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 adrianandrews1@sky.com.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Bootleg Series Originally Posted on The Rat Zone



Over the last few years Eric2Vini was very busy lovingly remastering a number of old vinyl bootlegs, interview discs (that had their 15 minutes of fame in the mid to late '80's) and some notable live recordings known to be firm favourites of the fanbase. This was an excellent effort with the original artwork and sleeve notes faithfully reproduced.

As mentioned above, they appeared on The Rat Zone (a French Stranglers Forum) and periodically on the Burning Up Time Forum. However, on each occasion they were uploaded for a brief interval before the files were deleted from whichever file sharing service.

Previously Eric gave the OK for these recordings to be posted on this site. Since they are so good and as I think that I have enough storage space to do so I propose to give them a permanent home here (at least for as long as this site continues). I think  that I have the majority of them now (thanks for the hand MeAnIe!).

I don't propose to put them up in one go, but to aid locating them I will add the tag 'Rat Zone' to facilitate searches for them.

Thanks again Eric!


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