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The Clash - National Album Day 2022 Edition

    The Clash is the eponymous debut studio album one of Britain’s most iconic bands, The Clash. Originally released on 8 April 1977, this album is regularly cited as one of the greatest Rock and Roll albums of all time, including tracks like White Riot, Janie Jones & Police & Thieves.

    Issued for National Album Day 2022 on 180g PINK vinyl.


    SIDE A 
    1 Janie Jones 
    2 Remote Control 
    3 I'm So Bored With The U.S.A. 
    4 White Riot 
    5 Hate & War 
    6 What's My Name 
    7 Deny
    8 London's Burning
    SIDE B
    1 Career Opportunities
    2 Cheat
    3 Protex Blue
    4 Police & Thieves
    5 48 Hours
    6 Garageland

    The Clash

    Combat Rock / The People's Hall

      Originally released in May 1982, ‘Combat Rock’ is the final album from The Clash of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon. Featuring two of the band’s most well-known songs, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ and ‘Rock The Casbah’. Now re-released as a 180g 3LP special edition and a 2CD special edition, with an additional 12-tracks compiled by The Clash.

      Having returned to London following their pivotal 17-show residency at New York’s Bond’s Casino in 1981, the band rehearsed and recorded at The People’s Hall in the squatted Republic of Frestonia near Latimer Road in London and from there they embarked on a tour of the East and South East Asia, during which the album sleeve image was captured by Pennie Smith in Thailand.

      The tracks on ‘The People’s Hall’ chart the period from what was their last single Radio Clash right up to the release of Combat Rock, including unheard, rare and early versions of tracks.


      Combat Rock - SIDE A
      Know Your Rights
      Car Jamming
      Should I Stay Or Should I Go
      Rock The Casbah
      Red Angel Dragnet
      Straight To Hell
      Combat Rock - SIDE B
      Overpowered By Funk
      Atom Tan
      Sean Flynn
      Ghetto Defendant
      Inoculated City
      Death Is A Star
      The People’s Hall - SIDE A
      Outside Bonds
      Radio Clash
      Futura 2000
      The People’s Hall - SIDE B
      First Night Back In London
      Radio One - Mikey Dread
      He Who Dares Or Is Tired*
      Long Time Jerk
      The Fulham Connection [aka The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too]
      The People’s Hall - SIDE C
      Midnight To Stevens
      Sean Flynn
      Idle In Kangaroo Court
      Know Your Rights*

      *Previously Unreleased

      The Clash

      The Clash - Vinyl Edition

        Classic debut LP from '77. Every track is a punk anthem – sub 3 minute, 3-chord blasts of adrenalin fuelled fury. The foot is down hard on the accelerator from the opening "She's in love with rock'n'roll woah...." But where the Sex Pistols “Never Mind The Bollocks” was all about the punk rock ethos of snarling attitude and not being able to play their instruments, The Clash had songs and melody, to go with the attitude. The songs are anthemic, but not in a ‘lighter’s in the air’ way, they’re charged with a nervy, vital energy that’s helped them stand the test of time. They sound as relevant today as they did (almost) 40 years ago!


        Side 1
        1. Janie Jones
        2. Remote Control
        3. I'm So Bored With The U.S.A.
        4. White Riot
        5. Hate & War
        6. What's My Name
        7. Deny
        8. London's Burning

        Side 2
        1. Career Opportunities
        2. Cheat
        3. Protex Blue
        4. Police & Thieves
        5. 48 Hours
        6. Garageland

        The Clash

        London Calling - 2013 Remastered Edition

          "Give 'Em Enough Rope, for all of its many attributes, was essentially a holding pattern for the Clash, but the double-album London Calling is a remarkable leap forward, incorporating the punk aesthetic into rock & roll mythology and roots music. Before, the Clash had experimented with reggae, but that was no preparation for the dizzying array of styles on London Calling. There's punk and reggae, but there's also rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock; and while the record isn't tied together by a specific theme, its eclecticism and anthemic punk function as a rallying call. While many of the songs -- particularly "London Calling," "Spanish Bombs," and "The Guns of Brixton" - are explicitly political, by acknowledging no boundaries the music itself is political and revolutionary. But it is also invigorating, rocking harder and with more purpose than most albums, let alone double albums. Over the course of the record, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones (and Paul Simonon, who wrote "The Guns of Brixton") explore their familiar themes of working-class rebellion and antiestablishment rants, but they also tie them in to old rock & roll traditions and myths, whether it's rockabilly greasers or "Stagger Lee," as well as mavericks like doomed actor Montgomery Clift. The result is a stunning statement of purpose and one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever recorded." - Allmusic.


          Disc 1:
          1. London Calling
          2. Brand New Cadillac
          3. Jimmy Jazz
          4. Hateful
          5. Rudie Can't Fail
          6. Spanish Bombs
          7. The Right Profile
          8. Lost In The Supermarket
          9. Clampdown
          10. The Guns Of Brixton

          Disc 2:

          1. Wrong 'Em Boyo
          2. Death Or Glory
          3. Koka Kola
          4. The Card Cheat
          5. Lover's Rock
          6. Four Horsemen
          7. I'm Not Down
          8. Revolution Rock
          9. Train In Vain

          The Clash

          Give 'Em Enough Rope - Vinyl Edition

            "For their second album, the Clash worked with the American hard rock producer Sandy Pearlman, best-known for his work with Blue Öyster Cult and the Dictators. The teaming was quite controversial within the punk community, and the sound of Give 'Em Enough Rope is considerably cleaner, yet the more direct sound hardly tamed the Clash. While the record doesn't burn with the same intense, amateurish energy of The Clash, it does have a big, forceful sound that is nearly as powerful. What keeps Give 'Em Enough Rope from being a classic is its slightly inconsistent material. Many of the songs are outright classics, particularly the first half of the record ("Safe European Home," "English Civil War," "Tommy Gun," "Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad") and "Stay Free," but the group loses some momentum toward the end of the record. Even with such flaws, Give 'Em Enough Rope ranks as one of the strongest albums of the punk era. " - Allmusic.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Andy says: Initially perceived as a disappointment, simply because The Clash's debut was so inspiring. With hindsight, this is a really good Rock record, and therein lies people's disgruntlement: less Punk, more Rock, but this is a band that always pushed forwards.

            The Clash

            The Essential

              This "Essential" collection was being put together before Joe Strummer's death, so it shouldn't be seen as cash-in on the great man's passing away. Instead look at this as being one of the most essential statements by not only one of the leading lights of the punk movement but also one of the greatest bands ever!!!

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