The Singles Best of, Original recording remastered
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European only Gold-Disc pressing is housed in a die-cut slip case, exposing the gold disc. 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 in 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. 18 total tracks. BMG. 2005.
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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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.
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.
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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I gotta admit I like the more commercial Clash more than the 70s punk Clash. Tracks like Train in Vain, Rock the Casbah, Should I Stay or Should I Go, London Calling & I Fought the... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2013 by Steelers 1
Has all the tunes this band is best known for. Great tongue-in-cheek liner notes. Reveals a very fun band that doesnt take itself that seriouslyPublished on Nov. 27 2012 by Langer
This is a five-star CD for the music but CBS blew it by not including some B sides of those same singles. Was there no room for "1977" (flipside to "White Riot")? I don't get it. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2010 by Brian Maitland
The premier band of the late 70's/early 80's was never a hit-focused band - perhaps with the exception of their final fractured disc, Combate Rock. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2009 by B. Keith
This is a alright cd, but i have some problems with it. First to start with it's a great cd, especially for first listeners. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2004 by kris merkins
If you have never heard the clash before or are interested in hearing thier music i say get this cd or London Calling- both are great cd's. Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by Amy Lynn
This is a good compliation. There's only one problem. If you star out on it, you're going to want to buy more. Trust me. I started on this compilation. Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Chazz
starts off strong and plummets in its dyre existence. i do not like the almost disco sound of the 80's clash. singles/best of cds should never be made. it spells two words. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by mark twain
Some have ripped this c.d. Not all people are Clash maniacs like some of the reviewers. Don't get me wrong, the Clash was one of the most important, vital bands ever. Read morePublished on March 25 2003 by William M. Tether