Wire - Chairs Missing LP
WireÕs first three albums need no introduction. They are the three classic albums on which WireÕs reputation is based. Moreover, they are the recordings that minted the post-punk form. This was adopted by other bands, but Wire were there first.
It has been a number of years since these albums were readily available. The aim with these new vinyl and CD releases is to approximate the original statements as closely as possible, but with remastered audio. The vinyl releases have the same covers and inners as the originals (minus the Harvest logo). The digipack CDs have identical track listings to their vinyl counterparts. These versions should be considered WireÕs classic 1970s albums, pure and undiluted.
Usually contextualized against a backdrop of two years of the growing cultural importance of punk rockÑWireÕs debut Pink Flag, released in December 1977 on EMIÕs progressive label Harvest was in fact was something Òother.Ó To the keen cultural commentator, the timing and label of itÕs release will register two essential facts about it. Firstly, too late (a year after the PistolÕs debut release) to be part of UK punkÕs first flush and secondly that the band were signaling something beyond punk by their choice of label. Further investigation would reveal twenty-one tracks, some of them clocking in at well under a minute and covering a range of tempi well beyond the buzzsaw rockabilly that had become, even by the second half of 1977, punkÕs staple.