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.


Saturday, 6 February 2021

Kraftwerk Paradiso Amsterdam 23rd January 2015

 


So here is the last installment of an extraordinary run of consecutive gigs, a tour of the Kraftwerk back-catalogue culminating with 2003's 'Tour De France Soundtracks'. This was the last tour that the band did with founding member Florian Schneider, who wanted to step back from touring. In addition to revisiting the title track, 'Tour De France' that the band originally released in 1983. 

Featuring some excellent new material such as 'Aéro Dynamik', and 'Electro-Kardiogramm' the album was a strong reassertion of Kraftwerk as a trendsetting band, a happy return to form after the disappointment of their studio album of new material, 1986's 'Electric Cafe'.

Sadly we lost Florian last year, but Ralf Hutter continues to play with the band. It is funny that on the first two occasions that I saw then in 1991 and 2004 getting my hands on a ticket was not an issue. It was a different story when I tried to get a ticket for one of the back-catalogue that Kraftwerk put on at the Tate Modern, itself a former power station (geddit?)....  I failed. It was a similar story in 2017 when Kraftwerk announced a 3D tour. I did eventually manage to get a ticket for my daughter and I but we had to travel to Belfast to see them.



01. [intro]
02. Tour De France 1983
03. Prologue
04. Tour De France Étape 1
05. Chrono
06. Tour De France Étape 2
07. Vitamin
08. Aéro Dynamik
09. Elektro Kardiogramm
10. La Forme
11. Régéneration
12. Intermission
13. News
14. Geiger Counter
15. Radioactivity
16. Spacelab
17. The Model
18. Neon Lights
19. The Man-Machine
20. Numbers
21. Computer World
22. Home Computer
23. Computer Love
24. [banter]
25. Trans-Europe Express
26. Abzug
27. Metal On Metal
28. [encore break]
29. The Robots
30. [encore break]
31. Planet Of Visions
32. Boing Boom Tschak
33. Techno Pop
34. Musique Non Stop
35. [encore break]
36. Autobahn

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