I must admit that I wasn't sure about purchasing this, at first. But after a long hiatus from The Meninblack when Hugh Cornwell left, I happened to pick up Giants and was pleasantly blown away. Then ditto with Norfolk Coast and Suite XVI albums. The Stranglers have long since evolved as musicians and adopted a broader palette than their 'Punk meets Doors' earlier offerings suggested. It got boring during the latter years with Cornwell, but thankfully the duelling keyboards and bass guitar are back to the fore and the band is revitalised - they sound like they mean it once more.
Then suddenly, out of nowhere comes this stripped back acoustic set, showcasing different versions of older and newer material. JJ sports an acoustic bass and Jet Black still hits the skins, so the acoustic rendering of songs still has the trademark bite. The band are relaxed and clearly enjoying this gig, as you can hear from the between songs banter with the away crowd of raucous Brits and more reserved locals. The setlist is by no means a Greatest Hits effort, so we are treated with several hits + album tracks.
If, like me, you are interested in the overall song writing, then the acoustic format is an excellent way to study the songs' texture, dynamics and lyrics.
Having been a fan of The meninblack since my school days which was long ago when Dinosaurs ruled the world and I purchased the amazing Rattus Norvegicus and followed them up until ,H**h C!'~well ,parted company. Over the years I continued to see em live but didn't really get in to the new stuff but that all changed when they released released the superb Giants album. Having just seen the lads live at Hammersmith I decided to give this cd a try having read other reviews,we'll what a hidden gem this is. The songs a broken down brilliantly and shows what great song writers and musicians they are. If you love The Stranglers grab this cd and peel back your lug holes and enjoy but don't bring Harry.
Absolutely loved the Stranglers in the 70's & absolutely love this Always enjoyed listening to the first 4 classic releases but that was as far as it went, but over the last few months i've slowly been getting my Stranglers collection up to date. A great track listing spanning over the last few decades and a joy to listen to. You wont be disappointed Buy and enjoy
Nice one by the men in black. Relaxed and refreshing take on familiar songs. Burnel sings like in the old days. With this crystal clear style of producing the music can stand the test of time and the unplugged versions show how sophisticated they really are (or were). Recommended for true Strangleristi. Even the new songs fit in well.
An absolute bargain (less than a fiver) and some really nice renditions of some old (i.e. pre 1991) masters: "Princess of the Streets", "European Female", "Always the Sun", "Don't Bring Harry", "Strange Little Girl", "English Towns" etc, along with some newer tracks.
Was a huge fan of the Stranglers 1978-1990 and then again over the past couple of years and this is a great addition to my Stranglers catalogue.
You will see from my profile I am a Stranglers fan rain and shine but I have never seen the Stranglers as an acoustic band. How wrong was I. A corking set of classics and less known gems laid back and delivered flawlessly. With such a huge catalogue to pull from you would expect the well known. Absolutely not. being the Stranglers it is done how only they could do it with an interesting choice of material and played perfectly with some witty banter and an appreciative crowd all thrown in. A great record that I would recommend to all.
I bought this as a present for my dad, he has always liked the stranglers and was not disappointed recording is good - and they play songs old and new - there is mild swearing/banter inbetween tracks (be warned!) -but typical stranglers gig really!