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Sandinista! Original recording remastered
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|7. Rebel Waltz|
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|9. The Crooked Beat|
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|1. Police On My Back|
|2. Midnight Log|
|3. The Equaliser|
|4. The Call Up|
|5. Washington Bullets|
|7. Lose This Skin|
|8. Charlie Don't Surf|
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|10. Junkie Slip|
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What the hell is this? Though the two-record sprawl of London Calling--with its exploratory mutations of reggae, rockabilly, and even disco--proved that the Clash weren't content to lie fallow in a punk-rock ghetto, nothing prepares you for Sandinista's messy melange. For 36 tracks (the Clash originally released this as a three-record set for not much more than the price of one), the band tackles everything in sight, including waltz, gospel, disco, children's ditties, funk, reggae, dub, delicate instrumentals, psychedelic explorations--hell, they even play a Clash rocker or two. Though many have said there is a single great album hidden among the three here, it's the pure chutzpah of Sandinista that makes it such a particular pleasure and a brain drain at the same time. It's the document of a band that can do anything and tries to do everything. It's the glorious sound of failure. And if that ain't the Clash, what is? --Tod Nelson
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No matter what you think as a listener, the stylistic mélange has a definite purpose: to show the universality of fundamental human concerns about oppression, violence, poverty, and despair, and also the universality of music itself, as an expression of these concerns. As The Only Band That Matters, the Clash's main strength has always been their songwriting: indignant, sardonic, but always heartfelt in their concern for the downtrodden. Anthems such as "Magnificent Seven", "Up In Heaven", "Police on My Back", and "The Call Up" are equal to anything in the band's oeuvre, and still serve to remind us of the ideals that once made rock music seem relevant. And sure it's tempting to skip over the more off-the-wall selections (some of which foreshadow the coming of so-called "world music" and some of which are just plain annoying), but that's taking the easy way out, and at this point in their career, the Clash just wasn't ready to do that. Perhaps we shouldn't either.
But the simple fact is that most listeners today are less interested in the band's politics than in the music itself, and that's where the album's diversity can be problematic.Read more ›
it is a difficult mix to listen to, hugely entertaining, but one can get lost in the various themes.
i however have always totally loved it for it's sheer brilliance.
for all his attitude, in joe's voice, you hear warmth, compassion, rage, as well as his trademark cockiness (& cockeneyness!)& (mick's deliberate or not?)comic high-notes & trademark (london boy, love 'im!) banter.
where do i start with the tracks, my faves: hitsville uk - "mutants, creeps & musclemen hyping-up the charts"
"something about england" the lyrics leave you with a chilly feeling that you never forget........
"rebel waltz" is similar, almost ghostly......
"let's go crazy" totally fab, carnival atmosphere, with the cops joining in with their macabre dance.......
i love "version city" in the NYC radio - the "too chilled-out" DJ, "hey! what about some music man?"
"look here" i love that, '30s music man, i'd love to go to china, i'd love to go across the sea.....
"if music could talk" - i love this double conversation tone.
the musical beats here are great too, a nice diversity between rock/reggae beats thrown in with those thrashiing punk guitars, plus any number of little quirks, instrumentally & vocally/lyrically - great fun!
the album is one for puzzle-lovers & is totally whacky, the first challenge is to sort the tracks to form some chronologic of what each is about, but this is fun! and once you get past that, you can appreciate each individually for what it is, & get the gist of the meaning, so, not a light album, it requires a lorra, lorra listenin' - but, hey, enjoy.......
If the music on a record were the only relevent feature of an artist, you would never hear artists like Woodie Guthrie, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, and others...
The reason this record is important is that this group of musicians decided that it really didn't matter what style accompanied the message. They were doing what they wanted to do, and that is what the spirit of punk is, in my mind anyway. Not to suggest that George Bush is the ultimate punk, mind you. He's an ass. The Clash loved playing music, and we are fortunate that CBS funded such profound creativity.
Say what you will, but I think Outkast could not have made such a record if the Clash had not gone so far out on a limb so long ago. If you are too impatient to listen to the story, you should not buy this record
History is replete with artists who are not able to exercise sufficient self-discipline to hone their work to perfection. Thomas Wolfe wrote fascinating prose, but it took Maxwell Perkins to pare it down into something readable. But too many artists succumb to the idea that more is more, while often less really is more. Those who want you to listen to the entire album do the genuinely great songs on it an injustice. I think of the famous anecdote concerning Michelangelo. Upon buying some marble from the quarry, he selected a piece that he insisted contained an angel, and that he had to let it out.Read more ›
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I was quite pleased with my order, as it arrived in tact, we'll before Christmas and at a great price! Read morePublished on Dec 17 2013 by Madam7
The Clash are one of the great eclectic rock-bands of all time and this disk will show you why. Half the the album is brilliant and the other half is gash but along the way you're... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2012 by steve u
This is one of those albums that you only bring out when you're really high or drunk out of your gourd. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2010 by Sam Ribtor
this is my favorite clash album of all time. only thing was, it was on eight track. man, i hated that freakin (clunk clunk) right in the middle of a song you were really digging. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Igatti
When I think back on the first time I heard this album, I remember saying to myself, "That's it. It's truly over. Punk, Clash, everything is gone". Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
I bought the British Import of the first Clash album when it came out and was immediately hooked. It was punk rock: brash, loud, rude and political. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Chet Fakir
I heard a live version of the Magnificent Seven and was so captivated that I went out and purchased Sandinista without having actually heard any song on the album. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Thomas Palmer
Sandinista is so much more than the sum of it's parts. I won't even try to classify it because to do so would be impossible. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by tvc215
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