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Essential Clash Original recording remastered

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The best 2-CD Clash compilation imaginable, compiled by the band! 40 of their key cuts: White Riot; Career Opportunities; I Fought the Law; Tommy Gun; London Calling; Brand New Cadillac; Rock the Casbah; Should I Stay or Should I Go long live Strummer!

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The Essential Clash demonstrates once again how superior the Clash were to any of their punk peers. It's striking that, while the effects of the movement continue to resonate decades later, most '70s punk has dated badly. Even the great singles of the Sex Pistols, perhaps because they encapsulated the time so perfectly, do little more than remind one of 1977. But this fine 40-track double-disc collection demonstrates that the Clash's sound maintains its vitality, whether in the apocalyptic foreboding of "London Calling" or the sulking "I'm So Bored with the USA." When frontman Joe Strummer died in December 2002 at age 50, much was made of the political conscience he'd brandished throughout his career; it must be noted that appearing to be a great thinker in comparison to other rock singers is no great accomplishment. Appearing a great rock singer in comparison to other vocalists is a much more impressive achievement, and this retrospective provides irrefutable evidence of the genius of Strummer and the band he led. --Andrew Mueller

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. White Riot Single Version
  2. London's Burning
  3. Complete Control
  4. Clash City Rockers
  5. I'm So Bored With The U.S.A.
  6. Career Opportunities
  7. Hate & War
  8. Cheat
  9. Police & Thieves
  10. Janie Jones
  11. Garageland
  12. Capital Radio One
  13. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
  14. English Civil War
  15. Tommy Gun
  16. Safe European Home
  17. Julie's Been Working For The Drug Squad
  18. Stay Free
  19. Groovy Times
  20. I Fought The Law

Disc: 2

  1. London Calling
  2. The Guns Of Brixton
  3. Clampdown
  4. Rudie Can't Fail
  5. Lost In The Supermarket
  6. Jimmy Jazz
  7. Train In Vain
  8. Bankrobber
  9. The Magnificent Seven
  10. Ivan Meets G.I. Joe
  11. Police On My Back
  12. Stop The World
  13. Somebody Got Murdered
  14. The Street Parade
  15. This Is Radio Clash
  16. Ghetto Defendant
  17. Rock The Casbah
  18. Straight To Hell
  19. Should I Stay Or Should I Go
  20. This Is England


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Epic / Sony
  • ASIN: B00008H2K0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Of course diehards will gripe about the song selection in any compilation such as this, as you can see here. All they have to do is listen to the original albums like they always have. But if you're looking for a sturdy, jam-packed introduction or summary of the best work of the Clash, this package is for you. I've never been much of a punk fan, finding it too amateurish and focused on attitude rather than talent. However, I do know that every genre has its groundbreakers and originators, who can easily rise above the imitators and followers. For punk that would be the Clash, who were brilliant songwriters, could really play their instruments, never cared about the confines of musical categories, and are deservedly influential. (And have you noticed how many Joe Strummer look-alikes there are these days?) This package adequately represents most of the original Clash albums, and while there are a few clunkers like "Groovy Times," we do get most of the band's bona-fide classics, and some surprising covers like the reggae "Police and Thieves" and the rockabilly "I Fought the Law," which really show off the band's range of abilities. An added bonus is a pretty informative history of the band in the CD booklet. This is a fitting summary for a band that all rock fans should get to know better. [~doomsdayer520~]
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...as the title suggests. If you only listen to one punk band, the Clash should be it. I used to really dislike punk--then the Clash's box set, The Clash on Broadway, was released, and I got a chance to hear a bit more of what I'd been missing: "Clash City Rockers," "I Fought the Law," and of course, the radio tracks like "Train in Vain" and "Rock the Casbah." These guys were smarter, snider, and more talented than most of the punks who were out there at the same time or who came after them, and they gave rock 'n' roll the shot in the arm it so desperately needed in 1977.... I quite agree with the customer who said that today's crop of punk bands cannot possibly hold a candle to the Clash. This is the real deal.
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There have been other compilations by this band:"The Singles","The Story of the Clash Vol.1, and "Clash On Broadway". But there are a few factors that differentiate this from the others.For one thing, it's not an expensive box set with extra tracks the average listener does not need to have. Also, chart success wasn't what they were known for so there's more emphasis on tracks that weren't released as singles but are favorites to fans and music lovers alike. Most of the first disc is from their first album alone. Finally this double disc set puts their very best in chronological order ending with the track "This Is England" from their last studio album "Cut The Crap". This collection displays the pioneers of rebellious punk rock at their most vital. No rock fan should be without this one. Nothing here has been edited or remixed.
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The world lost one of it's greatest gifts this past December when Joe Strummer died at the age of 50. The Clash were on the verge of being inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame and for the first time in 20 years it looked like The Clash would reform. Sadly the Clash did come together but it wasn't to play their first show in 20 years it was to mourn the loss of their beloved friend, Joe Strummer at his funeral. The Clash were just inducted into the Hall this past Monday with little fanfare but i'm willing to be that if Joe Strummer was there things would've been alot different. 1 day after being inducted yet another Clash compilation album is released. This time remastered and the songs handpicked by Joe, the Essential Clash is one more gift to the world from the mighty Joe Strummer. Though most fans should have all the songs already this is truly a gift to those that think punk rock is Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, Blink-182, Avril, and Sum 41. This is a gift for those people that need a reality check and a gift to those who truly need a history lesson. This complitation is a good starting point for those just getting into the Clash. It's a fitting timeline of all of their albums (including Cut The Crap)and gives you a taste of what each album by this amazing band is truly like. From the in your face punk of the first album to the dub, rap, rockabilly, soul, and reggae of the albums that would follow the Clash truly were a band that will go down in history as one of the most influental. Half the bands that pick up guitars after the Clash were through some 20 years ago owe so much to what this band. The Clash made reggae/ska/dub acceptable by the white community. The influenced so many rock bands to play reggae, something that they wouldn't dare to before them.Read more ›
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easily the best...

don't buy this cd. Youll do better off if you go out and buy "The Clash" and "London Calling",once those sink in get everything else.I'm not saying that to be mean, its just that if you get this youll get those too!
There isnt much more to say, the Clash were great, and while some could argue that some of their output was uneven, it just goes to show that they were open-minded. Hell, these guys were the first Rap-Rockers (Rapture by Blondie did have a rap section, but The Magnificent Seven was the first rap-rock song) and no one has been able to do a good rap-rock song again...
Highlights-
White Riot and London Calling are punk 101.
Police and Thieves-great reggae cover
Train In Vain-just a great song
Ghetto Defendent-great song from a much maligned album
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if you want a pop band singing the news to you then listen to this band...
You don't consider The Clash to be punk? They were right there with The Sex Pistols, and honestly had a lot more intelligent songwriting. The Clash's debut album is a distillation of what punk rock should be.
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