Aural Sculptors - The Stranglers Live 1976 to the Present

Welcome to Aural Sculptors, a blog aimed at bringing the music of The Stranglers to as wide an audience as possible. Whilst all of the various members of the band that have passed through the ranks since 1974 are accomplished studio musicians, it is on stage where the band have for me had their biggest impact.

As a collector of their live recordings for many years I want to share some of the better quality material with other fans. By selecting the higher quality recordings I hope to present The Stranglers in the best possible light for the benefit of those less familiar with their material than the hardcore fan.

Needless to say, this site will steer well clear of any officially released material. As well as live gigs, I will post demos, radio interviews and anything else that I feel may be of interest.

In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.

Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Calamity For A Collector!!

Whilst looking through the collection for a couple of anniversary gigs this week, prior to ripping the discs in preparation for the upload, I did my customary check to remind myself of the recording quality to ensure that the upload warranted the effort of an upload. On doing so I noticed that the sound quality had deteriorated on the couple of discs that I had selected. Horror of horrors!!

This deterioration is, I think, down to the use of disc labels that I was previously applying before investing in a printer with the capability to print directly on to the CD surface. The discs I have used have always been of decent quality.

I anticipate that I will have quite a few affected recordings pre-dating the switch to direct printing. In this time of 'collector anxiety' I will put up an additional page (with the other pages listing available recordings that appear on the right hand side of this blog) detailing those recordings that I have confirmed to have been damaged.

If any of you kind souls have good copies of any of those listed and if you have the time, inclination and computer savvy to do so, I would be mightily grateful to receive download links for lossless versions of these gigs (FLAC format is great).

I will of course continue to upload as normal, but some gigs will be out of bounds until I get replacements.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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