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The Clash (U.S. Version) [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

The ClashAudio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004BZ05
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Clash City Rockers
2. I'm So Bored With The U.S.A.
3. Remote Control
4. Complete Control
5. White Riot
6. White Man In Hammersmith Palais
7. London's Burning
8. I Fought The Law
9. Janie Jones
10. Career Opportunities
11. What's My Name
12. Hate And War
13. Police And Thieves
14. Jail Guitar Doors
15. Garageland

Editorial Reviews

It speaks volumes about the mid-'70s music scene that the Clash's explosive debut was viewed as too provincial and raw for U.S. consumption upon its original English release in 1977. No matter--between Joe Strummer's marble-mouthed howls of righteous rage on songs like "Career Opportunities" ("The ones that never knock"), "I'm So Bored with the USA" ("Yankee dollars talk to the dictators of the world"), and "White Riot" ("I wanna riot / A riot of my own"), and the furious instrumental assault led by guitarist Mick Jones, the Clash became a hot import strictly on word of mouth--and helped establish the band as one of leaders of rock's punk revolt. --Billy Altman

Product Description

Remastered U.S. edition of the Punk band's 1977 debut album, which featured tracks unavailable on the UK full length (while also dropping a few tracks which remained only on the British edition).

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the most stunning albums in history September 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
First, there is absolutely no question that the UK version of this album is the more powerful version of the album, and since that version is now readily available from Amazon and elsewhere, it is unquestionably the version to get. What I would like to point out, however, is that even the American version is one of the most powerful albums you will ever encounter. This album was absolutely shocking when it came out. Punk bands were supposed to be crude, inept on their instruments, undisciplined, and lacking in any political vision except unfocused anarchism. The Clash was the punk antithesis to punk. They weren't calling for anarchy; they were calling for a revolution. They were politically outraged, but they were outraged in behalf of people who were actively suffering at the hands of society. And they were clever! "Career Opportunities" was about Mick Jones brief job opening mail for the prime minister in case any were letter bombs. And unlike other punk bands, they expressed a solidarity with the racially oppressed, with incredible songs like "White Man in Hammersmith Palais," or being one of the first white band ever to employ reggae in songs like "Police and Thieves." Musically, they were far out in front of all other punk bands, playing tight, disciplined, and incredibly exhilarating songs. They were the first punk band that could be favorably compared with any other band in rock history. And unlike other bands, lead guitarist Mick Jones could actually play solos!

Not all of the decisions concerning the American version were awful.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An argument for the U.S. version... December 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
First off, I have no respectable punk credentials (is that an oxymoron?). I did buy the U.K. version on vinyl back in the late 70s, when it was the only version, but that was kind of a fluke, although I did love that record.

Anyway, personally, I like the U.S. version.

For the U.S. release, Sony replaced Deny, Cheat, Protex Blue and 48 Hours, all worthy songs, with Clash City Rockers, Complete Control, (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais, I Fought the Law and Jail Guitar Doors (yeah, they threw in an extra song).

I agree that the U.K, version hangs together better. The U.S. version soundS a little more like a collection of singles, and in fact that's what all the substituted songs were. And the U.K. version is a little more hardcore.

But to their credit Sony picked some great, in fact indispensible, songs for the U.S. version. I Fought the Law is one of the Clash's signature tracks. Complete Control, besides being a great song, was produced by reggae god Lee Perry, the Upsetter himself. And (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais is a classic, perhaps the classic, punk-reggae tune. The other two substituted songs, while great, aren't quite as historically significant.

Yeah, sure, you could buy the more authentic U.K. version and then buy the Clash collection The Singles and get all the songs that were added to the U. S. version--and more. But that collection includes a couple of the songs on this cd, so you have to ask yourself: Do you want two versions of White Riot or Remote Control? Are you interested in everything the Clash did throughout their career, including obscure B sides? How much of a scholar are you?

Or you could find the songs Sony added on the Internet, which might be the way to go if you're a completist.

