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Live (X-Cert) [Extra tracks, Live, Original recording remastered]

Stranglers Audio CD
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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.

A lengthy discourse covering those formative days has now been covered in some considerable detail in Jet's musical odyssey elsewhere on these ... Read more in Amazon's Stranglers Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Aug 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005MAGB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) (Live) 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dagenham Dave (Live) 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Burning Up Time (Live) 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dead Ringer (Live) 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hanging Around (Live) 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Feel Like A Wog (Live) 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Straighten Out (Live) 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Curfew (Live) 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Do You Wanna?/Death And Night And Blood (Yukio) (Medley) (Live) 5:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 5 Minutes (Live) 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Go Buddy Go (Live) 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Peasant In The Big Shitty (Live) 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. In The Shadows (Live) 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sometimes (Live) 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mean To Me (Live) 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. London Lady (Live) 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Goodbye Toulouse (Live) 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Hanging Around (Different Version;Live) 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Unduly derided at the time of release (1979) for being unnecessary and superfluous (but a Top Ten album nonetheless), the Stranglers' Live X Cert now stands as one of the few contemporary documents of a British New Wave band in action, and serves to draw a line beneath the band's tenuous associations with the rudimentary musical mechanics of the UK punk scene (their next album The Raven marked a huge stylistic departure). Captured at the height of the band's commercial success and tabloid disreputability, Live X Cert--recorded in 1977 and 1978 at shows in Battersea Park and the Roundhouse--is a frank, ragged and savage account of the Stranglers' stage menace and arch musicality. Truthfully, only the accelerated stomp through the classic "Hanging Around" and the bruising vigilantism of "Five Minutes" get close to the studio versions. Even so, Live X Cert is worth hearing for the sneery condescension of singer Hugh Cornwell, who shrugs-off audience flak ("Did someone just say 'wanker'? C'mon, let's geddim to own up, then") and stage-bound phlegm ("Good to see you've all been reading your News of the Worlds and are all spitting just like punks are supposed to be") with the mastery of a heckle-proof alternative comedian. --Kevin Maidment

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stranglers - Raw 8 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Stranglers first and arguably finest 'Live' album, X-Cert comes from gigs played during '77 and '78 and captures a lot of raw aggression - from the somewhat dodgy (by todays standards) quality of the sound recording, to the break-neck speed of the songs, right down to Cornwell's dialogue with the audience.
If you're not a big Stranglers fan, then no doubt you won't recognise many of the tracks since few of them were ever singles - which to me is part of it's draw. So many 'live' albums are merely 'greatest hits' re-packages (as was the 1987 All Live...) and it's good to see some of the lesser know album tracks getting an airing.
Favourites of mine include 'Hanging Around', 'Grip', 'Go Buddy Go' and 'Dagenham Dave'.
The extra tracks are bolted on the end (the main body is put together as though it's a full concert) and give a bit of a dis-joined feeling as a result but they are none-the-less worthy of the other material.
A good buy for fellow fans out there but it may take a while for non-fans to get into some of the songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated classic 10 April 2006
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As far as I am concerned, this is The Stranglers finest release. I find these live renditions of their early punk repertoire far more exciting than their often puny-sounding studio counterparts. Highlights include a superb 'Curfew', 'Do You Wanna?' and 'Hanging Around'. Certainly any lover of punk/new-wave ought to enjoy this CD. The bonus tracks are well-suited and most welcome.
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3.0 out of 5 stars LIVE BUT BARELY KICKING 21 May 2007
By Kelvin J. Dickinson VINE VOICE
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It's the height of the punk era so why shouldn't a live recording of a frontline act be raw and uncompromising? Well, it should...but naff? Where did that come from? The real fault with LIVE (X-CERT) is down to production. Or, rather, supreme indifference to it.

From a set made up of the first three STRANGLERS releases, RATTUS NORVEGICUS IV, NO MORE HEROES and BLACK AND WHITE, only HANGING AROUND is anything like decent-sounding. To my ears, the remaining tracks come across as a bit thin and lacklustre, having been robbed at the mixing desk of most of their energy and excitement - so every time a re-appraisal is attempted, I'm left (yet again) with an overwhelming feeling of disappointment. A case of very good material played well but treated very badly.

Having dealt with the music then, what can there possibly be left to savour? Perhaps the controversial-sounding title, X-CERT(ificate); does it dare to live up to it's adult ramifications? Hmm. If your idea of hardcore controversy includes HUGH CORNWELL'S somewhat pedestrian response to a clearly heard insult from some wag in the crowd then this album may hold some guilty pleasures. Otherwise, it's about as shocking as a streaker in a nudist camp. That's the passage of time for you.

(Get a) Grip (on Yourself)
Dagenham Dave
Burning up Time
Dead Ringer
Hanging Around
I Feel Like a ***
Straighten Out
Do You Wanna?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Live Band Ever 23 Jun 2011
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Been a fan of The Stranglers since buying Grip on 7". The 1st 3 album's were by far the best and this a great introduction of what the Stranglers are all about.

Recently saw them again on the Black & Blue Tour with Baz on vox/guitar and they are still amazing, especially as Jet is almost as old as my Dad.

I would recommend this CD to anyone who appreciates rock, punk and new wave music.
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