×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Light at the End of the Tunnel
     

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

by The Damned
 
Anyone expecting a fully organized compilation from this double-disc effort will be sorely disappointed; while the years for release dates are mentioned, the sources for many of the releases aren't, leaving neophytes to the Damned a bit high and dry. Happily, an appreciative and detailed essay from one Herb

Overview

Anyone expecting a fully organized compilation from this double-disc effort will be sorely disappointed; while the years for release dates are mentioned, the sources for many of the releases aren't, leaving neophytes to the Damned a bit high and dry. Happily, an appreciative and detailed essay from one Herb Fenstein (more likely Chiswick label boss Roger Armstrong writing under a pseudonym, as he did in the liner notes to the CD version of Machine Gun Etiquette) helps. Even without the chronological organization, Light is still a great overview of the first ten years of the band's career, especially given the sheer amount of labels that they'd been on over the years (at least five, if not more!). The selection is, for the most part, quite on the money; while those who feel the group fell off dramatically with the Phantasmagoria and Anything albums will think them over-represented, it's still definitely the Damned at their best from track to track. Early punk breakouts like "Neat Neat Neat" and "New Rose" as well as turn-of-the-'80s standards such as "Plan 9 Channel 7," "Smash It Up," and "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" make a case for the band's early days. The Black Album is mostly ignored, but the sidelong "Curtain Call" thankfully is included, giving Vanian his well-deserved showcase. Later numbers like "Ignite," "Lovely Money," "Grimly Fiendish," and the smash single "Eloise" demonstrate that far from fading away, the Damned just found other ways to make their mark. Add to this a slew of rarities -- the studio cover of the Beatles' "Help!," "Rabid (Over You)," "Disco Man," and some alternate mixes of other numbers -- and Light remains the best place for those new to the Damned to start. Comprehensive and perfectly entertaining all at once.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076732802427
catalogNumber:
8024

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Damned   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Damned   Producer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Captain Sensible   Composer
Nick Mason   Producer
Barry Ryan   Composer
Paul Ryan   Composer
Bob Sargeant   Producer
Roger Armstrong   Producer
Ron Asheton   Composer
Ray Burns   Composer
Paul Gray   Composer
Hugh Jones   Producer
Jon Kelly   Producer
Nick Lowe   Producer
Tony Mansfield   Producer
Chris Millar   Composer
Rat Scabies   Composer
Wayne Shanklin   Composer
Dave Vanian   Composer
Algy Ward   Composer
Hans Zimmer   Producer
Hein Hoven   Producer
Herb Fenstein   Liner Notes
Roman Jugg   Composer
Bryn Merrick   Composer
David Alexander   Composer
Clive Jackson   Composer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews