Album Info

RELEASE
November 14, 2006
LABEL
Pink Flag
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock

Album Review

This double CD documents two key moments in Wire's development: their debut four-piece appearances on April 1-2, 1977 (five months before making Pink Flag), and one of their earliest U.S. shows from summer 1978, prior to the release of Chairs Missing. The Roxy was initially London's only dedicated punk rock venue and although never part of the punk scene, the band benefited from the exposure that milieu offered: at the club, Wire met Mike Thorne, who recorded their April gigs for his Roxy London WC2 compilation, brought them to EMI, and produced their first three records. In 1977, the quality of Wire's contributions to the Roxy live album ("Lowdown"; "12XU") prompted claims they had been finessed in the studio. Presented in their entirety for the first time, Wire's sets from those shows dispel that myth. Notwithstanding some juvenilia and two comedy covers ("Glad All Over"; "After Midnight"), their complete Roxy performances sound surprisingly disciplined for the shambolic punk era, proving that solid foundations were already in place for Pink Flag. By the time Wire made it to America for a mini-residency at New York's CBGB in July 1978, punk was dead and the band was moving in a radically different musical direction. The material featured here is an abridged version of a set recorded before a small audience (not at CBGB itself but in a nearby space) for broadcast on local station WPIX. Since American audiences had never seen Wire, the band uncharacteristically reprised some Pink Flag tracks. However, most of the songs come from Chairs Missing and explore exciting new territory, particularly the jagged exercises in creepy surrealism "From the Nursery" and "Practice Makes Perfect." Scant live evidence of Wire's exhilarating early phase exists; these recordings start to fill that gap, providing a vivid, fleeting snapshot of a group whose natural state was constant change.
Wilson Neate, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Commercialhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Mary Is a Dykehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Too Truehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Just Don't Carehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Strangehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Brazilhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. It's So Obvioushttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Three Girl Rhumbahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. TVhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Straight Linehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Lowdownhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Feeling Called Lovehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. NYChttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. After Midnighthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. 12XUhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Mr Suithttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Glad All Overhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. The Commercialhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Mary Is a Dykehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Too Truehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Just Don't Carehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Strangehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Brazilhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. It's So Obvioushttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Three Girl Rhumbahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. TVhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Straight Linehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Lowdownhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Feeling Called Lovehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. NYChttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. After Midnighthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. 12XUhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Glad All Overhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Mr Suithttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Men 2ndhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Reutershttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. 106 Beats Thathttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. From the Nurseryhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Dot Dashhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. Another the Letterhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Practice Makes Perfecthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. Maroonedhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. I Am the Flyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. Lowdownhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. Mercyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. Outrohttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-roxy-london-1977-live/id293063143?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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