Wire Document And Eyewitness on 2LP
For those unfamiliar with Document and Eyewitness, it really doesn’t do it justice to describe it simply as a collection of live recordings from three turn-of-the-80s Wire gigs. What makes it more than that is the unorthodox nature of the main performance and the way it was presented on record. The centrepiece of the original vinyl release was a recording of the final gig of Wire’s '70s phase. Wire’s set was composed of largely new (and often under-rehearsed) work, accompanied by a series of artistic actions and interventions.
The evening was memorable for the unusually hostile reaction from sections of the audience, which has perhaps elevated it beyond a simple passing moment. If the crowd was expecting a standard gig, the level of outrage, expressed in vociferous abuse suggested that the band’s intentions were lost on those in attendance, who were instead confounded by the apparent artistic pretensions on display.
The approach was to couple selected live tracks with a spoken commentary on the proceedings by long-term Wire fans Adrian Garston and Russell Mills. Hence the title, Document and Eyewitness. For the album, the Electric Ballroom material was supplemented with recordings from a July 1979 show at the Notre Dame Hall (a straightforward band performance), along with one track from a 1979 gig in Montreux.
Packaged in a gatefold sleeve. LP1 is the same as the original vinyl, albeit remastered and re-edited. LP2 features the original selection from the Notre Dame Hall show on side one and the two singles and B-sides on side two.
Wire Document And Eyewitness Track Listing:
2. 12XU (Fragment)
3. Underwater Experiences
4. Everything's Going To Be Nice
5. Piano Tuner (Keep Strumming Those Guitars)
6. We Meet Under Tables
7. ZEGK HOQP
8. Eastern Standard
9. Instrumental (Thrown Bottle)
10. Eels Sang Lino
11. Revealing Trade Secrets
12. And Then...Coda Tracks
1. Go Ahead
2. Ally In Exile
4. Underwater Experiences
5. Witness To The Fact
6. 2 People In A Room
7. Our Swimmer
9. Our Swimmer
10. Midnight Bahnhof Cafe
11. Second Length (Our Swimmer)
12. Catapult 30
Tracks 1-12 on LP1 from Electric Ballroom
Tracks 1-7 on LP2 from Notre Dame Hall
Track 8 on LP2 from Montreux
Tracks 9-10 on LP2 from "Our Swimmer" (1981) Single
Tracks 11-12 on LP2 from An Unreleased 1981 Single