The Black Album

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  • Original Release Date: November 28, 2005
  • Label: Ace Records
  • Copyright: 2005 Ace Records
  • Total Length: 58:17
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  • ASIN: B001CXKSTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,146 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is one of the best albums I have ever heard!
Paul Arlen
If you enjoy The Damned or if you enjoy Goth music (they were one of the innovators) then you will want to get a copy of this album today!
Joseph P. Ulibas
The Damned are one of the greatest bands in rock and roll history, and this album solidifies this reputation.
James Lopez

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James Lopez on January 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Damned are one of the greatest bands in rock and roll history, and this album solidifies this reputation. With the Black Album, the Damned took their sound one step further; the darker, more psychedelic and melodic side explored on Machine Gun Etiquette, the previous record, was more fully realized with this album. The results are quite positive; the Damned display both their hellish side, represented by the punk energy present on the album, and their more sophisticated side, which is reflected on the quieter, more sinister moments on this release. The influence of the Doors is especially present on this album, a legacy that first made its appearance on Machine Gun Etiquette; in fact, I feel that the band's trademark sound (a sort of psychedelic-influenced death rock) displays more Doors influence than that of Echo and the Bunnymen, a band that is made out to be the most Doors-influenced of all the bands from the early post-punk period. The Black Album is also one of the albums that helped establish the early gothic rock movement in music. Although labeling both the Black Album and the Damned "goth" is extremely limiting, one would have to admit that this album has elements that are quintessentially gothic, such as the influences of classical music as well as the medieval and horrific imagery and mood captured in both the music and the lyrics. However, it is perhaps the overall dark feel to the album that forever links it to what most people consider to be gothic. The Black Album has many excellent tracks, including the classic "Wait For the Blackout," "Twisted Nerve," and "Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde." It does, however, have a few weak moments.Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joh Bridge on January 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I cannot split Machine Gun Etiquette (1979), The Black album (1980) and Strawberries (1982) as they are all breathtakingly brilliant.
This album saw the darker side of The Damned blossom- but it is far from the doom and gloom normally associated with goth. The Damned always made even their darkest songs fun.
Their isn't a weak song on here- only that I find the production of History of The World a little at odds with the rest of the album. Wait For The Blackout is a great opener but Lively Arts is astounding. The real genious of the album lies in the final 3 tracks however. 13th Floor Vendetta is a dark, atmospheric slower paced song, whilst Therapy breaks all the rules of song arrangement. The final masterpiece is the 17 minute Curtain Call- from the mind of the vampiric Dave Vanian. It truly is a masterpiece, and does not bore despite its length. Are The Damned still a punk band? Yes, but they are making more than jst punk rock- and all the better for us. Drinking About My Baby, Hit & miss, Sick of This and That are great to pogo to- but it is the brilliance of stuff like Curtain Call that is most entertaining.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Sippel on February 14, 2002
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I consider this to be one of the top ten rock albums of the last 25 years. This classic is chock full of some of the most energetic rock, punk, psychedelia, experimental pop stuff that you'll ever hear together on one album. Wait For The Blackout is one of the best rock songs of all time. This is the best Damned album, followed closely by Machine Gun Etiquette. The various greatest hits collections don't quite represent The Damned as well as they should. Get this instead, followed by MGE and then build your Damned collection accordingly.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brewzerr on March 17, 2006
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This is the 6th time in my life I have purchased this album, but the first time I've been 100 percent satisfied with the overall sound of it. This re-issue even sounds better than the original 2-record gatefold vinyl! Definitely a world of difference from the Big Beat re-issue of the early 90's... which to my knowlege is the only previous CD issue of this album.

The Damned is my all-time favorite band and has been for a very long time... so anytime something of theirs is re-issued I tend to put it under a microscope of scrutiny, especially since so much of their catalog that has been re-issued is just hum-drum run of the mill same-'ol same-'ol. Chiswick has stunned me twice in a row this time around. First with the awesome 25th Anniversary MGE release and then this brilliant follow-up.

What really amazes me here though are the live tracks. I used to always skip the live side of the original release because the mix was so trebly. Then the same live recordings were released as "Live at Shepperton" and they sounded much better, but on this CD they even make "Live at Shepperton" sound thin! Everything sounds evenly great on this re-issue, bonus tracks and all. I guess my only complaint is that unlike the MGE deluxe edition no enhanced video was included here... but believe me it's a small complaint.

If you've never owned this underrated album before, I highly recommend it. Even if you HAVE heard it a million times... you haven't heard it this good!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I don't know about anyone else but "The Black Album" is probably my favorite from the Damned. It's sandwiched between two other great and possibly better known albums - "Machine Gun Etiquette" and "Strawberries". But I think the songs on this album flow better and I keep coming back to listen to songs like "Wait For the Blackout", "Twisted Nerve", "Hit or Miss" and "History of the World". The dark goth-like tracks "13th Floor Vendetta", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", and "Curtain Call" are some of my favorite Damned tunes. This album is a perfect blend of the old, hard and fast Damned and the later psychedelic pop Damned. Get it, you won't regret it!
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