The Black Album [Deluxe Edition]

The Black Album [Deluxe Edition]

by The DamnedThe Damned


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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 Damned 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 Dave 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 the Captain Sensible-sung "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 side-long "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. [The 2005 Deluxe Edition includes an additional CD of bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/27/2005
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667427524
catalogNumber: 275
Rank: 27692

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Damned   Primary Artist
Captain Sensible   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Anthony More   Synthesizer
Paul Gray   Bass
Ray Martinez   Trumpet
Rat Scabies   Drums
Hans Zimmer   Synthesizer
David Banian   Vocals

Technical Credits

Grace Slick   Composer
Rob Tyner   Composer
Captain Sensible   Engineer
Billy Karloff   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Producer,Liner Notes
Robin Black   Engineer
Gary Edwards   Engineer
Paul Gray   Composer
Brian James   Composer
Hugh Jones   Engineer
Steve Rance   Engineer
Rat Scabies   Engineer
Dennis Thompson   Composer
Hans Zimmer   Producer
Tony Taverner   Engineer
Alvin Clark   Engineer
Phil Smee   Cover Design
Giovanni Dadomo   Composer
Kieron Tyler   Liner Notes
Frederick "Freddy" Smith   Composer
All Sorts of People   Producer
Kings of Reverb   Producer

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