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The Black Album [Deluxe Edition]
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Album: The Black Album [Deluxe Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Wait for the Blackout
2)    Lively Arts
3)    Silly Kid's Games
4)    Drinking About My Baby
5)    Twisted Nerve
6)    Hit or Miss
7)    Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
8)    Sick of This and That
9)    History of the World, Pt. 1, The
10)    13th Floor Vendetta
11)    Therapy
12)    Curtain Call
1)    Love Song - (live)
2)    Second Time Around - (live)
3)    Smash It Up, Pts. 1 & 2 - (live)
4)    New Rose - (live)
5)    I Just Can't Be Happy Today - (live)
6)    Plan 9 Channel 7 - (live)
7)    White Rabbit
8)    Rabid (Over You)
9)    Seagulls
10)    History of the World, Pt. 1, The
11)    I Believe the Impossible
12)    Sugar and Spite
13)    There Ain't No Sanity Clause
14)    Looking at You - (live)
15)    White Rabbit - (mix, previously unreleased)
 

Album: The Black Album [Deluxe Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Wait for the Blackout
2)    Lively Arts
3)    Silly Kid's Games
4)    Drinking About My Baby
5)    Twisted Nerve
6)    Hit or Miss
7)    Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
8)    Sick of This and That
9)    History of the World, Pt. 1, The
10)    13th Floor Vendetta
11)    Therapy
12)    Curtain Call
1)    Love Song - (live)
2)    Second Time Around - (live)
3)    Smash It Up, Pts. 1 & 2 - (live)
4)    New Rose - (live)
5)    I Just Can't Be Happy Today - (live)
6)    Plan 9 Channel 7 - (live)
7)    White Rabbit
8)    Rabid (Over You)
9)    Seagulls
10)    History of the World, Pt. 1, The
11)    I Believe the Impossible
12)    Sugar and Spite
13)    There Ain't No Sanity Clause
14)    Looking at You - (live)
15)    White Rabbit - (mix, previously unreleased)
 
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Performer Notes
  • This is The Damned's fourth full-length release.
  • Personnel: Captain Sensible (vocals, guitar, keyboards); David Banian (vocals); Ray Martinez (trumpet); Anthony More, Hans Zimmer (synthesizer); Rat Scabies (drums).
  • Liner Note Authors: Kieron Tyler; Roger Armstrong.
  • Recording information: Nova Suite (02/1980-08/1980); Rock City Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England (02/1980-08/1980); Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales (02/1980-08/1980); Wessex Studios (02/1980-08/1980).
  • Photographers: Phil Smee; Paul Slattery.
  • The fact that one of its songs is called "Hit or Miss" is quite appropriate for the double-vinyl Black Album; while not perfect, it's definitely got some high points on it. Given the intentionally parodic reference to the Beatles' own two-disc sprawler, perhaps the semi-schizophrenia is perfectly intentional. Some of the numbers show the band following their original punk vein, but by this point the four (joined here by a new bassist, Paul Gray) were leaving straight, three-chord thrash to the cul-de-sac revivalists. The album begins with a Damned classic, "Wait for the Blackout," a dramatic psych/punk surge infected with Vanian's glorious croon, celebrating the joys of the night while steering clear of overtly-serious goth affectations. After that, things start to vary, but tracks of note are still thick on the ground, including "Lively Arts," a nicely barbed take on culture with some harpsichord to match, and the goofy but still enjoyable "Drinking About My Baby." Regardless, things get a bit restful at points, and while Vanian often steps forward to continue carrying it along, sometimes even the band isn't happy with the results. "History of the World (Part One)" has always carried the credit "overproduced by Hans Zimmer" because they felt the guest synth player did just that! However, the final two studio tracks are doozies: "Therapy," a Sensible/Vanian-sung romp with a great chorus, and the sidelong "Curtain Call," perhaps the most unlikely thing the Damned ever did. That said, it's still a surprisingly good blast, a tour de force for Vanian particularly and a chance for the band to try everything from straightforward rock to gentler atmospherics. ~ Ned Raggett
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The gothic splendour of 'Twisted Nerve' pointed to their future, and punk rock's too."
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