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My good friend Lee Todd Lacks introduced me to Golden Brown in 2008. When played by strings the song has an almost Baroque sound. At one performance an audience member asked me if the song was based on our arrangement, rather than the other way around! On the other hand, two elements less likely to be found in the Baroque era are the shifting time signatures and the somewhat psychedelic, drug-influenced vibe (the song is allegedly about heroin).

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from Tom Swafford's String Power, released September 10, 2015
composed by The Stranglers, arr. Tom Swafford, performed by String Power

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Tom Swafford's String Power Brooklyn, New York

String Power is a Brooklyn-based large string ensemble formed in 2007 by composer/violinist Tom Swafford. This is our debut album.

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