Clash (Vinyl) Import, Limited Edition
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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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Despite having some excellent songs, the US version is not to be preferred over the UK version. The latter hangs together much better as a whole--the first song 'Janie Jones' sets... Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by starbuck
The Clash is REAL punk rock.... These guys are the geniuine article. Being one of the first punk groups, they are known for the 3 chords they play, but that's all they needed. Read morePublished on June 24 2003 by Tom Servo
A punk milestone. Some may prefer the U.K. version of this album, but this is the one I grew up with. So much has been written about the Clash, what more is there to say? Read morePublished on June 19 2003 by Johnny Heering
This is NOT "The Clash" as it came out in England- deemed "too crude" for America, that version was available only as an import until recently. Read morePublished on April 26 2002 by Paul Beaulieu
For years they've been known as the 'only band that matters', but then they sold out with the whole 'let's have a song in Levi's commercial' thing long after they disbanded to... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2002 by Yertle the Turtle
The original Clash album was released in April 1977. It had the louder and heavier version of 'White Riot', not the lamer single version included here. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 1999
Anger, defiance, intelligence, the Clash supplied them all on their debut. They had some justifiable rage against the political situation in the 1970s, and they showed it in their... Read morePublished on Sept. 8 1999 by Brian Hewson
This is the one punk album you need to own if you care about any pop/rock music produced in the last 2 decades. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 1999