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Sandinista! [Original recording remastered]

the Clash Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. The Magnificent Seven
2. Hitsville U.K.
3. Junco Partner
4. Ivan Meets G.I. Joe
5. The Leader
6. Something About England
7. Rebel Waltz
8. Look Here
9. The Crooked Beat
10. Somebody Got Murdered
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Police On My Back
2. Midnight Log
3. The Equaliser
4. The Call Up
5. Washington Bullets
6. Broadway
7. Lose This Skin
8. Charlie Don't Surf
9. Mensforth Hill
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Anytime you hear anyone talking about the greatest album in rock history with at least a dozen songs that they can't bear to listen to, you should immediately think of the Clash's masterpiece of musical diversity, "Sandinista!". Those who are only familiar with this band through the remarkable "London Calling" or their commercial breakthrough "Combat Rock" will undoubtedly be perplexed by the stupefying array of musical directions taken during this two CD set from 1980.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars totally wicked & whacky! Dec 1 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this is at least 3, possibly 5, albums rolled into 1, so i'm not sure what the reasoning was behind this package.
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.......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sandinista order Dec 17 2013
By Madam7
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was quite pleased with my order, as it arrived in tact, we'll before Christmas and at a great price! However, I have not opened and played the cd as it is a gift for my husband...will review at a later time. Keep you posted!!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great single Album (for a double album) Dec 3 2012
By steve u
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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 treated to rock, reggae, rap, show tunes, country and a bunch of sounds that are exclusive to the Clash.

I used to listen to this album when I was a kid and it was a real trip to rock out to these tunes again (my wife cringing in the passenger seat but my 2 yr old daughter loving it in the back!).

It's a lot of fun, nothing serious and I bet a lot of Clash fans have forgotten about this little jewel as I did!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well it's certainly a change... May 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. After my first listen I was really disappointed and trouble figuring out what to make of the varied and, well, strange music. Further listens have allowed me to appreciate more and more of the songs and I have come to really enjoy Sandinista!. There still are some really bad songs like Look Here but there are many great ones too. To the open minded this will not dissapoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the story April 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
You have to listen to the laments that the Clash wail on this record. The problems of man are addressed here and contemplated to the beat of what was, at the time, an amalgom of styles. What I think many reviewers are missing is that the song is the story is the message is the album. There was a lot to be said and this band took it upon themselves to say it. Read the lyrics and let them sit a while and you will realize that the music is only background.
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
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2.0 out of 5 stars One of my least favorite
This is one of those albums that you only bring out when you're really high or drunk out of your gourd. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2010 by Sam Ribtor
5.0 out of 5 stars it's sounds like early BAD to me.
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 more
Published on July 12 2004 by Igatti
2.0 out of 5 stars The nadir
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 more
Published on June 29 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
2.0 out of 5 stars Wussier and wussier
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 more
Published on June 1 2004 by Chet Fakir
4.0 out of 5 stars In outer space no one can hear you Clash...
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 more
Published on April 20 2004 by tvc215
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Beat For Your Buck(3 1/2 Stars)
I feel dirty giving something by the Clash anything less than five stars. Over twenty five years after they first came out, they are still the only band that matters, and are a... Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Ben Dugan
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I remembered
I wasn't all that crazy about Sandinista when it was first released, and would have agreed with those who said that there was less wheat than chaff. Read more
Published on April 1 2004
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