Sound System

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 887254600022
  • Catalog Number: 546000
  • Sales rank: 47,105

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Janie Jones (2:08)
  2. 2 Remote Control (3:03)
  3. 3 I'm So Bored With the U.S.A. (2:24)
  4. 4 White Riot (1:56)
  5. 5 Hate & War (2:06)
  6. 6 What's My Name (1:41)
  7. 7 Deny (3:06)
  8. 8 London's Burning (2:11)
  9. 9 Career Opportunities (1:54)
  10. 10 Cheat (2:06)
  11. 11 Protex Blue (1:47)
  12. 12 Police & Thieves (6:03)
  13. 13 48 Hours (1:36)
  14. 14 Garageland (3:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Safe European Home (3:50)
  2. 2 English Civil War (2:35)
  3. 3 Tommy Gun (3:17)
  4. 4 Julie's Been Working For the Drug Squad (3:03)
  5. 5 Last Gang In Town (5:13)
  6. 6 Guns On the Roof (3:15)
  7. 7 Drug-Stabbin' Time (3:43)
  8. 8 Stay Free (3:40)
  9. 9 Cheapskates (3:24)
  10. 10 All the Young Punks (New Boots and Contracts) (4:58)
Disc 3
  1. 1 London Calling (3:20)
  2. 2 Brand New Cadillac (2:08)
  3. 3 Jimmy Jazz (3:54)
  4. 4 Hateful (2:43)
  5. 5 Rudie Can't Fail (3:28)
  6. 6 Spanish Bombs (3:18)
  7. 7 The Right Profile (3:54)
  8. 8 Lost In the Supermarket (3:46)
  9. 9 Clampdown (3:49)
  10. 10 The Guns of Brixton (3:12)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Wrong 'Em Boyo (3:11)
  2. 2 Death or Glory (3:54)
  3. 3 Koka Kola (1:47)
  4. 4 The Card Cheat (3:49)
  5. 5 Lover's Rock (4:03)
  6. 6 Four Horsemen (2:55)
  7. 7 I'm Not Down (3:06)
  8. 8 Revolution Rock (5:33)
  9. 9 Train In Vain (3:14)
Disc 5
  1. 1 The Magnificent Seven (5:33)
  2. 2 Hitsville U.K. (4:21)
  3. 3 Junco Partner (4:52)
  4. 4 Ivan Meets G.I. Joe (3:05)
  5. 5 The Leader (1:42)
  6. 6 Something About England (3:43)
  7. 7 Rebel Waltz (3:26)
  8. 8 Look Here (2:45)
  9. 9 The Crooked Beat (5:28)
  10. 10 Somebody Got Murdered (3:34)
  11. 11 One More Time (3:31)
  12. 12 One More Dub (3:37)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice) (4:51)
  2. 2 Up In Heaven (Not Only Here) (4:32)
  3. 3 Corner Soul (2:42)
  4. 4 Let's Go Crazy (4:24)
  5. 5 If Music Could Talk (4:36)
  6. 6 The Sound of Sinners (4:01)
  7. 7 Police On My Back (3:16)
  8. 8 Midnight Log (2:09)
  9. 9 The Equaliser (5:46)
  10. 10 The Call Up (5:28)
  11. 11 Washington Bullets (3:51)
  12. 12 Broadway (5:50)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Lose This Skin (5:09)
  2. 2 Charlie Don't Surf (4:54)
  3. 3 Mensforth Hill (3:42)
  4. 4 Junkie Slip (2:48)
  5. 5 Kingston Advice (2:37)
  6. 6 The Street Parade (3:27)
  7. 7 Version City (4:22)
  8. 8 Living In Fame (4:52)
  9. 9 Silicone On Sapphire (4:14)
  10. 10 Version Pardner (5:23)
  11. 11 Career Opportunities (2:30)
  12. 12 Shepherds Delight (3:30)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Know Your Rights (3:40)
  2. 2 Car Jamming (3:59)
  3. 3 Should I Stay or Should I Go (3:08)
  4. 4 Rock the Casbah (3:42)
  5. 5 Red Angel Dragnet (3:44)
  6. 6 Straight To Hell (5:30)
