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The Clash 9/9/2013

Review

A tie-in to the exhaustive 2013 box set Sound System, the 2013 compilation The Clash Hits Back is a novel approach to a career retrospective: it mirrors the 24-song set list for the band's July 19, 1982 concert at Brixton Fairdeal, then adds eight bonus hits at the end. The Clash Hits Back slightly tweaks the running order of the original set -- "Bankrobber" arrived five songs into the concert but appears eighth here -- but that doesn't matter much, as this swap doesn't alter the impact of the original set. The Clash were plugging Combat Rock so songs from that LP -- the singles "Rock the Casbah," "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" and "Straight to Hell," plus "Ghetto Defendant" and "Know Your Rights," adding up to just under half the album -- sit alongside a heavy chunk of London Calling and early hits, plus a few stabs at Sandinista!. What's added at the end is a mix of their high-octane early material ("White Riot," "Complete Control," "Clash City Rockers," Tommy Gun," "English Civil War") and their more adventurous studio recordings ("The Call Up," "Hitsville UK," "This Is Radio Clash"), adding up to a strong overview of all the band could do. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 London Calling [2012 Mix] The Clash 3:18
  3. 2 Safe European Home The Clash 3:50
  4. 3 Know Your Rights [2013 Remaster] The Clash 3:37
  5. 4 (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais The Clash 3:59
  6. 5 Janie Jones [2013 Remaster] The Clash 2:4
  7. 6 The Guns of Brixton The Clash 3:8
  8. 7 Train in Vain The Clash 3:8
  9. 8 Bankrobber The Clash 4:32
  10. 9 Wrong 'Em Boyo The Clash 3:11
  11. 10 The Magnificent Seven [2013 Remaster] The Clash 5:31
  12. 11 Police on my Back [Remastered] The Clash 3:15
  13. 12 Rock the Casbah [Bob Clearmountain Mix] The Clash 3:39
  14. 13 Career Opportunities The Clash 1:51
  15. 14 Police & Thieves [Remastered] The Clash 5:56
  16. 15 Somebody Got Murdered The Clash 3:33
  17. 16 Brand New Cadillac The Clash 2:8
  18. 17 Clampdown The Clash 3:48
  19. 18 Ghetto Defendant The Clash 4:39
  20. 19 Armagideon Time The Clash 3:49
  21. 20 Stay Free The Clash 3:37
  22. 21 I Fought the Law The Clash 2:41
  23. 22 Straight to Hell The Clash 5:26
  24. 23 Should I Stay or Should I Go [Remastered] The Clash 3:6
  25. 24 Garageland The Clash 3:11
  26. 1 White Riot The Clash 2:13
  27. 2 Complete Control The Clash 3:12
  28. 3 Clash City Rockers The Clash 3:55
  29. 4 Tommy Gun The Clash 3:14
  30. 5 English Civil War The Clash 2:35
  31. 6 The Call Up The Clash 5:24
  32. 7 Hitsville U.K. The Clash 4:20
  33. 8 This is Radio Clash The Clash 4:10
  34. 9 I Fought the Law The Clash null:null
  35. 10 Straight to Hell [2013 Remaster] The Clash null:null
  36. 11 Should I Stay or Should I Go [2013 Remaster] The Clash null:null
  37. 12 Garageland [2013 Remaster] The Clash null:null
  38. 1 White Riot The Clash null:null
  39. 2 Complete Control The Clash null:null
  40. 3 Clash City Rockers The Clash null:null
  41. 4 Tommy Gun The Clash null:null
  42. 5 English Civil War The Clash null:null
  43. 6 The Call Up [2013 Remaster] The Clash null:null
  44. 7 Hitsville U.K. [2013 Remaster] The Clash null:null
  45. 8 This Is Radio Clash The Clash null:null

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