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The Essential Clash Best of, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (March 11 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00008H2K0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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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 best 2-CD Clash compilation imaginable, compiled by the band! 40 of their key cuts: White Riot; Career Opportunities; I Fought the Law; Tommy Gun; London Calling; Brand New Cadillac; Rock the Casbah; Should I Stay or Should I Go long live Strummer!


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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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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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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There are so few bands that can lay claim to having altered the dimensions of the musical landscape. In the late seventies and early eighties, those bands numbered two; The Ramones and The Clash. The Clash took an angry working man's stance in a scene that had become overrun with pompous rich sixties and seventies sounds of safety and made it dangerous and hard again. They did this not just with the anger of punk but with an understanding of new forms of music (reggae and rap were in there repertoire long ahead of most of their contemporaries) and a willingness to experiment. When they were on target (the debut, "London Calling" and about half of "Combat Rock,") The Clash ripped holes in the bulls-eye with ecstatic consistency. Along with the great music was their support to the fans to back their boasting; persuading their record company to release "London Calling," "Sandinista" and "Black Market Clash" (an EP that had a full album's worth of songs) at budget prices. Around the time of "London Calling," it was easy to believe that "The Only Band That Matters" was more than record company advertising hype.
After the Debut's explosion of brashness and raw energy, it's odd to hear just how efficient and polished "Give 'em Enough Rope" was. Songs like "Safe European Home" and "English Civil War" were actually my introduction to The Clash (I went and found the debut on import afterwards), but the song that made me a fan was "Stay Free." Any band that could write a plea so deeply emotional obviously understood the transcendence of rock and roll. How could I not be hooked?
It meant that, the week "London Calling" came to the local shop, I was ready to pick it up.
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In my opinion, Clash is far from that great many people and critics claim. The guys may earn some respect for their counterweight to the pretentious attitude among many band in the mid 1970's, and for the influence on other bands. To me, music should be fun and a way to express as well as experience feelings. That is far more important than technical skills. But some find joy and pleasure listening to Yngwie Malmsteen while he does nothing at all for others - that's the beauty with music!
I like the hits best, and songs like "London calling", "Train in vain", "Rock the casbah" and "Should I stay or should I go" are all very good, but on the other hand, this "best of" includes a lot of songs that just goes by without leaving any trace what-so-ever. I must admit not being the world's biggest fan of British pop (sic) in the 1970's shape of Clash and Jam, nor in the later style displayed by bands like Oasis and Coldplay. You might bare that in mind regarding this review.
I wouldn't say that it's worthless 'cos it's not, but if you haven't actually heard anything by Clash you might be fooled by all the positive reviews.
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