Super Black Market Clash Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Many people here and there are (understandably) very confused about why Black Market Clash (a super-cheap EP issued back in 1980 with rockers galore on one side and a slice of Clashreggae heaven on the other) hasn't been reproduced in full on this CD.
The reason is that with CDs and compilations, the prerogative for a Clash odds'n'sods collection have changed. You won't find songs like "Cheat," "Bank Robber," or "Armagideon Time" (all on the original release) here on this CD, because they can all be found on The Story Of The Clash, Volume 1 (and the UK debut album, now available in the US in remastered form - go buy it!). Now admittedly, this Super Black Market Clash CD destroys the concept of the original EP, but then again they have different identities.
What THIS CD does now is collect ALL of the Clash's non-album rarities, B-sides, dubs, etc. and place them in one spot. There are only TWO tracks in the entire Clash discography that are missing: the live "London's Burning" from the B-side of "Remote Control" and the mediocre "Rockers' Galore" (yet another dub remix of "Bank Robber," which is precisely why it's not on this CD). Trust me, you aren't missing anything if you lack these two tracks. The point is, if you get all the Clash albums (including the UK version of the debut, not the US one) plus The Story Of The Clash, and this CD, you'll otherwise have everything they ever did, singles, EPs, etc. That's how you get a complete collection. For example, that's why the whole Cost Of Living EP is here EXCEPT for its flagship track "I Fought The Law": that song is on The Story Of The Clash.Read more ›
Now for the good news. This is an absolute must for the real Clash fan. It starts off with the terrific "1977" which was left off of the US version of the first album. It has "Pressure Drop", an early excursion into reggae that is one of the Clash's best songs. "Groovy Times" and "Gates of the West" would sound right at home on London Calling. "Justice Tonight/Kick It Over" is some tasty dub/reggae even though the original "Armagideon Time" was left off. Even the remixes of "The Call Up" and "The Magnificent Seven" grow on you.
In short, Super Black Market Clash is an interesting compilation of Clash loose ends that traces the band's development from angry punks to the reggae dub experiments to the funk songs from the Sandinista! and Combat Rock era. Worth buying if you are a completist--if not stick with London Calling or the Singles.
Just for the record, here's the original song list for the vinyl EP:
1. Capital Radio One
2. The Prisoner
3. Pressure Drop
5. The City Of The Dead
6. Time Is Tight
7. Bankrobber/8. Robber Dub
9. Justice Tonight/10. Kick It Over
First of all, here's what you DON'T get on from the original EP release of "Black Market Clash" on "Super Black Market Clash:"
1. Capital Radio One
Why is that? Why would anyone/label re-release an album (especially as a "Super" edition) without the original songs?
In addition to the omissions, what's left of the original song sequencing is prefaced, interfaced and postfaced with some very inferior material. Certainly not material worthy of sharing the same disc space as the original EP's tracks.
It's nice to have remastered versions of those tracks that weren't previously included in other releases, most notably "The Clash On Broadway" box set, but the brilliance of a classic EP has been erased by a sad, sad manipulation by Sony.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The original vinyl Black Market Clash was much better. There was a reason over one half of the tracks included on this disk were b-sides. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jim C
Excellent - Item delivered on time, was as described, great customer servicePublished 9 months ago by Anthony White
I'm a big Clash fan. I would like to get my hands on an original but this is a decent substitute.Published 12 months ago by Kurk Schoner
this was for my husband - he is enjoying his gift every day!!Published 21 months ago by Loretta R. Schaub
The original "Black Market Clash" had nine songs, including the brilliant original version of "Capital Radio One" and a remix of "Pressure Drop," and eight other songs to fill... Read morePublished 24 months ago by poikkeus
Solid album. The last 5 or so tracks are some pretty crappy alternate versions of other Clash songs, but nothing that would make the album not worth buying.Published on August 4, 2013 by Michael Behnke
The Clash is my favorite band and this CD helps to complete my collection. Can't go wrong with The Clash.Published on July 13, 2013 by Kevin