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4 Mar 2012

5.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
Another Camden Afternoon
Freedom Is Insane
Boom Boom
My Fickle Resolve
Time Was Once On My Side
Mercury Rising
Adios (Tango)
15 Steps

Product details

  • Label: Coursegood Ltd
  • Copyright: (p) 2012, Coursegood Ltd
  • Total Length: 42:42
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  • ASIN: B007971A9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,903 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They must be giants.... 5 Mar 2012
By Sam Holliday VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Over the past few years The Stranglers have become firmly established as one of the best, most exciting and most powerful live acts around.
Sell-out shows and high-profile festival appearances have sealed their relationship with their famously loyal fan base as well as introducing and re-introducing themselves to new and old fans alike.
The band have simply become a live phenomenon.
But, even though they are now in their 38th year and they could spend their lives on the road reworking the material from their vast back catalogue, the band have never stopped songwriting and never turned their back on the recording studios. Thus they are back now their their 17th studio album - their first for five years - and its title is apt because this is a giant, epic and impressive work.
Giants is an eclectic and very unpredictable record which harnesses many old Strangler strengths - the bass seems to have been turned up to 11 again at times - with some genuine surprises. So you have traditional Stranglers rockers like the jaunty Time Was Once On my Side, the punchy and purposeful Freedom Is Insane, the pleasingly 1977 retro Lowlands and the simply wonderful closing track 15 Steps, next to a dreamy opening instrumental, a touch of rock `n' jazz in the mesmerising My Fickle Resolve and a track that manages to mix lyrics in Spanish with a tango and some pretty brutal guitar playing which sounds like Van Halen may have performed it. Yep, they are not playing it safe here but then again playing it safe has never been a Strangler trait.
The album as a whole has genuine impact, genuine power and gives the genuine feeling that The Stranglers still have something to say and have musical and lyrical ideas aplenty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Giants Walk the Earth 4 April 2014
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I'm not a Stranglers fan as such and to be honest I only ever heard Golden Brown which left me cold at the time. I read a recent interview in Classic Rock with them and decided to take a chance on this disc. In a word, superb. What a pleasant surprise. From the jazz infused swing of My Fickle Resolve to the effortless swagger of the title track there's not a duff track to be found. This disc is a masterpiece of musicianship and dark wit. This has made this fifty- something, jaded music lover become excited about music again. Thanks Stranglers. Where to go from here?
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4.0 out of 5 stars lp 19 Feb 2014
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this was a fantastic buy, my only complaint was the packaging, it came in a box that was about four inches deep, if someone had have stepped on it the record would have been broke, for packaging records they have to be put in to cardboard sleeves envelop the record tightly with FRAGILE in bold writing across it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music 7 Feb 2014
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Another CD for the son who is the music fan so thanks for the item which arrived in good time and in perfect condition and apparrently the music was good too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly A Giant 13 Jan 2014
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I stopped listening to the Stranglers with Hugh Cornwells departure over 20 years ago. I'm shocked to say this is better than anything Hugh was involved in since La Folie. A really great album that even my wife listens to. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 18 Dec 2013
By Robert
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Stranglers back to their best. Jean-Jaque's bass, Dave's keyboards, Jet Black's drums and the vocals....all good. Great for anyone who remembers these guys early albums fondly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 23 Oct 2013
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I've followed this group since 1977; this album is superb. Like many of their other albums, it needs playing a few times before it starts to `grow on you'.

I didn't notice when I ordered it, but it was a nice surprise to find that this album comes with a second disc, which is an acoustic live session. This session mainly comprises old numbers, and I like it very much.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Giant? 12 Mar 2012
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Firstly let me start this review by saying Hugh Cornwell is gone, he has been gone a long time, the Stranglers have made 7 albums without him, 6 of them being very good and we wont mention Coup De Grace. Many bands change line-ups and some are very successful when "frontmen" go, Iron Maiden & Ultravox clear examples.
Hugh did a great job with the Stranglers but he wasn't the band and judging by his solo output (not great in my opinion) he needed Dave, JJ & Jet an awful lot.
Anyway, onto the new album, for me Giants is a "grower", there are no real stand out tracks on this for me this could be its real strength. The band has moved away from the safer territory of Norfolk Coast & Suite 16, both very good albums in my opinions. This album is varied, considered and clever. I like the production, it has a clean, freshness, the bass lines stand out, the keyboards are captivating, Jets drumming is as solid as ever and Baz's guitar work fits beautifully, very similar to Hugh's.

I will break it down song by song:

Another Camden Afternoon
A superb opening to the album and an instrumental at that, The Stranglers have always been able to produce a good instrumental going right back to Longships, Yellowcake UF6 & Love 30. The song has a wonderfully catchy bass line running through it.

Freedom Is Insane
The longest track on the album, JJ's vocal delivery is ok but what I love about this song is the keyboard solo during it, very reminiscent of Walk On By.

I must admit I wasn't sure about this one at first but it's good, not a classic but good. It reminds me of some of the gentler moments on In The Night.
I like the lyrics to this song.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Some classic tracks
I had not heard this album before but it does contain some classic tracks. Worth having but not one of their best in my opinion.
Published 2 months ago by R. L. Hore
5.0 out of 5 stars The second coming has arrived!
The second coming has arrived!
I was, and am again a big Strangles fan grew up with them saw them live and bought everything they released from day one up until 10, and have I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wayne Potter
4.0 out of 5 stars Stranglers Fans will Enjoy.
There are some good tracks on this - you never know with Stranglers albums. Some are not so good as well!
Published 4 months ago by Stuart Sussex Scribe
4.0 out of 5 stars Graphic Depiction of Brand inside...
With a good live set included that gives a fine idea of the differences in the latest vocalists style, to previous incarnations and an ecectic song lineup this is close to their... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Man from poundstretcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value 2 Disc version
I already had the standard version of this album which I bought on release, without realising this version existed. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andy A
5.0 out of 5 stars rediscovered!
I'd read in a number of places that this was a pretty decent album but was doubtful whether the Stranglers could produce anything as good as the late 1970s/early 1980s. Read more
Published 11 months ago by class48nswfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Big fan of the stranglers and buy all their albums. Classis tracks on this CD and brilliant played live. Brill
Published 12 months ago by LouLou
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