Sound System
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Sound System

by The Clash

Most box sets are designed to enshrine an artist in the amber of posterity. The idea is that the artist has transcended their time, that they can now be appreciated outside of the context of their era. The digital age, where recordings from the past sit comfortably with tunes from the present, accelerates this trend, suggesting that all the classic artists exist upon… See more details below


Most box sets are designed to enshrine an artist in the amber of posterity. The idea is that the artist has transcended their time, that they can now be appreciated outside of the context of their era. The digital age, where recordings from the past sit comfortably with tunes from the present, accelerates this trend, suggesting that all the classic artists exist upon their own continuum, that their development was almost a product of self-divination. What is interesting about Sound System is that it throws this notion out the window and celebrates the era that produced the Clash as much as it celebrates the band itself. As designed by Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Sound System looks like an old-school ghetto blaster, and it's filled with replicas of fanzines, stickers, badges, press photos, posters, dog tags -- all manner of period-specific tchotchkes that walk the line between nostalgia and commercial art. This aesthetic trickles down to the presentation of the music itself, with London Calling split over two CDs where it could easily fit onto one and Sandinista! taking up a full three discs. Such details slightly impede playability if Sound System is listened to as a series of CDs, but once the set is ripped and listened to digitally, the divided discs are simply another design flourish, one of many little things to appreciate. But Sound System is also attractive in delivering what effectively is the Complete Clash in one sitting. Apart from the disowned Cut the Crap, all the albums are here -- the U.K. version of The Clash, Give 'Em Enough Rope, London Calling, Sandinista!, Combat Rock -- along with three discs of extras that include all the non-LP singles (i.e., the singles that were added to the U.S. pressing of the debut, plus everything that wound up on the clearinghouse Super Black Market Clash, such as the Cost of Living EP), oddities that appeared on the first Clash box Clash on Broadway in 1991, and B-sides; then, most attractively for collectors, previously unreleased mixes, outtakes from Combat Rock, "extracts" from the band's first recording session in 1976, Polydor demos from that same year produced by Guy Stevens, and six live cuts from the Lyceum in 1979. Then, there's the DVD which contains all the band's promo videos, the Clash on Broadway video, the White Promo Film, footage from Sussex University in 1977, and individual selections from Clash compatriots Don Letts and Julian Temple. Perhaps there are still some stray tracks in the vaults -- this seems to excavate all the unheard songs from Rat Patrol from Fort Bragg, aka the original version of Combat Rock and some cuts may be left behind -- but this is as complete as we'll get and if it doesn't present any fresh revelations, it brings the Clash's era back to life, both sonically and visually.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The Clash Sound System is the band’s re-mastered recorded works collected together for the first time. Contained within classic boombox packaging designed by Paul Simonon, this boxset contains the band’s 5 seminal studio albums in their original 8-disc format, newly re-mastered by The Clash, a further 3 discs featuring demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides, a DVD with previously unseen footage by both Don Letts and Julien Temple, original promo videos and live footage, an owner’s manual booklet, reprints of the band’s original ‘Armagideon Times’ fanzine as well as a brand new edition curated and designed by Paul Simonon and merchandise including dog tags, badges, stickers and an exclusive Clash poster.

Conceived and compiled by The Clash, ‘Sound System’ is a significant and unique collection of the complete recorded works by the 20th century’s most influential British band. Greatly enhanced by the careful re-mastering rendering the original recordings more vital and crisp, all contained in Paul Simonon’s iconic design, with a selection of bonus material, ‘Sound System’ is the most important and unique boxset to be released.

Product Details

Release Date:
Sony Legacy


Disc 1

  1. Janie Jones  -  Clash
  2. Remote Control  -  Clash
  3. I'm So Bored With the U.S.A.  -  Clash
  4. White Riot  -  Clash
  5. Hate & War  -  Clash
  6. What's My Name  -  Clash
  7. Deny  -  Clash
  8. London's Burning  -  Clash
  9. Career Opportunities  -  Clash
  10. Cheat  -  Clash
  11. Protex Blue  -  Clash
  12. Police & Thieves  -  Clash
  13. 48 Hours  -  Clash
  14. Garageland  -  Clash

