24 Songs, 2 Hours

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the success of Phantasmagoria, producer Jon Kelly and the band—led by singer Dave Vanian, whose theatrical vocals had taken the group far from its punk roots toward a sound that was The Damned's alone—decided to further explore the connections between goth and psychedelia. The Damned achieved this with a cover of Love's "Alone Again Or," which had been the opening track of that L.A. group's 1967 psychedelic masterpiece Forever Changes. For The Damned's own songs, it ventured far and wide, with a piano piece ("The Portrait") and modern rock tracks based in cavernous reverbs and blurry mixes between guitars and keyboards that create a mysterious gestalt ("Anything," "Restless," "In Dulce Decorum"). Though Anything was critically panned for its excesses, many fans took the grandeur to heart, appreciating the dreamlike textures for their ability to create new worlds. The extended version includes various alternate mixes, the single "Eloise," and a few outtakes, all making for a generous look at a misunderstood time. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the success of Phantasmagoria, producer Jon Kelly and the band—led by singer Dave Vanian, whose theatrical vocals had taken the group far from its punk roots toward a sound that was The Damned's alone—decided to further explore the connections between goth and psychedelia. The Damned achieved this with a cover of Love's "Alone Again Or," which had been the opening track of that L.A. group's 1967 psychedelic masterpiece Forever Changes. For The Damned's own songs, it ventured far and wide, with a piano piece ("The Portrait") and modern rock tracks based in cavernous reverbs and blurry mixes between guitars and keyboards that create a mysterious gestalt ("Anything," "Restless," "In Dulce Decorum"). Though Anything was critically panned for its excesses, many fans took the grandeur to heart, appreciating the dreamlike textures for their ability to create new worlds. The extended version includes various alternate mixes, the single "Eloise," and a few outtakes, all making for a generous look at a misunderstood time. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
19 Ratings
19 Ratings
OSPunk ,

My favorite Damned album!

This is my favorite Damned album, unavailable for so long. Glad to be able to get it again. Good mix of goth and punk.

the Florian Trout ,

great stuff!

i won this lp off a radio station by answering a question...something about Rat Scabies or something.

anyways, this is a great album, not their best overall, but it does contain a few of their best songs. quite a few more extras that weren't on the original.

Ivan_O ,

hidden gem!

I'm glad to finally get this album digitally, I have an old cassette tape of this and haven't heard it in ages. Its a hidden gem that has an almost sinister feel to it, it flows well from song to song and is great to just listen to

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