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    Don't get your pants in a bunch. Merely an underscore to the point and an identifier that I'm not prepared to join the clique.
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    Didn't know there was a clique on here - you seem to be the only one who is trying to prove yourself. We're just getting on with enjoying the music.
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    IBTABA for me is, well, the ideal copy. The production seems more balanced - drums sound like drums, drum machines sound like drum machines :) . It might be because it was the first Wire album I bought but is not one I think would get much out of a remix/remaster - other than the piano on Its a Boy maybe...
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    I started with 1980s Wire, and so IBTABA was one of my early ones. I always felt it sounded a bit 'thin', but the drums are a big improvement over Bell, where the LOUD SNARE is so over the top. Incidentally, I think the chances of Wire re-recording anything from that era is nil. Like I said, this was just an 'if money were no object' mulling. I'd just love to hear Bell is a Cup with Rob on it. (Similarly, So And Slow It Grows is one of my favourite Wir/e tracks, and it'd be interesting to hear a rework of that live, with Rob.)
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    "Incidentally, I think the chances of Wire re-recording anything from that era is nil."

    I wouldn't be so sure - they did re-record "Boiling Boy" and "German Shepherds" on the "Strays" EP.....