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

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Mercury Rising Single Release

Yeah, I know, the single has had its day. As a promotional vehicle in this era of the digital download its value relative to the cost of production is limited certainly.

Nevertheless, as a record buyer of a certain vintage there still remains within me a certain tingle of anticipation that a single release brings on. So, having acknowledged the limited value in commercial and promotional terms, the real beneficiaries of the single release are the fans.... and I'm all for that! As an item, it works as a stop gap between album and tour.

I have had the email to inform me that the cd has been dispatched . I will report more fully when I have the item in the machine.

As to the content, it's great to have the option of an instrumental version and a live version from the last tour makes the 'Mercury Rising' story complete. The choice of 'Sometimes' is a bit of a puzzle. Perhaps the instrumental of 'Lowlands' as was circulated on Soundcloud would have been a better choice or maybe a live version of 'Time Was Once On My Side'. Still please do not take this observation as a moan, since as a fan I am more than happy to have product in hand!

1 comment:

  1. Shame it's such a poor choice......ah I ordered it anyway!