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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Friday, 17 January 2014

20 From '83(13) The Taming Of The Hugh Poole Arts Centre 30th January 1983

With kind permission of Eric2Vini (who did an excellent job of remastering all of the old vinyl bootlegs that we all paid a fortune for in the '80's) who is happy for his work to be presented on this site also. 'The Taming of the Hugh' is one of the better known unofficial albums that was doing the rounds all those years ago. It sounds great (as does the full Poole '83 show incidentally) and has a certain bootleg charm in that the artwork used has no relation to the time of the recording, but at least they did a good job with the song titles.

Here's what Owen had to say of the album in the hallowed pages of Strangled Magazine.

WAV (as received):


01. Nuclear Device
02. Toiler On The Sea
03. Ships That Pass In The Night
04. It's A Small World
05. Just Like Nothing On Earth
06. No More Heroes
07. Who Wants The World
08. Never Say Goodbye
09. Baroque Bordello

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