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Strangled: Identity, Status, Structure and The Stranglers
Strangled: Identity, Status, Structure and The Stranglers
by Phil Knight
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Meninblack Versus Death & Night & Blood, 27 Jan. 2015
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This work takes a fascinating and highly intellectual angle on my favourite band. Without giving too much away,at its core it sets out to investigate and process the hidden aspects of the bands decades long sufferance at the hands of the media etc. The dark forces that have conspired to cast them as the pariahs of the punk movement. Deleting them from their rightful place as prime movers in British rock music.
It is not a run of the mill "Who met who , where and when". It tackles muscular issues such as extreme bad fortune, death , imprisonment and critical indifference. As well as attempting to unravel what The Stranglers as four individuals brought to the cosmic mix. How they turned the accepted structures of the rock band on its head. And concurrently also the accepted norm within the music business. It twists and turns whilst referencing such diverse elements as The Trickster, Ufology and Jungian Psychology This is most evident on what I hold dear as the Holy Trinity of their albums. "Black & White" "The Raven" and "The Gospel According To the Meninblack".
Phil Knight has managed in my view to probe deeper than anyone before into the morass that was the original Stranglers. Evoking a living breathing narrative that will raise as many questions as it attempts to answer.
Finally I wonder what new elements would arise if you extrapolate his theory to touch on the bands followers....
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Peaches: A Chronicle of the Stranglers: 1974 - 1990:
Peaches: A Chronicle of the Stranglers: 1974 - 1990:
by Robert Endeacott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.69

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vladimir and the Book...., 11 Jan. 2015
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Very enjoyable trawl through the original Meninblack's career. Written in such a way as it felt like sitting down with a mug of tea and discussing one of your favourite bands with a like minded but more knowledgeable acquaintance.Informative with a vein of the original Strangled magazine enthusiasm running through it.
A special mention to the publishers Soundcheck Books too for making available this tome. Breaking with a decades long almost "Stalinesque" purging of the bands influence and stature from punk and post punk music reference, whether in print or film.
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Here and There: The Epic B-sides (1983-1991)
Here and There: The Epic B-sides (1983-1991)
Price: £9.62

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When "B" Sides Mattered., 18 Nov. 2014
Excellent value for money. Nicely mastered and presented 2 CD set. Coupled with Nik Yeoman's refreshing honesty in the liner notes advising why certain tracks were omitted (Pointless remixes of "10" era songs etc). Most amusingly described as not just victims of disc running times!
Whether the bands label Coursegood will turn their attention to a reissue of "All Twelve Inches" and other lost Epic era gems remains to be seen. Highly recommended as a standalone album to underpin this reviews title. And a small ray of excitement on a grey English November morning for an ageing, unapologetic original 77 - 90 line up fan.
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The Professionals: MkII [Blu-ray]
The Professionals: MkII [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Martin Shaw
Price: £28.20

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Window Into The Past, 6 Oct. 2014
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An incredible feat of remastering. Usual superb Network production. Crystal clear picture and sound.
The set also contains an informative paperback book, which interestingly re prints an early short story later adapted for a future episode "Wild Justice". So much care and attention goes into these releases. Network are a bloody legend!
Oh and by the way ignore the three star review below... Probably a long lost relative of Mickey Hamilton ; )

Infernal Love
Infernal Love
Price: £18.34

5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW OF 2014 DELUXE EDITION, 11 April 2014
This review is from: Infernal Love (Audio CD)
Why certain people have an issue with this album is beyond my personal comprehension. Yes. I guess Therapy? could have cobbled together "Troublegum II". But given Andy Cairns vast musical palette I would assume the band would've felt constricted by that easy way out. Dare I admit it, but as a contemporary of Mr Cairns (age wise), I can hear so many different threads at work. Killing joke, Banshees, Fugazi, Joy division etc. The albums final song "30 Seconds" even puts me in mind of "Machine Gun Etiquette" era Damned.In comparison to previous albums "Infernal Love" has a wonderful, almost cinematic quality to it. A maturity. Which as other reviewers have pointed out, puts it head and shoulders above the vile Britpop clogging up the airwaves back then. Oasis? If I had wanted to buy a Beatles Tribute bands album ,Id purchase "Best of The Monkees"!
On to the remaster, which to my ears seems louder but not excessively compressed. A lot of minor information such as background guitar lines etc are more apparent. The bonus tracks are largely around acoustic versions and remixes with a couple of cracking "b sides" .
Damn criminal shame "Infernal Love " isn't more widely known and revered.

