Bursting at the seams with creative energy, the Clash's stunning 1979 double album more than made up for the artistic and commercial disappointment of its predecessor, 1978's tried-too-hard Give 'Em Enough Rope
. With ex-Mott the Hoople producer Guy Stevens harnessing their sound as never before, the band yielded what proved to be the best work of their career. Bouncing from hard rock (the apocalyptic vision of the title track) to rockabilly ("Brand New Cadillac") to reggae ("Rudy Can't Fail") to pop (the Top 40 hit "Train in Vain"), the Clash knocked down all musical walls and, in the process, ended the argument over punk's viability in the U.S. --Billy Altman
"London Calling: Legacy Edition," will include 2 CDs of music & a DVD in a lavish digipack. The original packaging will be expanded with a new historical essay & rare photos by band photographer Pennie Smith. Disc 1 will feature the complete classic album. Disc 2 is entitled "The Vanilla Tapes" & features previously unheard demos for the album which were recently discovered in vocalist/guitarist Mick Jones' storage house. Among the demos that will feature on "The Vanilla Tapes" are FIVE tracks that never made the final cut of the album, including a version of Dylan's "The Man In Me." Finally, the DVD will represent a time capsule of The Clash at the time of "London Calling's" release, & one of its features will be a newly-created 45-minute documentary by the band's longtime biographer & collaborator, Don Letts. The documentary includes newly discovered footage of the band in the recording studio with producer Guy Stevens, as well as previously unseen live performance footage, interviews with band members Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon & Topper Headon, & for the first time ever band manager Kosmo Vinyl telling his side of the story.