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The Singles Original recording remastered, Best of

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 2 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004BZ0V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Riot
2. Remote Control
3. Complete Control
4. Clash City Rockers
5. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
6. Tommy Gun
7. English Civil War
8. I Fought The Law
9. London Calling
10. Train In Vain
11. Bankrobber
12. The Call Up
13. Hitsville UK
14. The Magnificent Seven
15. This Is Radio Clash
16. Know Your Rights
17. Rock The Casbah
18. Should I Stay Or Should I Go

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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

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
I hadn't planned on reviewing this CD until I saw all of the negative reviews here. I agree with many of the points, but wanted to add my humble opinion. If you're a big fan of the Clash (as I am), then you have all of these songs already. Likewise, fans of the Clash probably don't even like the concept of a 'greatest hits' CD...why bother when they released such great albums??!!!
However, even though the Clash are 'the only band that matter' to their fans, there are many music fans (some with good taste!) who likely are not hard-core Clash collectors. For people who want a taste of The Clash and their punk, this CD is pretty good. It covers their biggest US hits (Train in Vain, Rock the Casbah, Should I Stay?) and their biggest UK hits (London Calling, Bankrobber, & Tommy Gun - all hit the UK Top 20). Part of the appeal of the Clash is that they kept trying to expand themselves, which can clearly be seen in this CD.
With the sad and recent passing of Joe Strummer, fans of the Clash should do all they can to make sure that their music can reach as many people as possible...that's the purpose of a 'greatest hits' CD. In those terms, I think that this CD suceeds, and it will appeal to casual fans.
Of course, with their upcoming induction into the R&R Hall of Fame, many people will like be paying attention to the Clash's back catalogue. If you're curious, start with their 1977 debut or "London Calling," both are pretty brilliant.
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I was a teenage Clash fan back in '77 when I bought the original import LP even though the record store clerk told me about the "terrible sound quality." Like I even cared about audio fidelity. I just wanted to hear real English punk rock, the louder the better. Anyway, the Clash were amazing to behold in those days. I had the privilege of seeing them on their first couple of American tours, through the London Calling days. Then something happened, and I think it had to do with them reading too many of their album reviews or something. To be honest, I think they peaked somewhere between the first album and the second. But they were still so good that they were able to coast for a couple more years after that. Well, this CD walks you through that process. It starts off ruggedly with "White Riot", and quickly builds to a pinnacle with the trilogy of singles "Complete Control", "Clash City Rockers" and "Hammersmith Palais" which were just so excellent when they came out and I think are clearly the highlights of this compilation. But once you get past "London Calling," IMO you pretty much have run out of the good stuff. I remember back when "Sandinista!" came out, so many of my friends and I were just dumbfounded at how goofy the band had become. "Magnificent Seven" was more or less disco, which is definitely not why we bought Clash records. And "Hitsville UK"?!?! What was that? Why did they release it as "The Clash?" It made no sense to us at the time and it still doesn't after all these years. So it is to this day that I've never even listened to "Sandinista!" all the way through. I mean, punk rock bands and triple-albums just aren't meant for each other. The Clash became too preoccupied with trying to top Bruce Springsteen after he released "The River" I think.Read more ›
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As far as The Clash is concerned this no-way a Definitive Collection and is quite disjointed in terms of continuity. Sure, it has the wellknown Punky tracks that brought fame to the Rock Foursome of Strummer/Jones/Simonon/Headon. Tracks such as White Riot, Tommy Gun, I Fought the Law, London Calling and Rock the Casbah are all on this album, however so are some forgetable B-side tracks with their 80 pop-esque feel that I am sure the band would rather not remember.
It is a rather pointless album - and should certainly not be thought of as a "Best of Album". If you are new to the music of the Clash, and wish to buy a compilation album: "From Here to Eternity" is a great "live" album and "The Story of the Clash (Vol 1)" is however probably your best bet. However if you concider yourself a diehard Clash "Punk" then you probably have most of their albums - which have these tracks, anyway - so this compilation isn't for you either.
Conclusion: A pointless collection, despite a few good tracks.
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Well I just love The Clash to death, but I have to be honest: there is absolutely no reason for The Singles to exist. It's a compilation, and an honest one (in that it is exactly what it purports to be: a collection of the A-sides of Clash singles and nothing more, nothing less), but a meaningless one.
Because, quite simply, the WORST way to get acquainted with The Clash is through their singles. This is not to say that their singles were bad (though some, like "Remote Control" and "Hitsville U.K." are pretty darn weak); in fact, some of their most memorable songs, like "White Riot," "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais," "London Calling," and "Train In Vain" were singles. But SO much of their best work is NOT here, simply because it didn't make it out on the topside of a 45. To the extent that a large preponderance of their finest music didn't come out on singles The Clash were an ALBUM act, unlike say the early Who. So what this CD gives you is a wholly unsatisfying and incomplete view of the greatness of this band.
As an alternative I'd recommend one of two options: if you (like me) dislike compilations as a rule, go buy their debut and London Calling, both of which are considered absolute classics, and if you like what you see, explore further. If you're a casual fan, go get The Story Of The Clash, which in its remastered form shouldn't be that much more expensive than this disc; it's also a bit incomplete (and sequenced oddly) but it provides a much more well-rounded view of The Clash.
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