The Stranglers

All Live and All of the Night

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While not as good as Live (X-Cert), the Stranglers' live album it bookends, this does have some things to recommend it. First, it was recorded a decade down the line and was able to draw from a wellspring of generally excellent material. Secondly, at this stage in their career, the Stranglers remained just about relevant, and were still a robust live act, though some fans reacted warily to the presence of brass on favorites such as "Down in the Sewer." So, thanks for the live album, but no thanks for the awful packaging, intended to cash in on the success of "All Day and All of the Night." The Stranglers' workmanlike hit version of the Kinks' chestnut is incongruously added to the end of the album.

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