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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Sunday 30 November 2014

Rock City Nottingham 4th November 1998

Yesterday, I purchased an Eagle Classics reissue of 'About Time', 'Coup De Grace' and 'Written In Red'. Of these the latter two I have never heard them in their entirety, having drifted away from the band by the time of their release. I will listen to them today...... I suspect I may need counselling.

But in the interest of even handedness, here's a gig from the 'Coup De Grace' tour- which I actually saw in Cambridge and sadly hated the experience. Nevertheless, the band struggled through this period with a tenacity typical of The Stranglers and to many this is a period in their career that is viewed fondly.

MP3 (as received):


01. God Is Good
02. Coup De Grace (S-O-S)
03. Skin Deep
04. Money
05. Golden Boy
06. Nice 'N' Sleazy
07. Thrown Away
08. Sinister
09. The Raven
10. In The End
11. Toiler On The Sea

01. Tonight
02. Always The Sun
03. Wasteman
04. 96 Tears
05. Straighten Out
06. Brainbox
07. All Day & All Of The Night
08. Duchess
09. Encore Break
10. Golden Brown
11. 5 Minutes
12. Encore Break
13. Hanging Around
14. No More Heroes

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