Japanese pressing of this great collection, released to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of The Clash, features two bonus tracks: 'Train In Vain (Stand By Me)' and 'Groovy Times'. The Clash remain the only band that matters. Epic. 2007.
In a few short years, the Clash transformed themselves from one of English punk's hardest-edged bands to an adventurous outfit with their hands in reggae, dub, dance, and funk. Nowhere is that range more evident than this collection of singles spanning their entire career, from the three-chord fury of "White Riot" through the swooning pop of "Train in Vain" to the dance groove of "Rock the Casbah." While no substitute for the likes of the self-titled debut, London Calling
, or Sandinista!
, The Singles
does offer up a succession of tunes that helped make the Clash the world's biggest punk band. The addition of two tunes not released on any of their original albums ("Bankrobber" and "This Is Radio Clash") add to the value of this retrospective. --Rob O'Connor