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London Calling - The Legacy Edition Original recording remastered, Special Edition

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"London Calling: Legacy Edition," will include 2 CDs of music & a DVD in a lavish digipack. The original packaging will be expanded with a new historical essay & rare photos by band photographer Pennie Smith. Disc 1 will feature the complete classic album. Disc 2 is entitled "The Vanilla Tapes" & features previously unheard demos for the album which were recently discovered in vocalist/guitarist Mick Jones' storage house. Among the demos that will feature on "The Vanilla Tapes" are FIVE tracks that never made the final cut of the album, including a version of Dylan's "The Man In Me." Finally, the DVD will represent a time capsule of The Clash at the time of "London Calling's" release, & one of its features will be a newly-created 45-minute documentary by the band's longtime biographer & collaborator, Don Letts. The documentary includes newly discovered footage of the band in the recording studio with producer Guy Stevens, as well as previously unseen live performance footage, interviews with band members Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon & Topper Headon, & for the first time ever band manager Kosmo Vinyl telling his side of the story.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. London Calling
  2. Brand New Cadillac
  3. Jimmy Jazz
  4. Hateful
  5. Rudie Can't Fail
  6. Spanish Bombs
  7. The Right Profile
  8. Lost In The Supermarket
  9. Clampdown
  10. The Guns Of Brixton
  11. Wrong 'Em Boyo
  12. Death Or Glory
  13. Koka Kola
  14. The Card Cheat
  15. Lover's Rock
  16. 4 Horsemen
  17. I'm Not Down
  18. Revolution Rock
  19. Train In Vain

Disc: 2

  1. Hateful
  2. Rudi Can't Fail
  3. Paul's Tune
  4. I'm Not Down
  5. 4 Horsemen
  6. Koka Kola
  7. Death Or Glory
  8. Lover's Rock
  9. Lonesome Me
  10. The Police Walked In 4 Jazz
  11. Lost In The Supermarket
  12. Up-Toon (Instrumental)
  13. Walking The Slidewalk
  14. Where You Gonna Go (Soweto)
  15. The Man In Me
  16. Remote Control
  17. Working And Waiting
  18. Heart And Mind
  19. Brand New Cadillac
  20. London Calling
  21. Revolution Rock

Disc: 3

  1. London Calling Live Concert Footage
  2. I'm Not Down Snippet
  3. The Right Profile Snippet
  4. Brand New Cadillac Snippet
  5. Hateful Snippet
  6. LOVERS ROCK Snippet
  7. Wrong 'Em Boyo Snippet
  8. The Card Cheat Snippet
  9. Lost In The Supermarket Snippet
  10. Death Or Glory Snippet
  11. Guns Of Brixton Snippet
  12. Rudi Can't Fail Snippet
  13. Train In Vain Snippet
  14. The Right Profile Excerpt
  15. Jimmy Jazz Snippet
  16. Clampdown Snippet
  17. Louie Louie Snippet
  18. Louie Louie Snippet 2
  19. Koka Kola
  20. Revolution Rock Snippet
  21. Louie Louie Live Footage


