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Big Thing Coming [CD 1] Single, Maxi, Enhanced


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  • Audio CD (2 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi, Enhanced
  • Label: Liberty
  • ASIN: B0001AV3R8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 522,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Big Thing Coming
2. I Don't Agree
3. Tucker's Grave (Live At Shepherds Bush Empire)
4. Big Thing Coming (Video)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
ACCCORDING TO THE STRANGLERS GUITARIST BAZ WARNE THE STRANGLERS ARE ABOUT TO REJOIN THE PARTY WELL I HAVE TO AGREE THE MENINBLACK ARE DEFFO BACK THE OLD RUMBING SOUND OF AN EARTHQUAKE OR SHOULD I SAY JJ BURNELS BASS AND DAVE GREENFIELDS OLD HAMMOND HAVE RETURNED TO GIVE EVERYONE IN THE MUSIC BUISNESS A WAKE UP CALL A GREAT EFFORT BY THE BAND IN ALL A VERY STRONG SONG AND VERY CATCHY IF THIS DOES NOT CHART MUSIC WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GH MORGAN on 2 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
THIS is what The Stranglers fans have been waiting for for the last twenty years. Big Thing Coming is an awesome slice of music that shows the Meninblack are back! For a start, it SOUNDS like The Stranglers. John Ellis may have been a great guitarist but he wasn't A Stranglers guitarist. With the addition of Baz Warne, the band sound like a band with a hunger again. His enthusiasm when playing live seems to have rubbed off on the rest of the band and it shows as their astonishing live sound is perfectly captured on this record. He kicks off this record with a crisp guitar riff followed by breathy vocals from Paul before it all comes crashing in.
JJ's bass sound is back to it's very best and growls like a rottweiler with a migraine. Jet's pounding drums take you back to the days of '5 Minutes' and 'Tank' and to hear Dave's familiar keyboard runs again is like finding a long lost brother and again, takes you back to songs like 'Toiler On The Sea' and (Get a) Grip (On Yourself). As for Paul, he's always had a brilliant voice and his singing on this record should finally give him the credit he deserves. He uses his great vocal range with superb ability and stamps his authority from start to finish with a confidence and swagger never seen before. His vocal rendition of 'Peaches 2004' finally erases the ghost of Hugh Cornwell once and for all and the song sounds fresher than it ever did. There are two live songs included here, 'I Don't Agree' (Which, if there's any justice in this world, should be released as a single in it's own right) and the atmospheric and 'Doors' sounding 'Tucker's grave', already a live favourite amongst the fans and they wet your appetite for the forthcoming album 'Norfolk Coast'.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Crass on 14 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Stranglers were one of the biggest selling bands to come out of Britain’s punk years. But when Hugh Cornwell acrimoniously left to go solo in 1990, The remaining Stranglers found themselves without a major deal. Both parties have since sampled life in the Spartan lower leagues with four lacklustre studio albums a piece, testing the patience of ardent fans and aficionados. If this was a school report, it might have read: ‘underachieving – could do much better, or must try harder’.
Recently scooped up by EMI, and still sans Hugh, a new guitarist and a new collection of songs sees The Stranglers return to the fold on this, their 30th anniversary. With a hint of erstwhile aggression and a touch up of the old roots, there’s obviously life in these old dogs yet. Their first single, Big Thing Coming, kicks off with a cheeky Bolanesque ‘Get It On’ groove and hushed vocals, wide-eyed and innocent before launching into the type of Europop The Stranglers forgot after 1983’s Feline album. All the old hallmarks are there; JJ Burnel’s powerful potent bass and Dave Greenfield’s swirling fairground organ explode and shift like JJ’s old Bonneville ripping up the M11. There is a ‘big thing coming’ and it could well be The Stranglers’ second coming too, if there's any justice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
BUY THIS NOW , A TRUE RETURN TO FORM FOR THE STRANGLERS.THE BEST I HAVE HEARD FROM THEM FOR A LONG TIME. ALL THE TRADE MARKS ARE HERE, JJ BURNELL AT HIS BEST DAVE GREENFIELDS KEYBOARDS AND A STRONG VOCAL FROM PAUL ROBERTS. DONT FORGET JET AND BAZZ.ALSO AS AN EXTRA ON THE CD , A VIDEO WHICH PLAYS ON YOUR PC.
STOP HANGING AROUND, JUST BUY IT
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Norton on 27 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Stranglers... the last time I heard their material was when the film Snatch used the excellent song Golden Brown in the soundtrack.
Now, it seems to me that they are back, with the new album, and, according to the contents of this single, with a refreshing modern sound, along with their conventional punk material (rhythmic keyboard music, and so on), which sounds excellent.
The song, Big Thing Coming, sounds very much their old punk material, which means that this is top-notch punk music, along with the modern technology to produce an outstanding punk song that should still remain an excellent song throughout this year along with most contemporary punk groups' more modern material.
Peaches 2004 is a bit of an unusual re-recording of one of my favourite Stranglers hit, and not to mention a favourite punk song as well. This track attempts to use most modern music technology, with its mixing and sampling, which I think is used to give a pretty different dimension to the already popular punk song.
Overall, this is an under-rated gem for 2004, which will be a disappointment, not just for the fans, if this single does not make The Stranglers revamp their reputation in the more and more, conquering manufactured pop scene that is invading our charts. Fans will love it, and so should fans of contemporary punk, if they appreciate them as one of the original punk masters of the late 1970s.
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