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

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings
31 Ratings
JohnTheDude ,

A personal favorite. Delighted to find it on iTunes

May not be the first choice of Damned fanatics, but it's a personal favorite of mine. One of their most polished efforts, definitely more mainstream than earlier releases. If you like slightly dark sophisticated music, but aren't into the sturm und drang of heavy goth, this one is worth listening to.

Extended and alternate versions included, I couldn't have asked for more.

Favorite cuts: Alone Again Or, with the free flowing guitars. The haunting echoes of The Portrait. In Duce Decorum, with the rolling finish reminiscent of earlier efforts.

Bravo, iTunes! This has been out of print for a long time.

Chief Sneetch ,

John Kelly produced some great albums and this was sure one of them....

I have been waiting for years on iTunes for this album. Not sure what the legal hold up was but worth the wait. I was given this cassette in 1986 and I still have it! Always loved their cover of Love’s "Alone Again Or" but my very favorite late at night with headphones on was to listen to In Dulce Decorum over and over and over...

Thanks iTunes...great musical memories by adding this album

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.

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