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The Black Album
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2009
When The Black Album came out in 1980 it was an extraordinary leap forward for The Damned. Yes it contained 'punk' tracks such as Hit Or Miss, Drinking About My Baby and Sick Of This And That, but it also strayed into psychedelia with Silly Kids Games and especially the mighty Curtain Call. The latter foray signifying the birth of what would become known as 'Goth'. Such diversity was unheard of by most 'punk' bands in 1980, a time when The Exploited and Discharge were still pedalling there derivative wares. Accordingly The Black Album still holds its head up high today and this magnificent extended version contains a second disc of 'B' sides and singles to further bolster the quality. Punk? Psychedelia? Goth? Who cares what category this album falls into, the only one that matters is Masterpiece!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2011
Having seen the Damned in the 80s, I was looking forward to seeing them again recently on their 35th anniversary tour. When I found out that they were playing their first two albums, I was well excited but then, to my horror, discovered that my 'Black Album' had vanished from the attic. Thank goodness for mp3 downloads! I quickly bought the album - and what an album! Yes, 'Damned Damned Damned' and the early punk stuff was fantastic but in terms of musical talent, well this was possibly the Damned at their very best. Every song is epic and I have fallen in love with this album all over again.
Oh and by the way, the 35th anniversary gig was just amazing. Sensible and Vanian do not seem to have aged at all and performed with the same gusto and style, as well as almost the same hairstyles, that they did when I first saw them. I wish I could say the same for me!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2000
Although the sound is not as powerful as on other Damned's albums, this CD contains everything one can appreciate in their late records. It's a marvellous composition of a musical pastiche and a subtle humour, typical for all D's lyrics. One or two songs (not the last one!) might be some second shorter, but it still is an exciting record. It's like a kind of a refined, sophisticated post-punk Beatles. Can't believe it? Just hear it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2006
I have owned the original vinyl album since it's release but have not played it for some time and didn't realise what i have been missing. This is even better with the additional tracks on CD 2 and this has inspired me to stock up and replace all my old punk LP vinyls with CDs. With the impressive White Rabbit being played again in the extended version, this compensates for the disappointment of the shorter version. I have so many favourites from this album such as Plan 9 Channel 7, Smash It Up 1 & 2, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, to choose from, it's so hard to to be be able pick one, but you can never discount the legendary Curtain Call! The Damned truely were one of the outstanding punk bands ever to grace the stage. I have already filled my basket with other Damned albums in anticipation for the next purchase.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2001
Sadly this is not available as it originally was as a double album with the full length "Curtain Call" and a live side with a great version of "Love Song". However, the album shows a lot more maturity and really lets Captain Sensible's nusical talents shine through, particularly in the arrangements - for example "Silly Kids' Games" for the vocals or the instrumentation in "History of the World". And although a bit of a rehash of "Love Song", when "Therapy" kicks in I can remember the urgency that got me excited about them in the first place. Whilst some maintain "Machine Gun Etiquette" is the Damned's finest moment, I beg to differ...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2010
Already knew what to expect, having this on vinyl, but the second CD was a welcome bonus. The live tracks are of decent quality (production-wise) and include some rarities. Well worth the purchase on their own. Get this CD even if you already have the vinyl, You won't regret it!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2012
This album defines The Damned and their ability to mix the fun side of their music with the dark side. No other band seems to have got this mix just right. The wonderful 'Curtain Call' is a 17 minute masterpiece that shows their diversity and should go down in history as one of the best songs ever written. This album should be in everyone's collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2010
I had not really ventured into 'punk bands' as such before buying this album- which I did soley on other reviewers comments. I was not disappointed- the album is as fresh and vital as if it were recorded yesterday and I will definatley be purchasing more stuff by The Damned. Go buy it- you won't regret it- turn up the volume....loud..sit back & enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2004
Easily my favourite album of all time, shame the live tracks don't appear to have made it to the cd, buy this and live shepperton 1980 and enjoy. Quite why the damned aren't as popular as some of their peers is beyond me.
BUY THIS ALBUM YOU WON'T REGRET IT
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2012
amazing,the 2 studio sides,and then curtain call!!!!!!
makes me remember when i rushed home with my precious vinyl purchase,just great to have it packaged up,and some rarities for the anoracks.............the live side is still as wonderful as i remember it being in the day,and to those of us who never got into live concerts,then this is as good as it gets......enjoy.....fred

nb....the build up and anticipation on the live side,just before plan 9 channel 7 is out of this world....turn it right up and it really does just soar away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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