Live at the Hope and Anchor

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Live at the Hope and Anchor
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Live album by The Stranglers
Recorded22 November 1977
ProducerJ J Burnel
The Stranglers live albums chronology
Live at the Hope and Anchor
Live (X Cert)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Live at the Hope and Anchor is a live album by The Stranglers. It consists of an entire set from a concert at the Hope and Anchor pub in Islington, North London, recorded on 22 November 1977. This particular concert took place on the opening night of the "Front Row Festival", a series of shows by regulars of the venue during 1977. The album was originally only available as a bootleg recording. The song "Tits" featured on the white EP that was given away free with the first 75,000 copies of the band's Black and White album in 1978. "Hanging Around" and "Straighten Out" were included on the "Front Row Festival" album, released in 1978. Many of the songs in the band's set that night were played by request; for this show, they rehearsed their entire catalogue. It is regarded as one of the band's more memorable shows. In 1992 the whole concert received an official release, produced by bassist/vocalist J J Burnel.

Track listing[edit]

  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"

Note - There's a noticeable pitch drop on 'peasant...' which is quite sudden and after the second verse. It sounds as if either the tape was manually altered during recording of the song live or (more likely), in the studio. It's akin to a power drop affecting the recording. Also the e.q. and sound levels throughout the album are inconsistent. Again it's noticeable more from transitions from some songs. E.g. '..shadows' to 'walk on by' have completely different e.q. and balance. Although this can be a bit jarring in places, it adds to the rough hewn (and punky) feel of the album as a whole.