The Black Album (Deluxe Version) Deluxe Edition, Import, Original recording remastered
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(2-CD set) This album gets a long overdue upgrade, featuring added singles released in 1980 plus their flip sides. The lavish booklet features comprehensive notes with details about the recordings never before revealed and many previously unseen shots of the band from the studio and from the Rockfield sessions. Also included is the original mix of the extended version of White Rabbit, which has never been heard, and the single B-Sides Seagulls, I Believe The Impossible and Sugar and Spite appear on CD for the first time. Synthesist Hans Zimmer produced and played on History Of The World Part 1 before going on to a career in original soundtracks from 'Gladiator' to 'Batman' to 'Pirates of the Caribbean'.
Following the pop-punk genius that is Machine Gun Etiquette proved not to be the easiest task for these British punk rock pioneers (not that this is a bad album, by any means). Released as a sprawling, eclectic, and head-scratching double LP in 1980, the nods to the Beatles' White Album are obvious, though not overt. This is a hodgepodge of an album that veers from some of the biggest mistakes the band ever made ("History fo the World, Pt. 1") to their most skeweringly delicious ("Lively Arts") and simply balls-out vicious ("Wait For The Blackout"). If you enjoy albums where you don't know what's going to come next, this one's for you. There's even a twelve minute tune from these three chord wonders, and it doesn't suck. Aside from being newly remastered, this double CD version of the album adds every 7" song the band released in 1980 as well. Mike McGonigal
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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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The vinyl is noisy (some say colored vinyl usually is)
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