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The Singles [2007]

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The Clash 6/5/2007

Review

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" .] ~ Steve Huey
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 London Calling The Clash 3:18
  3. 2 Rock the Casbah The Clash 3:38
  4. 3 Should I Stay or Should I Go The Clash 3:7
  5. 4 I Fought the Law The Clash 2:39
  6. 5 (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais The Clash 3:59
  7. 6 The Magnificent Seven [Edit] The Clash 3:37
  8. 7 Bankrobber The Clash 4:32
  9. 8 The Call Up The Clash 5:23
  10. 9 Complete Control The Clash 3:12
  11. 10 White Riot The Clash 1:57
  12. 11 Remote Control The Clash 2:59
  13. 12 Tommy Gun The Clash 3:15
  14. 13 Clash City Rockers The Clash 3:46
  15. 14 English Civil War (Johnny Comes Marching Home) The Clash 2:35
  16. 15 Hitsville UK The Clash 4:20
  17. 16 Know Your Rights The Clash 3:37
  18. 17 This Is England The Clash 3:33
  19. 18 This Is Radio Clash The Clash 4:9
  20. 19 Train in Vain The Clash 3:8
  21. 20 Groovy Times The Clash 3:28

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