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Giants and Gems [Parental Advisory]

Album: Giants and Gems: An Album Collection [Box]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sometimes
2)    Goodbye Toulouse
3)    London Lady
4)    Princess of the Streets
5)    Hanging Around
6)    Peaches
7)    (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
8)    Ugly
9)    Down in the Sewer: Falling/Down in the Sewer/Trying to Get Out Again
1)    I Feel Like a Wog
2)    Bitching
3)    Dead Ringer
4)    Dagenham Dave
5)    Bring on the Nubiles
6)    Something Better Change
7)    No More Heroes
8)    Peasant in the Big Shitty
9)    Burning Up Time
10)    English Towns
11)    School Mam
1)    Tank
2)    Nice 'n' Sleazy
3)    Outside Tokyo
4)    Sweden (All Quiet on the Eastern Front)
5)    Hey! (Rise of the Robots)
6)    Toiler on the Sea
7)    Curfew
8)    Threatened
9)    In the Shadows
10)    Do You Wanna
11)    Death and Night and Blood (Yukio)
12)    Enough Time
1)    (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
2)    Dagenham Dave
3)    Burning Up Time
4)    Dead Ringer
5)    Hanging Around
6)    I Feel Like a Wog
7)    Straighten Out
8)    Curfew
9)    Do You Wanna?/Death and Night and Blood (Yukio)
10)    5 Minutes
11)    Go Buddy Go
1)    Longships
2)    Raven, The
3)    Dead Loss Angeles
4)    Ice
5)    Baroque Bordello
6)    Nuclear Device
7)    Shah Shah a Go Go
8)    Don't Bring Harry
9)    Duchess
10)    Meninblack
11)    Genetix
1)    Waltzinblack
2)    Just Like Nothing on Earth
3)    Second Coming
4)    Waiting for the Meninblack
5)    Turn the Centuries/Turn
6)    Two Sunspots
7)    Four Horsemen
8)    Thrown Away
9)    Manna Machine
10)    Hallow to Our Men
1)    Non Stop
2)    Everybody Loves You When You're Dead
3)    Tramp
4)    Let Me Introduce You to the Family
5)    Ain't Nothin' to It
6)    Man They Love to Hate, The
7)    Pin Up
8)    It Only Takes Two to Tango
9)    Golden Brown
10)    How to Find True Love and Happiness in the Present Day
11)    Folie, La
1)    Tits
2)    Choosey Susie
3)    Goodbye Toulouse
4)    Bitching
5)    Mean to Me
6)    School Mam
7)    Peasant in the Big Shitty
8)    In the Shadows
9)    Walk on By
10)    Princess of the Streets
11)    Go Buddy Go
12)    No More Heroes
13)    Straighten Out
14)    Peaches
15)    Hanging Around
16)    Dagenham Dave
17)    Sometimes
18)    Bring on the Nubiles
19)    London Lady
1)    Go Buddy Go
2)    Top Secret
3)    Old Codger
4)    Man in White
5)    Rok It to the Moon
6)    Love 30
7)    Shut Up
8)    Walk on By [Full Length Version]
9)    Vietnamerica
10)    Mean to Me
11)    Cruel Garden
12)    Yellowcake UF
13)    5 Minutes
1)    Unbroken
2)    Spectre of Love
3)    She's Slipping Away
4)    Summat Outanowt
5)    Anything Can Happen
6)    See Me Coming
7)    Bless You (Save You, Spare You, Damn You)
8)    Soldier's Diary, A
9)    Barbara (Shangri-La)
10)    I Hate You
11)    Relentless
1)    Another Camden Afternoon
2)    Freedom Is Insane
3)    Giants
4)    Lowlands
5)    Boom Boom
6)    My Fickle Resolve
7)    Time Was Once on My Side
8)    Mercury Rising
9)    Adios (Tango)
10)    15 Steps
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Performer Notes
  • Photographer: Colin Gray.
  • In 2013, the great five-disc Stranglers box set The Old Testament: The U.A. Studio Recordings (1977-1982) from 1992 was reissued, featuring most of the group's best albums plus a bunch of drool-worthy bonuses (demos, B-sides, remixes, and other whatnot). This bulky 11-disc set was released just one year after -- the excuse being that the band's 40th anniversary must be honored -- but the differences are vast, with this one serving a purpose for the hardcore while Old Testament is the clear winner for the more casual listener. Believe that the band was a sham once lead singer Hugh Cornwell left in 1990 and Giants and Gems is a legacy-harming device, since two albums with Baz Warne on vocals (the OK Suite XVI from 2006 and the excellent Giants from 2012) are included. End-to-end fans who think that Baz is ace might still find this set revisionist history, as the band's middle period as a five-piece with the slinky singer Paul Roberts (who acted as if he were fronting INXS and not the scruffy band that recorded "Peaches") is missing, as are the late Hugh Cornwell albums, since classics like Aural Sculpture are owned by Sony. The Old Testament bonus tracks have also gone missing here, as Giants and Gems presents the albums just as they were issued on vinyl with no extras, but including the rarities compilation Off the Beaten Track in this set is a bonus in itself, as are getting the live albums Live (X-Cert) and Live at the Hope & Anchor. Those looking to go past the hits should buy Aural Sculpture and Feline separately, then consider The Old Testament if you want the complete lean and mean Stranglers, or add this one to the shelves for something more exhaustive and Bazzy. ~ David Jeffries
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