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A SINGLE DISCOVERY Jun 11, 2007
I AM A HUGE CLASH FAN , HAVING DISCOVERED THEM IN 1982 NEAR THE END OF THEIR JOURNEY . I PURCHASED THIS COLLECTION MORE TO SATISFY MY CURIOSITY MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE . I ENJOYED IT OVERALL , AND EVEN FOUND ONE ADDITIONAL SANDINISTA TRACK [ RADIO ONE ]! I THOUGHT I HAD EVERYTHING .
THE ONLY REASON I DID NOT GIVE THIS 5 STARS IS THE PACKAGING . IN AN EFFORT TO BE ACCURATE , THEY RELEASED EACH SINGLE ON ONE DISC WITH THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK . THAT MAKES FOR 19 CDs . THE FIRST HAS ONLY TWO TRACKS , AND 3:40 MINUTES OF MUSIC . I WISH THEY HAD CONSOLIDATED ! ALSO , THE COMMENTS ARE RATHER INCOMPLETE , AS IN " ARGENTINIAN 7" ". WAS IT A DIFFERENT MIX ? THIS IS A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE CLASH LEGACY , EVEN IF YOU WILL HAVE TO LOAD YOUR CD PLAYER FOUR TIMES...........
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Not all available elsewhere Jun 01, 2007
Not to be confused with the one-disc, 18 track collection "The Singles," this is a box set that collects the Clash's UK singles on 19 individual discs that are designed to look like black vinyl. Since it includes not just the original B-sides of the vinyl singles, but also alternate B-sides from releases in different markets, the total length and track listing is quite considerable, 67 tracks total. Since the ordering follows the UK singles releases, not the US ones, there are a few oddities that may seem a bit humorous. For example, "Train in Vain," one of the biggest US hits, is included here only as an alternate B-side to the "Bankrobber" single.
I shouldn't need to tell serious Clash fans that this set has a lot of fine material. Still, I should say that for anyone who is just looking for a career-retrospective of the Clash, you might find the CLASH ON BROADWAY box set, or even THE ESSENTIAL CLASH more user-friendly than the 19 disc format here. The real audience for this set is the Clash completist, who really wants to have the total recorded works of the Clash on CD.
It is true of course that some of the tracks are available elsewhere, and certain tracks may appear on as many as five other discs. Collectors can expect some duplication. Still, it is not true, as an earlier posting implied, that all of this is available elsewhere. I have tried to compile a list of what is distinctive about this set.
(1) The "Capital Radio EP" was a free vinyl giveaway distributed by New Musical Express magazine. It included an interview conducted by Tony Parsons on a moving train. A few minutes of this was included on the STORY OF THE CLASH compilation, but not the two part, 12 minute version included here. The instrumental "Listen" plays through part of the interview, but to hear it without the talk, you have to get SUPER BLACK MARKET CLASH.
(2) The live version of "London's Burning" from the "Remote Control" single was once released on CD on a disc called 1977 REVISITED: CRUCIAL MUSIC, but that has been out of print for years, so it is only currently available here.
(3) This set includes a pair of "dub" remixes of "Armagideon Time, "Justice Tonight" (running time: 4:09) and "Kick it Over" (4:44), presented as two separate tracks from different single releases. That is a little different from the combined "Justice Tonight/Kick it Over" track on SUPER BLACK MARKET CLASH (8: 53) and even more different from the earlier 7:00 version of "Justice Tonight/Kick it Over" on BLACK MARKET CLASH.
(4) "Rockers Galore...UK Tour" is a reworking of "Bankrobber" with Mikey Dread singing new lyrics about touring with the Clash. This is not the same track as "Robber Dub" on SUPER BLACK MARKET CLASH, which lacks the Dread vocal and lyrics.
(5) "Radio One" from the "Hitsville UK" single is a fun Mikey Dread composition with Dread on vocals. The lyrics complain about the lack of reggae music on the BBC.
(6) This set has two single re-edits of "The Magnificent Seven" from the 7" single (3:39) and the 12" single (4:30). Both of these are shorter than the version on the SANDINISTA album (5:29). The longer 12" version is available on the single-disc THE SINGLES CD, but the 7" version is only available on CD here.
(7) There are also two versions of the instrumental "The Magnificent Dance" from the 7" (3:35) and 12" (5:36) singles. The longer version is on SUPER BLACK MARKET CLASH, but the shorter one is only available on CD here.
(8) "Outside Broadcast" is a jaw-dropping variation of "This is Radio Clash" with mostly different lyrics that reference everything from "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" to "Lord of the Dance." Truly unique and a highlight of this set.
(9) "Radio 5" is a dub remix of "This is Radio Clash" with lots of rap style record scratching. It is more conventional than "Outside Broadcast," but worth a listen.
(10) "Long Time Jerk" from the "Rock the Casbah" single runs 5:08, almost twice as long as the version on SUPER BLACK MARKET CLASH (2:57).
(11) "Inoculated City" from the "Should I Stay or Should I Go Single" incorporates a radio commercial about toilets into the middle of the song. Either this is the original radio commercial that the "Flushco" company sued to have removed from the US release, or it is a substitute commercial that was only on the UK single. Either way, it adds a more satiric tone to the song than is found on the version on the US release of COMBAT ROCK
(12) "Straight to Hell" appears here in its short single version, running only 3:51. That is shorter than the version that appears on COMBAT ROCK (5:33) and the still longer version on CLASH ON BROADWAY (6: 50). I am not sure longer is better. I rather like the shortest version.
(13) and (14) The 12" single of "This is England" included two tracks that are only available on CD here, "Do it Now" and "Sex Mad Roar." I think these are better than several of the tracks that did appear on the CUT THE CRAP album.
Obviously, some of the above are only slight variations of familiar tracks, but there are also interesting rarities like "Outside Broadcast" and "Sex Mad Roar." The set goes a long way toward making all the previously uncollected Clash tracks available, though there are still a few exceptions. Around the time of the STORY OF THE CLASH release, the Clash put out a CD-single called "Back to Brixton" that contained three remixes of "The Guns of Brixton" that are not included here. Also, the discography of CLASH ON BROADWAY lists a B-Side called "Radio 6." If that is not a misprint for "Radio 5," then it is missing here.
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Turning rebellion into money Apr 29, 2007
All of this material (in some form or another*) is available on Clash album releases. This set was released for one reason, and one reason only: so our good friends at Legacy could buy themselves a few brand new Cadillacs. It will sound cliche, but it has to be said that Strummer would *never* have approved this. It's not coincidence that they held off twenty years and then rushed this out in the years after his death. Please don't fall for it.
*for instance, "Armagideon Time" is merely a shorter version of "Justice Tonight/Kick It Over," which is on Super Black Market Clash.
0 of 1 found the following review helpful:
clash city rocker! Apr 26, 2007
this is the best you will ever find,,,,,all singles are great and its a unique box of the ultimate band ever......
Does NOT include the 'Erasure Head'promo on the 'Cost of Living' EP Mar 08, 2007
I was disappointed that the 'Erasure Head' promo was omitted from the end of the 'Cost of Living' EP.