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London Calling (album) by The Clash 

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London Calling
London Calling by The Clash (1979)
Overall rank: 14th   Overall chart history
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87/100 (from 2,084 votes)
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Accolades: Best album of 1979 (1st)
Top 10 albums of the 1970s (4th)
Top 20 albums of all time (14th)

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The Clash bestography

London Calling is ranked as the best album by The Clash.

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From Komorebi-D 13 minutes ago
Easily one of the best, if not the best album about England. And with that I collected my points.
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From chamberlain89 03/17/2017 15:21
My favorite albums are the ones that are able to contain a lot of different sounds and not seem like a train wreck. This album does that perfectly.
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From DeusExMackia 03/09/2017 10:42
A fixed point in rock music history. So many genres melded into one album, undoubtedly spawning many more in its wake. London Calling never loses pace once, incredible for a double album but even more remarkable in just how many styles its manages to cover in its run time.

From both a creative and cultural standpoint, it is a masterpiece. From this one album came instant Punk classics like Spanish Bombs, Death or Glory and of course its indomitable title track, yet it manages to incorporate reggae fusion, funk and disco elements, even classic rock n roll to some extent with the cover of Brand New Cadillac.

For such a mix of sounds, it's incredible how cohesive an album it is, opening spectacularly and quickly getting down to business. The track ordering is just about perfect, each song timed very well and ensuring a mix of songs to shout along too and to listen to in the background.

Perhaps its only flaw comes its slight lack of direction, in that it covers so much that it doesn't really have a focus. But I get the impression that this isn't the point; it's a musical canvas of sorts that has been ordered and sorted well.

One thing note is the lyrical content of the album; it covers a whole host of topics, from state-of-the-nation style addresses to general complaints about modern life to guides being a lover. Such a mix is itself a statement; this album is down to earth and about real life, grounding itself with empathy.

The more I listen to London Calling, the more I love it. It's such a phenomenal collection of great tracks that work together to form a stellar album. It is by no means over the top to suggest that there are defined periods of music that came before and after this record - it really is that important. Undoubtedly one of the greatest albums ever written, and still just as great to listen to as it has always been.
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From BrunoDMartins 03/05/2017 18:21
Favorite Tracks: London Calling, Spanish Bombs & I'm Not Down
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From khj11 01/16/2017 22:29
Absolutely mazing album. I know many people that complain this album is too long, and has too much filler, but that just is not true. Amazing album from start to finish.

The ability to mix classic rock, punk, new wave, and jazz is unbelievable.


Best tracks: London Calling, Hateful, Spanish Bombs, Lost in the Supermarket, Guns of Brixton, The Card Cheat, I'm Not Down, Train in Vain
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From hereforashortime 01/13/2017 21:26
I love how diverse this album is
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From nitomano 11/23/2016 05:31
Buen album, pero solo eso
Favoritas: London Calling, Train In Vain, Lost In The Supermarket, The Card Cheat
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From Yipyapper 11/08/2016 19:52
This is the pure punk experience, one that doesn't rely on specific techniques to actually cause mayhem. It's a bunch of smart guys politically exhausted and decide "hey, let's satirize all of this bullshit!" and make every song intelligent, tongue-in-cheek and bitingly vitriolic at the same time. See Lost in the Supermarket, which is a gigantic satire in itself, and Train in Vain, a cheery poppy song that is perhaps the most depressing mainstream song I've ever heard, as proof.

Key Cuts: London Calling, Lost in the Supermarket, Train in Vain
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From makerofbuckets 11/08/2016 01:25
The older I get the more I like this album. It's wildly inconsistent, but thoroughly entertaining. Although there are some weaker tracks (never liked Brand New Cadillac) the amount of personality and the fantastic production mixed with genuinely amazing songs (Guns of Brixton, Spanish Bombs, Train in Vain etc) helps elevate this album to ridiculous quality.
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From acolabella 09/17/2016 18:52
The Clash's finest statement, in my opinion.
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