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Clash (Vinyl) Limited Edition, Import


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  • LP Record (Sept. 21 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Drastic Plastic (Cit
  • ASIN: B003V1ARH6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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The Clash, the self-titled debut by one of the most influential musical acts of the 20th Century and the best selling import record of all time, is finally available for the first time as an official US release. This release, taken from the original masters and produced for Drastic Plastic Records by Sony Records, recreates the original British track list and has been painstakingly reproduced as a beautiful 180-gram version for collectors and casual listeners alike. In 2003 Mojo referred to it as "the ultimate punk protest album. Searingly evocative of dreary late '70s Britain, but still timelessly inspiring." Need we say more? Limited edition of 5,000.

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It speaks volumes about the mid-'70s music scene that the Clash's explosive debut was viewed as too provincial and raw for U.S. consumption upon its original English release in 1977. No matter--between Joe Strummer's marble-mouthed howls of righteous rage on songs like "Career Opportunities" ("The ones that never knock"), "I'm So Bored with the USA" ("Yankee dollars talk to the dictators of the world"), and "White Riot" ("I wanna riot / A riot of my own"), and the furious instrumental assault led by guitarist Mick Jones, the Clash became a hot import strictly on word of mouth--and helped establish the band as one of leaders of rock's punk revolt. --Billy Altman --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21 1999
Format: Audio CD
who cares if everybody see the pistols as the best uk punk band with the most well known punk album(bollocks).they were fakes.the clash played their own instruments unlike good ol sid.they didn't need to act all snotty to gain attention either they were themselves and didn't have to rely on anybody to help them sell their records and image(unlike malcom mclaren)the pistols and the clash are to punk as the beatles and the sones are to pop rock.the clash's 1st album is the greatest punk album of all time and they play about what they felt at the time.mixing politics with punk and reggae the clash had the right formula.songs like the reggaeish white man in hammersmith palais(with it's talks about the new groups in the u.k. turning rebellion into money), and the raw punk anthem style of white riot(everybody's doin' just what their told to/cause nobody wants,to go to jail) made this album a way of life for the brittish punks(and would later appeal to the u.s. punks)the clash sopke to their audience and sopke out against the political views that they were against.the pistols had a view of no future and every thing is wrong and nothing will change.the clash on the other hand were trying to make the world a better place and were trying to see a light at the end of the dark tunnel.they saw hope in the future.pick it up and see how addictive the clash were and how this band became the only band that matters!!!!-jason
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12 1999
Format: Audio CD
People have long observed that music has a certain power to inspire emotion; some of it makes us happy, some sad, some angry, some nostalgic. When The Clash sing White Riot, it makes you want to riot with them. And what an exuberant feeling that is! This is fast three-chord punk rock with something extra. It's hard to identify what it is - it's just one of those lucky collisions that happens so rarely when all the right people come together and make music and the sparks just fly. It makes listening to this album one of the most thoroughly enjoyable experiences imaginable. A lot of the little things get me every time - the way Strummer snorts indignantly before condemning those who find it funny, turning rebellion into money. Or the wonderful disdain in his voice as he announces his boredom with the USA. Or the incredible 3-second build-up opening to I Fought The Law. It just never gets old.
The Clash are my favorite band, ever, anywhere. I keep trying to find another band who can make me this frickin happy just by popping them in the stereo, but it doesn't work. Their first album was probably the most "punk" of them all, and while the production was crude, that didn't make the album crude. Like everything the Clash did until the tragic firing of Mick Jones, it was utterly brilliant.
20 years down the line and no punk band has topped this, or even come close. And no surprise that today's very best punk band sounds and even acts like a reconstituted Clash. I'll let you all figure out who that might be. Thank God for the Clash; they might not have saved the world from Aerosmith but at least they saved me!
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The Clash are definitely my favorite of the originating artists of Punk rock in the late 70's, and this is definitely their definitive contribution to Punk Rock. Every song is filled with distorted guitars, driving beats, simple bass lines, and lyrics inspired by repression, angst, hatred and confusion. This is by far one of the most essential albums ever and if you care to know where punk roots begin look to this album along with the first Ramones album and maybe "Nevermind the Bullocks..." From the Sex Pistols. The Clash are one of my favorite bands of all time, and I think they deserve a great deal of respect for all they've done for music. It's kind of odd to think that The Clash might have not been as politically involved as they would come to be, as the song "I'm so Bored With the USA" was originally going to be a weepy love lost song called "I'm so Bored With You". Thank God for Joe's political revamping of that song, else The Clash may have been very different. I could go on and on, but I think I'll just leave you with the message that you should definintely check this album out, it's an excellent document of punk history and the legacy Joe Strummer and The Clash left behind them.
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By A Customer on June 27 2002
Format: Audio CD
Columbia Records' crass reworking of the Clash's thunderous 1977 album for the U.S. market somehow holds together as punk rock keystone. It was fabricated in 1979 after the band scored a hit with their energetic cover of the Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law." That single and two others from 1978 make it a virtual greatest hits album, cataloguing everything that made the early English punk movement fresh and exciting: blazing guitars, uncompromisingly basic arrangements, shredded, from-the-gut vocals, and lyrics full of anarchistic political rage. All of this soon became so routinized that today the formula's most striking feature is its old-time rock-and-roll showmanship: surprisingly smooth backing vocals, deliberate and melodic bass lines, crisp and crafted pentatonic guitar solos, catchy sing-along refrains, the whole deal.
Needless to say, it's one of my favorite rock classics. Whether you buy the U.S. or the U.K. version, it bristles with energy and wit. "Clash City Rockers," "I'm So Bored With The USA," "Complete Control," "London's Burning," "I Fought The Law," and "Career Opportunities" pretty much delineate the roots of punk rock with its chanted, snarling vocals, guitar solos, and attitude. And certainly, it still sounds fresh all these years later. Basically, if you haven't heard this album and you say you're a "punk fan," you're just a snot-nosed twerp.
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