Phantasmagoria (The Damned album)

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Phantasmagoria
Phantasmagoria.jpg
Studio album by The Damned
Released July 1985
Recorded Eel Pie Recording Studios
(London)
(March - June 1985)
Genre Gothic rock
Length 39:19
Label Off Beat
Producer The Damned, Jon Kelly
The Damned chronology
Strawberries
(1982)
Phantasmagoria
(1985)
Anything
(1986)
Singles from Phantasmagoria
  1. "Grimly Fiendish"
    Released: 18 March 1985
  2. "The Shadow of Love"
    Released: 10 June 1985
  3. "Is It a Dream?"
    Released: 9 September 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Phantasmagoria is the sixth album by The Damned, released by MCA records in July 1985. Special editions were available on white vinyl or picture disc — some versions included a free 12" of their No. 3 hit "Eloise".

After much wrangling, the Damned received a new contract with MCA Records in October 1984 (past member Captain Sensible's hit solo career helped) and recorded the album in Eel Pie Studios between March and June 1985. It reached No. 11 in the charts, and was the band's highest charting album ever. The non-album single "Eloise," (a Barry Ryan cover), released six months later, became a huge UK hit, reaching No. 3.

The Damned centred the entire album around David Vanian's deep voice, giving much of the album a gothic feeling. "Edward the Bear" is a light pop tune sung by Roman Jugg. The album is currently out of print in North America, but was remastered and reissued by Geffen Records in Japan in 2007, featuring replicas of the LP's outer and inner sleeves and a CD label resembling the white vinyl edition.

Artwork[edit]

The cover image of Susie Bick (future wife of Nick Cave) was taken by photographer Bob Carlos Clarke[2] at Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies, Roman Jugg and Bryn Merrick, except where noted

  1. "Street of Dreams" – 5:38
  2. "Shadow of Love" – 3:51
  3. "There'll Come a Day" – 4:15
  4. "Sanctum Sanctorum" – 6:27
  5. "Is It a Dream" (Vanian, Scabies, Jugg, Merrick, Captain Sensible) – 3:27
  6. "Grimly Fiendish" (Vanian, Scabies, Jugg, Merrick, Doctor) – 3:50
  7. "Edward the Bear" – 3:37
  8. "The Eighth Day" – 3:46
  9. "Trojans" – 4:53

CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Grimly Fiendish" (The Bad Trip Mix) – 5:11
  2. "The Shadow of Love" (10 Inches of Hell Mix) – 6:41

Australian LP[edit]

  1. "Eloise" (Paul Ryan) - 5:10

Remastered deluxe edition[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "Street of Dreams" – 5:38
  2. "The Shadow of Love" – 3:52
  3. "There'll Come a Day" – 4:14
  4. "Sanctum Sanctorum" – 6:24
  5. "Is It a Dream" – 3:27
  6. "Grimly Fiendish" (Album Edit Version) – 3:49
  7. "Edward the Bear" (Album Version) – 3:36
  8. "The Eight Day" – 3:46
  9. "Trojans" – 4:51
  10. "Grimly Fiendish" (The Bad Trip Mix) – 5:10
  11. "The Shadow of Love" (10 Inches of Hell Mix) – 6:42
  12. "Is It a Dream" (Wild West Express Mix) – 6:45
Disc 2
  1. "Grimly Fiendish" (Spic 'n' Span Mix) – 5:21
  2. "Edward the Bear" (B-side single version) – 3:53
  3. "The Shadow of Love" (The Pressure Mix) – 5:34
  4. "Nightshift" – 2:24
  5. "Let There Be Rats" (Rat Scabies song) – 2:09
  6. "Wiped Out" (Rat Scabies song) – 1:34
  7. "Would You" – 2:46
  8. "Is It a Dream" (Wild West End Live) – 8:11
  9. "Street of Dreams" (Live) – 5:05
  10. "Curtain Call" – 4:27
  11. "Pretty Vacant" – 2:04
  12. "Wild Thing" – 2:14
  13. "The Shadow of Love" (BBC Radio 1 Session) – 4:05
  14. "Is It a Dream" (BBC Radio 1 Session) – 3:36
  15. "Street of Dreams" (BBC Radio 1 Session) – 4:43

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Susie Bick - the Fashion Spot". Forums.thefashionspot.com. Retrieved 2012-01-11.