Thursday, 21 July 2011
wire : 154 (tape) view 1
restless records (1989)
5 panel fold-out sleeve
includes 4 bonus tracks not on the original vinyl
art direction - dave dragon
sleeve concept - gilbert / lewis
typographic design - brian harris
If I were to select my top ten albums -very doubtful, because it's the sort of exercise that I find not only futile but also utterly pointless- 154 would very much likely be among the ones I'd choose. Ranks alongside Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures" in my books and is certainly one of the finest recordings to emerge during the post-punk period.
Curiously, even though it's an album I truly love, I've never bought a CD copy of it. Of course, I still have my precious original vinyl copy (which includes a 4-track 7" ep) and this tape. Tape which I picked up circa 1989 for in-car listening pleasure.
The album is so named because the band had played 154 gigs in their career at the time of the album's release.