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Essential Clash
     

The Essential Clash

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by The Clash
 

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Famously dubbed "the only band that matters," the Clash proved it with every note. This 40-song, two-disc collection likewise delivers on its promise, culling the best moments from the career of the 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Beefier than the 1988 collection, The Story of the Clash, Vol. 1, and

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Famously dubbed "the only band that matters," the Clash proved it with every note. This 40-song, two-disc collection likewise delivers on its promise, culling the best moments from the career of the 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Beefier than the 1988 collection, The Story of the Clash, Vol. 1, and with its tracks selected by Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and the late Joe Strummer and arranged chronologically, The Essential Clash finds the group evolving from petrol bomb–throwing punks -- hitting with pinpoint precision on such spiky missives as "White Riot" and "London's Burning" -- into adroit explorers of the world music underbrush. Along the way, they never lost their knack for honing a political point to razor sharpness, as evidenced by "Clampdown" and the raucous "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" revision "English Civil War," or the ability to tweak the work of their shared icons into fascinating new shapes, particularly their take on Junior Murvin's reggae classic "Police and Thieves." The second disc, which delves deep into the sprawling caverns that made up Sandinista!, hits on the band's prescient hip-hop fascination ("The Magnificent Seven") as well as their surprising way with old-fashioned balladry ("Somebody Got Murdered"). Complemented by new liner notes from Mojo magazine's Pat Gilbert, Essential is a near-perfect distillation of one of the most pure essences in rock history.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Some would argue that if you only wanted two Clash discs in your collection, you should skip this 40-track overview and pick up The Clash and London Calling instead. No matter how transcendent those two albums are -- and they are among the very greatest popular music of the 20th century -- that overlooks the fact that the group had many, many great songs not on either album, including "Safe European Home," "Stay Free," "Bankrobber," "Rock the Casbah," "Straight to Hell," "This Is Radio Clash," and "Should I Stay or Should I Go," to begin with. That's where this 2003 compilation comes in. It fills in many of the gaps between those two records, while summarizing The Clash and London Calling well, providing a first-rate overview of the greatest punk band. It's not quite perfect, however: some great singles and B-sides fall through the cracks (notably "Gates of the West," "Jail Guitar Doors," "The Call Up," "Armagedion Time," "The Prisoner," "Protex Blue") and the Sandinista! selections feel nearly as haphazard as the album itself. Nevertheless, this does provide the best, most extensive and logical overview of the band yet assembled, and it's worthwhile not just as an introduction, but as a terrific listen.
Rolling Stone - Gavin Edwards
This two-disc collection finally does [the Clash] justice.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998905627
catalogNumber:
89056
Rank:
26194

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clash   Primary Artist
Joe Strummer   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Nick Sheppard   Guitar
Paul Simonon   Bass
Tory Crimes   Drums
Micky Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Vince White   Guitar
Nicky "Topper" Headon   Drums

Technical Credits

Clash   Composer,Producer
Joe Strummer   Composer
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Micky Foote   Producer
Eddy Grant   Composer
Topper Headon   Composer
Mick Jones   Composer
Junior Murvin   Composer
Sandy Pearlman   Producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer
Bill Price   Producer
Paul Simonon   Composer
Guy Stevens   Producer
Jose Unidos   Producer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Pennie Smith   Cover Photo
Traditional   Composer
Tricia Ronane   Executive Producer
Bernard Rhodes   Composer

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The Essential Clash 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
you have to own it... even if you hate it. its not your choice. go buy it. now. great. just great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are a couple of Clash greatest hits albums out there, but this is the one to own. Fourty songs that you must hear, fourty songs of all kinds of music, fourty songs that helped The Clash become one of the greatest bands ever. This album teaches us that you can't just say that they made punk, hip-hop, ska, rock, and so on. You have to be general, as in, The Clash made great music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the clash and I think its really great that all there wonderful hits are on this album. Its also totally worth all that money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazing CD ever. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to have their brain checked. The Clash invented music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Clash album I bought, and truth be told I was wary considering the price. But to the pounding "White Riot" to the catchy beat of "Rock the Casbah", this is a must-have for lovers of any music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
40 absolutely SUPERB hits! at first i was a bit iffy on whether to buy the cd because of the price, but it was well worth it. this album started my obsession. i now own all the albums. absolutely fabulous! 10 out of 5 stars. it is a MUST OWN. that's it. no questions asked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever song I wanted was on this collection. The sound was great and the arrangement was good