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Sandinista! Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Media Type: CD
Artist: CLASH
Title: SANDINISTA!
Street Release Date: 01/25/2000
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Genre: ROCK/POP

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What the hell is this? Though the two-record sprawl of London Calling--with its exploratory mutations of reggae, rockabilly, and even disco--proved that the Clash weren't content to lie fallow in a punk-rock ghetto, nothing prepares you for Sandinista's messy melange. For 36 tracks (the Clash originally released this as a three-record set for not much more than the price of one), the band tackles everything in sight, including waltz, gospel, disco, children's ditties, funk, reggae, dub, delicate instrumentals, psychedelic explorations--hell, they even play a Clash rocker or two. Though many have said there is a single great album hidden among the three here, it's the pure chutzpah of Sandinista that makes it such a particular pleasure and a brain drain at the same time. It's the document of a band that can do anything and tries to do everything. It's the glorious sound of failure. And if that ain't the Clash, what is? --Tod Nelson
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: January 25, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004BZ16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A few of the reviewers here said that the best way to enjoy "Sandinista" was to download the album and pick out your favorite songs, and then put it onto one CD. That'd make "Sandinista" more consise, more penetrable, and generally more better.

Having a subscription to an mp3 service, I downloaded the entire album anxiously. About a month before, I bought "London Calling" and became addicted -- and I wanted to see how the Clash could mess up so badly in only a year's time ("Sandinista" was released a year after "London Calling").

When all of the tracks were finally downloaded, I began listening to them, one by one.

First track -- Magnificent Seven. Initial reaction? "...wow. This is... amazing! But then again, everyone said it was one of the GOOD tracks, so I guess it's not that much of a surprise."

Second track -- Hitsville UK. "..I've never really heard anything like this before. A woman singing in a Clash song? Who is she? I like her voice. ...this is pretty catchy. Like really catchy. Um, yep, I like this song too."

Next up -- Junco Partner. Knowing in advance that not much was said about this track, I expected it to be one of the "bad" songs/experiments. Initial reaction? "...hey! This is the Clash doing reggae again, like on 'London Calling'! I like the little violin touches. And what is that? A keyboard? Or a toy piano? Whatever it is, it sounds cool."

And so on and so on. I think you get the idea.

I ended up liking every song, actually. I'm not exaggerating because I'm trying to be some demented Clash fanboy or something -- every single track on "Sandinista" is at the very least interesting. It never, ever bores me. If the music is somewhat lacking on a given track, the lyrics make up for it. And vice versa.
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While not as "Rocking" or accessable as London Calling (new Clash fans should definatly check out that album first), Sandanista! is a 2 hour and 30 minute long sprawling masterpeice.

Some argue that this album is 2/5th great material and the rest is filler. Those people don't know good music if it bites them.

On this album the Clash explore all forms of music, including hip-hop, disco/dance, jazz, calipso, gospel, waltz, and of course, the usual dose of punk, rock, ska and raggae. This album is a journey. Longer, more varied and, at times, more fun than the Beatles "White Album" (and this album ranks up there with some of the Beatle's best). Will you like the album at first? Hmm, probably not. It takes repeated listens to appreciate the way The Clash cram hundreds of hooks and melodies into a single track.

The Magnifigant 7 - A hip-hop dance number with GREAT lyrics. One of the best bass lines I've ever heard by Paul Simonon, and try not laughing when Strummer screams, "CHEESEBOIGER!"

Hitsville U.K. - Starts like a gospel song, but quickly transforms into a singalong with some catchy-as-hell melodies. Note: the woman singing this song is Clash guitarist Mick Jone's exgirlfriend, Ellen Foley, who also song the epic Meatloaf song "Paradie By The Dashboard Light"

Junco Partner - Great reggea flavored track, with some of the oddest sound effects dancing all over the place. Makes for a very odd and entertaining song.

Ivan Meets G.I. Joe - This song is literally a disco song being played over a futuristic war land. Laser sounds fill the air as drummer Topper Headen sings of a galactic showdown between "ivan" and "g.i.joe" (metaphores, you can figure it out)

The Leader - The first (almost traditional)Clash rocker.
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When "Sandinista" was released as a 3-vinyl-LP set at the close of 1980, I was a high-schooler beset with idealistic notions about the power of punk. Listening to its array of styles, innovations and insights, I thought this album would surely erase the shadow of the '60s and herald an era of uncompromising cultural progress.
Today, high-schoolers who see Ringo Starr on ads for investment firms have no idea who Joe Strummer is, and people long ago stopped allowing LPs/CDs to make a significant impression on their sensibilities. If "Sandinista" influenced anything, it was probably the already-emerging popularity of rap and world music.
That said, "The Leader", "Corner Soul", "Somebody Got Murdered", "If Music Could Talk," and "Charlie Don't Surf" are among the most literate songs composed in the last 20 years and represent only a small fraction of the astounding collection of songs and sounds in "Sandinista". If nothing else, the Clash are able to present a snapshot of disorder and potential in widescreen deep-focus. Each character, from the homeless vet in "Something About England" to the ravaged spiritual seeker in "Sound of the Sinners", seems fully drawn. Each beat, riff and dub seems carefully considered and flawlessly executed. Each cut still seems to hold some ground.
Maybe that's why this album was not received with widespread acclaim 20 years ago-- it was just too overwhelming. When the Clash returned a year and a half later, they won their audience with "Rock the Casbah" and "Should I Stay...", but didn't have it in them to paint another picture of such stunning depth.
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