London Calling - The Legacy Edition Original recording remastered, Special Edition
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, January 25, 2000
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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Both LPs came with loads of shredded paper packed into the grooves because of the sleeve's construction. Not something nice to find in brand new vinyl.Published 1 month ago by Disgruntled Cannibal
One thing in rock that's fun to consider is why are artists only truly great for a short period? Does being in the business corrupt? Do people have only so many good ideas? Read morePublished 3 months ago by azjaeger
Listening to the Clash’s album “London Calling” in its entirety brings back memories of adolescence and first hearing the record many years ago when FM radio used to have an hour... Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. DelParto
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you post the same rant over and over dude. nobody cares what you have to say about PUNK RAWK or anything. we never did. i'm going to say this clearly to you even though it's a bloody old thread. GIVE. IT. A. REST.
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