The Clash

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Never Mind the Bollocks may have appeared revolutionary, but the Clash's eponymous debut album was pure, unadulterated rage and fury, fueled by passion for both rock & roll and revolution. Though the cliché about punk rock was that the bands couldn't play, the key to the Clash is that although they gave that illusion, they really could play -- hard. The charging, relentless rhythms, primitive three-chord rockers, and the poor sound quality give the album a nervy, vital energy. Joe Strummer's slurred wails perfectly compliment the edgy rock, while Mick Jones' clearer singing and charged guitar breaks make his numbers righteously anthemic. Even at this early ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Never Mind the Bollocks may have appeared revolutionary, but the Clash's eponymous debut album was pure, unadulterated rage and fury, fueled by passion for both rock & roll and revolution. Though the cliché about punk rock was that the bands couldn't play, the key to the Clash is that although they gave that illusion, they really could play -- hard. The charging, relentless rhythms, primitive three-chord rockers, and the poor sound quality give the album a nervy, vital energy. Joe Strummer's slurred wails perfectly compliment the edgy rock, while Mick Jones' clearer singing and charged guitar breaks make his numbers righteously anthemic. Even at this early stage, the Clash were experimenting with reggae, most notably on the Junior Murvin cover "Police & Thieves" and the extraordinary "White Man In Hammersmith Palais," which was one of five tracks added to the American edition of The Clash. "Deny," "Protex Blue," "Cheat," and "48 Hours" were removed from the British edition and replaced for the U.S. release with the British-only singles "Complete Control," "White Man In Hammersmith Palais," "Clash City Rockers," "I Fought the Law," and "Jail Guitar Doors," all of which were stronger than the items they replaced. Though the sequencing and selection were slightly different, the core of the album remained the same, and each song retained its power individually. Few punk songs expressed anger quite as bracingly as "White Riot," "I'm So Bored with the U.S.A.," "Career Opportunities," and "London's Burning," and their power is all the more incredible today. Rock & roll is rarely as edgy, invigorating, and sonically revolutionary as The Clash. [In 2000, Columbia/Legacy reissued and remastered the album to include the U.K. songs.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646388228
  • Catalog Number: 63882
  • Sales rank: 27,111

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 (2:12)
  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 (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Clash Primary Artist
Joe Strummer Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Mick Jones Guitar, Vocals
Paul Simonon Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Tory Crimes Drums, Snare Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Joe Strummer Composer
Keith Levene Composer
Micky Foote Producer
Topper Headon Composer
Mick Jones Composer
Paul Simonon Composer
Kate Simon Cover Photo
Ray Staff Remastering
Bob Whitney Remastering
Caroline Coon Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Clash album by far!!

    This is essential punk when it first started back in 1977-78 with the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and the Damned. The UK version is superior to the US version, so get this one!! The US version has a comparatively lousy demo-sounding version of "White Riot" which is a great song (WHY do record companies DO this??!!) and omits other good tracks on the UK version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GodFather

    This record has to be the greatest punk record to come out of england. No offecen to the Sex Pistol but its hard to beat the rawness of this record. Also with songs like White Riot, London Burning, Janie Jones, complete control. This is the Godfather Rip Strummer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BUY THIS YOU FOOL

    This is a great album. The Clash in their rawest condition, full of ferocious rockers such as "london's burning," and "carreer oppurtunities." It's definitely worth your fourteen shamoleans.

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