Wire – PF456 REDUX
Catalogue No.: PF456REDUXCD
Release Date: 30th July 2021
The Wire album Send (pf6) originally released in 2003 was in fact a compilation of material contained on the releases Read & Burn 01 (pf4), Read & Burn 02 (pf5) & new tracks. The original plan had in fact been to simply compile the 2 planned Read & Burns but the unforeseen runaway success of Read & Burn 01 meant that in spite of the “band merch only” status of Read & Burn 02 there would be too much duplication if that plan was to go ahead so an extra 4 tracks were made and some Read & Burn material was dropped in order to come up with an acceptable track list for Send. As none of those tracks had ever been released on vinyl a creative solution was sought that would accommodate all of the tracks contained in those 3 releases (which unhelpfully equals 1.5 standard 12” vinyl records). While 2021’s solution was 2 X 10”s - 2003’s solution was a set of fairly brutal edits and the resulting release became PF456 REDUX . A “does what it says on the tin” title which basically lists the catalogue numbers and the process by which they were squashed into a single 12”. There was a limited run in 2003 and then the title was never re-pressed, living on as a digital product only.
The item remains, nonetheless a curio. Born as much of creative curiosity as necessity and as the full tracks have found their ultimate expression as PF456 DELUXE, an expanded version with a book, it is perhaps fitting that PF456REDUX now finds its new home as a limited CD release. title PF456 Redux is both catalogue number and descriptor of the process.
Track list. –1. In The Art Of stopping. 2.I Don’t Understand.3. Comet. 4.Germ Ship.5. 1st Fast.6. The Agfers Of Kodack .7. Half Eaten.8. Being Watched.9. You Can’t Leave Now.10. Mr Marx’s table.11. Read And Burn.12. Spent.13. Trash Treasure .14.Nice Streets Above. 15. Raft Ants.16. 99.9
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