Dreamtime (The Stranglers album)

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Dreamtime
Studio album by The Stranglers
Released 17 October 1986
Recorded

March-April 1986

Spaceward studios, Cambridge
Genre New wave, post-punk
Length 45:53
Label Epic
Producer Mike Kemp & The Stranglers
The Stranglers chronology
Aural Sculpture
(1984)
Dreamtime
(1986)
10
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars [1]

Dreamtime is the ninth album released by The Stranglers in 1986. The title track was inspired by a belief of the aboriginal peoples of Australia - called Dreamtime. This album appears to be a natural evolution from Aural Sculpture; it contains a mixture of upbeat and thoughtful tracks and includes the addition of pedal steel guitar to complement the horns. Highlights include "Always the Sun", which became a frequently-played live track and "Shaking like a Leaf".

Epic Records were certain this album would be a success on the back of the single "Always the Sun". However the single peaked at No. 30 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] Dreamtime itself reached No. 16 in the UK Albums Chart, the lowest charting studio album during Hugh Cornwell's recording tenure with the band (1977–90).[2]

Singles released in the UK for this album included "Nice In Nice" (peaked at No. 30), "Always The Sun", "Big In America" (peaked at No. 48) and "Shakin' Like A Leaf" (peaked at No. 58).[2] A fifth single was proposed by the record company, and a remixed version of the song "Was It You?" was recorded, but it was never released.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Stranglers

  1. "Always the Sun" (4:51)
  2. "Dreamtime" (3:43)
  3. "Was It You?" (3:40)
  4. "You'll Always Reap What You Sow" (5:13)
  5. "Ghost Train" (5:04)
  6. "Nice in Nice" (4:03)
  7. "Big in America" (3:18)
  8. "Shakin' Like a Leaf" (2:36)
  9. "Mayan Skies" (3:56)
  10. "Too Precious" (6:44)

2001 CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Since You Went Away" (2:53)
  2. "Norman Normal" (4:33)
  3. "Dry Day" (5:02)
  4. "Hitman" (4:21)
  5. "Was it You?" (7" Version) (2:57)
  6. "Burnham Beeches" (3:50)

Personnel[edit]

The Stranglers[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ogg, Alex. "The Stranglers: Dreamtime at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 535. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.