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, 27 October 2019

Manchester Apollo 27th October 1986

Another anniversary gig, this time from the first leg of the 'Dreamtime' tour. And looking back at the set, well you have to admit that it is pretty good. 'Down In The Sewer' had the long run out, 'La Folie' was in there as well as 'Spain', one of the superior tracks on 'Aural Sculpture'. Of the 'Dreamtour' I was always surprised at some of the omissions when it came to playing the album live, why not 'Dreamtime' and 'You'll Always Reap What You Sow'... they would have been far better choices than 'Big In America' (not appearing here), the weakest cut on the album and featured in other gigs on this two leg tour).



01. No More Heroes
02. Was It You?
03. Down In The Sewer
04. Nice In Nice
05. Punch And Judy
06. Souls
07. Always The Sun
08. La Folie
09. Strange Little Girl
10. Nice "N" Sleazy
11. Who Wants The World?
12. Duchess
13. Bring On The Nubiles
14. Shakin' Like A Leaf
15. Uptown
16. Tank
17. Toiler On The Sea
18. Spain
19. Peaches

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