Throwing Shapes

Throwing Shapes (Stratus Album) was released 1984
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Type Cat No. Label Country
LP Steel 31001 Steel Trax UK
LP 28AP2946 CBS Sony Japan
CD Bootleg With Irom Maidens SoundHouse Tapes! Italy
CD ??? Krescendo UK

Track List
Title Writers
01. Back Street Lovers Stratus 3′ 50″
02. Gimme Something Stratus 4′ 11″
03. Even If It Takes Stratus 4′ 20″
04. Give Me One More Chance Stratus 4′ 43″
05. Never Say No Stratus 3′ 58″
06. Run For Your Life Stratus 4′ 32″
07. Romancer Stratus 3′ 34″
08. Enough Is Enough Stratus 3′ 42″
09. So Tired Stratus 4′ 47″

Name Instrument
Tino Troy Guitar, Vocals
Chris Troy Bass, Vocals
Bernie Shaw Lead Vocals
Clive Buurr Drums
Alan Nelson Keyboards

Interview Links
What Source
Bernie Shaw Exclusive
Dave Potts Exclusive

Additional Information
Studios Engineering
•Dreamboat Studios, Frankfurt •Norman Goodman
Mixer/Producer Artwork
•Norman Goodman And Tino Troy •Steve Joule
General Notes
I have included this album here since it was really Praying Mantis under a different name. This is even more valid now that Demorabilia has been released.

From The Japanese Cover

From The UK Cover

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I have been a Praying Mantis fan since I first heard "Captured City" on Metal for Muthas. Time Tells No Lies has always been on of my favourite albums and I was overjoyed when I first discovered it was out on CD. I didn't know what had happened after the first album until in about 1994 I discovered "A Cry For The New World". I was worried about getting it as I thought it had to be a disappointment but I was wrong. I loved it and have followed the band and maintained this website ever since.

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3 comments on “Throwing Shapes
  1. Mark W says:

    I have the unmixed studio tapes of this from MTV studios in Frankfurt. Anyone wanting a free copy can contact me. Quality is excellent. Slightly more Grand Prix than Mantis to my ears.

  2. Jon says:

    After waiting so many years to get an official release of this album it is disappointing that the Krescendo release sounds like it has been lifted from an LP and has a couple of flaws in the sound. There is a skip in the sound at 3:22 of Enough Is Enough and a crackle at 2:48 in Back Street Lovers.
    Hopefully one day the album will get a proper release. Having said this the Krescendo version does sound better than the bootleg and at least it is available.

  3. Throwing shapes
    I couldn’t understand Tino (or maybe it was Chris) that they’d prefer this record not to be released… Come’on, it couldn’t be so bad!
    And when I got it, I understood it partially. I mean, it is not a bad record, but it is kind of strange. Hold, I looove Bernie’s vocals. He’s great, but the songs, arrangement and interpretation they are a bit ‘not-mantis-alike’ …
    Best songs Enough is Enough and Back Street Lovers, though i prefer the Demorabilia interpretation from the first one… And for the second one, is a great song, but rather strange in Mantis legacy… what do you think?

    This ‘bootleg’ i got it with the Sanctuary tape from Iron Maiden, which is a great work…

    8/10 Nice to have

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