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London Calling Import
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, January 25, 2000
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Although The Clash started off as a punk band, they were never adequately defined by that phenomenon. Although rooted in the attitudes and political sympathies of the punk movement (and above all else, English Punk, as opposed to the earlier American Punk, was highly political; originator Malcolm McLaren was deeply influenced by Guy Debord and the Situationist International, and included many political ideas in promoting the Sex Pistols and his punk fashions), The Clash quickly outgrew the punk aesthetic. While most of the original punks were merely two-chords-and-a-cloud-of-dust bands, the Clash almost immediately began effortlessly and seamlessly assimilating a host of musical influenced. They were the first rock band, for instance, to use reggae rhythms and not make them sound like a gimmick (compare The Clash's extraordinary "The Guns of Brixton" with Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Maker," which while good sounds a bit like a novelty song, while The Clash sound like they ripped the song off some Jamaicans). The songs are remarkably sophisticated and polished, even when they sound casually.Read more ›
This is one of those rare records that never lets up from beginning to end and is truly packed with with some of the Clash's greatest songs.Read more ›
Hands down, The Clash's "London Calling" is one of the strongest albums in rock history. Despite being a punk rock group, The Clash explored reggae, ska, jazz, pop with strong melodies with equally as strong lyrics. Throughout the album's 19 tracks, it is never boring and is essential in anyone's record collection.
Disc Two: The Vanilla Tapes
The demos from the "London Calling" sessions are very interesting but it is by no means something one just sits back and listens to. The sound quality is poor, and the songs are not quite in the form that they would take on later. The most intresting is the cover of Bob Dylan's "The Man in Me". It would have been interesting to hear a better cut of that song. Interesting listening for fans but newcomers might not welcome it as much.
DVD: The Last Testament
There is some cool videos on the DVD of "Train in Vain", "London Calling" and "Clampdown" but the documentary itself really kind of drags. Listening to the album take form on disc 2 is interesting but nothing is really learned in the documentary. Plays a lot like a "Behind the Music" episode but not nearly as in depth. Pretty much just an added bonus.
As I mentioned, "London Calling" is a must have. A Five Star classic that ranks among the greatest albums of all time. Not having this is like not having "Sgt. Pepper" or "Kind of Blue". The album in its new extended package is excessive and for die hard fans. The demos are interesting but nothing to listen to repeatedly and the DVD is a throw away. Not a waste of money but if you own the original remastered CD, that should suffice.
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One of the best bands in the universe! It's my favorite song of the clash!Published 2 months ago by phillip james
Pop + punk elements!!! What a great way to start and end my day. Best punk band in the planet!Published 2 months ago by eleanor smith
I have always loved this album from wax to silver. This just happens to be a sort of Deluxe Edition with an extra disc of music of which most are demos. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe Eastlack
This is one of my top 5 favorite albums ever made. In both English and American punk rock there have been good punk bands, god awful punk bands and every once in a while you hear... Read morePublished 3 months ago by toby
For someone who likes New Wave rock and roll from the 1980s, you would be missing out on a great listening experience by not buying this CD!Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer