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The story of how The Stranglers came into existence in the first place, is perhaps atypical of the music industry. No less surprising then, that it’s history too, is unusual. It began in 1973 and that story is both long and complex.

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00005NZHA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Always the Sun (Live) 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dreamtime 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Was It You? (Live) 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. You'll Always Reap What You Sow 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Nice in Nice (7" Edit) 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Shakin' Like a Leaf (7" Edit) 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Depending on your viewpoint, 1986's Dreamtime--the ninth and penultimate album from the original Stranglers line-up and the second to feature their not-always-necessary auxiliary brass section--is either an unfocused and overly-variant under-achievement or a case of a few good pop songs and a smorgasbord of half-baked ideas hinting at potential future musical directions. Complacent, or brave but terribly confused? It's difficult to tell. Either way, Dreamtime is ultimately a frustratingly unfulfilling album. Even so, it does contain The Stranglers' best single of the decade (yes, better than "Golden Brown") in the perfectly-produced, graceful "Always The Sun"--a song which proved to be every bit as much a renewable energy source as its title, hitting the UK Top 30 twice in the space of four years--and the beautifully contemplative "You'll Always Reap What You Sow", which featured pedal steel guitar from BJ Cole. JJ Burnel's bouncy "Nice In Nice" aside, too much of the rest--the clunking retro punk vibe of "Was it You?" (which cannibalised their own 1977 number "Dead Ringer") and the Santana-like instrumental jam on "Too Precious"--muddles-through in half-hearted fashion. However, this is an excellent reissue from Sony--great sound, informative sleeve notes from Strangled magazine contributor Neil Martin and bonus tracks featuring all the b-sides of the era. --Kevin Maidment

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Andrews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 May 2014
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I have vivid memories of seeing the band on the 'Dreamtour' at Gloucester in 1986. Although they played beautifully, with excellent sound - as they always did in concert up until that time, there was something wrong -and it wasn't the brass section. A few days later I bumped into Sil Wilcox in Bath during the course of my day job and virtually unprompted, he agreed with me that the gig wasn't one of the bands' best. Soon, it became clear what the problem was : the Stranglers only played what were -or what would become - singles from the new album at the gig ; 'Always the Sun', 'Nice in Nice', 'Was it You', 'Big in America' and 'Shakin' Like a Leaf'. I'd heard the latter live before - it was played on the 'Aural Sculpture' tour, the first time I'd heard the band play an unreleased song, with the exception of the MIB tour, when the album wasn't out until a week into the jaunt.

"'Dreamtime", though generally a huge improvement on 'Aural Sculpture' as coherent album and in terms of production still suffers from too many singles - its high points are the more interesting and internationally-themed album tracks, particularly 'Too precious' (a total masterpiece), 'Mayan Skies' ( a latin tour de force) and 'Dreamtime' itself, while 'Ghost Train' and 'You'll Always Reap' are fascinating experiments.

I've heard 'Always the Sun' way too many times in concert to be objective about it, though I still think it's a great song, it's not a stone cold classic in my opinion. The album version is longer than the single but shorter than the 12" cut, which for me is the definitive version of the song. You can't argue with the sentiments of the number and it sounds great here in 24 bit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 11 May 2007
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A sublime offering.

The production, while not as gutsy or kinetic as '10', is full and rewarding and the band are at their most reflectively mature. ALWAYS THE SUN, a stunning example of soft-edged classic pop, is just one of eight superb tracks - and even that assessment is relative, because the bonus tracks are more than worth a listen. I must also single out JET BLACK's percussion on DREAMTIME - the expansive nature of the album's theme is perfectly complimented by his outstanding work here, especially on TOO PRECIOUS.

THE STRANGLERS haven't gone soft-centered, however. No, they've simply evolved and the sound they've created on DREAMTIME is a part of that process. Another wonderful album worth every last lasered groove. The dream pays off.


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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sep 2001
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After several years of risky experimentation in the aftermath of punk, the Stranglers gradually mellowed, the culmination of this maturation being "Dreamtime". The album opens with the classic "Always The Sun", a beautiful, haunting tune, inspired by JJ Burnel's interest in Zen Buddhism - the song is still performed live by the band today. "Dreamtime" reveals Hugh Cornwell's love of double entendre, combining an attempt at seduction with a desire to embrace Aboriginal beliefs! "Nice in Nice", JJ's irrevent look at the band's antics in Nice several years earlier, which earned them a spell in prison for inciting a riot, and "Big in America", Hugh's cynical take on pop bands' obsessions with breaking America (ironic given that the Stranglers' failure to do so was one of the reasons he cited for subsequently leaving the band!) show the Stranglers at their wittiest, and with great melodies! "Ghost Train" and "Too Precious" work less well, although providing ample evidence of the band's musical virtuosity, something which earned them much contempt from their punk peers! "You Always Reap What You Sow" a melancholy lament on slide guitar, and the swing combo "Shaking Like A Leaf" show Hugh pushing the band in new directions, with mitigated success. "Was It You?" shows JJ in punk mode again -a kind of 80s version of "Something Better Change" ... with a brass section! Ultimately, fans will want to buy this album for "Always The Sun" the band's last moment of glory and their swansong - after one more album Hugh left the band to focus on his solo career and the Stranglers continued, with lesser success, with a new lead singer, although both Hugh and the band remain incredible live acts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Petulia Smythe on 9 Jun 2010
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This is actually my favourite Stranglers album. I love songs off all the other albums, but as an actual album, this is my favourite. My favourite songs are Always the Sun, Big in America, You Always Reap What You Sow and Was It You? Not necessarily in that order. I see a progression in song writing and in Hugh's voice. The guitar playing and sounds are great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Oct 2014
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All these years later, and I find the early Stranglers stuff a little difficult to listen to as I get closer to being an OAP. Not so La Folie and Dreamtime. I still love this Album, and can listen to it joyfully being inspired feeling that there is still something out there – this is a timeless/genre-less album. Great lyrics and tunes. A sublime offering from the Stranglers. Who would have thought that they had it in them? Get it and enjoy it. You might even deserve it.
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