" and the phenomemal "154." If you are familiar with their material, it is very cool to see that live, the songs aren't that far from the studio versions. It is however clear that the gap between the audience and the band was growing. A majority of the crowd appear to be less than interested in performance. I don't know if the studio audience of Rockpalast was a random selection of fans of the TV program, or if it was filled fans aware of the act that was performing. Either way, it isn't a surprise to find that in just over a year later, the band would shock their fans with their live performance at The Electric Ballroom, as captured on "Document and Eyewitness" (see the liner notes from "Document and Eyewitness"). The divide between the group and the live audience had then reached it's limit.

The genius of Wire still amazes me. No other post-punk band even comes close. If you are a fan of post-punk music and/or new to Wire, get this release.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Amazing experience 8 Dec. 2004
By alexander laurence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the things of 2004 to have. Wire didn't play a lot of shows in America during the 1970s so this is a good chance to see what they looked like back then. It is amazing. The interview with the band is great. They are so level headed and real and devoid of rock cliches. They were one of the bands of the 1970s that really thought about what they were doing. They distilled everything great about music in their limited vision. They play songs from the first three albums. This is the holy grail for most Wire fans. They worked in their own time and space. Their music in the 1980s and 1990s was more like other bands. Only with the recent "Send" album have Wire returned to this mythic place.
Excellent live collection from Wire's essential first phase.... 22 Oct. 2014
By H. Jin - Published on Amazon.com
After a short introduction in German, some polite applause. The band takes the stage in semi-darkness...no words to the crowd except a brief "'Allo". When Wire then tear through the nervy punk anthem 'Another The Letter' in about 50 seconds, the stunned audience don't quite know how to react! This sets the tone for the performance; Wire delivering every song with raw, passionate energy, to a crowd that seems equally fascinated and bemused. As a document of Wire's most brilliant and innovative post-punk phase, as well as simply showcasing a great live show in its own right, 'Wire On The Box' delivers.

The setlist is brilliant in hindsight, drawing nearly equally from 'Chairs Missing' and '154'. However, at the time, it represented Wire's determination to confound audiences by focussing on new and rare songs over well-known tracks. The bulk of '154' appears over six months before its release. Apart from a raucous version of the title track as an encore, there is nothing from 'Pink Flag' here. And the two closest things to hit singles from 'Chairs Missing' ('Outdoor Miner' and 'I Am The Fly') are nowhere to be found either, with the focus on deeper album cuts like 'Practise Makes Perfect', 'Being Sucked In Again', and 'I Feel Mysterious Today', or rarer tracks like 'Question Of Degree'.

One of the real highlights of this performance is hearing the tracks from '154' in a much more raw and stripped-back form. In particular, 'The 15th' and 'Map Ref...' sound very different from their highly-polished studio versions, while tracks like 'Once Is Enough' and 'Two People In A Room' have a real punky drive. At the other end of the scale, the layered artistry of 'A Touching Display' is already well worked out and developed.

The performances of all the songs are of high quality. Most of the upbeat, punkier songs are given ripping run-throughs ('Men 2nd', 'Another The Letter', 'I Feel Mysterious Today', 'Pink Flag', and especially 'Former Airline' which is almost violent), while the darker moody tracks are allowed to brood and burn slowly. Closing the main set with the subdued 'Heartbeat' is a surprising choice, but it works extremely well. There isn't much in the way of showmanship or stage patter from the band apart from introducing new songs...and while the audience is polite and respectful, they don't seem to understand what they are seeing.

In all, this is a great document of an innovative band, who evolved quickly from punk to something much more artistic and complex. Definitely worth seeking out as a companion to Wire's first three albums. Five stars.
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