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Hits Back (2-CD Set) [Box set]

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Formed in 1976 in the vanguard of British punk, The Clash would soon become the most iconic rock band of their era, a symbol of intelligent protest and stylish rebellion in the turbulent years of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Just as importantly, they were to become unflinching musical pioneers, integrating first militant reggae, then dub, funk, jazz and hip hop into their music, ... Read more in Amazon's The Clash Store

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  • Audio CD (September 10, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The Clash Hits Back' features 33 of the band's iconic tracks, across a 2-CD set. The tracklisting is sequenced from the band's legendary Brixton Fairdeal show in 1982 and contains the best studio recordings of the full set, plus 8 additional iconic tracks. It comes with the original setlist, handwritten by Joe Strummer which he would tape to the back of his Telecaster before each gig.

"Every show was different. Joe would spend a lot of time composing the running order, considering dynamics, emotional impact and the key the songs were in. This record is based on Joe's setlist from The Casbah Club UK Tour, Brixton Fairdeal, 10th July 1982". -Mick, Paul & Topper.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's clear up the Misconceptions.. September 15, 2013
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This is not a Live CD.. It's a Studio version of what was played Live at the Casbah Club in Brixton, England July 10th, 1982..The Best of The Clash, if You will..
For $10.00, You can't beat it..The Remastering is great, The Bass has been boosted, and the Guitars and Vocals are a lot clearer than on the old LP's.. 5 out of 5 Stars from this Clash Fan..
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great clash primer September 10, 2013
By Randy
Format:Audio CD
The tracks, remastered by Mick Jones and a guy whose name escapes me for the moment, are brilliantly done. There are things in the song that haven't been heard on CD (and possibly not ever) before - literally. According to Jones, the old playback heads were actually too small to pick up the entire tape when they were transferred. This is particularly noticeable on songs from Sandinista and Combat Rock where you can here guitar parts that you never heard before. This collection takes the newly remastered tracks from all 5 proper Clash albums and presents them in a way that highlights the breadth and depth of their stylistic range. The ordering of the tracks is extremely well thought-out instead of the standard chronological presentation. There is an ebb and flow to the presentation that most "best of" collections lack.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been listening to it all day. September 10, 2013
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I got the mp3 album today and downloaded it - it's great. The remastered songs are sharp and the music sounds better than ever. I'll have the actual CD on Thursday and will look it over. True, I could have burned all of these songs onto a CD from my own collection but it wouldn't have been the same. This is a nice addition to my Clash library and it's well worth ten bucks. I love this band more than ever- there are few groups that I'm still listening to after almost 30 years- The Clash still rocks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I Give 6 Stars? October 18, 2013
I mean, is there any way this wouldn't be a 5 star release? Yes: most Clash fans already have these tracks, but to have them compiled and remastered (which I think sounds great for the most part) is perfect. I'll hold on to my original pressings and not re-purchase the remastered albums, but as a collection this can't be beat
and I'm glad I instantly pulled the trigger. Perfect for both long-standing fans and newbies looking to get acquainted with the greatness that is The Clash.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PLAY IT LOUD December 29, 2013
By BroLip
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These are the first words you send when you open the CD case. These studio songs were based on a set list of Joe Strummers and are NOT live performances but the remastering sound so good who cares?
Hats of to Mick Jones for the remastering of these songs. It is absolutely unbelievable. If you're a Clash fan you'll remember that no matter how hard you listened to their early albums (White Riot, Give 'Em Enough Rope) you couldn't understand a word Joe Strummer sung. I don't know how Mick did it but now I can make out almost 75% of his words on this album. It's not just the vocals that sound better either. You can easily pick out every instrument on every song. The bass is deep and solid and sounds just like a Clash album should. All Clash fans should run out and buy this right away! Plus in usual Clash fashion you can't beat the price.
The cool thing about this CD is that it's the perfect Clash mix for you car. It's been in my car CD player since I received it. If you're a Clash fan it'll be the same for you.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SONGS, WRONG IDEA September 11, 2013
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The Clash's whole back catalogue is getting remastered and is available in various editions from the ultimate must-have 12 disc "Sound System" to each album studio album being available on their own as well as that they are also releasing "Hits Back" which (for the most part) replicates a gig they played in Brixton in the summer of 82.

While all these songs are all great it's a pity that it is all studio versions which really means that is just another in an already long list of Clash compilations that most long time Clash fans can easily put together as a playlist themselves as there is nothing here that has not been unavailable before. Of course if they could have found the live recordings that would be a totally different situation as it stands official live albums by The Clash stands at a measly two "From Here To Eternity" and "Live At Shea Stadium" so another live album would have been a welcome addition. Yes you do get a copy of the hand written Joe Strummer set list played that night and there is a whole bunch of extra tracks tacked onto the end of disc 2 to round out the set to give you 32 tracks in total.

So while the songs themselves are all great and as a long-time fan of The Clash I can appreciate it covers their early days of being a full on punk band to their latter days of experimenting with dance and Rap such as "The Magnificent Seven" and "This Is Radio Clash" showing how talented and diverse they had become over a short space of time, this collection is for collectors only.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a like button on Amazon? September 11, 2013
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I definitely liked this CD with the remastered songs. The music sounds sharp and clear. Strummer's voice comes alive (no pun intended) in the songs and really provides a lot of deep emotion. You will definitely want to listen to this on a great sound system in order to enjoy the clarity of the remastered songs. Crank up the volume and lose yourself in the only band that matters.

Most serious Clash fans will have all these songs on many different discs already. My Clash collection was incomplete because I never spent much money on collecting music and some of the ones I did have I have lost through the years or they became damaged. This is a great CD to start building up my Clash collection again. If you aren't sure about The Clash get this CD to try them out, well worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!
This collection has every one of my favorites and then some. Getting the MP3 ablum for $5 just sealed it for me; I couldn't have asked for more.
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Clash Hits Back
Yes, studio tracks of 32 songs (not 33) that Joe would have liked to include in a typical live set. A not-so-clever approach to a repackaging of already released material. Whaddya gonna do?
Aug 13, 2013 by David B. Smith |  See all 5 posts
Is any of this actually live?
K. Matthews--- Huzzah!! Huzzah!! Huzzah!! I heartily second your feelings. We know by July of 78 Epic was regularly recording live shows. That says nothing about what Mickey Foote/ Don Letts might have recorded at the sound board during their incessant touring in 1977 through the middle of 1978.... Read More
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