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Send Ultimate 2cd

Wire Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Pink Flag
  • ASIN: B003P4NVVI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(2CD) 2000 & 2003 studio recordings from re-united post-punk legends including 'Read & Burn' ep's plus rare & previously unheard material

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5.0 out of 5 stars Here it is again... only better 21 July 2010
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Originally released in 2003, here it is again, but this time with a bonus CD (the first disc is the original album). As all the material could have all fit on one CD, spreading it out over two discs was kind of pointless; however, it costs about the same as a single CD and takes up about as much space, so it is a minor point.

The second disc contains material from the first two Read & Burn EPs that did not make it to the Send album. That is followed by four outtakes and two tracks that comprised the remixed, and the now rare 12XU 7" release, which came early in the 2000 incarnation of Wire. For those who already have the Read & Burn EPs as well as the original Send album, these six tracks are meat of the matter.

Artificial Gravity leads the pack of "new" tracks. Definitely Send material and kind of surprised it didn't get released somewhere with the original incarnations. Liner notes state they couldn't take its loop-like qualities any further than what it is. The DJ track is more outstanding material, which, before reading the liner notes, sounded (guitarist) Bruce Gilbert-inspired, but turns out to be a (vocalist) Colin Newman thing. Rounding out the new tracks are alternate versions Our Time and Desert Diving, which may have been more appropriate on some future Object 47 Ultimate release. Still, these are excellent tracks, even though unfortunately, Bruce Gilbert does not appear to be present on these. He left Wire before Read & Burn 03 was recorded.

The two 12XU remixes are very short (90 seconds and 100 seconds, respectively), but are a lot of fun to listen to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WIRE FANS SHOULD PURCHASE WITHOUT PREJUDICE 28 Feb 2011
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If you're a fan of Wire, this is essential. Everything on it is powerful and/or interesting. Highly satisfying output from a trailblazing band not afraid to continue pressing boundaries into the 2000s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Gift 13 April 2013
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Excellent surprise birthday gift for any collector of punky type of music. It has a refreshing approach to the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The past is the future 31 July 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Creative trajectories of the punk nova involved one direction carving the tread of the past ever thinner into the rubber tire of a rock faced imagination until the artistic impulse was completely eroded. Constant re union tours for people trapped between the ages of 16-20 who had the best times within the worst of times, captured in a revolving plastic balloon world of bar chords and anger. This is the modern world.

Then there were the others who reformulated their vision and cast themselves adrift into their collective imaginations. Wire, along with Neubauten, Laibach, Diamanda Galas, Nick Cave, Boyd Rice, Death in June, Test Dept, Z'Ev, Sol Invictus, Clock DVA, Butthole Surfers, Coil, TG,were the sons of the surreal. Punk was not a pair of bondage trousers but an explosive imaginative release, a trajectory outward and inward, not an end point.

On this album Wire have fused both these worlds, returning back to dugga dugga and ramalama and fused elements of 80's robo dancefloor, Outdoor Miner harmonies. It exudes both nostalgia and vision. The band that hired a Wire covers band as support way before T Rextasy banged a beat in sexual frenzy created the zeitgeist of second hand impressions.

Here they come back to a follow up to Pink Flag a companion to Chairs Missing. I bought the Read and Burn Singles and did not get round to buying Send, a wise choice as it turned out. This fills the gaps of a near completist. There's always room to collect more. It leaps over the original SEND to provide the extra ideal copy.

The return to the past on Send vindicates the original angry impulse. Too often the patronising; "oh we were young then," emanates from the tired and morose browbeaten.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here it is again... only better 21 July 2010
By Charles Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Originally released in 2003, here it is again, but this time with a bonus CD (the first disc is the original album). As all the material could have all fit on one CD, spreading it out over two discs was kind of pointless; however, it costs about the same as a single CD and takes up about as much space, so it is a minor point.

The second disc contains material from the first two Read & Burn EPs that did not make it to the Send album. That is followed by four outtakes and two tracks that comprised the remixed, and the now rare 12XU 7" release, which came early in the 2000 incarnation of Wire. For those who already have the Read & Burn EPs as well as the original Send album, these six tracks are meat of the matter.

