Live at Shea Stadium

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In Clash lore, the band's stint as the opening act for the Who's farewell tour in 1982 is where the band had stardom in its hand and dropped it on the floor. That's how Joe Strummer phrased it in retrospect, but in 1982 the pairing was seen as a rock cultural clash, with the Who's audience bristling at the punks, and the punks not quite being comfortable operating on a larger scale -- a suspicion somewhat proven by the band's implosion within months of the Shea Stadium gig. Given all the stories about how poorly received this tour with the Who was -- that the Clash were routinely greeted by boos as they hopped from stadium to stadium across the U.S. -- it comes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In Clash lore, the band's stint as the opening act for the Who's farewell tour in 1982 is where the band had stardom in its hand and dropped it on the floor. That's how Joe Strummer phrased it in retrospect, but in 1982 the pairing was seen as a rock cultural clash, with the Who's audience bristling at the punks, and the punks not quite being comfortable operating on a larger scale -- a suspicion somewhat proven by the band's implosion within months of the Shea Stadium gig. Given all the stories about how poorly received this tour with the Who was -- that the Clash were routinely greeted by boos as they hopped from stadium to stadium across the U.S. -- it comes as a mild surprise that this unearthed recording of the band's opening set at Shea Stadium isn't bad at all. There were some signs prior to this 2008 archival release that this particular gig was pretty good -- some of the cuts surfaced on the posthumous live 1999 comp From Here to Eternity and the video to "Should I Stay or Should I Go" came from this gig -- but all the decades of disastrous myths help turn Live at Shea Stadium into a pleasant surprise. That doesn't mean that this is a definitive portrait of the Clash live, or even that it captures the band at their best, but it's fascinating to hear how they pitched their set to the Who's audience, only slowing down for the reggae of "Armagideon Time" and "The Guns of Brixton," but otherwise sticking with high-octane, breathlessly paced rock & roll -- the kind of set designed to placate a stadium full of classic rock fans, or at least keep them buying beer instead of throwing it. As a historical document, it's a worthy one. It not only illustrates that the Clash did turn in some strong performances on this often disaster-plagued tour, but it gives us the first officially released Clash concert instead of the re-creation of From Here to Eternity. And if it's not all terrific -- strangely, the Combat Rock songs can sometimes sound stiff, particularly "Rock the Casbah" -- when the group clicks, as they do on a closing stretch that includes "Career Opportunities," "Clampdown," "Should I Stay or Should I Go," and a furious "I Fought the Law," they sound like the greatest band on earth and a sure bet to have blown the Who off the stage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886973488027
  • Catalog Number: 734880
  • Sales rank: 67,838

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Clash Primary Artist
Technical Credits
The Clash Composer
Joe Strummer Arranger, Composer
Sonny Curtis Composer
Glyn Johns Engineer
Eddy Grant Composer
Mick Jones Composer
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Paul Simonon Composer
Bob Gruen Liner Notes, Cover Photo
Traditional Composer
Tricia Ronane Management
Tim Young Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A must for all Clash fans!!

    This is a great recording of the Clash at their very best. It was a long wait, but finally we can listen to some of their top songs with the freshness of a live concert!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Well...It got me pumped!

    The album opens with Kosmo Vinyl, a long time associate and sometime manager of The Clash, who introduces the band. Then frontman, Joe Strummer, comes in with his "welcome to the Casbah Club" before playing the first song.<BR/>The energy of this album can not only be heard by the band itself, but from the audience as well. On The Essential Clash dvd we see that Shea Stadium is in fact a quite large out door venue, but there is no need for walls to hold in the cheers from the audience. At the end of each song, the applause goes for miles.<BR/>For all those British punk lovers out there, or anyone who's passionate about music, I'd highly reccommend this album. If you close your eyes while listening to this you can almost see these kings of punk rock tear it up on stage.<BR/>The Clash have also released another live album, From Here To Eternity, which is also very good. Their Complete Control, Straight To Hell, and (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais performances are the reason why I prefer this live album to Live At Shea, but that's only because those songs are a few personal favorites.<BR/>Their Magnificent Seven (Return) is brilliant; really unexpected, keeps you on your toes; a very typical Clash thing.<BR/>This album also has live performances that have never been on any other ablum or dvd, such as Spanish Bombs and Police On My Back. They were very good at mixing their hits with their lesser-known (but still very good!!) songs, able to please both their fans and their major fans.<BR/>For any more reviews, check out: http://musicfilmbookreviews.blogspot.com/

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