19 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Clash’s third album, 1979’s London Calling, is where their brilliance comes together in a 19-track tour de force that uses the energy of their punk origins and employs it in a number of new stylistic directions. Reggae-dub underlines “Rudie Can’t Fail,” “Wrong ‘Em Boyo,” “Revolution Rock,” and bassist Paul Simonon’s unnerving “The Guns of Brixton.” Rockabilly and surf chase the cover of Vince Taylor’s “Brand New Cadillac.” Genuine pop melodies support the Mick Jones-led “Spanish Bombs,” “Lost In the Supermarket,” “I’m Not Down,” and the hit-single-in-hiding “Train In Vain” (original copies of the album didn’t list it on the album sleeve). The title track remains one of the most ominous songs ever to kick off any album, never mind a double album of such consequence. And we haven’t even mentioned the brilliance of “Hateful,” “Clampdown,” “Death or Glory” or “Koka Kola.” Their self-titled debut (in both U.K. and U.S. configurations) stood for punk’s raw power and Sandinista! provided the band with enough room for pure experimentation, but London Calling splits the difference and aims for the center line. Quite simply: a masterpiece by any definition.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Clash’s third album, 1979’s London Calling, is where their brilliance comes together in a 19-track tour de force that uses the energy of their punk origins and employs it in a number of new stylistic directions. Reggae-dub underlines “Rudie Can’t Fail,” “Wrong ‘Em Boyo,” “Revolution Rock,” and bassist Paul Simonon’s unnerving “The Guns of Brixton.” Rockabilly and surf chase the cover of Vince Taylor’s “Brand New Cadillac.” Genuine pop melodies support the Mick Jones-led “Spanish Bombs,” “Lost In the Supermarket,” “I’m Not Down,” and the hit-single-in-hiding “Train In Vain” (original copies of the album didn’t list it on the album sleeve). The title track remains one of the most ominous songs ever to kick off any album, never mind a double album of such consequence. And we haven’t even mentioned the brilliance of “Hateful,” “Clampdown,” “Death or Glory” or “Koka Kola.” Their self-titled debut (in both U.K. and U.S. configurations) stood for punk’s raw power and Sandinista! provided the band with enough room for pure experimentation, but London Calling splits the difference and aims for the center line. Quite simply: a masterpiece by any definition.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
145 Ratings
145 Ratings
Hoos fan ,

Masterpiece

Still listen to this album after all these years. A defining moment in the all too short career of the only band that matters. R. I. P. Joe.

LVTedd ,

Timeless

By far the most important album of its time. Shows the versatility, power, and angst of the band in full detail. Every song is great. No doubt the band's best effort, but this album will stand the test of time like Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. Funny that lyrics to the song London Calling states - "phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust". Timely statement for sure, but classics remain timeless.

benedict gray ,

This album ruined music for me,

all other music is simply inadequate now

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