Artificial Gravity leads the pack of "new" tracks. Definitely Send material and kind of surprised it didn't get released somewhere with the original incarnations. Liner notes state they couldn't take its loop-like qualities any further than what it is. The DJ track is more outstanding material, which, before reading the liner notes, sounded (guitarist) Bruce Gilbert-inspired, but turns out to be a (vocalist) Colin Newman thing. Rounding out the new tracks are alternate versions Our Time and Desert Diving, which may have been more appropriate on some future Object 47 Ultimate release. Still, these are excellent tracks, even though unfortunately, Bruce Gilbert does not appear to be present on these. He left Wire before Read & Burn 03 was recorded.

The two 12XU remixes are very short (90 seconds and 100 seconds, respectively), but are a lot of fun to listen to. While not plainly stated within the liner notes provided, I read on Wire's web site at the time of its original release as a limited edition 7" vinyl, Colin Newman was mainly responsible for the remix magic.

Is it worth buying Send again? For the new comers to Wire and the Wire completist, the answer is a resounding yes. The former will find what is perhaps the best album ever recorded (after all these years, it remains my personal favorite), while the latter will consider the approximate 25 minutes of "new" material essential. Those in between should probably balance their liking of these musicians with the amount of material previously released they already own (Send, Read & Burn 01 and Read & Burn 02) and take it from there.

After being apart for 15 years, Wire reformed in 2000 and released this Send material in spurts, first the EPs, then Send, and finally Send Redux, an LP or download only re-release of Send with all of the EP and album tracks edited down to their essential elements. The brevity and intensity of the 16 tracks that make up Send Redux reminds one of Wire's first album Pink Flag. At first, Send Redux may seem redundant, but one listen obviates the fact that it isn't. To be truly Send Ultimate however, Send Redux should have been included in this currently reviewed set as there was room for it, my only real complaint about this new issue.

With regards to the original Send album itself for those not familiar with it:

On first listening, one is struck by how much Send tracks pick up where Wire's first album (Pink Flag) left off... greased lightening material that make you wonder if drummer Robert Grey's arms would fall off keeping up with (or setting) the pace. But there's more here... far more.

Unlike the first album (a debut masterpiece), there is a new maturity... and understanding as to how to put together a "new" Pink Flag, only better. Wire has managed to infuse more energy into this work than anything that has gone before. And, the more you listen, the more you realize that these tracks are finely crafted... clever beginnings, incredible segues and succinct endings. Imagine that... more intense than ever before, yet also a mature and well thought out album.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of punk's greatest bands ever continues to shine 12 Oct 2013
By Scott Hedegard - Published on Amazon.com
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Wire, the fantastic British punk band that gave us the brilliant "Pink Flag" and "Chairs Missing", some of the best punk music ever released, have kept going basically under the radar for decades now. It's too bad a band this good, like Brit counterparts Squeeze, haven't exactly tapped into the greater public awareness, but for those in the know, it's a cherished secret.
"Send Ultimate" is a remake of their 2003 album "Send". I stumbled on it in an Austin, Texas record store (End Of An Ear, with a huge vinyl selection on 1st street south of downtown). I didn't really know what to expect as punk after its heyday has to develop into something new if the band has progressed as musicians. I was not disappointed. Wire at least of this era still retain that punky edge but have morphed into first rate rockers, hard as hell with electronica and dance grooves worked in for good measure, giving "Send" the combination of beat and power most bands would kill for.
The second CD is mainly reduxes and issues of previously unreleased material, and has more groove oriented jams, the first CD being the primarily traditional song oriented format. It is equally impressive, driving, and shows us just how good this most overlooked band is. Fans of The Class, The Jam or other seminal punk bands who don't know who Wire are must correct this horrible mistake. Start with "Pink Flag", and you'll be hooked immediately. I can't recommend this band enough.
5.0 out of 5 stars Send 19 Sep 2013
By G. Fleury - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been chasing read and burn 2 for a while and came across a review of send which led me to ultimate. great.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from a great band - WIRE! 5 April 2013
By M. Layne Gulledge - Published on Amazon.com
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These guys are absolute masters at creating an awesome sonic palette, even on the songs that otherwise wouldn't seem special.
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