After a very successful 2011, including a world tour and hit album ‘Red Barked Tree’, Wire are releasing a new live album called ‘The Black Session’. It was recorded during a series of sessions for Radio France, and will see a worldwide release on 6th February 2012.

2011 saw the release of Wire’s most critically acclaimed and fastest-selling album in recent years, ‘Red Barked Tree’. The band also embarked on its most ambitious tour to date, embracing four continents and dozens of cities, many of which Wire had never played before. The final leg of the tour saw Wire performing in front of UK audiences for the second time in a year, something not undertaken for more than three decades.

In celebration of this extraordinary year, pinkflag presents a special keepsake for those many thousands that saw the band live, as well as those who weren’t able to make it. Named for the legendary series of radio broadcasts hosted by Bernard Lenoirfor (Radio France), The Black Session ”“ Paris 10 May 2011 was initially available as an exclusive tour item during Wire’s UK autumn dates, but will see a worldwide release in February 2012.

The Black Session ”“ Paris 10 May 2011 was recorded at Radio France’s Paris studios in May 2011, with Wire performing in front of an invited ”” and enthusiastic ”” audience. The album captures the band in razor-sharp form, tightly honed after months of touring. The selection of tracks marries live versions of songs from Red Barked Tree with choice cuts from Wire’s extensive back catalogue, including much-loved classics ‘Kidney Bingos’, ‘Map Ref 41°N 93°W’ and ‘Two People In A Room’. The recording is also the first album to feature guitarist Matt Simms alongside the core trio of Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey

Traclisting

Adapt
Comet
Smash
Please Take
Kidney Bingos
Clay
Map Ref 41°N 93°W
Moreover
Two People In A Room
Down To This
Drill
Red Barked Trees
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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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