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The Black Album(Reissue)(2Cd) Import

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  • Audio CD (21 July 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: TEICHIKU
  • ASIN: B0009RJEJW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,840,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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The Black Album is remarkable for a number of reasons. This was the album that saw the Damned come of age - maturing from a 'choppy' punk band into something far more remarkable and sophisticated. It was also the album that saw Dave Vanian explore his great vocal range.

The four sides of the original release took us on a wonderful gothic journey, exploring new sounds and even dipping a toe into the world of classical music with the monolithic Curtain Call. And for the die hard fans, there was also a live side embracing material from the three earlier albums.

Time has been kind to this album and it is now rightly regarded by some (myself included) as a classic of its time.

A remarkable album from a bunch of old, well loved punks.

The 2005 re-release comes with a host of bonus tracks and some very informative sleeve notes, so my advice is to opt for this particular edition.
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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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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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When this came out originally it turned heads for a number of reasons with the main ones being Its not a Punk record and the Band are actually very good musicians. Some of the basis of the record were unfinished tunes from the Machine Gun Etiquette record formed into songs that showed how the band as they have done countless times since can pursue totally different avenues and sound fresh, inspiring and downright entertaining. A record full of hooks that pull you in for many different reasons and songs as different as chalk and cheese. 36 years later in 2016 songs from this record are still crowd pleasers but more importantly have well and truly stood the test of time. From the drive along rock pop of " Blackout " acoustic singalong of " Silly Kids Games " retro punk of " Therapy " or the pomp and ceremony of " Curtain Call " a 17 minute epic as far removed from anything that had come before showing how the pigeon hole of calling this band just a punk band is criminal and unjust.
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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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One of three memorable albums they gave us, along with 'Machine Gun Etiquette' and ''Strawberries''. A radical departure from their punk roots, tour de force 'Curtain Call' in particular is magnificent in its length, drama, power and theatre.
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