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The Ideal Copy [CD]

Wire Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (27 April 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00004XQWI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Point Of Collapse
2. Ahead
3. Madman's Honey
4. Feed Me
5. Ambitious
6. Cheeking Tongues
7. Still Shows
8. Over Theirs
9. Ahead (II)
10. A Serious Of Snakes
11. Drill
12. Advantage In Height
13. Up To The Sun
14. Ambulance Chasers
15. Feed Me (II)
16. Vivid Riot Of Red

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Following a series of now acclaimed albums (Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, 154)on Harvest records, Wire ceased to exist. A series of solo/related projects occurred, Newman and Lewis sometimes writing together on the former's A/Z, which drummer Gotobed played on and Lewis sometimes playing with Gilbert in AC Marias, which drummer Gotobed played on. Newman & Lewis produced a track or two on Matt Johnson's Burning Blue Soul (that kind of thing)...Come 1985 and 'beat combo' Wire were back and of course, not interested in playing those old songs...
Drill became a track that defined them, and Snakedrill- an e.p. found here as extra tracks heralded their November 86 return. That e.p., which included Drill, "A Serious of Snakes", Advantage in Height & Up to the Sun is fantastic. Drill would eventually form a number of interpretations on a mini-lp of the same name- but it's "A Serious of Snakes" that remains possibly my favourite Wire song. Having heard the in-between projects after 154 (ignoring Document&Eyewitness), it makes complete sense- sequencers are more apparent, it's very electronic, with the pop sensibility apparent on prior tracks like The 15th and I am the Fly. I adore the nonsense lyrics and the dependence on the word "bonk"; in a perfect world, this would be number one forever...
The other bonus tracks stem from the Ahead-single- live/alternate takes of tracks like Ahead and Feed Me; Ahead definitely predicts the oh, so progressive sound of Radiohead- electronics and otherworldly lyrics ("I remember making my body surge", or "I remember, making my body search")- a track like Idioteque or The Gloaming owes a lot to this....& these were just the bonus tracks (Mute always gave good bonus tracks...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous album 8 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Delivered promptly. The most under rated of Wire's prodigious ouevre. A local Watford/St Albans band whose contribution to Live at the Roxy was my first punk album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebirth 24 Feb 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A sumptuous, sleek streamlined album racing through a moderne European pre collapsing wall landscape, arriving at exotic destinations and disembarking with grace, poise and elegance. Whereas everything previously was angular, doomed and distorted, this marked a signiicant shift into harmonic electronica.

The bark and bite of yore was replaced with multi layered vocal harmonics. They still managed to retain that trademark eerieness. Distorted harmonics placed to one side, Wire explored Dot Dash with enunciation, rather than mockney. This is another of those Berlin albums imbued with the motortecknik that Iggy and David caught in the Idiot and Low. A trip to Berlin and Wire are transformed from cold english aesthetes into joyful eerieness.

Berlin appears as the alchemy of the visiting artist. It is ironic that little has emerged from the German residents, but every outsider appears transformed and gilded by the stay. When the wall was in place it was an even more transformative atmosphere.

Subtle melodies abound whilst the lyrics are bite size streams of consciousness. It is not pop, nor particularly rock or experimental, it is above and beyond.

The CD incorporates all of the singles and for music 24 years old it translates well into the future.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Being Ahead 12 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
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Like with real good bands, re-listens do it for me. Take for example this come back album 'The Ideal Copy'.

First song: 'The Point of Collapse'...it's so beautiful. Ok, I'm a real happy person at the moment, and may be this song sounds different then. I had this song on my mind, and was looking for it. What a good comfortable setting this song is made in... Once this song is settled in your mind, it will guide your day.

'Ahead'...is trying very hard to shout for attention towards the audience of New Order. They succeeded, in the more alternative dance-café's Ahead was always there. Poppy, spunky, well layered. Yes, this is Wire evolved from 154 to AZ (Colin Newman's solo, which was called Wire's 4th on the sideline). In that matter Ahead is an almost perfect popsong with a touch of nuaghtiness in it. You can here Colin Newman being full in his element here, while Gotobed joins in him that feel. Lewis roughening up the edges and Gilbert I think, is looking after the background fuzz and repetition.

'Madman's Honey' is so sweet as song. Romanticism. The jumping sunths make it alive and the other instruments guide Newmans sweetness along. A little less sugar in my tea please. Oh ? It's honey. Sweet it is.

'Feed Me' is rebalancing the come back from Wire. Come back to 154 almost. It's slow, almost threatens the comfortable feel build up on this album so far. It had to happen. Very sudden after Madman's Honey. But...the album needed it at this point. Very good soundtrack aswell. With low bouncing bass, a thrilling Lewis voice and industrial sounding guitars...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 18 April 2013
By ANDY M
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like Wire - wanted this CD as i knew some songs = top notch release. Worth the dosh and nae filler !
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