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    While recently browsing in Vinyl Exchange (big second hand music shop in Manchester similar to Music and Video exchange in London) I noticed that A Bell is A Cup, Ideal Copy and IBTABA had been priced up to £15 which is a heck of a lot for a second hand CD these days. A quick look on Amazon and there are no 'new' stock copies on sale and second hand copies are at least £20. Vinyl copies I suspect will go for way more than that. A quick search of Ebay for ABIAC turns up a Vinyl copy for £17 (with a sleeve cut) but no CDs.

    Does this mean that the Mute stocks of the physical discs have now pretty much gone? Were the remaining stocks all lost in the Sony/PIAS warehouse fire perhaps? I guess various record stores around the world will have stock but nevertheless this suggests maybe after the Document & Eyewitness thing the Wire Mk2 stuff will be ripe for a nice reissue programme.
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    I agree with you. Looking at mute.com, the only physical products available are CDs of "The Ideal Copy", "The Drill", and "The A List". Would love it if there's more where "Coatings" came from. Most of the alternate takes from this period did however come out as b-sides, but I'd like to hear if there are any "Behind The Curtain" type demo recordings for these albums.
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    indiearchivist wrote: Would love it if there's more where "Coatings" came from.

    I can assure you that during research for Coatings we found no other 'outakes' or lost tracks. All alternate mixes have either appeared as b-sides or on Coatings. No demos were made of anything they did for Mute.

    I too would like to see a Mute era reissue proramme with bonus tracks etc included.
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    I just received this email from EIL. They're a pretty good company that specialise in hard to find stuff, tho' they can be a tad on the expensive side!

    I thought you might be interested in this 7" vinyl which has just come into stock:

    WIRE Outdoor Miner (1979 UK 7" vinyl single with intact 4-prong push-out centre, also including 'Practice Makes Perfect', Harvest company die cut paper sleeve HAR5172) 6.99 UKP
    http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=559886

    WIRE A Bell Is A Cup (1988 UK 10-track Mute label white label vinyl LP, arguably Wire's best album featuring the singles Silk Skin Paws and Kidney Bingo, vinyl is in excellent condition STUMM54) 18.00 UKP
    http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=558801

    WIRE Pink Flag - Sealed (2006 UK issue digitally remastered CD album [originally released in 1977] featuring 21 tracks [some of them clocking in at well under a minute] and covers a range of tempii well beyond the buzzsaw rockabilly that had become, even by the end of 1977, punk’s staple - still factory SEALED in its original shrink, therefore MINT and unplayed!) 12.99 UKP
    http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=440957

    WIRE IBTABA (1989 UK limited edition 'Chain With No Name' 8-track vinyl LP, including Finest Drops & Eardrum Buzz, housed in a custom stickered picture sleeve complete with four postcards and facsimile autographed print STUMM66) 18.00 UKP
    http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=552749

    WIRE Man Scape (1990 UK 10-track vinyl LP, which found the brainy post-punksters ditching the standard guitar-bass-drum set-up in favour of drum machines & samples, picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inner STUMM80) 10.39 UKP
    http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=293996

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