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Streetcore (60th Anniversary Re-mastered Edition) Original recording remastered
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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, September 25, 2012
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"Coma Girl" is as good a song as Strummer has ever released. Great melody and a good rockin' song. I would have loved to have seen him play this song live. "Get Down Moses" is another fun song with elements of reggae and hip hop. "Long Shadow" was a song written for Johnny Cash. A very poignant song. It was written about Cash's legecy, but fits Strummer's just as well. It was recorded with Beck's guitarist, Smokey Hormel. Joe's version of "Redemption Song" is amazing. His vocals are truly awesome. I would never say anyone could sing it better than Bob Marley, but Joe does a damn good job. "Midnight Jam" is a really cool song that's mostly an instrumental. Joe passed on before he was able to add lyrics to the song, but it was too great of a song not to add, so Slattery and Shields added it to the cd. "All In A Day" is a great rocking song.Read more ›
I was finally able to buy a copy of Streetcore -- the third and final album by Joe and his ever-evolving backup band, the Mescaleros -- a couple days ago. Even if I hadn't found myself in a moment of personal turmoil that day (which I won't go into here), my first listen to this album still would have been a very emotional experience. Just hearing Joe's voice, sounding so strong and vital, on the upbeat, insanely catchy opener "Coma Girl" brought tears to my eyes -- it hit me that Joe would never be making another record. But further spins of the entire album made me realize that, as with any artist's final album, you should just enjoy the music and not torture yourself wondering what more the artist could have given us.
Luckily, even with only 10 tracks, there's plenty to enjoy here. "Coma Girl" ROCKS! It was a great choice for the opening track *and* the lead-off single, and it may be the catchiest thing he's written since his days with the Clash.Read more ›
As the guitars guide us to bounce our heads and tap our feet, Joe's lyrics paint a picture and take us away. "I was crawling through a festival way out west." he calls, and we can see it. As he then sees the coma girl and as the rain sets in.
Many of the songs on this recording paint an image on us in the same way, in "Get Down Moses" as he shouts "Get down Moses, down here in the street / the blood is washing down all the gravel to our feet." With gritty sounds and images of the old punk scene ("Arms Aloft") or a quiet acoustic ballad that takes you far, far away, to a place where Jonney Cash and Strummer both cast a long shadow ("Long Shadow"): it's an album that gets to you.
Of course a stand out track remains Strummer's cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song." As a heartfelt protest song, it takes wings in Sturmmer's deep, emotional voice. This recording Strummer may have sung with a political motive in mind, but now it will always be remembered as Joe Strummer's Redemption, and it could make you cry to think about it.
And while you're at it, listen to "All in a Day" (it's funnier if you work retail and actually have to wear a vest to work). Or "Burning Streets", with lyrics that reach back to The Clash ("London is burning / Don't tell the queen"), or even on "Midnight Jam," which Strummer didn't quite finish, you can hear him quote himself in the spoken word background, you can hear echos of "London Calling," "Radio Clash," and "White Riot." There's "Ramshakle Day Parade" which Strummer wrote about 9/11.Read more ›
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Excellent CD. Variety of musical styles, catchy melodies and intelligent lyrics. Joe was the real non-sellout driving force behind the Clash. RIP Joe!Published 2 months ago by Tony
Amazing album but the copy they sent me was their last copy and it was their worst copy. Either warped due to heat or the hole was drilled off because it wobbles like a mo-foPublished 5 months ago by Jeffrey J. Bailey
This was Joe Strummer's last go round and he was in fine form. This record has the punch as well as the pain we expected from him. The
Mescalero's were the perfect foil. Read more
Fantastic, loved this album when it came out, the additional songs on this reissue are great.
Strummer left us too soon, but he bequeathed us a wonderful body of work. Read more
Heard a song on satellite radio and saw Clash documentary on PBS and read review on Allmusic- CD matches all expectations. Should be heard by more.Published on June 5, 2014 by ted carlson