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The Strangler Greatest Hits: 1977-1990
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Because of the times they sprang from the Stranglers were always known as punk but really they were closer to the Animals or even Slade.
I don't think they had much of an American career but slotted in straight away to both the 60s garage band and the garage revivalists like the Flamin' Groovies.
But if punk means musically deficient like the Sex Pistols or Sham 69 then no way
At least that's how I see it
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2000
This is a totally brilliant album of the best of chart hits for those years. You simply forget how good they actually were. It was wonderful to sit back and listen to all their major hits again. It reminds you how talented this band really were. I would thoroughly recommend this album even if you can only remember a few of the hits as the rest will come back to you when you play it. Fantastic, really fantastic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2015
There comes a time in your life when the marker posts of a youth gone by rush past. When I listen to The Stranglers I am transported to Poole Arts Centre and the mass gyrations of fans at their concert. Thirty years and the memories are still fond, hence the purchase of this compilation of their iconic standards. This is Adult-Orientated Rock at its finest with considered performances and musicianship
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I feel that the Stranglers have had a rough time of it in the punk / new wave nostalgia industry and cannot really understand why. Perhaps it's the fact that that they have never split up - OK Hugh left in '91 and there have have been several personnel changes since but the core has never varied - so there has never been the much-hyped reunion tour and subsequent remastering sales pitch to raise their profile. They have just continued to tour and play and do what comes naturally to them.

Anyway be that as it may, I once heard the Stranglers described as the musicians of punk, to the Damned's Jokers, the Clash's politicians and the Sex Pistol's hate figures; and I would at least agree that the Stranglers were the better musically from the off. And the songs on this compilation show this off brilliantly - OK so they get a little cabaret-ish with the brass section coming in near the end of this selection, and they were not initially the strongest lyrically (No More Heroes and Peaches being perhaps the worst offenders) but for me Strange Little Girl is still one of the best and most haunting songs ever, Something better Change is dark and brooding, All Day and All of the Night a great cover of a great song.

All-in-all a great compilation of a much under-rated band who deserve more recognition.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is a welcome retrospective stretching from their punk heyday (Something Better Change & No More Heroes with its lovely Doors-like organ) down to the more mellow and experimental 80s classics (Golden Brown with its beautiful harpsichord & the amazing Skin Deep, a hypnotic tune with a vaguely eerie feel). Throughout their career, The Stranglers successfully mastered various styles, from aggro rock to gentle ballads. Somehow the album is not entirely satisfying. Songs like Walk On By and 96 Tears didn't age at all well and where's that anthem of aggro Five Minutes? Gripes aside, this I still a proud collection of songs from one of Britain's finest. Another compilation is The Collection 1977 - 1982, which focuses on their early period.
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on 27 August 2015
Any 35+ year old who was an indie kid back in the late 90s and didn't get to know The Stranglers will listen to this thinking, 'I recognise that...and that...and that' until they realise all their fave bands of the time were in awe of these guys.(Think Elastica and 'No More Heroes'.) Each track is a bit messy, a bit dirty but perfectly formed and makes complete sense and just sounds brilliant. There's not one song on there that I don't like and don't want to have so loud it breaks all the windows of my car as I cane it down the A3.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2011
This CD, for me, covered all the songs I wanted which I obtained at a bargain price.
A must for all Stranglers fans.
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on 26 February 2014
I have been a long time fan of the Stranglers, particulary Hugh Cornwell their front-man who I have seen live. All the old favourites are here and some so buy and enjoy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2012
Quite good, but I wish their were more early stuff & more tracks. Could have done with supplying the lyrics as well as this is always useful. My wife liked it better than I did because she liked the later softer tracks!
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on 10 January 2014
This is the best collection of the Strangles of the original line-up. The songs are fabulous and this CD is a must.
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