The Stranglers - Dreamtime

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The Stranglers - Dreamtime
Studio album by The Stranglers
Released 17 October 1986

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
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  "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".

The single "Always the Sun" single peaked at No. 30 in the UK Singles Chart. "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).

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). 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

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)



The Stranglers

  • Jet Black - drums & percussion
  • Jean-Jacques Burnel - bass & vocals
  • Hugh Cornwell - guitar & vocals
  • Dave Greenfield - keyboards & backing vocals

Additional musicians

  • Alex Gifford - saxophone
  • Hilary Kops - trumpet
  • Martin Veysey - trumpet
  • B.J. Cole - pedal steel guitar
  • Simon Morton - additional percussion



The Stranglers - Dreamtime

UK Epic EPC 26648 stereo (1986).

Album produced by Mike Kemp and The Stranglers.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.

The original inner sleeve is excellently presented.

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