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Dirty Dozen [Live]

Hugh Cornwell Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Invisible Hands Music
  • ASIN: B000HWZ67S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. First Bus To Babylon (Live)Hugh Cornwell 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Goodbye Toulouse (Live)Hugh Cornwell 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Hanging Around (Live)Hugh Cornwell 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Black Hair Black Eyes Black Suit (Live)Hugh Cornwell 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Always The Sun (Live)Hugh Cornwell 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nerves Of Steel (Live)Hugh Cornwell 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Putting You In The Shade (Live)Hugh Cornwell 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Walk On By (Live)Hugh Cornwell 7:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. No More Heroes (Live)Hugh Cornwell 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Recorded live in concert over three nights at London's Islington Academy during the Beyond Elysian Fields world tour, Dirty Dozen brings together twelve electrifying highlights from the ex-Stranglers career, six from his solo days and six from the band that made him a star, including the hits Hanging Around, Always The Sun, Duchess and No More Heroes.


Studio album Hooverdam IH 52 (LP) and IHCD 52 (CD), studio album Beyond Elysian Fields IHCD 38 (CD only), and live album New Songs For King Kong IH 58 (LP) and IHCD 58 (CD) --Other Related Releases:

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4.0 out of 5 stars SOUND CHOICES, SOME CONTRADICTIONS 30 May 2007
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
With the kind of back catalogue HUGH CORNWELL possesses it would be stupid not to keep plugging away.

DIRTY DOZEN: LIVE is a pared-down version of a three disc release and comprises a sensible choice of both STRANGLERS and solo work. Utilising a three-piece setup of guitar, drums and bass ensures that the sound is simplified, yet hardly subtle. Far from it. Indeed, by jettisoning keyboards - an integral part of his previous group's make up - Hugh has made a bold (and cost-effective) statement...but it just about pays off.

DUCHESS is a rousing opener and sees The ex-Strangler in fine voice. Fortunately, the rest of the band can hold a note too, which is important given the chorus. FIRST BUS TO BABYLON is a melodic low-key number and an underrated solo composition; I first heard this in 2006, performed at The Cockpit, Leeds and despite the sound being a mess, it still managed to stand out by virtue of quality and sheer bloody perseverance.

Okay, so Hugh can cut it live in stripped-down form, but should there be such a heavy reliance on Stranglers material when he has on several occasions tried to belittle the band's place in history by distancing himself from his past? It's a contradiction that is bound to occur when audiences decline and returns diminish, I suppose. Still, even if PUTTING YOU IN THE SHADE (from the excellent album HI-FI) isn't remotely connected, it seems to sum up my take on the situation quite neatly. It's also a pleasingly retro-punk number.

Of the remaining songs, NUCLEAR DEVICE is good fun and the energetic performance succeeds in evoking happy memories of the original, despite some shortcomings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic taster live album 3 May 2007
By Ossian
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This is the taster version of the superb "People Places Pieces" triple CD live box set (which has been well reviewed by others on this site). So I would recommend the the PPP full monty, but if you're not sure then try this one first - you won't regret it. Hugh's three piece band bangs out some very energetic reworked classics plus some of his best solo work. This album gives a great introduction into the type of approach Hugh is employing these days, and would satisfy most Stranglers fans (i.e. the ones that can get over the lack of keyboards and appreciate the inspired fretwork that paints the old works on a new canvas). And the sound recording is excellent too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Sent for Stranglers Fans! 14 Oct 2014
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Fans of the original Stranglers, the UK punk band, will not be disappointed with this live CD by Hugh Cornwell, who was the guitarist and often the lead vocalist in that band. He parted ways with them in the early 90's as I recall and began a solo career that has been very good overall. This CD recorded live in London in 2005 features songs from both sides of his career, most of them are better known. His 2 piece band does a commendable job playing all of the songs with a lot of skill and energy. The sound quality is quite good overall as well. Hugh's voice is still strong and in good form. Wisely he chose to alternate Stranglers' era songs with solo era songs which may be less will known. But the songs are mostly all strong choices and well placed in the set list. The Stranglers songs are all from their early albums/singles with the lone exception of "Always the Sun" from the 80's art rock "Dreamland" LP. These are all songs that he wrote or wrote with members of the Stranglers. It's easy to tell a stylistic shift in his solo songs that seem to have more "swing" and bite to them. In this live setting the transitions between the group and solo songs is nearly seamless. Just to hear his brilliant interpretation of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David pop classic "Walk on By" performed live again in the new millenium is a godsend. Bravo Hugh! Thanks for releasing this little gem for die hard fans like me and it's probably a good introduction to those unfamiliar with his long career of uncompromising songcraft and his formidable performing abilities. Did I mention the band? Steve Lawrence lays down the appropriate and muscular bass runs that defined so many Stranglers songs as well as a more deft approach to the solo songs. Windsor McGilvray does likewise on drums and both provide good backing vocals. There are a few photos of Hugh and the band included in the CD leaflet and Hugh is sporting in interesting fringed leather jacket that is oddly reminiscent of the one worn by Roger Daltry back in the Woodstock era. It's good to see he still plays a Fender Telecaster that lends to the wiry and strident guitar sounds he's so good at getting out of it. The cover art is better suited for a 12" vinyl version, but clever nonetheless with 12 individual photos surrounding the photo of Hugh working it out on his Fender. Inside are printed the lyrics to his solo era songs performed on this CD. According to liner notes there is also a 3 CD version available of the entire set, which I wished I'd known about as now I will have to hunt it down. Living in the Midwest USA, it's difficult at best to find this kind of material and I'm glad it appeared on the US website. I'll end by restating that this is a great performance by an amazing and overlooked musical prophet of the original UK punk era, even though the Stranglers slightly predated that period and delved much deeper into developing new forms of rock music in the 70's and 80's.
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