5 Albums Box Set - In The Flat Field/Mask/The Skys Gone Out/Burning From The Inside/Singles
5 Albums Box Set - In The Flat Field/Mask/The Skys Gone Out/Burning From The Inside/Singles
Price: £12.33

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly A Physical Swansong, 26 Nov. 2013
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A tidy, extremely reasonably priced collection. If there's one thing you could always rely on Beggars for. It is value for money.
I really have lost count of the amount of times I've purchased these albums etc. Having been a rabid fan since I was an early teenage posturing, whining schoolboy.
As a Bauhaus Anorak though,one slightly negative observation. No original "Bela Lugosi's Dead","Boys","Dark Entries (Fragment)" or "Harry". Still a very sold release.
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5 Album Box Set
5 Album Box Set
Price: £11.45

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes ...Good Value ..But.., 16 May 2013
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I hate to be pedantic but the same line up recorded the "Hot Trip To Heaven" LP released in 1994. An album long overdue for remaster/reissue.Fantastic value box set. With the bonus disc of rarities particularly welcome. But the "first incarnation" comment is misleading...
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I Will Set You Free
I Will Set You Free
Price: £11.18

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Of The Hill, 21 April 2012
This review is from: I Will Set You Free (Audio CD)
As a devoted disciple of Magazine I naturally diversified into the bands solo output. With mixed results obviously. My personal feeling is that Barry Adamson has taken the John Barry/Lalo Schifrin style film soundtrack elements apparent in Magazine (Rumour has it Barry was approached to produce their "Secondhand Daylight" album in 1979) and added a level of 70's hard edged funk and pop sensibility throughout his solo output.On some albums this worked better than others. On "I Will Set You Free", he's hit the jackpot. Just imagine Scott Walker jamming with Sly and The Family Stone , produced by Jerry Goldsmith and you'll be some way near appreciating this fantastic kaleidoscope of an album. Certainly made up for his absence on "No Thyself" which I find difficult to find the need to purchase. Its been a long climb from "Moss Side Story" but Barry's at the top of the hill.... Excellent stuff.

Favorite TV Theme Songs: British Crime Dramas
Favorite TV Theme Songs: British Crime Dramas

2.0 out of 5 stars Simply........, 14 Dec. 2011
HILARIOUS!!! Takes me back to the cheap Woolworth's compilations where the orchestra worked in artistic democracy as opposed to harmony
; )

Gary Numan - The touring principle '79 [DVD]
Gary Numan - The touring principle '79 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gary Numan

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Digital "Remastering"???, 25 Feb. 2011
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As the other reviewer correctly points out this is still an incomplete document of Gary Numan's ground breaking 1979 Touring Principle show.Yes.They have removed the Top Of The Pops style effects. Yes.They have replaced the muddy VHS era sound with John Dent's impressive remastered "Living Ornaments'79" audio soundtrack. But. No.They have not found any further footage of the gig in question to complete this important show .It's also worth mentioning that with the amount of scratches, grain and sparkle still evident on the picture, Dash Productions claim of digital remastering would not stand up in court!The extras are minimal too. A VHS to DVD transfer of the original version with aforementioned effects and a contemporary interview with Gary Numan. However what footage is left still takes me back to when Gary Numan was the future. He was one of the most exciting acts to emerge from this country in the post punk age. Nothing can take that away from him.
The live gig *****
Value for money **
Overall Quality **

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