Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Damned • The Long Lost Weekend: Best Of Vol. 1-1/2

No bargain at 99¢ this time, I found The Damned's The Long Lost Weekend on Ebay and had to buy it. This is a real difficult album to find—in fact, I only had a crappy cassette of this for ages until most of the tracks had come out on LP or CD finally in the late '80s/early '90s. I'm not even sure why Big Beat Records put this out, to be honest. Well, yeah I am... But by the time they released this in 1988, MCA had already put out The Light at the End of the Tunnel, a double LP/CD that had most of these cuts. So, aside from "Over the Top," a tune credited to Motordamn (Lemmy of Motörhead plus The Damned, a la "Ballroom Blitz"—also present), what you have here is a bunch of singles released on other labels, the extended version of their cover of "White Rabbit" (which is quite good and KILLS the Airplane version), another cover in their "Citadel" (The Stones from Their Satanic Majesties Request), and a real cool looking cover (on the front). This single record clocks in at over 50 minutes, so the grooves are mighty thin. My copy's a bit crackly, but hey... I've been looking for this for years! Maybe they could have snipped off one song on each side to make this a little better pressing, but then again, if I've had such trouble finding it for twenty years, maybe they never pressed too many of these to begin with.

Recommended for completists and those who don't already have a greatest hits/best of collection by my favorite band of all-time. Yes, over The Clash. Yes, over The Beatles.
3/5 (Big Beat UK)

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