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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.
    I agree with you. Looking at, 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.
    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.
    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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