The Stranglers - Black And White

The Stranglers - Black And White

Original Release Date

1978

Release Information

UK LP+7" 1978 (United Artists - UAK 30222 / FREE 9)

White Side
A1 Tank 2:58
A2 Nice 'n' Sleazy 3:13
A3 Outside Tokyo 2:09
A4 Sweden (All Quiet On The Eastern Front) 2:50
A5 Hey! (Rise Of The Robots) 2:16
A6 Toiler On The Sea 5:25
Black Side
B1 Curfew 3:15
B2 Threatened 3:34
B3 Do You Wanna? 2:28
B4 Death And Night And Blood (Yukio) 2:50
B5 In The Shadows 4:35
B6 Enough Time 4:19
Bonus 7"
C Walk On By 6:22
D1 Mean To Me 1:56
D2 Tits 5:26

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UK LP 1978 (United Artists - UAK 30222)

White Side
A1 Tank 2:58
A2 Nice 'n' Sleazy 3:13
A3 Outside Tokyo 2:09
A4 Sweden (All Quiet On The Eastern Front) 2:50
A5 Hey! (Rise Of The Robots) 2:16
A6 Toiler On The Sea 5:25
Black Side
B1 Curfew 3:15
B2 Threatened 3:34
B3 Do You Wanna? 2:28
B4 Death And Night And Blood (Yukio) 2:50
B5 In The Shadows 4:35
B6 Enough Time 4:19

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US LP 1978 (A&M - SP-4706)

White Side
A1 Tank 2:58
A2 Nice 'n' Sleazy 3:13
A3 Outside Tokyo 2:09
A4 Sweden (All Quiet On The Eastern Front) 2:50
A5 Hey! (Rise Of The Robots) 2:16
A6 Toiler On The Sea 5:25
Black Side
B1 Curfew 3:15
B2 Threatened 3:34
B3 Do You Wanna? / Death And Night And Blood (Yukio) 5:18
B4 In The Shadows 4:35
B5 Enough Time 4:19

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UK CD 2001 (EMI - 7243 5 34691 2 2)

1 Tank 2:58
2 Nice 'n' Sleazy 3:13
3 Outside Tokyo 2:09
4 Hey! (Rise Of The Robots) 2:16
5 Sweden (All Quiet On The Eastern Front) 2:50
6 Toiler On The Sea 5:25
7 Curfew 3:15
8 Threatened 3:34
9 In The Shadows 4:35
10 Do You Wanna? 2:48
11 Death And Night And Blood (Yukio) 5:18
12 Enough Time 4:19
Bonus Tracks
13 Mean To Me 1:56
14 Walk On By 6:22
15 Shut Up 1:07
16 Sveridge [sic] 2:50
17 Old Codger 2:49
18 Tits 5:26

13, 14, 18: Free single given away with first 75,000 copies of LP
14, 17: Walk On By / Old Codger / Tank 7", released July 1978
15: B-Side of Nice 'N' Sleazy 7", released April 1978
16: A-Side of Sverige (Jag Är Insnöad På Östfronten), released in Sweden only, 1978

Chart Placings

UK Chart Hit: 2, 18 wks

Credits

UK/US LP:

Hugh Cornwell: guitars and vocals
Jean Jacques Burnel: bass and vocals
Dave Greenfield: keyboards and vocals
Jet Black: drums and percussion

Lora Logic plays saxophone on 'Hey!'

Sleeve Design Kevin Sparrow
Cover Photography: Ruan O'Lochlainn

Produced by Martin Rushent
February/March 1978
Engineer: Alan Winstanley

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Additional CD Credits:

Liner notes: Alan Parker (The Gimmick) Lost On Planet Maida Vale, June 2001
Idea and Concept: Alan Parker
Re-issue Art Design: Nick Reynolds & Rob Green
Our Man At E.M.I.: Steve Woof

Additional Credits

Hugh Cornwell singes lead vocals on all tracks except:
Jean Jacques Burnel: 'Curfew', 'Threatened', 'Death And Night And Blood (Yukio)' and 'Shut Up'
Dave Greenfield: 'Do You Wanna'
George Melly: 'Old Codger'

Reviews & Opinions

IRA ROBBINS, TROUSER PRESS: Tricked out with gray-swirl vinyl and a limited edition bonus 45 (three tunes, including a wonderful gruff version of 'Walk on By'), 'Black and White' lacks only good songs. Except for 'Nice 'n' Sleazy,' most of the tracks are merely inferior rehashes of earlier work, making the LP easily forgettable.

PUNKY GIBBON: Expanding their lyrics to embrace much wider issues than the women they've slapped around, album number three addresses such wide-reaching (and sometimes abstract) topics as technology, time, futuristic state control scenarios, the apocalypse, Homosexual Japanese authors and the military. Side two is given over to such cheery ditties as 'Curfew', 'Death And Night And Blood (Yukio)' and 'In The Shadows', employing synthesisers and odd time signatures to great effect. On the "white" side, 'Tank' investigates the benefits of enrolling in the army, 'Sweden (All Quiet On The Eastern Front)' - a diatribe aimed at the country Cornwell worked and lived in for several years ("Sense of humour's gone astray somewhere", he notes dryly) and the almost hardcore 'Hey! Rise Of The Robots' (complete with Lora Logic on sax) demonstrate how powerful and punky-sounding the band are. Two of the songs have gone down in legend: the autobiographical Nice 'N' Sleazy and the grandly sweeping 'Toiler On The Sea'. It's worth buying the album for these two cuts alone, but all of it is good. It initially came with a three-track single, comprised of 'Mean To Me', a wonderfully grumpy version of 'Walk On By', and 'Tits', a live recording with the group introducing themselves to the audience. American promo versions came on swirl vinyl.

Additional Notes

All timings are from the CD. The US LP mistitles 'Toiler On The Sea' as 'Toiler Of The Sea'.

Images

The Stranglers - Black And White - UK LP+7" 1978 (United Artists - UAK 30222 / FREE 9)The Stranglers - Black And White - UK LP+7" 1978 (United Artists - UAK 30222 / FREE 9)

UK LP+7" 1978 (United Artists - UAK 30222 / FREE 9) and UK LP 1978 (United Artists - UAK 30222). The free single came in black die-cut sleeve with insert, same label on both sides, white vinyl (although some were mispressed on beige vinyl). Click here for more

The Stranglers - Black And White - US LP 1978 (A&M - SP-4706)The Stranglers - Black And White - US LP 1978 (A&M - SP-4706)

US LP 1978 (A&M - SP-4706). Black or grey marbled vinyl. Click here for more

The Stranglers - Black And White - UK CD 2001 (EMI - 7243 5 34691 2 2)The Stranglers - Black And White - UK CD 2001 (EMI - 7243 5 34691 2 2)

UK CD 2001 (EMI - 7243 5 34691 2 2). Click here for more

 

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