Disc 2

  1. Safe European Home  -  Clash
  2. English Civil War  -  Clash
  3. Tommy Gun  -  Clash
  4. Julie's Been Working For the Drug Squad  -  Clash
  5. Last Gang In Town  -  Clash
  6. Guns On the Roof  -  Clash
  7. Drug-Stabbin' Time  -  Clash
  8. Stay Free  -  Clash
  9. Cheapskates  -  Clash
  10. All the Young Punks (New Boots and Contracts)  -  Clash

Disc 3

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

Disc 4

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

Disc 5

  1. The Magnificent Seven  -  Clash
  2. Hitsville U.K.  -  Clash
  3. Junco Partner  -  Clash
  4. Ivan Meets G.I. Joe  -  Clash
  5. The Leader  -  Clash
  6. Something About England  -  Clash
  7. Rebel Waltz  -  Clash
  8. Look Here  -  Clash
  9. The Crooked Beat  -  Clash
  10. Somebody Got Murdered  -  Clash
  11. One More Time  -  Clash
  12. One More Dub  -  Clash

Disc 6

  1. Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)  -  Clash
  2. Up In Heaven (Not Only Here)  -  Clash
  3. Corner Soul  -  Clash
  4. Let's Go Crazy  -  Clash
  5. If Music Could Talk  -  Clash
  6. The Sound of Sinners  -  Clash
  7. Police On My Back  -  Clash
  8. Midnight Log  -  Clash
  9. The Equaliser  -  Clash
  10. The Call Up  -  Clash
  11. Washington Bullets  -  Clash
  12. Broadway  -  Clash

Disc 7

  1. Lose This Skin  -  Clash
  2. Charlie Don't Surf  -  Clash
  3. Mensforth Hill  -  Clash
  4. Junkie Slip  -  Clash
  5. Kingston Advice  -  Clash
  6. The Street Parade  -  Clash
  7. Version City  -  Clash
  8. Living In Fame  -  Clash
  9. Silicone On Sapphire  -  Clash
  10. Version Pardner  -  Clash
  11. Career Opportunities  -  Clash
  12. Shepherds Delight  -  Clash

Disc 8

  1. Know Your Rights  -  Clash
  2. Car Jamming  -  Clash
  3. Should I Stay or Should I Go  -  Clash
  4. Rock the Casbah  -  Clash
  5. Red Angel Dragnet  -  Clash
  6. Straight To Hell  -  Clash
  7. Overpowered By Funk  -  Clash
  8. Atom Tan  -  Clash
  9. Sean Flynn  -  Clash
  10. Ghetto Defendant  -  Clash
  11. Inoculated City  -  Clash
  12. Death is a Star  -  Clash

Disc 9

  1. White Riot  -  Clash
  2. 1977  -  Clash
  3. Listen/Interviews  -  Clash
  4. Capitol Radio  -  Clash
  5. London's Burning  -  Clash
  6. Complete Control  -  Clash
  7. City of the Dead  -  Clash
  8. Clash City Rockers  -  Clash
  9. Jail Guitar Doors  -  Clash
  10. White Man in Hammersmith Palais  -  Clash
  11. The Prisoner  -  Clash
  12. 1-2 Crush On You  -  Clash
  13. Time Is Tight (Black Market Clash)  -  Clash
  14. Pressure Drop  -  Clash
  15. I Fought the Law  -  Clash
  16. Groovy Times  -  Clash
  17. Gates of the West  -  Clash
  18. Capital Radio  -  Clash
  19. Armagideon Time  -  Clash
  20. Bank Robber  -  Clash
  21. Rockers Galore on a UK Tour  -  Clash

Disc 10

  1. The Magnificent Dance  -  Clash
  2. Midnight To Stevens  -  Clash
  3. Radio One  -  Clash
  4. Stop the World  -  Clash
  5. The Cool Out  -  Clash
  6. This is Radio Clash  -  Clash
  7. This is Radio Clash  -  Clash
  8. First Night Back In London  -  Clash
  9. Rock the Casbah  -  Clash
  10. Long Time Jerk  -  Clash
  11. The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too  -  Clash
  12. Idle In Kangaroo Court  -  Clash
  13. Ghetto Defendant  -  Clash
  14. Cool Confusion  -  Clash
  15. Sean Flynn  -  Clash
  16. Straight To Hell  -  Clash

