The Essential Clash Best of, Original recording remastered
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|6. Career Opportunities|
|7. Hate & War|
|9. Police & Thieves|
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|1. London Calling|
|2. The Guns Of Brixton|
|4. Rudie Can't Fail|
|5. Lost In The Supermarket|
|6. Jimmy Jazz|
|7. Train In Vain|
|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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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!
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.Read more ›
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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The greatest punk band from the UK this is a necessary no matter who you arePublished 22 months ago by polka music best music
All you can expect from the Clash. A must have for Clash fans or people getting to know their musicPublished on Feb. 22 2013 by Gianfranco J. Petruzzi
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.Published on July 11 2004
Theres only 3 Clash albums you really need(The Clash,London Calling and Combat Rock).Published on June 13 2004
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... Read more