Wire - Document & Eyewitness [Electric Ballroom L.P. / Notre Dame Hall L.P.]

Wire - Document & Eyewitness [Electric Ballroom L.P. / Notre Dame Hall L.P.]

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GENRE: New Wave, Punk, Post-Punk

FORMAT: 2 x LP, Vinyl



Pink Flag re-issue the legendary 4th Wire album. Released originally on Rough Trade in 1980, the album was primarily recorded live at a 1979 show. Long unavailable on any format the re-issue features additional unreleased material on a double CD and double vinyl. For those unfamiliar with 'Document and Eyewitness', it really doesn't do it justice to describe it simply as a collection of live recordings from three turn-of-the-80s Wire gigs. What makes it more than that is the unorthodox nature of the main performance and the way it was presented on record. The centre piece of the original vinyl release was a recording of the final gig of Wire's 70s phase. Wire's set was composed of largely new (and often under-rehearsed) work, accompanied by a series of artistic actions and interventions. The approach was to couple selected live tracks with a spoken commentary on the proceedings by long-term Wire fans Adrian Garston and Russell Mills. Hence the title, 'Document and Eyewitness'. For the album, the Electric Ballroom material was supplemented with recordings from a July 1979 show at the Notre Dame Hall (a straightforward band performance), along with one track from a 1979 gig in Montreux. LP - Double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with visual documentation of the Electric Ballroom gig.CD - Double CD with extra tracks (some not heard for nearly 35 years!) and sleeve notes by Wilson Neate.


     Electric Ballroom L.P.

A1     5/10     
A2     12XU (Fragment)     
A3     Underwater Experiences     
A4     Everythings Going To Be Nice     
A5     Piano Turner (Keep Strumming Those Guitars)     
A6     We Meet Under Tables     
B1     Zegk Hoqp     
B2     Eastern Standard     
B3     Instrumental (Thrown Bottle)     
B4     Eels Sang Lino     
B5     Revealing Trade Secrets     
B6     And Then... Coda     

    Notre Dame Hall L.P.

C1     Go Ahead     
C2     Ally In Exile     
C3     Relationship     
C4     Underwater Experiences     
C5     Witness To The Fact     
C6     2 People In A Room     
C7     Our Swimmer     
C8     Heartbeat     
D1     Our Swimmer     
D2     Midnight Bahnhof Cafe     
D3     Second Length (Our Swimmer)     
D4     Catapult 30