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The Essential Clash

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The Clash 31/1/2003

Review

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 White Riot The Clash 1:58
  3. 2 London's Burning The Clash 2:10
  4. 3 Complete Control The Clash 3:12
  5. 4 Clash City Rockers The Clash 3:55
  6. 5 I'm So Bored with the U.S.A. The Clash 2:25
  7. 6 Career Opportunities The Clash 1:52
  8. 7 Hate & War The Clash 2:5
  9. 8 Cheat The Clash 2:5
  10. 9 Police & Thieves The Clash 6:0
  11. 10 Janie Jones The Clash 2:6
  12. 11 Garageland The Clash 3:13
  13. 12 Capital Radio One The Clash 2:8
  14. 13 (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais The Clash 3:59
  15. 14 English Civil War The Clash 2:34
  16. 15 Tommy Gun The Clash 3:15
  17. 16 Safe European Home The Clash 3:49
  18. 17 Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad The Clash 3:3
  19. 18 Stay Free The Clash 3:38
  20. 19 Groovy Times The Clash 3:29
  21. 20 I Fought the Law The Clash 2:39
  22. 1 London Calling The Clash 3:18
  23. 2 The Guns of Brixton The Clash 3:9
  24. 3 Clampdown The Clash 3:47
  25. 4 Rudie Can't Fail The Clash 3:26
  26. 5 Lost in the Supermarket The Clash 3:46
  27. 6 Jimmy Jazz The Clash 3:53
  28. 7 Train in Vain (Stand by Me) The Clash 3:8
  29. 8 Bankrobber The Clash 4:34
  30. 9 The Magnificent Seven The Clash 5:31
  31. 10 Ivan Meets G.I. Joe The Clash 3:6
  32. 11 Police on My Back The Clash 3:15
  33. 12 Stop the World The Clash 2:32
  34. 13 Somebody Got Murdered The Clash 3:33
  35. 14 The Street Parade The Clash 3:27
  36. 15 This Is Radio Clash The Clash 4:8
  37. 16 Ghetto Defendant The Clash 4:44
  38. 17 Rock the Casbah The Clash 3:40
  39. 18 Straight to Hell The Clash 5:29
  40. 19 Should I Stay or Should I Go The Clash 3:7
  41. 20 This Is England The Clash 3:50

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