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.
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Monday, 22 April 2013
Northwick Theatre Worcester 7th November 1994
Here's a gig (thanks to Paul N for the original tape!) from the short tour that went by the name of 'Body Search', a reference to the security arrangements that the band experienced prior to a prison gig that they played around this time.
I have to admit that on the live front, by the time that this gig came around I had thrown in the towel, although I did go on to buy 'About Time' a few months later, from which a couple of live early outings can be heard in this set.
In fairness to Paul, it was not just the vocals that I struggled with, in equal measure it was the handling of the guitar parts as well. Listen to 'English Towns' (always a favourite of mine.... filler my arse!) and contrast it with the treatment of the song on the early dates of the recent tour. Anyway, rest assured that it is not my intention to lay into any incarnation of the band and I hope that you enjoy this one.
02. Five Minutes
04. Gain Entry To Your Soul
06. Paradise Row
07. Nice ’N’ Sleazy
08. The Raven
09. Still Life
11. Golden Brown
02. She Gave It All
04. English Towns
06. All Day And All Of The Night
07. Straighten Out
09. No More Heroes
10. Time To Die
11. Hanging Around
12. Someone Like You
13. London Lady