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The Old Testament [Box set]

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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Product details

  • Audio CD (16 Nov 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000007468
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sometimes
2. Goodbye Toulouse
3. London Lady
4. Princess Of The Streets
5. Hanging Around
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Peasant in the Big S**ty
2. Burning Up Time
3. English Towns
4. School Mam
5. Straighten Out
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Longships
2. The Raven
3. Dead Loss Angeles
4. Ice
5. Baroque Bordello
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Two Sunspots
2. Four Horsemen
3. Thrown Away
4. Manna Machine
5. Hallow To Our Men
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Stranglers were the first band I ever saw back in '79 on The Raven tour (Derby Assembly Rooms) - loved `em - I was 15 at the time. I moved on through numerous bands over the years, picking back up on The Stranglers every so often. Saw `em again around 2004 at Rock City - really unimpressed - Hugh Cornwall had left by then & they were a shadow of the band I loved in the late seventies.

Then I rediscovered them last year. I realised that I didn't actually own the first few albums on CD, only on vinyl & set about to add the first six albums to my racks. If you buy them individually, it's going to cost about forty quid, buying this way cost me less than fifteen.

So how does it compare to buying them separately? You don't get exactly the same tracks as buying the original, re-mastered albums - however, you get all the tracks from the original albums & some B-sides, 12" & rarities. Problem is, when you transfer it to i-tunes, your library listing will display it as "The Old Testament", which, if you want to listen to say "Black & White", is irritating. Took me about half a day to order & edit it to the original albums - the awkward part was deciding what to do with the extra tracks. I ended up using a combination of cross-referencing their Wikipedia discography against the track listing from the currently available albums.

Soundwise, sounds fine to me - however, after too many years of standing by the side of Rock Citys bass bins, I suffer from what is known as "reduced hearing". If you read through other reviews, you can decide whether or not the sound is of reduced quality. To me, it's a value way to add their first six albums, plus extras, to your collection for a low price.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent box set 18 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This box set contains the band's complete studio output during the classic UA years, for many the golden years of The Stranglers. The set is crammed onto four CDs. All six albums are here, along with the one off singles and the b sides. It is good to have them all in one place.
The first two albums cover much the same ground with melodic pub rock to the fore. They include gems such as Grip, No More Heroes, Peaches and Rok it to the Moon. The use of keyboards separates them from most of the pub bands of the time. Recorded fast, they did well at catching the feel of the band's early live sets.
Black and White saw the band cautiously spreading their musical wings, moving into rockier territory than the previous two albums. Nice and Sleazy was the single from the album and is probably the most adventurous track on the album. The one off single Walk on By remains a tour de force.
The third CD brings us to The Raven and The Stranglers suddenly explode outwards. By far their most varied and experimental album so far it included everything from the power pop of Duchess to the strange experiment of Meninblack and everything in-between. It is, arguably, their finest album. Don't Bring Harry is just one stand out track. For all its wing stretching it is still recognisably the Stranglers.
This brings us neatly to The Gospel According to The Men In Black. Easily the most controversial of the albums it is a strange mixture of styles and experiments. Taken as a whole it adds up to a reasonably strong, very European album. It is probably the weakest album here, however.
Finally we have La Folie the most radio friendly album from this phase. A return to form it sold well on the back of Golden Brown.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit loud but still sound good 17 July 2013
By pmppk
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I decided to buy the 2013 version after some positive comments regarding sound quality start showing up on Amazon product review. After listening to the whole package which took me very LOOOOONG time, well.... nearly 100 songs, I'm quite satisfied with the overall sound quality of these CDs.
In term of audio quality for most tracks, I can clearly hear detail of most instruments. JJ's bass from the first 3 albums sound spikey with a nice touch of sub bass. The drum part sound powerful and not muddy at all. I'd describe the overall experience of listening to these 6 early albums as very powerful and energetic.

There're some tracks that sound a bit loud and a "tiny" bit harsh to my ear, which mostly belong to "No More Heroes" album. However they don't sound tinny because the mid and sub bass are still there and help balance out nicely.

In summary I would rate audio quality for most tracks as 5 stars, except for tracks from "No More Heroes" which get 4.5 stars
The double CD package is sturdy enough to hold all 5 CDs. The 24 pages booklet includes Band photos, images of albums and Singles covers, and some credits for rarities tracks on disc 5.

Highly recommended.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Moreland - "This is an absolute bargain..." 23 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The first six albums along with extra tracks in one (4CD) box set. There's also a great book with lots of insights into the band. It is a must buy if you don't have any of the UA period albums. All the best stuff in one box! Go for it...
Also check out the 'All twelve inches" album.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound is Excellent 9 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD
These recordings are well known enough to not need any description, but note should be made of the sound in this budget set. It appears a troll has posted several reviews here decrying the "terrible" sound. Strangely each review has a perfect score of helpfulness from other readers. No need to hesitate on this issue, the set sounds fine. I don't have the original early 90s set for comparison but this has a warmth and crispness which sounds like a fresh remaster to me. Buy with confidence and ignore the troll!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars stranglers
Love this box set takes me back to my youth long time since I have listened to the stranglers good price as well
Published 4 months ago by terry ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Rattus to Folie and Extras in between
I had Rattus and Black and White as a double cd but had been trying to find best way to get 'Heroes, 'Raven and La Folie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Man from poundstretcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
I was excited to see this back in print. Great music and content for the price. Excellent intro to the Stranglers. Such an underated band.
Published 10 months ago by Chris Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Always been a fan - since I was a teenager. Was always going to buy this. Enjoy listening to this.
Published 11 months ago by Amanda Nairn
2.0 out of 5 stars mmmm
im lucky enough to have the original long box 4 disk version. can be quite pricey these days. ive compared them and agree that the new version has been cleaned up and had its rusty... Read more
Published 11 months ago by shamrock-films
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Budget Re-Issue
This is a great re-issue, Nice Price, Nice Packaging, All Brilliant Music, Everything From The First 6 Albums and More. Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories..
Fantastic chance to find out just how good the Stranglers were.....just buy it and Enjoy!!!....the ultimate 5 album set and the brilliant bonus!!!
Published 14 months ago by ragman1960..DT..
5.0 out of 5 stars Meninblack
I am one of sad Stranglers fans who has every song in every format... Actually i was missing one "Who wants the World " so i bought this collection for 1 track. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Martin J. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't understand the comments regarding the poor sound quality
There is no problem with the sound on these CDs. The music is prime Stranglers and goes right back to those early days of punk, through a scary weird phase, before producing some... Read more
Published 14 months ago by jac-music
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruined by an abundance of strange one star reviews (beware of trolls)
I for one do not own the '92 remasters of the stranglers albums however i do own a couple of the 2001 ones and they are exactly the same. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Scott
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