On Returning (1977–1979)

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On Returning (1977–1979)
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Compilation album by Wire
Released 1989
Recorded 1977–1979
Genre Post-punk, art punk, punk rock
Length 74:31 (CD)
Label Restless
Producer Mike Thorne
Wire compilation album chronology
On Returning (1977–1979)
(1989)
The Peel Sessions Album
(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, and is seen as the band's first "best of" album, complimented four years later by 1985–1990: The A List which is the "best of" of the band's second era. The album is named after the band's track "On Returning" which closes the album, originally released on the band's third album 154 (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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