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Essential Clash

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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.

U.K. version contains one bonus track and replaces "Police On My Back" with "1977" and "Broadway" on the U.S. version.

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.

What the critics say...

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..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. White Riot
  2. 1977
  3. London's Burning
  4. Complete Control
  5. Clash City Rockers
  6. I'm So Bored With The USA
  7. Career Opportunities
  8. Hate And War
  9. Cheat
  10. Police And Thieves
  11. Janie Jones
  12. Garageland
  13. Capital Radio One
  14. White Man In Hammersmith Palais
  15. English Civil War
  16. Tommy Gun
  17. Safe European Home
  18. Julie's Been Working For The Drug Squad
  19. Stay Free
  20. Groovy Times
  21. I Fought The Law
  22. London Calling
  23. Guns Of Brixtion
  24. Clampdown
  25. Rudie Can't Fail
  26. Lost In The Supermarket
  27. Jimmy Jazz
  28. Train In Vain
  29. Bankrobber
  30. Mangnificent Seven
  31. Ivan Meets Gi Joe
  32. Stop The World
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March 25th, 2003
Sony Music Distribution (UK)
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