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This Is Big Audio Dynamite

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  • Audio CD (December 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00000265U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BAD's best February 22, 2002
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Mick Jones and Don Letts had a good thing going when they penned this album. I would rate this as one of the best cross over albums ever made at the time, it's surprising how over looked it was in hindsight as most of the tracks on this album are out of sight. The track that defined BAD at this junction was 'Medicine Show' Ennio Morricone's 'Good the Bad and the Ugly' was a center peice for the song's structure, Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach had some great lines as well but the clincher was the Bandit's response to Humphrey Bogart in 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre'
"I don't have to show you any stinkin badges!!" Letts' made an art of sampling before it really caught on and this first album by BAD was a real gem.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius! April 11, 2005
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Big Audio Dynamite's first album has got to be their absolute best. My first exposure to B.A.D. was hearing the song "Bad" in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", and it made me seek out this album. (This was before I was even a big Clash fan, and I later become one.) To my surprise, every single track was just as good as that one, if not better. From the western sampled "Medicine Show" (with clips from "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" and "The Treasure Of Sierra Madre"), the catchy and kitschy "Sony", the dance hit "E=MC2", to the Reggae peppered "A Party", I can't find a track among these 8 songs that isn't good.

I highly recommend checking out anything of Big Audio Dynamite that you can get your hands on, but a lot of it is out of print. (The drastically underappreciated F-Punk being one of those) Luckily, the brilliant debut album is still in print, and even though it's still a bit hard to find, you can find it without nearly as much as hassle as some of the other releases. Grab this one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definite Bottom Line For BAD August 10, 1998
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When the core of The Clash broke up after "Combat Rock," the two main members, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, went on rather divergent paths. Strummer attempted to remake The Clash and released "Cut The Crap"-a truly egregious effort, and an insult to the name The Clash. Jones formed Big Audio Dynamite, and continued some of the experiments that The Clash had explored on albums such as "Sandinista!" by using massive numbers of samples and more synthesized percussion. As a result, "This Is Big Audio Dynamite" is an outstanding album, one that has held up well over the passing years. The opening track "Medicine Show" samples heavily from the movie "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly," and the song "The Bottom Line" was the "hit," heavily played on the then-nascent college radio scene. Future releases from BAD would not match the excellence and promise shown on the debut release, but in the alw! ays-fun game of determining who had the better career after a group broke up, Jones beat Strummer hands-down in his post-Clash career. Now if The Clash would only follow the lead of The Sex Pistols and reform for a reunion tour......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the B.A.D. original albums September 29, 2000
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Mike Jones's career took a dramatic turn when he left The Clash and formed Big Audio Dynamite. From his punk origins, he moved into heavily sampled dance music with a rap and reggae feel. His success with this style was decidedly mixed, but occasionally yeilded terrific high points, such as the excellent "Bottom Line," "E=MC2" and "Medicine Show" from the band's first album. The latter song, in particular, is a brilliant fusion of witty lyrics and extensive samples from the classic Clint Eastwood Western "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." Once you get used to the style, this is good stuff, indeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars E=MC2=absolutely amazing! June 15, 2005
By Drogyn
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This is almost exactly what I look for in a sampling-based album - strong vocal, strong song structure, and catchy beats. "This is Big Audio Dynamite" definetely delivers in all aspects - unimaginably catchy, intoxicating beats that really get into your soul.

"E=MC2" is now one of my favorite 80s tracks - brilliantly put together with a strong vocal and amazing beat.

Why did it take me so long to find such an amazing-sounding album? I thank the wonderful "Listmania" creators on Amazon.com for this amazing discovery.

Besides "E=MC2", the best tracks are "Sony" and "The Bottom Line." Download or buy ASAP!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars E=effort January 31, 2001
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Mick Jones' vocals,as a previous reviewer noted, may be limited.However, they're not the worst. B.A.D. was not an opera group project. Their sound was unique and different with their edgy blend of pop-rock,reggae, some faint punk-ska and various audio samples.There was a definite underlying tone of the Clash (Mick Jones) with a more pop vein geared towards a tamer version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers without crossing into Beastie Boys territory. You have to admire a group of guys who did take experimental bounds and leaps to create a unique and different sound that did not fit the typical new romantic or new wave format drowning the airwaves during that time period !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Underrated Debut April 15, 2011
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Former Clash member Mick Jones & company released this winsome debut to only very moderate success back in 1985, with the album peaking at 103 on the US albums chart and no singles cracking the US top 100 (though a few songs show up on the specialized club charts in the States and the album fared a bit better on the British charts). It's too bad they didn't garner more attention with this release, as it remains a truly unique gem - nothing sounded like it then and hasn't since. It's chock full of brash drum machine rhythms, synths, and myriad samples, suggesting it might sound like any other album from 1985, but it is very different. It still manages to sound fresh and compelling today, largely due to its creative experimental streak and intelligent and witty lyrics.
The album opens with perhaps the strongest song on the set - and likely the oddest - with "Medicine Show." From the opening sample line "get three coffins ready" you know you're in for something different as Jones assumes the role of snake oil salesman plying his trade with humorously outlandish claims for his tonic: "when all around you seems like hell, just one sip will make you well; multipurpose in a jar, if you ain't ill it'll fix your car; in days of yore for all bad feelings, washing socks and stripping ceilings; nowadays it's used medicinally for all know human malady." Using samples primarily from "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" the song proceeds to outline the demise of the protagonist at the hands of the law.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic eighties album!
I've been a big fan of this album since it came out around 1985, I own the record and I bought the CD here on Amazon, it's a classic, I definitely recommend it, in fact it's one of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rldude
5.0 out of 5 stars Along with Hounds of Love this is one of the 80's best
Along with the Kate Bush's Hounds of Love this is one of the decades best. Ahead of it's time and holds up well.
Published 20 months ago by Nome de Plume
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I keep waiting for this grab me, but it's just horrible. Supposedly Joe Strummer told Mick Jones himself before he died. Save your money.
Published on May 28, 2011 by SmoothOprtr
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of several great records
BAD went on after this witty, original, melodic, rhythmic release to produce at least two other superb works: Megatop Phoenix and The Globe. Read more
Published on May 15, 2006 by Volunteer of America
5.0 out of 5 stars Their first and their best
Mick Jones and Co. never broke that sophmore jinx--they could never top what they did here, on THIS IS BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE. Read more
Published on June 29, 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly under-rated brilliance
ahh, This is Big Audio Dynamite sure is big audio dynamite, probally the best album of the '80s, Mick Jones showed Joe Strummer why he should have never been kicked out of The... Read more
Published on February 19, 2004 by "bigaudiodynamite"
4.0 out of 5 stars The only B.A.D. you will ever need ...
That even goes for the so-called Greatest Hits CD; too bad but they really petered out. There's a good chance the music you listen to (especially if it's dance oriented) has been... Read more
Published on December 11, 2002 by "richlatta"
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Greatness
I never understood why this album(it was vinyl when I first owned it) was not more appreciated. The sampling was terrific, though it's probably illegal or too expensive to do... Read more
Published on August 9, 2002
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