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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Wednesday 7 February 2018

20 From '86 (7) Dreamtime Archives 1985-1986 - Demos And Alternative Mixes

OK, OK so some of these recordings were laid down in 1985 but the album that became Dreamtime was a big part of my listening in '86. It's funny looking back at it now (and terrifying to realise that it is 32 years old this year!). It is so of its time and so un-Stranglers in that they were forced down that '80's avenue of over production that lead to THAT mid '80's sound that every band or pop star seemed to have. I mean just look at what Dave is holding...... does that spell out Stranglers to you? There were some good songs on the album. 'Always The Sun' may be a song that perhaps many would like to see rested in favour of something less usual, but it remains to be a brilliantly constructed song. Likewise 'Dreamtime' is a notable track. Again it is interesting that as was the case with 'Aural Sculpture' (although not to the same extent) some of the songs that did not made the final album cut (only being consigned to B-Sides) were superior to some of the tracks that did feature on 'Dreamtime'. 'Since You Went Away' ..... and how on earth did 'You' not make the grade!?

Anyway here are the demos in all their work in progress glory. Thanks as always to Eric!


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