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  1.  
    The Black Cat show on the RBT tour was ON FIRE. I've seen Wire 5 times and that was far and away their best gig. Something about that venue seems to really suit Wire. I thought the 9:30 Club was a bit too big for the band on the O47 tour.
  2.  
    Any word on when the next batch of LB's is going to be released? The rush from complaining about Greedbag needs to be satisfied. ;-)
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    Was wondering myself, probably about time. Would love to see some more recent sets myself, ie 2008-2013. So far only represented by the Black Session and April 2011 US radio sessions. So really to fill the gaps we need an Object 47 set with Margaret, one of those sets with two versions of Underwater Experiences (end of 2011? can't check at the mo) would be nice and most especially anything from this year.

    Cheers,
    Jim.
  4.  
    We are well beyond 6 months since the last one but delays are par for the course with this series.
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    I can live with the delays; after all, they have been busy with touring as of late. What concerns me is Greedbag, by far the WORST download service I have ever encountered. About the only plus is that others here have detailed their terrible experiences so I know I not some lone crank. I hope Wire is reading these complaints and change providers. Obviously, Greedbag does reflect well on the band and will cause some hesitancy with regards to signing up for further Legal Bootlegs series. A 50% success rate with new downloads is simply not acceptable. Yeah, it eventually gets ironed out, but why the problem to begin with?

    All that said, I too would like more recent material to be a part of the series. Not to say there is such a thing as too much 70s and 80s material, but there certainly is not enough in the way of recent millennium concerts. And the more recent, the better. It would be really relevant to hear material from 2013.
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    Based on the fact that people have been complaining about this for years and nothing has been resolved I think it's safe to say the band doesn't really care a whole lot about customer/fan satisfaction when it comes to the legal bootleg series. My impression of the series is that it's just a way for the band to make money off of bootlegs that have already been posted elsewhere on the internet. It's their right to do so as it's their material/performances but they certainly don't seem to be going out of their way to offer any assurance to their most hardcore fans which ultimately (I think) is a mistake.

    But hey... I'm sure you've all read the recent interviews with Colin, he seems to view us as a bunch of whiney types. I guess people who simply just want to get what they paid for are a huge pain in the ass to him.
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    Steve, so what if this is "just a way for the band to make money off of bootlegs that have already been posted elsewhere on the internet"? Has anybody really signed up to deal not understanding this?

    As regards the delay in getting the next batch out do I really have point the small, practical issue of Colin being on tour for the last 2 or 3 month. How the hell is he really going to be able to sit down and do what he does to the source tapes if he's trolling round northern America?

    I signed up, as with series 1 knowing they will turn up when they turn up, I'm not setting my watch by them I just enjoy them when they get here. Personally, I'm more intrigued by what is coming not when. Could the mega-long version of Drill from '96 be one of them, what about some Wir recordings, RTB & CBU etc.
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    "just a way for the band to make money off of bootlegs that have already been posted elsewhere on the internet"

    I for one think they have done admirably in not doing that. Off the top of my head only Bradford 78 and Jeanetta Cochrane have been widley available and the latter in less complete form and worse quality. All shows seem to have been picked because they are excellent quality or not widely circulated or in the case of the audience tapes they are significant historically or for rare tracks, etc. All great choices so far IMO.

    Cheers,
    Jim.
  9.  
    If - as in the case of some recordings - both soundboard and audience recordings are available - these are matrix'd to achieve the best of both worlds - after this they are sent to be mastered. On the whole these would be improvements over the boots that have been available in the past. They've set out the number of boots that will be available for the price paid - there never was a time limit. When they come, they come - and I for one am pleased when they do. I abstain from being included in the "bunch of whiney types" on this issue. Stevethehouse - I don't appear to have read these interviews of Colin's that you allude to - care to put up some links as evidence?
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    "As regards the delay in getting the next batch out do I really have point the small, practical issue of Colin being on tour for the last 2 or 3 month. How the hell is he really going to be able to sit down and do what he does to the source tapes if he's trolling round northern America?"

