London Calling (album) by The Clash
|The Clash London Calling / Armagadeon Time CBS EP 7"
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|THE CLASH LONDON CALLING COLLECTORS 2004 2 LP SET + RARE DIGIPAK CD FROM 2001
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|2012 THE CLASH~LONDON CALLING~7" REMIX 45rpm~RECORD STORE DAY~RSD~LIMITED ED
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Call me a pedant, but is this really "punk" rock? Whatever the case, while I will instinctively go to "Rudie Can't Fail", "Guns of Brixton", and "Train In Vain" this is an album that is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
I'm reminded of The Beatles, when asked what was it that made them successful? The hair, the suits, the humor? They replied that if they knew that they'd become managers and start their own bands. But the fact is that there would never be another Beatles. What if every band was given the money, resources, and artistic freedom that the Clash were afforded on this record? Doubtful we'd see many more London Calling's. It's a special product of its time.
Here's where they start showing off. If "Lost in the Supermarket," for instance, is just another alienated-consumption song, it leaps instantly to the head of the genre on the empathy of Mick Jones's vocal. And so it goes. Complaints about "slick" production are absurd--Guy Stevens slick?--and insofar as the purity of the guitar attack is impinged upon by brass, pianner, and shuffle, this is an expansion, not a compromise. A gratifyingly loose Joe Strummer makes virtuoso use of his four-note range, and Paul Simonon has obviously been studying his reggae records. Warm, angry, and thoughtful, confident, melodic, and hard-rocking, this is the best double-LP since Exile on Main Street. And it's selling for about $7.50.
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A favorite album of mine's and one of my top tens. Love listening to it from beginning
When you make an album with as many tracks as this one, it's almost impossible to be consistently great. The first half is masterful, but tracks 13 to 18 are a bit underwhelming for me. However, it ends up brilliantly with Train in vain. What I mean by that is that even though I like this record a lot, it would probably make my top 10 if it were shorter and, consequently, more consistent.
Great, kind of perfect since every song is catchy in its own way, but still never steps totally out of the punkgenre, which is impressive.
I don't get the Clash. I just don't. Maybe if I were around when they were making music I would appreciate this more, but after numerous listens I just don't get the big deal. Some of these tunes are really nice, but nothing too special to me. On the other hand, I'll probably continue to come back to this for some of the good tracks, especially Train in Vain.
A punk album that everyone can truly find something to enjoy with. It traverses genres like 50s old school rock, pop, ska, and ragae among others. This album is insanely entertaining and is filled to the brim with energy. On top of that, a lot of the songs have strong meanings, like Spanish Bombs or London Calling. This album's energy, free spirit, and variety have allowed it to transcend time and age favorably.
Best Tracks: Train in Vain, Revolution Rock, Clampdown, London Calling
Punk is not at all my thing. This album is nevertheless genius. It's the energy. What fun!
The energy and brilliance of this album is uncanny. Hands down best album to come out of punk.
deserves it's place as one of the best albums of all time
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