Disc 11

  1. I'm So Bored With the U.S.A.  -  Clash
  2. London's Burning  -  Clash
  3. White Riot  -  Clash
  4. 1977  -  Clash
  5. Janie Jones  -  Clash
  6. Career Opportunities  -  Clash
  7. London's Burning  -  Clash
  8. 1977  -  Clash
  9. White Riot  -  Clash
  10. City of the Dead  -  Clash
  11. Jail Guitar Doors  -  Clash
  12. English Civil War  -  Clash
  13. Stay Free  -  Clash
  14. Cheapskates  -  Clash
  15. I Fought the Law  -  Clash

Disc 12

  1. Julien Temple Archive  -  Clash
  2. 1977  -  Clash
  3. White Riot  -  Clash
  4. London's Burning  -  Clash
  5. I'm So Bored with the USA  -  Clash
  6. Hate & War  -  Clash
  7. Career Opportunities  -  Clash
  8. Remote Control  -  Clash
  9. White Riot  -  Clash
  10. Janie Jones  -  Clash
  11. The City of the Dead  -  Clash
  12. Clash City Rockers  -  Clash
  13. White Man in Hammersmith Palais  -  Clash
  14. 1977  -  Clash
  15. London Calling  -  Clash
  16. This Is Radio Clash  -  Clash
  17. The Magnificent Seven  -  Clash
  18. Guns of Brixton  -  Clash
  19. Safe European Home  -  Clash
  20. Tommy Gun  -  Clash
  21. London Calling  -  Clash
  22. Bankrobber  -  Clash
  23. Clampdown  -  Clash
  24. Train in Vain  -  Clash
  25. The Call Up  -  Clash
  26. Rock the Casbah  -  Clash
  27. Radio Clash  -  Clash
  28. Should I Stay or Should I Go [Live  -  Clash
  29. Career Opportunities  -  Clash

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clash   Primary Artist
Allen Ginsberg   Background Vocals
Joe Strummer   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ellen Foley   Background Vocals
Topper Headon   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Mick Jones   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Paul Simonon   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Tory Crimes   Drums,Group Member
Tony Parsons   Interviewee
Timon Dogg   Guest Appearance
Mickey Gallagher   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Mikey Dread   Composer,Liner Notes,Artwork
Clash   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Remastering,Construction,Sleeve Design
Joe Strummer   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes,Artwork,Song List Development
Mose Allison   Composer
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Jackie Edwards   Composer
Steve Bell   Sound Effects
Joe Blaney   Engineer
John Cooper Clarke   Liner Notes
Tymon Dogg   Composer
Micky Foote   Producer
Eddy Grant   Composer
Topper Headon   Liner Notes
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Mick Jones   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Junior Murvin   Composer
Don Letts   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jackie Mittoo   Composer
Sandy Pearlman   Producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer
Bill Price   Engineer,Liner Notes
Paul Simonon   Composer,Liner Notes,Artwork
Corky Stasiak   Engineer
Guy Stevens   Producer
Danny Ray   Composer
Wilbert Williams   Composer
Michael Campbell   Composer
Gregg Caruso   Engineer
Kevin Dalimore   Engineer
Chris Mingo   Engineer
Paul Slattery   Cover Photo
Kate Simon   Cover Photo
Pennie Smith   Liner Notes
Chris Musto   Digital Artwork,Layout
Kosmo Vinyl   Liner Notes
Robert Ellen   Composer
Keith Levine   Composer
Rocco Macauley   Back Cover Photo
Julien Temple   Engineer,Liner Notes
Eddie   Artwork
Caroline Coon   Inside Photo
Jules   Artwork,Sleeve Design
Maxie Mckenzie   Engineer
Vince Taylor   Composer
Denis Ferranti   Engineer
Frederick Hibbert   Composer
Clive Alphonso   Composer
Clement Dodd   Composer
Chris Salewicz   Liner Notes
Tim Young   Liner Notes,Remastering
Ama Chana   Producer
Jerry Green   Engineer
J.P. Nickolson   Engineer
Simon Humphreys   Engineer
Robert Gordon McHarg   Art Editor
Robin Banks   Liner Notes
Johnny Green   Liner Notes
Alex Michon   Liner Notes
Ray Jordan   Liner Notes
Baker   Liner Notes
McHarg   Artwork

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