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  • Audio CD (27 Mar. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chiswick
  • ASIN: B0000004EK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Voodoo Doll
2. Screamin' Kid
3. Big Town
4. This House Is Haunted
5. You and I
6. Whiskey And Me
7. Fever In My Blood
8. Frenzy
9. Shooting Jones (BLUE EYES, BLACK HEART)
10. Jezebel
11. Tonight We Ride
12. Johnny Guitar
13. Chase The Wild Wind
14. Swamp Thing

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Kennedy on 20 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Oh, this album is one of missed opportunity. What you have here is Dave Vanian and his erstwhile Damned cohort Roman Jugg greasing back their hair and unleashing some fine 1950's rockabilly and teenage rebellion. Dave Vanian's voice was designed to croon like a demented Eddie Cochran with an unhealthy streak of the devil in him; and on some of these tracks Vanian and co really hit their stride. Shaking up an unholy rumpus that would put the fear of god into right minded citizens. Tracks like the opening volley of Voodoo Doll and Screaming Kid really set the scene for a wild teen party. But inexplicably just as the temperature's rising, they slide in Big Town and This House is Haunted - both songs that are way too slow and frankly not very exciting. The pace doesn't pick up again until Frenzy literally explodes from the speakers. By which point Dave sounds so crazed that you'd be forgiven for thinking he was exorcising demons from a Deep South congregation. Fantastic stuff. And then the foot comes right of the gas again! Tonight We Ride hits back with an excellent rockabilly groove, and the album closer Swamp Thing is a big brooding swampy slime groove that really gives the creeps. Great stuff.

I have to say that lovers of frenzied, scuzzy, 50's greaser rock will certainly find some excellent tracks on here that make the album well worth owning. It's just that in my opinion there just aren't enough of them. Bring on album number 2 Dave!!
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This could be a real grower....it has the feel of a skiffle band, with Vanian plainly enjoying himself vocally, and is a heavy slice of Americana. The bass line and feel of the opening track is reminiscent of "Off the Bone" Cramps, and sets the bar for what is to follow. There are songs that would not feel out of place on a Johnny Cash album; as noted by the other reviewer, there are slow burning songs here, but I personally find them amongst the most rewarding aurally. (For Damned fans, the sound is sometimes akin to the Phantasmagoria output, but the tunes and songs are stronger in my opinion; the sound is scuzzy '50's, with a double bass feel). There is a high standard of musicianship here, and I found myself musing that this is just the type of thing that Jools Holland would be showcasing on 'Later' if it were to be released today. It has the feel of a fully thought through LP, crafted with care and affection for the style of music that it is showcasing. Surprising and refreshing, in a good way.
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Brilliant Brilliant CD! I bought this after listening to it on youtube as is seemed like the best go-to after immersing myself in The Damned. Dave Vanian's voice is perfect and the songs are really good. I'd recommend to any The Damned fan or fans of rockabilly in general. My favourite track on the album has to be 'Screamin' Kid' , the bassline is so damn good!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant Spooky Rockabilly 21 Aug. 2001
By glamarama - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD is fantastic - I have bought several copies because I keep giving mine away to friends who hear it and love it. More melodic than Psychobilly - which is usually faster and more furious - there are some great covers and original songs here. This defines 'Gothabilly' well, and Dave Vanian's vocal talent is perfectly suited for the dark RAB sound of the band. Hopefully there will be another album out soon! Please??
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Gothabilly 28 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The term "gothabilly" genuinely applies to this album. David Vanian and his Phantom Chords have taken psychobilly to a different level, giving it a darker, more sophisticated sound. There are elements of blues and lounge music on this CD (along with the obvious rockabilly song structure to most of these songs). The melodies for about half of these songs, along with the lyrics, are a bit more sinister than the standard B-movie material found in most psychobilly bands, and some of the songs are actually serious! All in all, this is a great album, one of the best by David Vanian; the best track on the album, "Big Town," was penned by Vanian himself! This album will appeal to Damned fans as well as lovers of goth and psychobilly music. A must have!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords 31 Jan. 2006
By Music lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This record is a must have, hauntingly beautiful, and highly under-rated. Well worth the money.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Strong Originals Amongst Some Rough Covers 25 Jan. 2000
By Michael E. Strupp - Published on Amazon.com
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Although this CD won't rank as the best of Vanian's career, it shouldn't be overlooked merely because it's not from The Damned (Vanian's legendary punk band). The Man In Drac must be commended for going out on a limb with this one, as the songs are all rockabilly covers along with a few originals. This is as far from "Machine Gun Etiquette" as he could probably get.
Surprisingly, it's the rockabilly originals that are the best cuts on the album. Songs like "Voodoo Doll", "Big Town", "Whiskey and Me", "Chase The Wild Wind" and "Tonight We Ride" are straight from the '50s and '60s velvet lounges and biker bars that populate this album. This album has atmosphere, character and big beats that go along great with a glass of bourbon on a lonely summer's night.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Don't pass this one up! 2 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If Dave Vanian is the main reason you listened to the Damned, then you'll love this CD. This album is pure Elvisanian at its best. The best tracks on the CD are Big Town, You and I, and definitely Wild Wind, the first and the latter penned by Vanian himself. This CD is filled with excellent cover tracks of 50's and 60's "Viva Las Vegas" style tunes and there are some excellent surprises such as show tune Johnny Guitar and Whiskey and Me penned by the bass guitarist. You will not be disappointed. Listen to it loud and long! It will remind why you loved the Damned so much.
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