    I, for one, think it's completely ridiculous that the bootleg series is rolled out as a complete series before it's even finished. If the bootlegs are completed in installments then we should be able to pay in installments. It's a very Kickstarter-y arrangement but without any recourse on our end when we aren't given what was originally promised.

    I know you're all asking "Why did you even sign up for the whole thing?" - They successfully baited me with Re-Cycling Sherwood Forest as an exclusive. I have nothing but good things to say about that release. It's top tier Wire.

    I think the longest lay-off in the first series was about 4 months - we're well beyond that point.

    The next time Wire releases something of this nature I'll just grab it from a torrent site (which will always be more reliable than Greedbag) and then I'll just get around to paying for said release when it's convenient for me.
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    To be fair, Greedbag staff came on the forum a while ago to apologise to those who had problems, so can we just give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they'll have ironed out the glitches for the next release?

    We're all aware of the scale of the 'music industry' behind Wire these days. It's very much a cottage industry, run largely by Colin I believe who, when he's not being the lead singer of Wire is sorting out Vinyl pressings, distribution deals, left luggage and locating mandolin strings in the middle of Austin. That's the reality for Wire, and I suspect many bands at their level in 2013 in order to be financially viable.

    It's easy to forget because we've grown used to even small bands having management and label staff to look after their affairs. Those days are gone, but personally what I want from Wire are great gigs and records that stand up with their best work (which they deliver). We should forgive them a few delays and glitches on the admin and housekeeping side of things and remember they're on Pink Flag, not EMI or Mute.

    Yes the Bootleg series it is a bit like Kickstarter in that, by paying up front, you invest in good faith and hope that you get something worthwhile in return. There was no guarantee about when the next tranche of bootlegs would be released. What I do know is that considerable efforts are made to source the best tapes, editing and mastering to get the best possible product, and I also don't think anyone is getting rich from this venture.

    Ultimately it's a waiting game, and I'm sure in between touring and recording the mooted R&B4, attentions will turn to the bootleg series. Keep the faith!
  12.  
    come on about time now.....
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    Considering the band has gigs lined up for the next two months I wouldn't expect any developments. It's totally ridiculous that they have taken this long without ANY communication on when the next update might be coming through. They have our money so there is no incentive on their end to complete this project in a timely manner.
  14.  
    First World Problems
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    I'm glad you are in a financial position where you can afford to pay $115+ for something and have no concern about whether or not it's going to actually come to fruition, R Swimmer. These are after all just measly "first world problems".
  16.  
    Complaining about luxury items falls under the category of First World Problems. I'd like to know of a schedule for these releases, and the band probably should have established one when they announced round two—both to stave off potential complaints and to keep themselves on track—but these delays aren't exactly jeopardizing lives.
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    I guess I missed the part in my original post where I said that the Wire Legal Bootleg series should be prioritized over actual real world problems like hunger, poverty and access to health care.
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    The delay is regrettable - but no time limit was put upon it -

    No, I'm not talking about Legal Bootleg 2 at all - I'm talking about the evidence to be provided by Stevethehouse on Colin's interviews viewing us as whiney types.

    He mentioned this on August 10th.....

    "I'm sure you've all read the recent interviews with Colin, he seems to view us as a bunch of whiney types"

    I requested the evidence on August 11th.....

    "Stevethehouse - I don't appear to have read these interviews of Colin's that you allude to - care to put up some links as evidence?"

    It's been over seven weeks now and still nothing. I invest my precious time in visiting this site every day awaiting the links that prove Steve's point and every day I'm let down.

    It's totally ridiculous that he has taken this long without ANY communication on when the links might be coming through.

    He has my patience so there is no incentive on his end to complete this project in a timely manner.

    ;-)
  19.  
    No need for rudeness guys, let's leave it there...
  20.  
    Who's being rude - I'm certainly not. I'm asking for evidence to back up a claim that Colin in interviews seemed to view us as whiney types - which after seven weeks hasn't arrived. I was also pointing out the fact that the person who complains about delays in distribution is just as capable of similar delays.