The Chaos Years is a 12-track compilation of rarities and unreleased cuts the Damned recorded between 1977 and 1982, designed to appeal to hardcore Damned collectors. However, even die-hard fans may find the preponderance of live cuts dismaying, and demos of songs like "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" and "Love Song" offer no significant insight. Which means that The Chaos Years appeals only to completists, and not even to archivists.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine