Friday, March 25, 2011

The Stranglers: Sheffield, 2010


When my friend CallPastorJekface told me back in 2004 that I had to listen to the new Stranglers album, my response was likely both incredulous and dismissive. After all, at that point, I hadn't listened to a new Stranglers album since I mistakenly picked up Dream Time on L.P. back in the 80's. But low, behold and HOLY HELL Norfolk Coast was one of the mightiest comebacks I'd ever heard. With a new lead singer (or two) the band had bludgeoned together aspects from all over it's career (and not just my beloved '77). Witness, the amazing "Big Thing Coming" from that album as proof:



or check out "Specter of Love" this from their 2006 follow-up, Suite XIV



Or even their latest single from 2010:



This Sheffield show is an audience recording but a good-sounding one and there's only enough audience noise to remind you that you made it though the door and get to take in the show from right up close. It's well worth a listen, especially as it offers hard proof of how much bottle this band has left at this late stage of the game.



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10 comments:

  1. .

    Hey
    hey
    Stranglers
    fans
    -
    almost
    done
    the
    series!
    Thanks
    for
    your
    comments
    thus
    far.
    Don't
    fail
    me
    now...

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    (Part one)
    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?bs5wny2frj3jag2


    (Part two)
    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?kgar1dgjtps81gu

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  2. Thanks again for all of these. I should definitely see them play if they come to Toronto again, otherwise they might just end up on my "bands I never got to see when I had a chance, and now they're gone" list.

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  3. Suite XVI was a fine return to form. Love that album. However you should check out Norfolk Coast...there are many great moments on that too. Great post, I am downloading as we speak!
    Ken

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  4. CallPastorJerkfaceMarch 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    I have to laugh at the fact that I was the one to get you to listen to a Stranglers album considering how long it took me to take to themeninblack. I still remember the very first time I tried to crack "Black & White". As soon as the keyboards kicked in I was out of there! Old Metal thinking dies hard. Speaking for myself here, I'm so glad one can leave at least some of one's prejudices in the dust as time rolls on.

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  5. Thanks a lot for all of these stuff; your site is a fantastic source of Stranglers' <> music.
    Jon, from Valladolid, Spain

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  6. Many thanks, just found your blog, mind if I stick around?

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  7. I recently discovered your great blog.I look forward to many more great articles .

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  8. Disc 2 is missing track 03. Is that intentional?

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  9. Vic
    Me Too

    Kenny
    Love NC going back to Suite 16 again!

    CPJ
    But Deep Purple, dude...

    Jon/Spadfe/Adick
    Glad you're enjoying.


    Anon
    Track two was just crowd noise.

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  10. Great stuff, thanks again from an old Stranglers fan from way back.

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