36 Songs, 2 Hours 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1980, The Clash named this 36-song album after Nicaraguan insurgents, experimented with disparate genres and sonic abstractions, and refused to edit themselves. Yet their punk spirit is alive throughout—from the organ-drenched gospel of “The Sound of Sinners” to the Dadaist noise collage “Silicone on Sapphire” to ambient dub blast “The Crooked Beat.” “Police on My Back” is straight-up punk-in-the-streets, and “Hitsville U.K.” is Euro-pop pretty. There’s even a jazz cover (Mose Allison’s “Look Here”). The album reveals a great band brave enough to fail, although they come out heroes.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1980, The Clash named this 36-song album after Nicaraguan insurgents, experimented with disparate genres and sonic abstractions, and refused to edit themselves. Yet their punk spirit is alive throughout—from the organ-drenched gospel of “The Sound of Sinners” to the Dadaist noise collage “Silicone on Sapphire” to ambient dub blast “The Crooked Beat.” “Police on My Back” is straight-up punk-in-the-streets, and “Hitsville U.K.” is Euro-pop pretty. There’s even a jazz cover (Mose Allison’s “Look Here”). The album reveals a great band brave enough to fail, although they come out heroes.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
36 Ratings
36 Ratings
ShockingWad ,

Let it ride

This album is epic when to be listened to in it's entirety on on the drive on a surf/fishing trip down the baja on a cassette tape of the original vinyl. It's quirky, unexpected, loose and lazy, unpredictable nature is the soundtrack of that type of adventure. Driving in the bus or sitting in camp with not a care in the world listening to this, you just feel cooler than everyone else in the world. This does not translate on ITunes.

Bubba Guitar ,

Make believe u never heard of The Clash & then judge the album...

Take away the rep, the hype, the critical darlingness of the Clash 'the only band that matters' moniker that was given to them. Take away all of that and listen to this album with a clean slate and then form an opinion...and imho I think most would come away saying that this is NOT a masterpiece. I guess they (the Clash) were feeling very creative, very experimental, very ambitious at the time but that doesn't always lead to GOOD songs. Sometimes it leads to a meandering mess. And this album is most certainly not punk or punk'ish at all, just a heads up on that regard. Proceed at your own risk...

Maguffin63 ,

Sprawling but inconsistent

Coming on the heels of London Calling, it would be nearly impossible to maintain that standard. They didn't, but there is some great music within this 3-record set. Unfortunately it is spread out among some weak and nearly unlistenable material. Even so, purchase it for $16.99 and pare it down to a strong 75 minutes or so of innovative cross-genre rock and roll!

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