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The Essential Clash (Rm) (2CD) [Best of, Original recording remastered]

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Disc: 1
1. White Riot Single Version
2. London's Burning
3. Complete Control
4. Clash City Rockers
5. I'm So Bored With The U.S.A.
6. Career Opportunities
7. Hate & War
8. Cheat
9. Police & Thieves
10. Janie Jones
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Disc: 2
1. London Calling
2. The Guns Of Brixton
3. Clampdown
4. Rudie Can't Fail
5. Lost In The Supermarket
6. Jimmy Jazz
7. Train In Vain
8. Bankrobber
9. The Magnificent Seven
10. Ivan Meets G.I. Joe
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The Essential Clash demonstrates once again how superior the Clash were to any of their punk peers. It's striking that, while the effects of the movement continue to resonate decades later, most '70s punk has dated badly. Even the great singles of the Sex Pistols, perhaps because they encapsulated the time so perfectly, do little more than remind one of 1977. But this fine 40-track double-disc collection demonstrates that the Clash's sound maintains its vitality, whether in the apocalyptic foreboding of "London Calling" or the sulking "I'm So Bored with the USA." When frontman Joe Strummer died in December 2002 at age 50, much was made of the political conscience he'd brandished throughout his career; it must be noted that appearing to be a great thinker in comparison to other rock singers is no great accomplishment. Appearing a great rock singer in comparison to other vocalists is a much more impressive achievement, and this retrospective provides irrefutable evidence of the genius of Strummer and the band he led. --Andrew Mueller

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Feb. 22 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All you can expect from the Clash. A must have for Clash fans or people getting to know their music
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5.0 out of 5 stars They Fought the Law May 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Of course diehards will gripe about the song selection in any compilation such as this, as you can see here. All they have to do is listen to the original albums like they always have. But if you're looking for a sturdy, jam-packed introduction or summary of the best work of the Clash, this package is for you. I've never been much of a punk fan, finding it too amateurish and focused on attitude rather than talent. However, I do know that every genre has its groundbreakers and originators, who can easily rise above the imitators and followers. For punk that would be the Clash, who were brilliant songwriters, could really play their instruments, never cared about the confines of musical categories, and are deservedly influential. (And have you noticed how many Joe Strummer look-alikes there are these days?) This package adequately represents most of the original Clash albums, and while there are a few clunkers like "Groovy Times," we do get most of the band's bona-fide classics, and some surprising covers like the reggae "Police and Thieves" and the rockabilly "I Fought the Law," which really show off the band's range of abilities. An added bonus is a pretty informative history of the band in the CD booklet. This is a fitting summary for a band that all rock fans should get to know better. [~doomsdayer520~]
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3.0 out of 5 stars They Missed A Couple! March 21 2004
By Chazz
Format:Audio CD
Sure the Clash were an excellent band, but this so-called "essential" compilation leaves a couple great songs out. Where's "The Call Up?" Where's "City of the Dead?" Where's "The Prisoner?" Where's "Washington Bullets?" Where's "Armagideon Time?" The point is, either buy their albums, or get "Clash on Broadway" which I'm pretty sure has all or most of the above-mentioned songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome July 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Just thought I'd say put in disc 2 and skip to track 8 and just let the cd play from there if you're under the influence of anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars probably the best punk band ever... March 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
easily the best...

don't buy this cd. Youll do better off if you go out and buy "The Clash" and "London Calling",once those sink in get everything else.I'm not saying that to be mean, its just that if you get this youll get those too!
There isnt much more to say, the Clash were great, and while some could argue that some of their output was uneven, it just goes to show that they were open-minded. Hell, these guys were the first Rap-Rockers (Rapture by Blondie did have a rap section, but The Magnificent Seven was the first rap-rock song) and no one has been able to do a good rap-rock song again...
White Riot and London Calling are punk 101.
Police and Thieves-great reggae cover
Train In Vain-just a great song
Ghetto Defendent-great song from a much maligned album
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far, the best compilation March 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
By far the best The Clash hits compilation. It's funny because I bought this CD by mid of 2003 only for the song "Straight to hell". An amazing song I had heard at the end of a Pearl Jam concert in Mexico, that type of songs the DJ play when the show is finished and wants all atendees to go home with a big smile on the face. How big my surprise was when I got home played the CD, and noticed at that time that the old and unique The Clash CD that I had by that time (Story of the Clast, vol 2) did already have that song too.
Anyways, this compilation brings 4-5 new songs compare to the previous CD.
I don't quite agree with a review I just read, where this person says the first CD is the one that matters. Well, I can tell you, both CDs are gold for me!.
My favourite songs, surprisingly with Mick in vocals, "Bank Robber", "Stay Free", "Lost in supermarket".
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4.0 out of 5 stars "2/3 Essential Clash" Feb. 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
Great Clash tunes are never hard to come by!
Just throw any ole Clash CD in the player and you will have great Clash tunes. This compliation does not measure up to it's predecessors, (at least not "The Clash On Broadway").
I like the production and liner notes of this 2-disc set very much-it was very well packaged. However, it should have been titled: "2/3 Essential Clash".

What happened to "Spanish Bombs"?!
What about the other classic Clash tune: "Broadway"?
What about "The Right Profile"?
Just what the hell was Mick thinking when he selected "Ivan Meets G.I. Joe" to be on a greatest hits compilation of The Clash?!...(there's no way that song is essential to any music compilation, least of all The Clash!)
Were songs like "Stop The World" really necessary?, (or essential for that matter)?
2/3 of "Essential Clash" only gets 4 stars, and thats coming from a longtime admirerer of The Clash!
If you are a hard core Clash fan then should own the terrific boxed set: "The Clash On Broadway". It's only drawback is that this set was minus: "This Is England". And what a shame! Cause we wouldn't have needed another Clash compilation if that song had been included on The box set.
It's a good thing for Sony/Epic that great Clash songs aren't hard to come by, or this compilation could've turned out anything BUT Essential!
Rest in peace Joe, you were one of the great ones!
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