Featuring the Band's First 5 Seminal Studio Albums Newly Remastered by The Clash w/ Award-Winning Engineer Tim Young Across 8CDs
The Clash 5 Studio Album Set collects the band's first 5 seminal albums The Clash, Give 'Em Enough Rope, London Calling (2CD), Sandinista! (3CD) and Combat Rock, all remastered by The Clash with award-winning engineer Tim Young, and presents them together in a boxset designed by the band.
It's hard to think of a band before or since that have exerted such universal influence on the musical landscape. The 1970s punk movement gave birth to some important bands, but none were more important than The Clash. Here were a band who pushed and broke musical boundaries, while fusing musical experimentation with a socio-political conscience.
From their eponymously-titled debut album in 1977, the band incorporated elements of reggae, rap, jazz, dance, rockabilly and ska in their music. Their passionate, political agenda continues to inspire new fans and musicians alike. Indeed, the issues The Clash tackled are as relevant today as they were in the late '70s/early '80s. Dubbed "the only band that matters" in their heyday, the same could be said almost 40 years later!
The Clash's self-titled debut was the first major punk record to be released in the UK. It was later released in the US on July 23rd 1979. Iconic artwork, alongside themes of Britain’s disaffected youth, unemployment, drugs, rioting and oppressive policing acted as a blueprint for the burgeoning punk genre. The album's cover version of Junior Murvin's "Police & Thieves" established an early connection between punk and militant reggae music.
1978's Give 'Em Enough Rope was produced by Blue Oyster Cult's mentor Sandy Pearlman and was the band's first LP to feature drummer Topper Headon. Voted 'Album of the Year' by Sounds (UK), Rolling Stone (US) and Time Magazine (US) the record explores themes of Third World conflict, European terrorism and London inner-city desolation.
Originally released as a double LP in the UK in 1979, London Calling was recorded with maverick producer Guy Stevens. Voted by Rolling Stone as best album of the 1980's, London Calling presented the group's rapidly evolving sound in the aftermath of punk, reflecting their love of reggae, soul, rockabilly, funk, rhythm & blues, as well as channeling their recent experiences touring America. The US release came a month later, on January 10th 1980.
Controversially released on three vinyl discs in 1980, Sandinista! shows the group on a creative roll, adding dub, rap and jazz to an already diverse musical palette. Taking its name from Nicaragua's left-wing rebel force, the album tackles subjects including US foreign policy, Vietnam, and Cold War tensions. Recorded in Jamaica, London and most significantly New York, where the growing hip-hop scene inspired The Clash to write the first ever UK rap record, "The Magnificent Seven." Voted album of the year by the Village Voice.
Originally conceived as a double album, 1982's Combat Rock was edited down to a single together with legendary producer Glyn Johns. Recorded in New York, this album soaked up the atmosphere of the city's vibrant hip-hop and graffiti art scenes, mixing funk, rock, hip-hop and reggae. Combat Rock featured a cameo from beat poet Allen Ginsberg and paid homage to the Scorsese film Taxi Driver. This record was the last to feature the classic Strummer-Jones-Simonon-Headon line-up.