The Stranglers - Black And White (Repost, read info ! )
Black and White is The Stranglers third studio album and was recorded within 18 months of their debut Rattus Norvegicus. Produced by Martin Rushent and engineered by Alan Winstanley, the album is divided into the Black side and White side, each nominally characterised by the style and mood of the songs which they contain. This release sees The Stranglers adopting a more experimental approach to song structures and time signatures (for example, "Curfew" features 7/4 time).
The band recorded a version of "Sweden" sung in Swedish and released this in Sweden (the song was inspired by Cornwell's PhD placement at Lund University in the mid 1970s). The song title "Death and Night And Blood" is taken from a line from Yukio Mishima's novel Confessions of a Mask.
When released in 1978, on the United Artists label, the first 75,000 LPs came with a free white vinyl 7" - Walk On By / Mean To Me / Tits. "Walk on By" was their cover of the Bacharach and David song written for (and originally recorded by) Dionne Warwick. "Mean to Me" was a Stranglers Vocal version of the song the band had previously recorded with a cover of "Mony Mony", both with a female singer (Celia Golin), released under the moniker "Celia and the Mutations". United Artists released this as a single in Nov '78 but it failed to chart. "Tits" is a tongue-in-cheek live recording from "The Front Row Festival" at the Hope and Anchor. The Cassette version included "Mean to Me" on the White Side (Between Tokyo & Sweden).
The US version of the Album, on the A&M label, was pressed on Black & White Marbled Vinyl, but came without the EP.
Singles from the album were: "Nice'n'Sleazy" (B-side: "Shut Up"), and an EP containing "Walk on By", "Tank" and "Old Codger". Old Codger featured a guest vocal from jazz singer George Melly. An Edited Version of "Walk on By" with "Tank" was also pressed as a double A side Radio play single.
Most of these tracks were included in the remastered 2001 CD re-issue of the album.
The album peaked at no.2 on the album chart in 1978, spending 18 weeks on the chart.