this is the long-awaited compiliation, that's got it all, the complete works,
i'm sure this will insult a few old-skool punks, but i find their early tracks, ie, hate & war, protex blues, garage land, sound juvenile, like someone practicing in their garage for when they make real music, & maybe some may argue that tracks such as london calling, capital radio, etc, were too commercial.
i think the clash boys were real dark horses, with their swaggering attitude & (you can take the boy out of, but you can't take the ...... out...) brixton boys personas, the output of their work is genius, joe strummer being an active force, what came across to me was his passion in his beliefs, and his very real "take no sh.." attitude to the institution/powers that be, they possessed an amazing insight into the workings of this world, and were singlehandedly instrumental in influencing me in being openminded and not just believing what i was told, but to "look out" as it were, and this has always been with me.
so, for me, their efforts were definitely successful! joe was and is a true legend, and one of my heroes!