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In celebration of the exhaustive Sound System box set, The Clash saw fit to also release this concise career overview. The compilation is sequenced from Joe Strummer's 24-song setlist for the Brixton Fairdeal show in 1982, plus eight additional essential Clash tracks. The deluxe edition adds videos and live concert footage of 10 songs—including "Clampdown" and "Train in Vain (Stand by Me)" live at the Lewisham Odeon and "Should I Stay or Should I Go" and "Career Opportunities" from the band's Shea Stadium concert. As an overview, it includes the hits ("Train in Vain," "This Is Radio Clash," "Rock the Casbah" in its Bob Clearmountain mix, and "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"), plus core essentials ("Safe European Home," "Know Your Rights," "Janie Jones," "Stay Free"). Though each of The Clash's albums deserves to be heard in context, it's impossible to argue with a collection that summarizes the U.K. punk uprising of 1977 and the stylistic chances that the group took until Joe Strummer and Mick Jones went their separate ways.

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I'm a big fan of The Clash!

If you're a big of The Clash like I am, you won't get enough of this album if you listen to it! Rock the Casbah, Train in Vain, Should I Stay or Should I Go, Bankrobber, and other great songs are all on this album, and I dig those songs, too! I'm a big fan of The Clash, and their music never gets old!


Formed: 1976 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The Sex Pistols may have been the first British punk rock band, but the Clash were the definitive British punk rockers. Where the Pistols were nihilistic, the Clash were fiery and idealistic, charged with righteousness and a leftist political ideology. From the outset, the band was more musically adventurous, expanding its hard rock & roll with reggae, dub, and rockabilly among other roots musics. Furthermore, they were blessed with two exceptional songwriters in Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, each...
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