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Super Black Market Clash Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004C4L1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1977
2. Listen
3. Jail Guitar Doors
4. City Of The Dead
5. The Prisoner
6. Pressure Drop
7. 1-2 Crush On You
8. Groovy Times
9. Gates Of The West
10. Capital Radio Two
11. Time Is Tight
12. Justice Tonight/Kick It Over
13. Robber Dub
14. The Cool Out
15. Stop The World
16. The Magnificent Dance
17. Radio Clash
18. First Night Back In London
19. Long Time Jerk
20. Cool Confusion
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A must have for all Clash Fans.
These are among some of the best songs The Clash has written and recorded.
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Inside they have covers of such classic reggae songs as Pressure Drop.

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129 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Blehar on April 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Okay folks, for the puzzled people out there, let's see if I can straighten some things out about Super Black Market Clash and the purpose it serves.

Many people here and there are (understandably) very confused about why Black Market Clash (a super-cheap EP issued back in 1980 with rockers galore on one side and a slice of Clashreggae heaven on the other) hasn't been reproduced in full on this CD.

The reason is that with CDs and compilations, the prerogative for a Clash odds'n'sods collection have changed. You won't find songs like "Cheat," "Bank Robber," or "Armagideon Time" (all on the original release) here on this CD, because they can all be found on The Story Of The Clash, Volume 1 (and the UK debut album, now available in the US in remastered form - go buy it!). Now admittedly, this Super Black Market Clash CD destroys the concept of the original EP, but then again they have different identities.

What THIS CD does now is collect ALL of the Clash's non-album rarities, B-sides, dubs, etc. and place them in one spot. There are only TWO tracks in the entire Clash discography that are missing: the live "London's Burning" from the B-side of "Remote Control" and the mediocre "Rockers' Galore" (yet another dub remix of "Bank Robber," which is precisely why it's not on this CD). Trust me, you aren't missing anything if you lack these two tracks. The point is, if you get all the Clash albums (including the UK version of the debut, not the US one) plus The Story Of The Clash, and this CD, you'll otherwise have everything they ever did, singles, EPs, etc. That's how you get a complete collection. For example, that's why the whole Cost Of Living EP is here EXCEPT for its flagship track "I Fought The Law": that song is on The Story Of The Clash.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gundy Brain on February 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
First the bad news--the original Black Market Clash was a 10 inch vinyl "ep" released in 1980 as a method of tying up all of the extra Clash UK singles and B sides that had not been on any US albums. The result was an excellent record that clocked in at 34 mins.-- almost a long player-- at the price of an ep. The first side was mostly thrashy punk, while the second side was 17 mins. of pure white boy reggae bliss. This record took on a personality of its own and I came to think of it as the fourth Clash album-- between London Calling and Sandinista! This version is a disjointed mess with a lot of pointless remixes thrown in at the expense of some of the original songs. Where is "Cheat"? Where is the original "Bankrobber" with the complete vocals? Why wasn't the whole album put on this cd in the correct order--then throw in some extra tracks? Why? Why? Why?
Now for the good news. This is an absolute must for the real Clash fan. It starts off with the terrific "1977" which was left off of the US version of the first album. It has "Pressure Drop", an early excursion into reggae that is one of the Clash's best songs. "Groovy Times" and "Gates of the West" would sound right at home on London Calling. "Justice Tonight/Kick It Over" is some tasty dub/reggae even though the original "Armagideon Time" was left off. Even the remixes of "The Call Up" and "The Magnificent Seven" grow on you.
In short, Super Black Market Clash is an interesting compilation of Clash loose ends that traces the band's development from angry punks to the reggae dub experiments to the funk songs from the Sandinista! and Combat Rock era. Worth buying if you are a completist--if not stick with London Calling or the Singles.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Johnny F. Chicago on March 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's pretty obvious from most of the reviews that they have never heard the original 10" vinyl EP "Black Market Clash," at least the edition that was released in the US.
Just for the record, here's the original song list for the vinyl EP:
1. Capital Radio One
2. The Prisoner
3. Pressure Drop
4. Cheat
5. The City Of The Dead
6. Time Is Tight
7. Bankrobber/8. Robber Dub
9. Justice Tonight/10. Kick It Over
First of all, here's what you DON'T get on from the original EP release of "Black Market Clash" on "Super Black Market Clash:"
1. Capital Radio One
2. Cheat
3. Bankrobber
Why is that? Why would anyone/label re-release an album (especially as a "Super" edition) without the original songs?
In addition to the omissions, what's left of the original song sequencing is prefaced, interfaced and postfaced with some very inferior material. Certainly not material worthy of sharing the same disc space as the original EP's tracks.
It's nice to have remastered versions of those tracks that weren't previously included in other releases, most notably "The Clash On Broadway" box set, but the brilliance of a classic EP has been erased by a sad, sad manipulation by Sony.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike M. on June 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
OK, there are 2 schools of thought here, and neither of them are complete or perfect: 1) If you have the English versions of these cd's, including the 'Singles' cd, this cd of b-sides and remix rarities gets you caught up. WRONG: in that case, where the hell is London's Burning (live), the b-side to the single Remote Control, or Armagideon Time, b-side to London Calling, or Rocker's Galore, b-side to Bankrobber??? (Speaking of the 'Singles' cd, where in the hell is Capital Radio One? Again, close but not complete.) 2) If you have the US pressings, then where in the world is White Riot from the UK version of the first LP?? What we have here, as is the case in ALL Clash releases anywhere, is a 'close but not complete' set of songs. It's like Epic always purposely leaves just those 1 or 2 songs off that make you go out and buy some other cd that have them on. So much for the fans. This cd is good, but it could have been so much more. And Kosmo Vinyl was the consultant here? What a rip-off you turned out to be. "So cheap and real phony". Now, what really needs done, is a major overhaul of the complete catalog, and have cd's with all lp songs and subsequent singles and b-sides as bonus tracks, plus all original artwork. Take a look at how beautiful Elvis Costello's reissuing campaign was. (Hey Rykodisc, are you listening??) Until then, we'll only continue buying Clash cd's for that 1 song we don't have, and keep rebuying the 15 others that we already do.
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