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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 (June 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B000RLCJ5Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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1. London Calling
2. Rock The Casbah
3. Should I Stay Or Should I Go
4. I Fought The Law
5. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
6. The Magnificent Seven
7. Bankrobber
8. The Call Up
9. Complete Control
10. White Riot
11. Remote Control
12. Tommy Gun
13. Clash City Rockers
14. English Civil War (Johnny Comes Marching Home)
15. Hitsville UK
16. Know Your Rights
17. This Is England
18. This Is Radio Clash
19. Train In Vain
20. Groovy Times

Editorial Reviews

US version includes one bonus track, 'Train in Vain'. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band's signing to CBS Records, Legacy is proud to present this new best-of collection, featuring all 19 of their UK singles! Sony. 2007.

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It should be a must for all fans of The Clash.
Ranieri Atanazio dos Santos
For people who want a taste of The Clash and their punk, this CD is pretty good.
Westley
This is a great compilation album of the Clash's singles.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Charles King on May 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Not to be confused with the one-disc, 18 track collection "The Singles," this is a box set that collects the Clash's UK singles on 19 individual discs that are designed to look like black vinyl. Since it includes not just the original B-sides of the vinyl singles, but also alternate B-sides from releases in different markets, the total length and track listing is quite considerable, 67 tracks total. Since the ordering follows the UK singles releases, not the US ones, there are a few oddities that may seem a bit humorous. For example, "Train in Vain," one of the biggest US hits, is included here only as an alternate B-side to the "Bankrobber" single.

I shouldn't need to tell serious Clash fans that this set has a lot of fine material. Still, I should say that for anyone who is just looking for a career-retrospective of the Clash, you might find the CLASH ON BROADWAY box set, or even THE ESSENTIAL CLASH more user-friendly than the 19 disc format here. The real audience for this set is the Clash completist, who really wants to have the total recorded works of the Clash on CD.

It is true of course that some of the tracks are available elsewhere, and certain tracks may appear on as many as five other discs. Collectors can expect some duplication. Still, it is not true, as an earlier posting implied, that all of this is available elsewhere. I have tried to compile a list of what is distinctive about this set.

(1) The "Capital Radio EP" was a free vinyl giveaway distributed by New Musical Express magazine. It included an interview conducted by Tony Parsons on a moving train. A few minutes of this was included on the STORY OF THE CLASH compilation, but not the two part, 12 minute version included here.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on January 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I hadn't planned on reviewing this CD until I saw all of the negative reviews here. I agree with many of the points, but wanted to add my humble opinion. If you're a big fan of the Clash (as I am), then you have all of these songs already. Likewise, fans of the Clash probably don't even like the concept of a 'greatest hits' CD...why bother when they released such great albums??!!!
However, even though the Clash are 'the only band that matter' to their fans, there are many music fans (some with good taste!) who likely are not hard-core Clash collectors. For people who want a taste of The Clash and their punk, this CD is pretty good. It covers their biggest US hits (Train in Vain, Rock the Casbah, Should I Stay?) and their biggest UK hits (London Calling, Bankrobber, & Tommy Gun - all hit the UK Top 20). Part of the appeal of the Clash is that they kept trying to expand themselves, which can clearly be seen in this CD.
With the sad and recent passing of Joe Strummer, fans of the Clash should do all they can to make sure that their music can reach as many people as possible...that's the purpose of a 'greatest hits' CD. In those terms, I think that this CD suceeds, and it will appeal to casual fans.
Of course, with their upcoming induction into the R&R Hall of Fame, many people will like be paying attention to the Clash's back catalogue. If you're curious, start with their 1977 debut or "London Calling," both are pretty brilliant.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Anthony M. Kaczynski on November 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I grew up on these singles; I had 85% of them in vinyl upon release, particularly the early ones. The excitement around a new Clash single was intense for me, and they always delivered the goods, so I won't argue the artistic merits of this stuff. It sounds phenomenal in this configuration, and pretty much always will. What I am completely disappointed in is the lack of detail in what basically is a coffee table edition (supposedly definitive) of these great singles. In the vinyl version of "The Cost of Living EP," Strummer goes on a great improv rant for about 30 seconds after "Capital Radio 2" over the backing track to "I Fought The Law," nattering on about how he is Eraserhead and he will rub you out, and then sums it up by screaming "this is the COST OF LIVING EP!!!!!" Where is it? "Capital Radio" peters out to a close, no Eraserhead, no final words from Joe, nothing but the deafening silence of feeling hosed by a multinational corporation. Small trifle, yes, but at this price???? I bought this thing for completeness, and complete control should have been the order of the day. Love the music though, it's absolutely forever. RIP, Mr. Strummer.
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This is an excellent CD of Clash Classics at their best. This is probably one of the "Greatest" compilation CD's ever. You get all their best songs, all on one CD. The Clash has been called the best "Punk Rock" band ever. They are inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio. Plus, the last time I was at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, there was an excellent exhibit of the Clash, there.

You get the various line-ups of:

Joe Strummer (the late/great leadman of the Clash) - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Mick Jones - Guitar & Vocals
Paul Simonon - Bass
Tory Crimes (Terry Chimes) - Original Drummer
Topper Headon - Drummer

There were some personnel changes through the years, but their music style, & songs retained the same sounds, and themes. They were a very, very entergetic, & very "aggressive" band, and were known for "Power-Punk" Songs, and "Songs With an Attitude". The "classic" songs on this CD, represent these descriptions. These songs represent the Clash at their best!!!!

The songs are as follows:

1.London Calling
2.Rock the Casbah
3.Should I stay or Should I go
4.I Fought the Law
5.(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais
6.The Magnificent Seven
7.Bankrobber
8.The Call up
9.Complete Control
10.White Roit
11.Remote Control
12.Tommy Gun
13.Clash City Rockers
14.English Civil War (Johnny Comes Marching Home)
15.Hitsville, UK
16.Know Your Rights
17.This is England
18.This is Radio Clash

Bonus Tracks:
19.Train in Vain (Stand by Me)
20.Groovy Times

Overall, this is an excellent cd, and a "must-have" for any "punk-rock", or any "Clash" fan, or any "rock" fan. This is truly an excellent compilation CD at its best. Thanks!!!!
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