London Calling

London Calling

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by The Clash

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By 1979, the Clash had established themselves as one of the premier avatars of the punk movement, but the release of London Calling made a strong case for their consideration among rock's all-time greats. The two-record set is a sprawling epic that captures the raw intensity of their earlier work on some tracks, opens new vistas on others, and in general


By 1979, the Clash had established themselves as one of the premier avatars of the punk movement, but the release of London Calling made a strong case for their consideration among rock's all-time greats. The two-record set is a sprawling epic that captures the raw intensity of their earlier work on some tracks, opens new vistas on others, and in general reveals a considerably more mature and adventurous band of punks. "Train in Vain" even made it to the American pop charts, while the title track captures all the anger and dismay of Thatcherite England. "Spanish Bombs" refines the blueprint for heroic anthems, and "Lost in the Supermarket" takes the contempt of their earlier "I'm So Bored with the U.S.A." and morphs it into a scathing critique of consumerism. Elsewhere, their facility with reggae and rockabilly influences enhanced their role as low-fi aesthetes. Rolling Stone proclaimed London Calling the No.1 record of the '80s despite its British release date of 1979, but such a distinction only underscores the album's value as one of the best recordings of any decade.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. [In 2000 Columbia/Legacy reissued and remastered London Calling.]

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Performance Credits

Clash   Primary Artist
Joe Strummer   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Mick Gallagher   Organ
Topper Headon   Percussion,Drums,Snare Drums,Group Member
Mick Jones   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Paul Simonon   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Irish Horns   Brass
Varren Steadman   Voices

Technical Credits

Clash   Composer
Joe Strummer   Composer
Mick Jones   Composer
Bill Price   Engineer
Guy Stevens   Producer
Rob Lowry   Cover Design
Vince Taylor   Composer
Clive Alphonso   Composer
Jerry Green   Engineer

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London Calling 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is THE greatest record of all time. All the songs are great, and just about perfect. It's my favorite album of all time, and included some of my favorite clash songs (Train in Vain, London Calling, Guns of Brixton, Death or Glory, etc). If I was stranded on an island and could only take one cd, this would be it. Definitely a necessity for anyone who likes the clash or even rock or punk music in general. 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this great album by 'the clash' is so versatile that, it's like listening to three albums at once. it has so many dimensions that getting bored with it is not an option. from the anti-goverment song 'london calling' to the last song 'train in vain' [stand by me], is a remarkable journey for this classic double album. if this review is not convincing enough, check out the low, low' price at barnes&noble. you won't be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
London Calling is the only Album that matters from the only band that matters. Well, ok the Clash did have some really good albums, but London Calling takes the cake. Not only did the Clash come into their own by fusing R&B with Punk, but they did it better then any band of their time. The Jam attempted to do this with the Mod Revival but with London Calling the Clash out did them. London Calling is also the album that told the world that punk didn't have to be loud, fast, abrasive, or obscene. London Calling is one of the most important albums in Rock and Roll and it's good, clean, fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A complete album, the ''Pet Sounds'' or ''Sgt. Peppers'' of punk. If you have to ask what that means, forget it - You'll never understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD cause I liked some of The Clash's songs (rock the casbah, should i stay or should i go). When I first listened to the CD, i didn't like it. I thought the vocals were strange. Then second time, i loved it. i loved it for the lyrics and the guitar riffs. the CD is a little wierd, but in a good way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
london calling is arguably one of the best rock album's ever, you cant really get sick of their music, its addicting to listen to over and over again. *RIP Joe Strummer*
Guest More than 1 year ago
yeah.. this album is so great.. as much hype as it gets.. it's worth it.. i bought it after i heard "safe european home" on rude boy -- it was on tv at my grandmothers.. and i was like.. that song rocks.. must get Cd.. well i ended up getting "London Calling".. listening and being like.. wow.. good band.. then i got Clash City Rockers.. tehehe.. i never bought Give 'Em enough rope (which has safe european home on it)... just get all the clash you can and enjoy - Joe and Mick were both insane rhythm guitarists.. and the bottom line is-- the music is incredible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard this album before when I was 11. Now I am 13. A fan of Rock n Roll. This album is the best of the 80's and the late 70's. The Songs were the best. Man. Beatiful Guitar sounds. When I heard it on LP. Was Different. Man. It got everything original and the Cover too. And the inner Sleave too. When my father took me to the record store. I went to the rock section. Find the Clash. When I found this album. I become shocked. We bought it. It said the contains that the original artwork of the 79' Realised. It was true. Include the same way as the lyrics, same pictures, same thing but it is better to own it on CD but mostly on LP Record cause will cost alot of money and HArd to find. A great album. And a great band. The band that only matters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Clash is a great example of what PUNK really is. Not these money grabbing geling haired freaks. No these guys are PUNK. They are beyond punk. They invented punk. Better then listening to wanna be's like Good Charolette. Great Album has a lot of their greatest hits. There's so many more to listen too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Your punk rock collection isn't cool without this cd!Listen to TRAIN IN VAIN!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved the london Calling song. It's a great CD and the length of it is long...but not lasting(which is a nice hour of entertainment and pure Joe Strummer and Nick Jones). Buy the CD and it'll rock u on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could write about how absolutely amazing this album is, but trying to put its influence and sheer brilliance into words would do it injustice. I honestly cant find the words to describe it. Instead, I want to pay a tribute to Joe Strummer, who was taken from us at the age of only 50. I listen to his music every day, his voice engrained in me forever. I lovingly cherish my Clash albums and Strummer's later work with the Mescaleros. Today, rock and roll is beginning to turn into an image, a money-making scheme.But back in the days of the Clash, rock was a sheer force of pure music that barrelled over you like a tank and changed you forever. Their concerts were mesmerizing, and their music touched a part of me and I was never the same. The only times that I ever felt truly alive was when I was blasting the Clash through my speakers, and feeling the music rush over me down to my toes. Joe Strummer made incredible, powerful songs. He was a not just a brilliant musician but a beautiful, kind person. He cared about his fans and all of the people all over the world. He made music for me and you. Every time that I hear one of his songs, tears come to my eyes. But with the tears comes a deep, power feeling as though the music is lifting me up. Every time. No other band will ever be as brilliant of a force and inspiration as the Clash. Joe Strummer was my hero. Thank you, thank you for the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok this band is crud. I'm tired of people making it seem like this band is so amazing. Wow, they talk about a bunch of stuff that no one knows what they are talking about and I'm tired of people thinking these guys are punk. In order for it to be punk, you have to have energy. What do they have? Basically all they have are little old boring songs. Now Bad Brains and Minor Threat is an awsome band! You want to talk about a revolution. They contributed more to music than the Clash. All the Clash contributed to music was a bunch of trying to be cool bands saying that this stupid band was their inspiration. This band is almost as bad as Dead Kennedys and the Misfits... (now that's bad).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band is brilliant. This album is a perfect example of why The Clash are sometimes called the only band that ever mattered. They have influenced so many other bands that it would be impossible to determine the number. If anyone ever tries to tell you that The Clash weren't revolutionary and weren't punk, tell them that they don't understand what real punk is. If want the best of punk rock, London Calling is the way to go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Clash's Sticky Fingers... enough said. Bond's New York City 1981 Mr.Peabody one more time please ?
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