But you're a cheap lazy sod and just want one version of the Clash's first CD, I would hesitantly recommend the U.S. version.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE, PLEASE, GET YOUR HANDS ON THE ORIGINAL. October 15, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The original Clash album was released in April 1977. It had the louder and heavier version of 'White Riot', not the lamer single version included here. It also had the rough edged melody of 'Deny', the Mick Jones tale of sex on the London Underground 'Protex Blue', a great manifesto of punk attitude 'Cheat' and Joe Strummer's rant about a bored weekend '48 Hours'. This American version includes the single 'Complete Control' released months after the original album. 'Clash City Rockers', 'Jail Guitar Doors' and 'White Man In Hammersmith Palais' were all released as or on singles in 1978 and 'I Fought The Law' wasn't released until 1979, two years after the original album!! Don't get me wrong, all of these post April '77 songs are great in their rightful place, but this packaging makes this US version essentialey a compilation album. For the true Clash sound of 76-77 get the UK original.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you have to understand punk in 1977... March 4, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I can see why someone would find this album disappointing, especially if they were looking to Rock the Casbah as some sort of crowning achievement of the band. But this album is an absolutely brilliant and perfect document of a certain cultural era: the tower tenements and back alleys of London's desperate teenagers in the mid-to-late 1970s. Unlike Never Mind the Bollocks, this doesn't sound absurdly dated today; instead, it's still angry, still seething, still raw, still crude - all in the best way. There are a few weak numbers (on both the UK and US versions) but also some absolute Clash classics: I'm So Bored with the USA, White Riot, Career Opportunities, and the stunning assimilation of reggae on the cover of Police and Thieves. If you're talking about the US version, you've also got White Man in Hammersmith Palais, one of the best things the band ever recorded. An album that speaks for an era.
Also, just a note in regard to one of the previous reviewer's comments about the "weak" lyrics on Garagaland: again, context is very important here. This song was written as a direct response to a review of their Screen on the Green performance, in which the reviewer commented that they were a "garage band who should be swiftly returned to the garage, preferably with the motor left running". Thus it was a sarcastic celebration of the garage band aesthetic and a way of throwing the review back in its writer's face. Also, it contains one of the Clash's most signature lines: "the truth is only known by guttersnipes."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing music. Crappy vinyl (2013) pressing.
First off the music is amazing. The music gets a 5 star review. The vinyl pressing is bad. It is a shame since it was cut by Chris Bellman. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jimhb
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
I absolutely LOVE this album! If you are unfamiliar with the band, this release is the U.S. version, which has a few of the songs from the U.K. version swapped out for others. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Breaux Gargano
5.0 out of 5 stars The Clash
Simply the best album to come out of the 70s. It sounds as fresh as the first time I heard it.
Published 6 months ago by Stephen Zapotechne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Great, great album. Nobody is like The Clash. To lump them in with the Sex Pistols is nonsense. Love the energy and the funky kind of reggae vibe to it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by snaggleteeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but wish it had 'White Man In Hammersmith Palais' like the...
Excellent, but i should have read the play list. What? No 'White Man In Hammersmith Palais??? Yes, i realize this is the UK edition but still missing the one of the best Clash... Read more
Published 8 months ago by michaeljwilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it then. Still do.
It's The Clash. I really can't add to the critical reviews you can find anywhere you find people listening to music. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Album of the Punk Ignition
Angier than the Ramones, less filler than Never Mind the Bollocks, the US version is a bit of a cheat, but just an awesome statement of ambition, frustration and energy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars PUNK DEBUT!!!!!
This must be the only REAL PUNK album from the great legendary THE CLASH!!!! there's some REGGAE here too, but what you hear here is a young genuine PUNK band creating PUNK pearls... Read more
Published 14 months ago by FLUMINENSE
4.0 out of 5 stars This rocks!!!!
This version of the album far exceeds the US version. While the recording itself leaves something to be desired (I doubt it was originally recorded in the best studio for... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steven Lohse
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST! THE BEST!
Everybody talks about LONDON CALLING as the absolute best moment by the CLASH, but in my opinion, this debut is BY FAR THE BEST album by the CLASH!!! Read more
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