Essential Clash - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Hard Rock
- Mono / Stereo
- The Essential Clash
The Clash: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones (vocals, guitar); Paul Simonon (vocals, bass); Nicky "Topper" Headon, Tory Crimes, Pete Howard (drums).
Producers include: Mickey Foote, The Clash, Sandy Pearlman, Guy Stevens, Jose Unidos.
Compilation producer: Bruce Dickinson.
Recorded between 1977 & 1985.
Personnel: Mick Jones , Micky Jones, Joe Strummer (vocals, guitar); Nick Sheppard, Vince White (guitar); Nicky "Topper" Headon, Tory Crimes (drums).
Recording information: 1977-1985.
Photographers: Kate Simon ; Bob Gruen; Pennie Smith; Paul Slattery.
It's somehow fitting that the first Clash collection to be released in the wake of frontman Joe Strummer's December 2002 death should be the closest anyone's ever come to a truly definitive non-box-set anthology. The two discs essentially work chronologically, starting out with a dose of old-school UK punk from the days when the Clash were messengers of political fury and icon-shattering rock & roll fire (the raging "White Riot" and gloriously snotty "I'm So Bored with the U.S.A."). We can hear the incorporation of reggae rhythms with "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" and Junior Murvin's street-fighting tale "Police & Thieves," and the beginnings of the Clash's infatuation with American music on the Bobby Fuller cover "I Fought the Law."
Disc two finds the band truly at the peak of its powers, featuring tracks from LONDON CALLING and SANDINISTA, where both the lyricism and the stylistic palette were brought to a new level (the punk-rap of "The Magnificent Seven," the Caribbean lilt of "Rudie Can't Fail"). It's to this compilation's strong credit that it not only includes a healthy portion from the most "difficult" Clash album (SANDINISTA), but some vital tracks from the odd-ends collection BLACK MARKET CLASH (the dubbed-out Robin Hood tale "Bankrobber," the snarling "Capital Radio One"), making THE ESSENTIAL CLASH much more than a greatest-hits collection.
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- Sony Music Distribution (USA)
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- The Clash
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] White Riot
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] London's Burning
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Complete Control
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Clash City Rockers - (original version)
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] I'm So Bored with the U.S.A.
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Career Opportunities
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Hate & War
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Cheat
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Police & Thieves
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Janie Jones
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Garageland
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Capital Radio One
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] English Civil War
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Tommy Gun
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Safe European Home
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Stay Free
- [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Groovy Times
- [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] I Fought the Law
- [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] London Calling
- [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Guns of Brixton, The
- [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Clampdown
- [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Rudie Can't Fail
- [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Lost in the Supermarket
- [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Jimmy Jazz
- [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Train in Vain (Stand by Me)
- [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Bankrobber
- [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Magnificent Seven, The
- [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] Ivan Meets G.I. Joe
- [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Police on My Back
- [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] Stop the World
- [ Disc 02 Track 13 ] Somebody Got Murdered
- [ Disc 02 Track 14 ] Street Parade, The
- [ Disc 02 Track 15 ] This Is Radio Clash
- [ Disc 02 Track 16 ] Ghetto Defendant
- [ Disc 02 Track 17 ] Rock the Casbah
- [ Disc 02 Track 18 ] Straight to Hell
- [ Disc 02 Track 19 ] Should I Stay or Should I Go
- [ Disc 02 Track 20 ] This Is England
- Studio / Live
Spin (6/03, p.104) - "...These two discs are a pretty hot crib sheet....The first 11 cuts are a shuffle mix of highlights from the U.S. and U.K. versions of 1977's incendiary THE CLASH, and if they don't inspire you to punch holes in the plaster, you're too well-adjusted..."
Uncut (5/03, p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...They never lost sight of Britain's strange mix of supermarket torpor and multicultural high energy..."
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