- Audio CD (22 June 2018)
- Original Release Date: 22 June 2018
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: PINKFLAG
- ASIN: B07BLJCTGZ
- Customer Reviews: 42 customer ratings
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Digitally remastered edition of the British post-punk band's third album, originally released in 1979. 154 peaked at #39 in the UK Albums Chart, the highest position the band has achieved. The album is so named because the band had played 154 gigs in their career at the time of the album's release. Pitchfork listed 154 as 85th best album of the 1970s. Wire's first three albums need no introduction. They are the three classic albums on which Wire's 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. The digipack CDs have identical tracklistings to their vinyl counterparts. These versions should be considered Wire's classic 1970s albums, pure and undiluted.
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I am just getting around to reviewing it now, wow, how the price has shot up.
Simply put, great music, great band, an all round great collection.
Per non parlare della copertina... Capolavoro artistico!
Può risultare difficile riascoltarlo oggi, ma ha comunque la dote di conquistarti anche fuori contesto.
'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!
There's an abiding melancholy here - B.C. Gilbert's 'Blessed State' an anti-National Anthem that always sounds pertinent with its refrain "oh what a perfect, what a well-made world." 'Two People in a Room' shows the angry punk thing wasn't completely erased - while 'A Mutal Friend' explores more oblique territories. 'The Other Window' is the missing link between Eno and hip-hop, opening as an ambient-guitar dirge with vocals from Gilbert, oblique chatter that becomes something else when an electro-beat kicks in! Newman's 'On Returning' is poppier, slight-pop not far from Talking Heads and some of the material found on his solo LP 'A/Z'. My two favourite tracks remain closer '40 Versions' which is Gilbert's guitar-dominated ode to entropic options ('total eclipse and Niagra falls'!) - the guitar itself is brilliant and could be cited as the birth of Interpol's career! Lyrically it feels somewhat sci-fi, reflected in the artwork the albums Wire released on Harvest and the feel of '154.' The epic 'A Touching Display' remains the other favourite, even longer than 1978's 'Mercy', Lewis' offers something that lyrically recalls (predicts to be accurate) Julian Cope's bombed-out state ('Wilder' to 'Fried') with music that sounds like Young Marble Giants playing Siouxsie & the Banshees. I love the way the vocals become more passionate, and then nothing - words not required anymore and the band drift off into drones and avant-solos. Math-rock could be argued to have stemmed from here, as well as things like Theoretical Girls and Slint then!
'154' is a great album, the Harvest-trio is deservedly reissued - though I think the later/contemporary Wire-product should be celebrated, as well as material on Newman's Swim Label and various members releases as Colin Newman, He Said, A.C. Marias, and Wir. Highlight reissues of 2006 and records that may not have made much sense at the time, but more than work now.
調べてみるとまったく勘違いで、『154』以後はSoft CellやJimmy Somervilleといったどちらかというとｴﾚｸﾄﾛﾆｸｽものを多く手掛けてるみたい。
ｼﾝｾをﾌﾟﾚｲしているのはﾒﾝﾊﾞｰよりもMike Thorneという事がわかる。Roxy Musicとの因縁も。
これらは95年に出たｺﾝﾋﾟﾚｰｼｮﾝ『Behind The Curtain』の収録曲に+αしたものか。
本作へ入るきっかけとしてはDavid Bowie「Warszawa」そっくりのｲﾝﾄﾛで始まる「Single K.O.」（もっと聴きたいのに2分半は短い！）や、
「On Returning」「I Should Have Known Better」といった解り易い曲から試してみるといい。「A Touching Display」はﾃﾞﾓの時点で既に尖っている。
ｼﾝｸﾞﾙ「Map Ref. 41ºN 93ºW」はHarvest所属時の初期ﾍﾞｽﾄ盤『On Returning (1977-1979)』から漏れている程なので後回しでもいいか。
Mute Records移籍後のDuet Emmo／Dome、各自ｿﾛや第二期Wireでｴﾚｸﾄﾛﾆｸｽな彼らを最初に知った人は、
発売順とは逆に『154』→『Chairs Missing』→『Pink Flag』と聴いていってみては如何？