Until fairly recently, I was a bit of a lapsed Stranglers fan after having enthusiastically embraced the band in the days when Hugh Cornwell was still with them. After he left, so did I. I didn’t believe that they could carry on and be as successful as they had been up until that point.
So, after many years out in the wilderness, and with virtually all of my vinyl and cassette collection lost in some inexplicable vortex of absent mindedness, ignorance and house moves, the band wasn’t even remotely on my radar. Fast forward to the beginning of this pandemic, when I befriended someone on Facebook who appeared to share my taste in music. One day, purely by chance, he posted a Stranglers video (can’t remember which one), and all of a sudden I found myself hankering after the more youthful period of my life (well, I am 60), and The Stranglers in particular.
As I faced the rather inconvenient prospect of having to buy all of the albums individually, my friend mentioned this collection, and after reading through a few reviews (I still don’t understand those 1 and 2 star ones) I took the plunge and am now happily reacquainting myself with those glorious early period albums. I’ve even started watching YouTube footage of the more recent Cornwell-less Stranglers and surprised myself by how much I enjoyed listening to them, and felt guilty at having abandoned the band in a fit of impetuous youthful rage.
So here I am now, feeling very happy with my purchase, but also sad, not just because of all the potentially great Stranglers gigs that I missed because of my petulance, but also at the recent sad passing of that keyboard king, Dave Greenfield. Where next for The Stranglers? Is this now the end of the road for one of the greatest and most enduring bands of the modern era? Only time will tell, but if it really is the end, what a legacy they leave behind, including this brilliant box set.
Old Testament: U.A.Studio Recordings 1977 - 1982
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Audio CD, Box set, Import, 4 June 2013
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- Product Dimensions : 14.71 x 13 x 2.39 cm; 221.97 Grams
- Manufacturer : PARLOPHONE IMPORT
- Manufacturer reference : WA-20265229
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Run time : 6 hours
- Label : PARLOPHONE IMPORT
- ASIN : B00BP9Y3Q2
- Number of discs : 5
- Best Sellers Rank: 27,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This 5-CD set from the English punk band includes the albums RATTUS NORVEGICUS, NO MORE HEROES, BLACK AND WHITE, THE RAVEN, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE MENINBLACK, & LA FOLIE plus singles & B-sides and a new disc of rarities.
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Lapsed fan (60) rediscovers the joys of his youth!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 June 2020
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Nearly As Good As !!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2017
I have been a die hard fan since hearing Grip on the radio way back in good ole' 77. So, I was one of those who bought (and still has) the original boxed 'Old Testament' which is worth a bit money nowadays. I bought this later version so I had some great tracks to play for when I'm driving. Now to be honest I cannot tell any difference in sound reproduction. For the cheap price I paid it was well worth it. The seller packaged it well and it came through the post quicker than expected and in the future I may by another one for a present for my son. This is three quarters of the classic Cornwell years. Do yourself a favour and buy The Old Testament and then buy the CBS albums boxed set and you will be able to listen to the greatest years of one of England's finest rock bands !!
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Great value - pleased with the sound quality.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2017
This is The Stranglers at their best. The sound quality of these discs is, in my opinion, excellent. I even quite enjoyed the last two albums, even though they were huge disappointments on release all those years ago. The rarities disc is a much better listen than most rarities discs.Six hours of music is great value for under £9.
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N. D. Sutton
Great value, great musicReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 October 2020
This is a very comprehensive collection for this period of the Stranglers. The sound quality is great. I’d forgotten how good Jean Jacques Bernel was. Great bass player!