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Clash (Vinyl) [Limited Edition, Import]

Clash LP Record
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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

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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate the army and I hate the RAF June 27 2002
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Melodies Show Through the Punk Sound and Fury April 26 2002
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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. But this version, released in 1979 is still an excellent, raw, loud, yet often melodic album, and a great depiction of the Clash as an unarguably punk band. I'm not surprised CBS released "Remote Control" as a single, since it's quite catchy- the Clash however objected to its release as a single, as Joe Strummer yells on "Complete Control", the song that follows "Remote Control" on this album. "Complete Control" is also really melodic- and it was produced by legendary reggae producer Lee "Scratch" Perry- not that it shows really. "Clash City Rockers" is also great, although it sounds rather a lot like the Who's "I Can't Explain". Other highlights include "Carrear Opportunities","I Fought the Law", "Janie Jones" and "White Man in Hammersmith Palais", which features a reggae rhythm. These songs are great to sing along to (if you can make out what Strummer is singing)
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREATEST PUNK ALBUM OF ALL-TIME? Aug. 1 1999
By adamess
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Quite possibly the greatest punk album of all-time, "The Clash" is light years apart from the much aforementioned "Never Mind the Bollocks." The Pistols were a raw, vigorous, and uncompromisingly snotty group, but in the end, they lacked ambition and true talent. The Clash are still the only band that ever mattered, and this album is living proof. The production is generally shoddy, but it adds to the album's overall appeal and relentless intensity. There is a substantial difference in the quality of the album's production from track to track; this is mainly attributed to the fact that four of the album's original songs were replaced by non-LP tracks for the US release. Never mind the fact that the intro to the band's cover of the Bobby Fuller Five's "I Fought the Law" has been shortened, and that the opening drumbeat to "Janie Jones" is missing. I will not say that this is the Clash's best album -- I still believe that "London Calling" is their greatest achievement, and one of the most remarkable albums ever released. But the band's self-titled debut hits the bullseye on every track, ripe with political angst and never-ending fury. By far, the greatest and most influential band of the past half-century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best punk album ever!!!! June 21 1999
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The UK version is an easy 5 star album
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 more
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by starbuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah beautiful and wonderful Punk Rawk!
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 more
Published on June 24 2003 by Tom Servo
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots of a revolution
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 more
Published on June 19 2003 by Johnny Heering
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for the Clash (US)
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 more
Published 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 more
Published on Oct. 15 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars raw emotion is a powerful mistress
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 more
Published on Sept. 8 1999 by Brian Hewson
5.0 out of 5 stars The one Punk album you need to own
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 more
Published on Aug. 27 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Fantastic!
Back when alternative really meant alternative
Published on Aug. 18 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't beat the Clash
I want to start out by saying you cant beat The Clash, there is not a punk band better! Every one of their albums has a diffrent variety of types of music. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 1999 by Vera (Vera890@aol.com)
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