  7. 7 Overpowered By Funk (4:52)
  8. 8 Atom Tan (2:29)
  9. 9 Sean Flynn (4:31)
  10. 10 Ghetto Defendant (4:43)
  11. 11 Inoculated City (2:41)
  12. 12 Death is a Star (3:15)
Disc 9
  1. 1 White Riot (2:00)
  2. 2 1977 (1:40)
  3. 3 Listen/Interviews (11:08)
  4. 4 Capitol Radio (2:08)
  5. 5 London's Burning (2:11)
  6. 6 Complete Control (3:13)
  7. 7 City of the Dead (2:22)
  8. 8 Clash City Rockers (3:57)
  9. 9 Jail Guitar Doors (3:04)
  10. 10 White Man in Hammersmith Palais (4:01)
  11. 11 The Prisoner (3:03)
  12. 12 1-2 Crush On You (2:59)
  13. 13 Time Is Tight (Black Market Clash) (4:04)
  14. 14 Pressure Drop (3:25)
  15. 15 I Fought the Law (2:43)
  16. 16 Groovy Times (3:25)
  17. 17 Gates of the West (3:25)
  18. 18 Capital Radio (3:20)
  19. 19 Armagideon Time (3:52)
  20. 20 Bank Robber (4:33)
  21. 21 Rockers Galore on a UK Tour (4:42)
Disc 10
  1. 1 The Magnificent Dance (5:37)
  2. 2 Midnight To Stevens (4:36)
  3. 3 Radio One (6:17)
  4. 4 Stop the World (2:32)
  5. 5 The Cool Out (3:53)
  6. 6 This is Radio Clash (4:11)
  7. 7 This is Radio Clash (4:11)
  8. 8 First Night Back In London (2:59)
  9. 9 Rock the Casbah (3:42)
  10. 10 Long Time Jerk (5:08)
  11. 11 The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too (3:46)
  12. 12 Idle In Kangaroo Court (5:04)
  13. 13 Ghetto Defendant (6:13)
  14. 14 Cool Confusion (3:12)
  15. 15 Sean Flynn (7:22)
  16. 16 Straight To Hell (6:54)
Disc 11
  1. 1 I'm So Bored With the U.S.A. (2:23)
  2. 2 London's Burning (1:57)
  3. 3 White Riot (1:53)
  4. 4 1977 (1:50)
  5. 5 Janie Jones (2:05)
  6. 6 Career Opportunities (1:53)
  7. 7 London's Burning (1:58)
  8. 8 1977 (1:40)
  9. 9 White Riot (1:58)
  10. 10 City of the Dead (2:55)
  11. 11 Jail Guitar Doors (3:04)
  12. 12 English Civil War (2:30)
  13. 13 Stay Free (3:26)
  14. 14 Cheapskates (3:14)
  15. 15 I Fought the Law (2:24)
Disc 12
  1. 1 Julien Temple Archive (6:14)
  2. 2 1977 (7:11)
  3. 3 White Riot (8:27)
  4. 4 London's Burning (11:45)
  5. 5 I'm So Bored with the USA (22:21)
  6. 6 Hate & War (3:17)
  7. 7 Career Opportunities (3:19)
  8. 8 Remote Control (4:20)
  9. 9 White Riot (4:32)
  10. 10 Janie Jones (3:50)
  11. 11 The City of the Dead (5:06)
  12. 12 Clash City Rockers (3:38)
  13. 13 White Man in Hammersmith Palais (4:05)
  14. 14 1977 (3:38)
  15. 15 London Calling (2:00)
  16. 16 This Is Radio Clash
  17. 17 The Magnificent Seven
  18. 18 Guns of Brixton
  19. 19 Safe European Home
  20. 20 Tommy Gun
  21. 21 London Calling
  22. 22 Bankrobber
  23. 23 Clampdown
  24. 24 Train in Vain
  25. 25 The Call Up
  26. 26 Rock the Casbah
  27. 27 Radio Clash
  28. 28 Should I Stay or Should I Go [Live
  29. 29 Career Opportunities
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
The 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 III Art Editor
Robin Banks Liner Notes
Johnny Green Liner Notes
Alex Michon Liner Notes
Ray Jordan Liner Notes
The Baker Liner Notes
McHarg Artwork
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