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.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

The Sisters of Mercy The Black October Tour (Top Rank Brighton 22nd October 1984 and Manchester University 13th October 1984)

 Black, Black, It's All Gone Black!

There are elements of The Sisters of Mercy I quite like. Certainly, 'First And Last And Always' is a great album, as is 'Gift' by The Sisterhood (an Andrew Eldritch spin-off featuring songs originally intended for the second Sisters of Mercy album). 'Floodland' again was a really strong album that saw the band having mainstream success with Eldritch joined by ex-Gun Club member and Mrs Vanian, Patricia Morrison. Nevertheless, I always struggled with taking them seriously, for sure no one could take them as seriously as them did themselves! Even Bauhaus occasionally revealed a glimmer of humour!

I never saw them, but I recall that mates were at the Brighton gig included here.

This posts includes two sets from 1984's 'Black October' tour, the main set from Brighton's Top Rank (minus the encore) and the encore only from Manchester University recorded a week or so before.



Top Rank Brighton 22nd October 1984

01. Intro
02. Burn
03. Heartland
04. Marian
05. Walk Away
06. Body And Soul
07. No Time To Cry
8.  Anaconda
09. Emma
10. A Rock And A Hard Place
11. Train
12. Floorshow
13. Alice
14. Body Electric
15. Gimme Shelter

Manchester University 13th October 1984

01. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
02. Hey Joe
03. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
04. Purple Haze
05. Stairway To Heaven (Instrumental)
06. Ghostrider
07. Louie Louie

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