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Phantasmagoria [Remastered & Expanded]

Album: Phantasmagoria [Remastered & Expanded]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Street Of Dreams More Info... 5:38
2)    The Shadow Of Love More Info... 3:52
3)    There'll Come A Day More Info... 4:14
4)    Sanctum Sanctorum More Info... 6:24
5)    Is It A Dream More Info... 3:28
6)    Grimly Fiendish Album Edit Version More Info... 3:49
7)    Edward The Bear Album Version More Info... 3:36
8)    The Eight Day More Info... 3:46
9)    Trojans More Info... 4:51
10)    Grimly Fiendish More Info... 5:10
11)    The Shadow Of Love 10 Inches Of Hell Mix More Info... 6:42
12)    Is It A Dream Wild West Express Mix More Info... 6:45
  Disc 2
1)    Grimly Fiendish Spic 'n' Span Mix More Info... 5:21
2)    Edward The Bear B Side Single Version More Info... 3:53
3)    The Shadow Of Love The Pressure Mix More Info... 5:34
4)    Nightshift More Info... 2:24
5)    Let There Be Rats More Info... 2:09
6)    Wiped Out More Info... 1:34
7)    Would You More Info... 2:46
8)    Is It A Dream Wild West End Mix More Info... 8:10
9)    Street Of Dreams Live More Info... 5:05
10)    Curtain Call Live More Info... 4:27
11)    Pretty Vacant Live More Info... 2:05
12)    Wild Thing Live More Info... 2:14
13)    The Shadow Of Love BBC Radio 1 Session More Info... 4:06
14)    Is It A Dream BBC Radio 1 Session More Info... 3:37
15)    Street Of Dreams BBC Radio 1 Session More Info... 4:43
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Performer Notes
  • The Damned: Dave Vanian (vocals); Roman Jugg (guitars, keyboards, vocals); Bryn Merrick (bass, vocals); Rat Scabies (drums).
  • Producers: The Damned, Bob Sargeant, Jon Kelly.
  • All songs written or co-written by members of The Damned.
  • Personnel: Gary Barnacle (saxophone, brass); Paul "Shirley" Shepley, Andy Richards (keyboards); Luis Jardim (percussion).
  • Liner Note Author: Kieron Tyler.
  • Photographer: Bob Carlos Clarke.
  • By the time the Damned found themselves on a major label after nine years of ups, downs, and all-arounds, a big change had taken place: Captain Sensible, with both his own solo successes and other pressures coming to bear, decided to depart. Keyboardist Roman Jugg took over the guitar, while Bryn Merrick remained on bass and Vanian and Scabies continued doing their thing. The first fruit of this new Damned, Phantasmagoria, doesn't match up to the excellent variety and performance level on Strawberries, but still has a lot to show while at the same time exploring new territory for the group. The cover and artwork seem to ally the Damned even more closely with goth rock than before, but Vanian thankfully has never seen fit to simply ape those clich‚s, steering his own powerful path. Similarly, the music can be moody but never without its own distinct energy and fire -- more a Cramps sense (if not sound) of loving the dark than anything, but with a clean, modern sheen and just enough Hammer horror. "Street of Dreams" makes for a powerful, anthemic opener, with some fine Scabies drumming. "Is It a Dream," the one song with a Sensible co-writing credit, is yet another fantastic Vanian vocal showcase in a career of many. The really killer tracks include "Shadow of Love," a semi-Morricone-style mood-out quick shuffle with haunting guitar from Jugg, and "Grimly Fiendish," a funny bit of spooky psychedelia not all that far off from where the Dukes of Stratosphear would end up a couple of years later. Phantasmagoria concludes with the surging instrumental "Trojans," a strong number that showed the Damned had lots of life in them yet. ~ Ned Raggett
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