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Story of the Clash 1 Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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Out-of-print on the US. 2 cd set. Sony/BMG.

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This fine overview's title is a bit of a misnomer; the "story" of the towering British punk group is not told in a linear fashion and is far from complete. If you allow yourself to simply absorb the many flavors of the Clash without any notions of perfection, you'll marvel over the passion of "This is Radio Clash," the indignation of "Magnificent Seven," the raging anger in "London's Burning" and "White Riot," and the snide humor of "Safe European Home." The group's ability to tone things down without losing steam in songs such as "Career Opportunities" and "Spanish Bombs," and their experimentation with different textures and moods on tracks like "Armagideon Time" and "Somebody Got Murdered" remind one just how adventurous and fresh they were during their late '70s and early '80s heyday. This two-disc retrospective should entice listeners to delve deeper into the early releases of one of the most important rock bands of their time. --Lorry Fleming

Disc: 1
1. The Magnificent Seven
2. Rock The Casbah
3. This Is Radio Clash
4. Should I Stay Or Should I Go
5. Straight To Hell
6. Armagideon Time
7. Clampdown
8. Train In Vain
9. Guns Of Brixton
10. I Fought The Law
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. White Man In Hammersmith Palais
2. London's Burning
3. Janie Jones
4. Tommy Gun
5. Complete Control
6. Capitol Radio
7. White Riot
8. Career Opportunities
9. Clash City Rockers
10. Safe European Home
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004C4L5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jon T. Fassnacht on August 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Basically this collection can be summed up this way: If you are only going to buy one Clash album and you don't feel like shelling out for the "Clash on Broadway" boxed set, this is the one to get. 28 songs that show why the Clash were so important for an extremely low price.
The album itself is a bit of a mess with all the songs out of chronological order, but if anything, it proves just how eclectic the band really was. Most of their albums are well represented (except "Sandinista" - two songs from a 36 song album??) and there are a few important non-album tracks like "Armagedion Time" and "This is Radio Clash" thrown in for good measure.
Collector's Note: If you're a Clash completist, "Story" has the 12" single version of "The Magnificent Seven," the single mix of "Rock the Casbah," and an otherwise unavailable version of "Capitol Radio One" with the original three-minute interview tacked onto the beginning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg Brady on October 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you have visions of spittle-spewing, tattoed and pierced, odd-haired miscreants who have as much facility on their instruments as the average zoo monkey when you hear the phrase "punk music", this collection will likely be quite a surprise. The dirty truth is this: Underneath the exterior image and the left-leaning politics, The Clash are really, at heart, a great pop/rock band (albeit an "edgy" one). Listen to "Stay Free" and you'll hear echoes of Merseybeat bands. The faux disco beat underlying "This is Radio Clash" and "The Magnificent Seven" dare you not to dance. The handclaps slathered throughout "Rock the Casbah" are straight out of bubblegum. Reggae also pops up in "Straight to Hell" and "Armagideon Time" among others. Most of the stereotypical "punk" numbers are found on Disc 2, but there's quite a bit here if you aren't necessarily a fan of scream/shout raveups.

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"Rock the Casbah" makes the case that Middle Eastern rockers are revolutionaries and took it to the charts while doing so with its irrestible "Shariff don't like it!" chorus. "This is Radio Clash" is "aural ammunition" against the status quo, while "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" poses that eternal question of troubled relationships. "Train in Vain" recounts the aftermath: once she's decided to "go". ("All the times/When we were close/I'll remember these things the most/I see all my dreams come tumbling down/I won't be happy without you around..")Despite the dark subject, it rides a brisk harmonica/guitar rhythm. "I Fought the Law" is a nifty remake of the 60s rabblerouser, while "White Riot" is their own anthem of unrest. "Career Opportunities" are hard to find for the working class of England. "Stay Free" is their "Glory Days", a reminiscence of their days of youth and not-so-innocence.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on March 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I always liked the Clash when I was a boy, and then they broke up. Later, I bought this compilation of hits and non-hits. I think it's an excellent conglomeration of a great punk band. To be sure, disc two is somewhat tedious, but the two disc set works nicely. Now that it's been digitally remastered, the sound quality is even better. If you want individual Clash cds, then London Calling and Sandanista would be places to start. This collection is a must have for any rock collector.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ginger O. on April 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you're only buying one Clash album, buy this one. It has all the great songs on it, including the hard-to-find Armagideon Time, my personal all-time favorite Clash song. Plus most all of the great hits -- Radio Clash, Should I Stay, I Fought the Law, London Calling, Police & Thieves -- too many to name. The production quality is fantastic - sounds GREAT at high volume (which you should use of course). I was lucky enough to see the Clash live twice -- this is the album that brings it all back for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John S on May 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the collection that introduced me to the band many years ago. Consequently I got all their albums. Now I don't listen much to that type of music anymore, but recently I decided to buy this album here to refresh some of my sonic memories. And no doubt, The Story of the Clash still is very enjoyable.

Also I can see now some obvious strategy in this packaging: DISC 1 represents the Clash's most adventureous sonic efforts of 1979-82, while DISC 2 contains the classic punk rock arsenal from 1977 on.

Please note that this collection is heavily stuffed with tracks from their 1979 double album, London Calling. So if it's your first Clash album and you enjoy it, it's a good choice to pick that album next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on September 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Recently I have been digging back into my punk roots. I have been wanting to get some music by The Clash for some time now but I wasn't really sure where to begin so I opted to get the two cd compilation "The Story of the Clash Vol.1". I thought this would be a good start, a lot better than their singles or best of compilations. I have always loved "Rock the Casbah", "Should I Stay Or SHould I Go?", and their version of Bobby Fuller's "I Fought the Law". Well needlesss to say I am so glad that I bought this album. It is a great collection of songs from one of the great punk bands of the late '70s, early '80s. A lot of bands nowadays could use a lesson or two from this great band. The Clash had lots to say unlike The Sex Pistols I think (as good as they were). They were definitely far more dangerous than The Sex Pistols here in the US with their socio-political lyrics. Rock 'N Roll has always been considered dangerous back in its early days until it started to become flaccid with bland, boring classic, corporate rock bands like Grand Funk Railroad and Kansas. Then came disco, and finally came punk which bit the music industry in the rear end where it deserves. The Clash, The Ramones, and The Sex Pistols pretty much revolutionized punk music for me. The angst of most bands today are a total joke to me. The Clash however will always remain timeless with classics like "London Calling", "Rock the Casbah", and "Should I Stay or Should I Go?". Punk lives on!
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