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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Saturday, 7 May 2022

Music Hall Aberdeen 27th January 2022

The second night of the UK leg of the 'Dark Matters' tour and my first time seeing the band without Dave (having been scuppered in my attempts to see the band in France due to ever changing travel rules).

Music Hall, Aberdeen
27th January 2022

This was to be a baptism of fire for young Toby. In my experience UK crowds are a tougher prospect than the French audiences that he had faced to date. He needn't have worried. As I have said before, the strategy of front loading the set with songs that drip Dave Greenfield for the new boy to showcase his plentiful skills before uttering a word of the change worked wonders. The crowd were won over by that point.

Another nice twist in the set was the acoustic segment where the band delivered the contemplative 'Lines' and then 'And If You Should See Dave...', the latter of which saw JJ visibly choked. For the audience too it was an opportunity to reflect on the loss of a character who had been a player in our lives for decades. 

Necessary as this melancholic interlude was, the band know full well that this is not the way to end a Stranglers' gig and so the volume and pace was ratcheted up once more for a trip back to '77 with 'Grip' and 'Heroes' closing the evening's entertainment.

Many thanks to the original taper and uploader.

Artwork sleeve:

01. Intro
02. Toiler On The Sea
03. The Raven
04. Sometimes
05. Water
06. I’ve Been Wild
07. This Song
08. Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
09. Don’t Bring Harry
10. Strange Little Girl
11. Always The Sun
12. Peaches
13. Golden Brown
14. Baroque Bordello
15. White Stallion
16. Curfew
17. Relentless
18. Nuclear Device
19. Walk On By
20. Straighten Out
21. Duchess
22. Hanging Around
23. Last Men On The Moon
24. Lines
25. And If You Should See Dave…
26. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
27. No More Heroes

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