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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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The Specials Review From The Metro - The Dome Brighton 17th April 2019

Whilst my love of The Specials is well known to any visitors of this site I have struggled over the past few years with the band's determination to continue in the face of the fact that the band look less like The Specials than ever before. And in this I mean no disrespect.... less face it The Stranglers, The Damned and SLF can boast but two original members and The Specials retain three. Nevertheless, with the loss of Neville, Roddy and sadly Brad, the sound of the band changed inevitably. And this is what we have here with The Specials as they are now. With 'Encore' you have a highly accomplished album with some really good tracks on it. It is The Specials it but doesn't necessarily sound like them on half of the album.... and that's fine and justified by the passage of 39 years since 'More Specials'... so why on Earth would anyone expect it to sound the same!

Back in '79 The Specials tackled intolerance which they continue to do all be it in a more reflective and mature manner that comes with being 40 years older!

God bless 'em!!

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