The Collection 1977-1982
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The Collection 1977-1982

25 Sep 2006

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  Song Title
(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
Hanging Around
No More Heroes (Edit)
Walk On By
Something Better Change
Nice N' Sleazy
Bear Cage (Extended Mix;Edit)
Who Wants the World
Golden Brown
Strange Little Girl
La Folie

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Sep 1989
  • Release Date: 25 Sep 1989
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 1982 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1982 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 55:09
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,253 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Hits 27 Nov 2004
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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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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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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 1 month 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 2 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 4 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 8 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 9 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 14 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 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars worth buying
i only bought this album because it was 3 and i hadnt heard no more heros in ages, i wasnt disapointed its a good album with all the classics on it, although the stranglers change... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by kelso120
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashback
Continuing with my theme of revisiting my youth; I bought The Stranglers collection on download. A good range of songs from the time when I was young, and a real mix of old... Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2010 by Mr. James West
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw them live at Hard Rock Calling last year.. and this album brought...
If you're in your early 40's .. this album will bring back the memories...
A nice mix of The Stranglers best.. the mellow Golden Brown and Strange Little Girl .. Read more
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