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Streetcore

Joe Strummer & The MescalerosAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hellcat Records
  • ASIN: B0000CD5FN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Coma Girl
2. Get Down Moses
3. Long Shadow
4. Arms Aloft
5. Ramshackle Day Parade
6. Redemption Song
7. All In A Day
8. Burnin' Streets
9. Midnight Jam
10. Silver And Gold

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strummer does it again!! October 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Joe's passing was one of the hardest days of my life. I've never met someone as truly dedicated to his art as Joe. So, when it was announced that there would be one last cd released by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, I was unbelievable happy. Sitting on pins and needles, I finally heard the cd. I was truly amazed. After Joe's last brilliant cd, "Global A Go-Go", I wasn't sure what to expect. The world music isn't as prevalent on this new cd, "Streetcore". However, the cd still delves into a variety of music: rock, folk, blues, hip hop, reggae...it's all here in true Strummer style. Joe was lucky to have had Mick Jones as his songwriting partner during the days of the Clash. He was blessed twice, because Martin Slatery and Scott Shields were the perfect complements for Strummer's writing.
"Coma Girl" is as good a song as Strummer has ever released. Great melody and a good rockin' song. I would have loved to have seen him play this song live. "Get Down Moses" is another fun song with elements of reggae and hip hop. "Long Shadow" was a song written for Johnny Cash. A very poignant song. It was written about Cash's legecy, but fits Strummer's just as well. It was recorded with Beck's guitarist, Smokey Hormel. Joe's version of "Redemption Song" is amazing. His vocals are truly awesome. I would never say anyone could sing it better than Bob Marley, but Joe does a damn good job. "Midnight Jam" is a really cool song that's mostly an instrumental. Joe passed on before he was able to add lyrics to the song, but it was too great of a song not to add, so Slattery and Shields added it to the cd. "All In A Day" is a great rocking song.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You cast a long shadow, and that is your testament..." November 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard the news of Joe's death -- a heart attack ultimately attributed to a congenital defect -- just two days before Christmas last year, I was in too much shock (and denial) to cry. In January, when I read Rolling Stone's loving but brief tribute, I teared up as the reality of his passing sank in. In February, I got choked up during the Grammy Awards as Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, "Little Steven" Van Zandt and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl sang "London Calling," which Joe originally wrote and performed in 1979 as a member of the British punk band the Clash. In March, I damn near lost it during VH1's broadcast of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductions when former Clash bassist Paul Simonon called Joe "my big brother." Meanwhile, the news that a posthumous Strummer CD was in the works made me extremely happy.
I was finally able to buy a copy of Streetcore -- the third and final album by Joe and his ever-evolving backup band, the Mescaleros -- a couple days ago. Even if I hadn't found myself in a moment of personal turmoil that day (which I won't go into here), my first listen to this album still would have been a very emotional experience. Just hearing Joe's voice, sounding so strong and vital, on the upbeat, insanely catchy opener "Coma Girl" brought tears to my eyes -- it hit me that Joe would never be making another record. But further spins of the entire album made me realize that, as with any artist's final album, you should just enjoy the music and not torture yourself wondering what more the artist could have given us.
Luckily, even with only 10 tracks, there's plenty to enjoy here. "Coma Girl" ROCKS! It was a great choice for the opening track *and* the lead-off single, and it may be the catchiest thing he's written since his days with the Clash.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting End to an Amazing Career July 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I think of post-humously issued albums I inevitably think of Nirvana's Unplugged in New York. That album reminds me of a funeral procession, and I can't help but think back on how great Kurt Cobain was as a person and as a musician. What surprises me about Joe Strummer's last album is that it's the complete opposite of Nirvana's. This album is a celebration of life, and while I can't help but feel sad about Joe Strummer's passing this sadness is my own and not his. Listening to it is like witnessing the prodigal son returning home. For his last few albums Joe Strummer had delved into world beat, eschewing his rock roots, and while I feel those albums were successful, I also believe that his return is even more triumphant. Streetcore is a return to rock in many ways, but Joe doesn't ignore the vast amount of influences such as reggae, dub, blues, and folk. If anything these influences are just integrated better. Every song is strong on this album, and even the acoustic numbers pulse with life. Perhaps a little older, a little wiser, and a little more laid back, but Joe never gave up living beyond the status quo. This album didn't make me want to go back and relive London Calling for the one-thousandth time, instead it made me want to hit play again. Now when I think of post-humously issued albums, Joe Strummer's finale has a place right next to Kurt Cobain's.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thats All Folks! October 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
And what a finale! Joe Strummers final album proves itself to be a real gem. The best one of all 3 Mescalaro albums.
Not since The Clash disbanded has Joe made music like this.
"Streetcore is a real winner!"
"Coma Girl" a great rockabilly tune from "A real rockin gang"
"Get Down Moses" A true Roots, Rock, Reggae tune; A cry out to The old testiment prophet.
"Arms Aloft" and "All In a Day" are rockin tunes you might expect from a modern day Clash.
Acoustic songs:"Redemption Song" and "Silver And Gold" are real tear jerkers.
Joe couldn't have selected better cover songs than these (for his own genius).
If you are a Clash fan then this album is a shoe-in for you.
If you are not, give this album a chance to broaden you musicial tastes.
Well-produced, great liner notes and photographs:
A MUST HAVE!
God Bless The Meskies, and Lucinda Mellor.
Rest In Peace Joe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Heard a song on satellite radio and saw Clash documentary on PBS and read review on Allmusic- CD matches all expectations. Should be heard by more.
Published 2 months ago by ted carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Joe!
Love joe and I grabbed this after hearing "Get down Moses" at the end of "The future is unwritten". Read more
Published 8 months ago by JeffersonDD
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss you Joe
I believe this was his last album, just as he was restarting his career. Great songs and the ethnic mix-in is perfect. Buy it!
Published 15 months ago by Runar
5.0 out of 5 stars Street Cover
An album of covers. Joe puts his spin on songs that caught his ear. It's not one of his best, but it still has the energy and skill we've come to expect from Joe. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Evan Davis
1.0 out of 5 stars dónde está mi pedido
Aún no ha llegado mi pedido y quiero sabe qué es lo que ha pasado. tendría que haber llegado el 4 de abril.
Published 16 months ago by federico
5.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated Gem
Streetcore is as good as anything The Clash ever put out, and is better than some of the titles they put out. Read more
Published 20 months ago by S. Carlsen
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a standout album!
Every song on this album is excellent. "Coma Girl" kicks it off and sets the tone for the album; story threads run throughout it. The 2012 reissue includes great live tracks. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sea&Sand
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Folk Singer
Sorry folks these albums suck. This is folk music like the 60's and it's badly done. Not worth the money
Published on December 15, 2011 by doctorsid
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless!
One of the best cd's of all time by one of the greatest singer/song writers of all time! A must buy, wont you let down!
Published on November 22, 2011 by cm29
5.0 out of 5 stars bittersweet
so sad Joe Strummer died so early in his life.but thanks to the band members who put this out after his death.
the 4 or 5 great numbers are worth buying this CD for. Read more
Published on September 13, 2011 by wilkie
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