The Singles

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The Singles is exactly what the title says -- a collection of the Clash's U.K. single A-sides. This approach can hardly result in a definitive compilation, since the Clash's albums were such cohesive, important works in their own right, and even more erratic LPs like Sandinista! and Combat Rock had their share of fine album tracks. Nevertheless, the collection does have some value, particularly for more casual fans who don't want to spend the time or money sifting through those uneven albums. And because the best way to hear the Clash is on their original albums, The Singles can also be useful for fans who already own those albums and don't want to purchase the three-disc ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The Singles is exactly what the title says -- a collection of the Clash's U.K. single A-sides. This approach can hardly result in a definitive compilation, since the Clash's albums were such cohesive, important works in their own right, and even more erratic LPs like Sandinista! and Combat Rock had their share of fine album tracks. Nevertheless, the collection does have some value, particularly for more casual fans who don't want to spend the time or money sifting through those uneven albums. And because the best way to hear the Clash is on their original albums, The Singles can also be useful for fans who already own those albums and don't want to purchase the three-disc Clash on Broadway, thereby duplicating a good portion of their collection. The Singles does illustrate the progression of the Clash's music from raw, energetic punk to eclectic dabblings in rockabilly, reggae, and dance-rock (even if it doesn't do so as seamlessly as London Calling), and so far, it is the only single-disc Clash comp to feature the original version of the non-LP single "Bankrobber" (the one on Super Black Market Clash is a dub version with most of the lyrics missing). So, the utility of The Singles all depends on how deeply you want to dig into the Clash, and how much tolerance you have for duplication in the compilations necessary for supplementing the original albums (if your tolerance is high, stick with the more thorough Clash on Broadway). [The 2007 reissue adds "Train in Vain" and "Groovy Times" .]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886971136623
  • Catalog Number: 711366
  • Sales rank: 32,738

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Clash Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Mikey Dread Producer
The Clash Composer
Joe Strummer Composer
Pete Townshend Author
Sonny Curtis Composer
Sharleen Spiteri Author
Damon Albarn Author
Tim Burgess Author
Bobby Gillespie Author
Mick Jones Composer
Shane MacGowan Author
Sandy Pearlman Producer
Guy Stevens Producer
Jose Unidos Producer
Bernard Sumner Author
John Squire Author
Anthony Roman Author
Chris Shiflett Author
Danny Boyle Author
Traditional Composer
Tricia Ronane Executive Producer
Jimi Goodwin Author
Stuart Pearce Author
Carl Barat Author
Richard Archer Author
Bernard Rhodes Composer, Author
Irvine Welsh Author
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