On Returning (1977–1979)

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On Returning (1977–1979)
Compilation album by Wire
Released 1989
Recorded 1977–1979
Length 74:31 (CD)
Label Restless
Producer Mike Thorne
Wire chronology
In Vivo
(1989)
On Returning (1977–1979)
(1989)
IBTABA
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]
NME 8/10[3]

On Returning (1977–1979) is a compilation album by English rock band Wire. It was released in 1989 and comprises recordings of the band from 1977 to 1979.

CD Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "12XU"   Bruce Gilbert, Robert Gotobed, Graham Lewis, Colin Newman 1:56
2. "It's So Obvious"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 0:52
3. "Mr. Suit"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:25
4. "Three Girl Rhumba"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:24
5. "Ex Lion Tamer"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 2:18
6. "Lowdown"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 2:27
7. "Straight Line"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 0:46
8. "106 Beats That"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:13
9. "Strange"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 3:58
10. "Reuters"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 3:02
11. "Field Day for the Sundays"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 0:29
12. "Champs"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:47
13. "Feeling Called Love"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:22
14. "I Am the Fly"   Lewis, Newman 3:07
15. "Dot Dash"   Lewis, Newman 2:24
16. "Practise Makes Perfect"   Gilbert, Newman 4:06
17. "French Film Blurred"   Lewis, Newman 2:35
18. "Another the Letter"   Gilbert, Newman 1:08
19. "I Feel Mysterious Today"   Lewis, Newman 1:56
20. "Men 2nd"   Lewis 1:42
21. "Marooned"   Gilbert, Lewis, Newman 2:20
22. "Sand in My Joints"   Lewis 1:51
23. "Outdoor Miner"   Lewis, Newman 2:51
24. "A Question of Degree"   Lewis, Newman 3:11
25. "I Should Have Known Better"   Lewis 3:50
26. "Two People in a Room"   Gilbert, Newman 2:09
27. "Blessed State"   Gilbert 3:28
28. "The Other Window"   Gilbert, Lewis 2:09
29. "40 Versions"   Gilbert 3:28
30. "A Touching Display"   Lewis 6:55
31. "On Returning"   Newman 2:06

LP Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "12XU"   Bruce Gilbert, Robert Gotobed, Graham Lewis, Colin Newman 1:56
2. "It's So Obvious"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 0:52
3. "Mr. Suit"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:25
4. "Three Girl Rhumba"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:24
5. "Ex Lion Tamer"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 2:18
6. "Lowdown"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 2:27
7. "Strange"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 3:58
8. "Reuters"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 3:02
9. "Feeling Called Love"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:22
10. "I Am the Fly"   Lewis, Newman 3:07
11. "Practise Makes Perfect"   Gilbert, Newman 4:06
12. "French Film Blurred"   Lewis, Newman 2:35
13. "I Feel Mysterious Today"   Lewis, Newman 1:56
14. "Marooned"   Gilbert, Lewis, Newman 2:20
15. "Sand in My Joints"   Lewis 1:51
16. "Outdoor Miner"   Lewis, Newman 2:51
17. "A Question of Degree"   Lewis, Newman 3:11
18. "I Should Have Known Better"   Lewis 3:50
19. "The Other Window"   Gilbert, Lewis 2:09
20. "40 Versions"   Gilbert 3:28
21. "A Touching Display"   Lewis 6:55
22. "On Returning"   Newman 2:06

Personnel[edit]

Wire
Production
  • Bruce Gilbert – design
  • Jon Savage – compilation producer, liner notes
  • Mike Thorne – producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Huey. "On Returning (1977–1979)". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau. "Wire". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "On Returning (1977–1979)". NME.COM. 1 February 2000. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 

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