| The Ideal Copy
| September 1979 (1979-09)|
1979 (1979) Advision Studios, West London, England, United Kingdom
Wire albums, Post-punk albums
154 is the third album by the English post-punk band Wire, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music) on EMI imprint Harvest Records in the UK and Europe and Warner Bros. Records in America. 154 peaked at number 39 in the UK albums chart, the highest position the band has achieved. It was first issued on CD in 1987 by EMI Japan and later reissued by Restless Records in 1989. First editions of the vinyl album were accompanied by an EP, the tracks from which are included on the Harvest CD, issued in 1994, along with an additional bonus track. The new remastered release, released by Pinkflag as digipacks in 2006, does not contain any extra tracks, because, according to the band, such additions dishonour the "conceptual clarity of the original statements." 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.
Tracks 19–24 are demo versions that have also appeared on compilations such as Behind the Curtain and After Midnight.Wire
B. C. Gilbert – guitars, vocals
Robert Gotobed – drums
Graham Lewis – vocals, bass guitar
Colin Newman – vocals, guitar
Hilly Kristal – bass vocals on "A Mutual Friend"
Kate Lukas – alto flute
Tim Souster – electric viola on "A Touching Display"
Mike Thorne – keyboard, synthesizer
Joan Whiting – cor anglais on "A Mutual Friend"
1I Should Have Known Better3:52154 (album) Wikipedia
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