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • special_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002Y4TZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one of the few rock albums ever released that is almost impossible to over praise. One can heap on the superlatives, pile on a few more, and still have room for even more laurels. It is probably by any standard one of the five greatest albums released in the rock era, unquestionably the greatest album released by a band with its roots in punk, the greatest explicitly political album ever released by someone who was not Bob Dylan, and one of those rare albums that doesn't seem to age at all. There isn't a weak cut on the album. In fact, the songs are not merely good but great.
Although The Clash started off as a punk band, they were never adequately defined by that phenomenon. Although rooted in the attitudes and political sympathies of the punk movement (and above all else, English Punk, as opposed to the earlier American Punk, was highly political; originator Malcolm McLaren was deeply influenced by Guy Debord and the Situationist International, and included many political ideas in promoting the Sex Pistols and his punk fashions), The Clash quickly outgrew the punk aesthetic. While most of the original punks were merely two-chords-and-a-cloud-of-dust bands, the Clash almost immediately began effortlessly and seamlessly assimilating a host of musical influenced. They were the first rock band, for instance, to use reggae rhythms and not make them sound like a gimmick (compare The Clash's extraordinary "The Guns of Brixton" with Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Maker," which while good sounds a bit like a novelty song, while The Clash sound like they ripped the song off some Jamaicans). The songs are remarkably sophisticated and polished, even when they sound casually.
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The album that changed my life. In 1980 I was 17 years old living in Seattle--a total 70s rocker when I saw London Calling in Tower Records. It had the coolest cover I had ever seen--a black and white photo of Paul Simonon smashing his bass on stage. Something just clicked in my brain and instead of buying the latest Aerosmith album, I bought London Calling and at first the Clash were a total shock to my Led Zeppelin soaked system. Now in 1980, American rock radio consisted of songs that consisted of a really cool guitar intro, 1rst verse, chorus, 2nd verse, chorus, a really bitchin solo by Jimmy Page, Michael Schenker, or Ted Nugent, the 3rd verse, and the chorus. Usually the song was about partying, chicks (and sex), or enchanted forests and castles and such and if the song didnt sound like this we hated it. And here in my innocent hands was a record about revolutions, fascists, junkies, race riots, nuclear destruction, gangsters, rude boys, suburban alienation, consumerism, and Montgomery Clift for Gods sake! And all of this was played in all different styles--ferocious punk with snarling vocals, rockabilly, jazz, ska, and reggae. It totally blew away my perception of what rock music was supposed to be. (I became more aware of the world and what was happening politically thanks to the Clash)
This is one of those rare records that never lets up from beginning to end and is truly packed with with some of the Clash's greatest songs.
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"When phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust..." cries Joe Strummer from the opening track "London Calling". I don't know about the U.S., but here in the UK we ARE drowning from the tenth-rate phoney Beatle-worshipping Oasis. How we deserve it! The Clash were knocked by us from the moment they arrived. It's only in retropsect that we realise that there will probably never be a band like this again. And never an album of this quality. Every track is brilliant. Why? Because the guys who made it were fundamentely cool, calm and collected. They could rock. They had funk and flavor because they absorbed reggae, jazz and dub. The lyrics are intelligent but not dull. The guitar work on this album showed how talented Mick Jones is as a songwriter, but he didn't have to add layer-upon-layer of gloss to prove his worth. Most of all, the Clash knew how to present an album, present an idea, present themselves. Take most every band and they lack in some crucial department. Take the Clash apart and they still stand up. This is an outstounding album. Trust me. All we have now on offer is watered-down weak-willed wannabes. London Calling - don't have no fear.
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Disc One: The Original LP

Hands down, The Clash's "London Calling" is one of the strongest albums in rock history. Despite being a punk rock group, The Clash explored reggae, ska, jazz, pop with strong melodies with equally as strong lyrics. Throughout the album's 19 tracks, it is never boring and is essential in anyone's record collection.

Disc Two: The Vanilla Tapes

The demos from the "London Calling" sessions are very interesting but it is by no means something one just sits back and listens to. The sound quality is poor, and the songs are not quite in the form that they would take on later. The most intresting is the cover of Bob Dylan's "The Man in Me". It would have been interesting to hear a better cut of that song. Interesting listening for fans but newcomers might not welcome it as much.

DVD: The Last Testament

There is some cool videos on the DVD of "Train in Vain", "London Calling" and "Clampdown" but the documentary itself really kind of drags. Listening to the album take form on disc 2 is interesting but nothing is really learned in the documentary. Plays a lot like a "Behind the Music" episode but not nearly as in depth. Pretty much just an added bonus.

FINAL REVIEW:

As I mentioned, "London Calling" is a must have. A Five Star classic that ranks among the greatest albums of all time. Not having this is like not having "Sgt. Pepper" or "Kind of Blue". The album in its new extended package is excessive and for die hard fans. The demos are interesting but nothing to listen to repeatedly and the DVD is a throw away. Not a waste of money but if you own the original remastered CD, that should suffice.
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