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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album, Brilliant Voice.
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Stuck in Third Gear
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...
Published on 20 Sep 2007 by A. B. Kennedy


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3.0 out of 5 stars Stuck in Third Gear, 20 Sep 2007
This review is from: Dave Vanian & the Phantom Chords (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album, Brilliant Voice., 21 Sep 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and rewarding listen., 24 May 2011
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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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