Fiendish Shadows

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Emerging in 1997 as part of Cleopatra''s reissue
elease series of nearly everything Damned it could get its hands on, Fiendish Shadows documents a show or shows recording dates aren''t provided from its 1985/1986 tour in support of Phantasmagoria. At this point, the Scabies/Vanian/Jugg/Merrick lineup had a fair couple of years experience under its belt, first with Captain Sensible and then without; the relative stability of this arrangement likely helped the band put on a crackerjack show. Sound quality is quite good, though the mix is off; for instance, on the fantastic opening cut, a run through the first part of the epic "Curtain Call,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Emerging in 1997 as part of Cleopatra''s reissue
elease series of nearly everything Damned it could get its hands on, Fiendish Shadows documents a show or shows recording dates aren''t provided from its 1985/1986 tour in support of Phantasmagoria. At this point, the Scabies/Vanian/Jugg/Merrick lineup had a fair couple of years experience under its belt, first with Captain Sensible and then without; the relative stability of this arrangement likely helped the band put on a crackerjack show. Sound quality is quite good, though the mix is off; for instance, on the fantastic opening cut, a run through the first part of the epic "Curtain Call," Vanian''s voice suddenly plunges in volume once the drumming kicks in and only recovers from that a few songs in. About half of Phantasmagoria shows up, with an explosive take on "Is It a Dream" and a bravura "Street of Dreams." A couple of cuts from the not far gone Strawberries make the grade as well, including a great take on "Stranger on the Town" and a sprightly version of "Gun Fury." Faves of yore that turn up unsurprisingly include "New Rose" and "Smash It Up," while "Love Song" makes a brief, fun appearance and the disc as a whole concludes with the always hilarious kiss-off "Disco Man," initially delivered in the ''Val Doonican way, as Vanian puts it. Even more intriguing are the two covers that take a bow; one, the Electric Prunes'' "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night," had originally surfaced via the band''s Naz Nomad and the Nightmares incarnation. The other was never formally recorded: Iggy Pop''s "Lust for Life" given the energetic blast you''d expect any punk rockers worth their salt would. On a technical note, while a ticket from an American gig is part of the cover art, the recording itself seems to have taken place in London based on Vanian''s between-song comments. Go figure!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • UPC: 741157164923
  • Catalog Number: 1649

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Curtain Call, Pt. 1 (6:01)
  2. 2 Shadow of Love (4:00)
  3. 3 Wait for the Blackout (3:36)
  4. 4 Grimly Fiendish (4:02)
  5. 5 Stranger on the Town (4:47)
  6. 6 Is It a Dream? (3:54)
  7. 7 There'll Come a Day (4:14)
  8. 8 Smash It Up (4:45)
  9. 9 I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night (2:41)
  10. 10 Gun Fury (2:47)
  11. 11 Street of Dreams (5:22)
  12. 12 Lust for Life (5:16)
  13. 13 Love Song (2:01)
  14. 14 New Rose (3:01)
  15. 15 Disco Man (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Damned Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Captain Sensible Composer
Paul Gray Composer
Chris Millar Composer
Rat Scabies Composer
Wayne Shanklin Composer
Dave Vanian Composer
Victor Young Composer
Roman Jugg Composer
Judson Leach Mastering
Bryn Merrick Composer
Dave Thompson Liner Notes
Clive Jackson Composer
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