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154 [Original recording remastered]

WireAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 11, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Pink Flag
  • ASIN: B000ENC7LS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Should Have Known Better
2. Two People in a Room
3. The 15th
4. The Other Window
5. Single K. O.
6. A Touching Display
7. On Returning
8. A Mutual Friend
9. Blessed State
10. Once Is Enough
11. Map Ref. 41 °N 93° W
12. Indirect Enquiries
13. 40 Versions

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 13 tracks only/good album May 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Buyer Beware! If You purchase this product in the form of 2006 EMI/Pink Flag, distibuted by Revolver USA you will only get the 1st 13 tracks. If you want all 18 tracks, buy the EMI/Harvest import, it too is remastered. The quality of the 2006 remaster is good as well. The packaging is the digipack paper type, and the booklet does not contain the lyrics. It does have some photos and a synopsis on the band, the album etc.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the epitome of what post-punk should be April 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
While I'm not sure I would really want to do it, had I been asked by Continuum Press to write one of their 33 1/3 mini books about a favorite album, I just might have to choose Wire's third album 154. Partially, this choice would be something of a compromise as I doubt that a book on Nurse With Wound's Homotopie To Marie would make for a saleable product. 154 stands in my mind as the epitome of what post-punk should be: a bold fusion of post-situationist / punk antagonism and legitimately experimental methodologies with an undercurrent of smarty-pop to keep the kids bouncing up and down.

I actually came to Wire somewhat late in my record nerd existance, and I actually grew to admire the band through a reverse history of sorts, as I didn't really start enjoying the first three Wire albums (Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154) until other Graham Lewis and Bruce Gilbert projects entranced me with thier experiments in proto-electronica. This was especially true for the ghostly post-structuralism found on their Dome records. And those Lewis / Gilbert projects took their genetic code for shadow and gloom from elements of 154. An album that was made under personal duress, 154 drips of disintegration. In fact the band split apart for almost 7 years after the making of 154, pursuing a variety of projects -- traces of which are quite present in this album as Colin Newman's pop sarcasm continued through his solo records and the vast array of Lewis / Gilbert projects.

Recorded in 1979, 154 marks the band's third radical reinvention in three years. Wire's pacing has slowed to a lugubrious, Factory-esque crawl but lost none of their punk antagonism. The slower pacing better suited the baritone vocals of Graham Lewis, who had penned many of the lyrics that Colin Newman sang.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonus Track Explanation May 31, 2006
Format:Audio CD
According to regarding the extra tracks: "The original 1989 CD issue by Restless Retro features four bonus tracks from an experimental EP issued with some copies of the vinyl LP." I don't know why Amazon lists these tracks on the remastered CD, they're not there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 154 still matters in this day and age! April 23, 2005
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
This has to be the first truly great Wire cd, certainly the best

one in their first incarnation. 154 is filled with all the nihilistic, murky, schizophrenic variety that made it their finest achievement. 154 takes a few steps further from Chairs Missing and makes no apologies for where it takes the listener.In a nutshell, 154 takes one to a dreamy, crazy place with many questions and no answers. A place of musical paranoia and lyrical madness. Right from the start, 154 lures the listener into a wonderous, surrealistic soundscape. Even if there are a few cuts that hark back to Pink Flag (On Returning, Two People In a Room) and Chairs(Mutual Friend), the rest is the next step in Wire's intriguing evolution. Maybe some would place "The 15th" and Single KO" as also Chairs-influenced, but I would say that those two are murkier, and less accessible than "Outdoor Miner".

With that said, the rest ventures into unprecedented instru-mentation and novel melodies. Frontman, Colin Newman, shines on "Indirect Inquiries" and "Forty Versions" as well as on "The 15th", my favorite by the way. The meshing of schizophrenic lyrics with twisted guitar licks, bass, and flexible drumming, speaks volumes. Right hand, Graham Lewis, steps forth and takes center on some cuts (Touching Display, Other Window). The album opener, "I Should've Known Better", begins with Lewis singing and not Newman, another indicator that things were really changing.

154 is rather hard to categorize, like the band itself, aside from declaring it post-punk. Basically, it is a surreal blend of Pink Floyd, The Clash, and The Cure. It is an integral piece in the post-punk catalogue. And amazingly, not surprisingly, the cd is still influential and referenced to this day.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET WIRED!! March 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was blessed to grow up in Oz during this period of great musical evolution. The Saints and Radio Birdman charged the senses in the mid-70's to aspire you to listen to 'great music'. Both bands first three albums fit into this category of 'great'. Not one bad song amongst a plethora of power and energy. Such joy!
Very few bands of any era can boast of such. WIRE is one. An amazing array and combination of sounds and words that evolve over the first three albums that can only be classified as 'GREAT'. Of all three albums, which I bought when they were first released, '154' is in my top 5 albums of all time. Knowing and loving the transition through all three WIRE albums, '154' came as the biggest surprise on first listening. It is a wonderous collaboration between four talented musicians who pushed all the boundaries to produce something so unique that it demanded unlimited listenings to try and work out all the nuances that made this so audio-addictive. The moods, the themes, the riffs, the sound effects, the singing.....the every part of it is wonderous and rare. Open your heart and your mind, play it at all different volumes and times, only then will you realise that it deserves a place in your collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good - try the first two albums instead
Used to love this, now I see it's pretty weak. Too much synthwash that would start to cover all this band's sins in the future. Read more
Published 15 days ago by N. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars punk meets pink
This album was one of my favorite's when initially released,kind of a weird gumbo of Pink Floyd meets Public Image Ltd.
Published 6 months ago by Christopher R. Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless masterpiece that should have been huge
Wire, one of the most underrated punk bands ever, had a way of making groundbreaking classics that never made it past their cult status, influencing tons of much weaker bands and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Scott Hedegard
5.0 out of 5 stars Rip It Up And Start Again (Again)
Wire's third and final release in their classic triumvirate of influential albums recorded between 1977-1979, 154 finds the group continuing to push the envelope by wilfully... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Likebeingalive
3.0 out of 5 stars An amazing album, but ruined by bad remastering.
This is one of the best post-punk albums ever recorded. In my opinion, there is not a bad track on it, but the remastering is terrible. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carnelian
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's keep it simple
I bought this on vinyl when it first came out. I love Wire. And I especially love this album. I have about 2,500 albums and CDs, and this is one of the best! Read more
Published 18 months ago by KPSAUTER
5.0 out of 5 stars 154 number 1
The vinyl 4 Men With Beards version of this album is superb. The sound is better than the original Harvest/EMI release while the mastering is faithful to the original version. Read more
Published on August 19, 2012 by Lee Wrecker
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
154 is my introduction to Wire, and what a fine way to start. I have never been a big punk fan only due to lack of dynamics, and when I dabble, it is in Gang Of Four or Talking... Read more
Published on April 11, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Arty, alternative pop-rock. No traces of punk anymore. Their best...
"Forced" into buying this cd, along with "Chairs missing" due to wanting to check out their debut album, "Pink flag", but finding it only as part of a 3 cd box set of their first 3... Read more
Published on March 21, 2010 by dfle3
5.0 out of 5 stars My God, they're so gifted....
With '154', Wire's journey from punk to post-punk is complete. Of the band's first three albums, '154' is clearly the most creative, diverse, and self-consciously ambitious. Read more
Published on December 14, 2009 by H. Jin
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