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The Collection 1977-1982 [CD]

Stranglers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Sep 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000089BH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  9. Nice N' Sleazy 3:14Album Only
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Listen14. La Folie 6:11Album Only


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THE STRANGLERS The Collection 1977-1982 (1988 UK 14-track CD album [originally released in 1982] - a fantastic compilation of the bands hits including Peaches Walk On By and No More Heroes and Waltzinblack picture sleeve CDP7460662)

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5.0 out of 5 stars All the early singles from the Meninblack 1 Sep 2000
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As with most bands who have been around for as long as the Stranglers, there are many compilation albums available of varying quality. This however, was the first compilation released in 1982 which covers the early punk singles of 1977 such as 'Peaches' and 'Something Better Change' up to the mellow sounds of 'Golden Brown' and 'Strange Little Girl' in the early 1980s.
In between there are such classics as 'Duchess' and 'Bear Cage' as well as their menacing re-working of the Dionne Warwick song 'Walk on By'. This latter song was a strange choice of single as it had been given away free with their album "Black and White" and it was also well over the standard 3 minute length of your average single due to the extended guitar and keyboard solos, but the Stranglers have never been all that concerned about such minor details. The final track also demonstrates how they've never played by the music industry's rules as it is sung and spoken in French by their bass player Jean Jacque Burnel. Not exactly likely to get much daytime airplay on Radio 1!
They have always lived up to their reputation of being the 'Lepers of Rock' but have recorded consistently good singles which this compilation demonstrates. I'd certainly recommend it as a good starting point if you are new to the music of the Stranglers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When there were giants! 16 May 2008
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The Stranglers were never easily categorised. Punk? New Wave? Goth? Christ knows, even 26 years after the latest track on this compo!

The best thing about this compo is that it didn't answer those questions on its' release in 1982 & doesn't know. The Stranglers weren't mavericks, they were just a flipping towering talent that never fitted neatly into anybody's pigeon-holes.

And after a quarter of a century, this is still the only compo you really want. Some of their Epic stuff was good(Skin Deep,European Female,Always The Sun), but it doesn't match the energy, verve or flair of every track on this little lot.

It does concentrate on the singles, apart from Walk On By, initially an album freebie, La Folie, released against their wishes, hence the move from Liberty/EMI, and Hanging Around. But as Walk on By is seriously deviant compared to what Bacharach & David expected when they wrote it in 1963, as La Folie is the musical equivalent of Eric Cantona's Seagulls & Trawlers in its' subtle contempt for pop-pickers, and as Hanging Around is one of the great anthemic 6 mins of the last 10,000 years,who cares they weren't ever featured on TOTP!

Magic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Hits 27 Nov 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Emerging in the heady days of the punk revolution, The Stranglers went out of their way to be offensive but they outlived the punk hype because they were a really talented rock band. This album demonstrates their brilliance and their versatility. Their repertoire included both angry rock anthems and sensitive, beautifully melodic songs. This album includes the uptempo No More Heroes, the politically incorrect Peaches and the protest song Something Better Change, plus their cover of the Bacharach/David classic Walk On By and the tuneful Duchess. Another change in style created Golden Brown with its sublime harpsichord arrangement and the lovely melodic Strange Little Girl. The only major omission is Five Minutes, a powerful piece of aggressive rock. These songs have stood the test of time very well, especially the softer ones like Golden Brown and Strange Little Girl. The Stranglers were definitely one of the most talented UK bands of the 1970s and the 1980s. Greatest Hits 1977 - 1990 is another worthwhile compilation as it includes their hits throughout the 1980s. But for the early period, this album is just fine.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 1 Feb 2005
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The Stranglers were one of the bands that rode the punk revolution to success without ever being truly a punk band. They were much too good to be pigeonholed so easily.
The Stranglers were famous for their musicianship (JJ Burnel's fantastic baselines inspired a generation of schoolboy base players), their ability to be offensive (performing on stage with strippers: it used to work) and violence (it wasn't a good idea to stand at the bar or ignore them when they are performing).
This album covers the Stranglers most successful period (in terms of commercial success) and contains most of the 'old' favourites ranging from the classic No More Heroes through the offensive (but funny) Peaches to the melodic and haunting Golden Brown.
Their music has stood the test of time well (certainly much better than most of their contemporaries) and still bears repeated listening.
Highly recommended and good value for 'old' fans; also a great place to start for music fans unfamiliar with the Stranglers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Just go for a stroll in the trees" 7 May 2008
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I recently gave away all my early Stranglers' albums - all of them prior to this greatest hits package. I retained this collection partly through nostalgic reasons, but also because all songs bar one is a gem! For an hour of inventive, well-crafted musicianship, this album is hard to beat.

To quote a phrase, there's never a dull moment with these songs. The lyrics are often brilliantly spot-on with riffs to die for, and the arrangements are both resourceful and ingenious.

All tracks are written by the band, except their cover of Bacharach and David's "Walk On By". And even here singer Hugh Cornwell's voice is delightfully incongruous and perfectly phrased as he euphemistically demands of his lover that she "just go for a stroll in the trees"! But whether it is the beautiful bass line of "Nice `n' Sleazy", or the haunting feel of "Strange Little Girl", or the sad domesticity portrayed in "Duchess", or the class of the "Waltzinblack", there is plenty of ingenuity here at which to marvel. The only duff item, in my opinion, is "Something Better Change", its title being too (ironically) repetitive to bear.

Having gained fame and notoriety on the back of punk, the band always had a rather sinister edge in its early years, a reputation that the band did little to dispel. And yet their cultural and softer side is there for all to see in many of these songs, especially towards the end of their contract with EMI, when new European horizons started to come into view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cd, a replacement for one i'd worn out
Published 14 days ago by anne dart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 3 months ago by S.Sarker
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Reminded me what was great about this band. No more heroes us just the top of the iceberg. Classic stuff.
Published 5 months ago by g m scarfe
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the stranglers
There are a few greatest Stranglers hits albums you can buy but this one is by far the best, you will enjoy this if you're a fan.
Published 7 months ago by david lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price.
This is a well balanced selection from a band that has to be part of your collection.
Sounds good to drive with and great in the lounge. Well worth buying.
Published 8 months ago by pinky
5.0 out of 5 stars Converted
Didn't like them when i was younger apart from "GOLDEN BROWN" which is a classic.

Now converted to the edginess i used to dislike. Read more
Published 11 months ago by RICHARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Collection
My vinyl copy of this was ruined years ago and decided to buy it again on CD. Great tracklisting for any beginners.
Published 15 months ago by scott naismith
5.0 out of 5 stars My ere - I love it
Wasn't into buying music in the late 70s so have started to relive my youth with buying what I regarded as brilliant records (old I know). Wasn't dissapointed with this. Read more
Published 16 months ago by mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
The Stranglers for me is this album, as it was the album that defined their years from punk to pop, from bare anger to aloof chart monkeys. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Nicholas Jenkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Stranglers The Collection
brilliant music from an excellent band easy to listen toand as good now as they were when they first came out
Published 21 months ago by Ianmac Northumberland
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