Anniversary Legacy Edition: London Calling | The Clash
an emily blunt review
speaking? The 25th Anniversary Legacy Edition of London Calling
ensemble is Holy Grail for Clash fans - like my self. Back in
1979 Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon
whopped the world on its head bringing the less in-the-know music
lovers of the planet a musical calling card filled with a luscious
portion of The Clash's singular multi-influenced global conscience
cd, with its iconic album cover of bassist Paul Simonon in mid-destructo
mode, contains oodles of treasures for we converts, seekers, novices,
and musical collectors. There are three discs; London Calling,
The Vanilla Studio Tapes, and a "behind the scenes"
making of London Calling on a jam packed DVD called 'The Last
compilation is so remarkable, what with its 36 page historical
booklet filled with proof photos from Pennie Smith, informative
linear notes and a fold-out lyric sheet, that combined with its
visual and audio gold bits it'll have you in a state of nirvana
for days to come.
digitally remastered sound is perfect on the "new" London
Calling cd. The songs wallop you with positively pristine notes
and vocals. Already damn near perfect in 1979 on vinyl, the technology
now available makes this self-proclaimed garage band sound celestial.
there are the lyrics. Each song is a story. Tapping into historical
legends (like Stagger Lee) in 'Wrong 'Em Boyo' or creating their
own in 'Jimmy Jazz' or an ode to movie icon Montgomery Clift in
'The Right Profile' or speaking out against corporate dysfunction
in 'Koka Kola' or an inner-self ballad in 'Lost in the Supermarket'
or the anthem against becoming a societal pawn in ' Clampdown.'
Even their 'Brand New Cadillac,' which gives 'Peter Gunn' a run
for its gas money, is a yarn set to a driving tune.
second musical disc, ' The Vanilla Tapes,' is filled with backbeats
and rough tracks being laid down for the legendary album. It takes
you into the studio and shows The Clash's musical process. It
also supplies the never before heard Clash riffs (even on bootlegs
folks) 'Lonesome Me' Walking the Slidewalk', 'Where You Gonna
Go,' 'Heart and Mind,' and 'The Man in Me.'
considered a primary punk band, those venturing into the world
of The Clash should note the words of Clash friend-thingy Cosmo
Vinyl who says, "Don't think punks can't play!" And
oh can these four lads play; punk, ska, reggae, swing and so on
- all on one album and so subtly you'll be oblivious to the multitude
of musical genres that are actually involved.
remarkable thing about London Calling, still today in the savvy
world we live in, is its eclectic vibe while staying a complete
the passing of Joe Strummer the musical
world, and the human world, took a heavy hit. But this delightful
anniversary edition is a great excuse for us all to raise a glass
to the man, and his fellow blokes, who I feel truly were lightening
in a bottle. And it's nice to blast The Clash at volume 11 again,
with each note crystal clear and telling the world I still stand
proudly on the left of things and still dig the sods from the
Westway...really really loud. Cheers Joe.
One London Calling
London Calling / Brand New Cadillac / Jimmy Jazz / Hateful / Rudie
Can't Fail / Spanish Bombs / The Right Profile / Lost in the Supermarket
/ Clampdown / The Guns of Brixton / Wrong 'Em Boyo / Death or
Glory / Koka Kola / The Card Cheat / Lover's Rock / Four Horsemen
/ I'm Not Down / Revolution Rock / Train in Vain.
Two (The Vanilla Tapes)
Hateful / Rudie Can't Fail / Paul's Tune / I'm Not Down / Four
Horsemen / Koka Kola, Advertising & Cocaine / Death or Glory
/ Lover's Rock / Lonesome Me (Previously Unreleased) / The Police
Walked in 4 Jazz / Lost in the Supermarket / Up-toon (instrumental)
/ Walking the Sidewalk (Previously Unreleased) / Where You Gonna
Go (Soweto) (Previously Unreleased) / The Man in Me (Previously
Unreleased) / Remote Control / Working and Waiting / Heart and
Mind (Previously Unreleased) / Brand New Cadillac / London Calling
/ Revolution Rock.
Three (DVD): The Last Testament (a 45 minute documentary on the
making of London Calling)
16 minutes of B/W studio footage filmed during the making of the
album / London Calling (Video Clip) / Train in Vain (Video Clip)
/ Clampdown (Video Clip).
Strummer Foundation for New Music - www.strummerville.com