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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 ... Read more in Amazon's The Clash Store

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  • Mini-Disc (4 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00004WXE0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,674,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Barrett on 11 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the very best LP of any band from the punk era, the best album The Clash made and an essential item in any music collection.

Even after nearly 30 years, it's intense, concise and punctuated, both musically and lyrically. It still burns with energy and indignation.

Play this and you'll yearn for bands to start writing lyrics that mean something again because lads, if any of you are reading this, you can make a difference through your music, and here's the proof.

Unlike some iconic punk albums this CD has been nicely remastered, so you get the full impact without reaching for the vinyl. One of the best things you'll ever buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There seem to be many parallels between today and the late seventies. A time of economic depression, a working class trodden down by the conscienceless political rulers and moneyed elite, ethnic tensions simmering, a generation of young people with no future prospects ready to lash out a wave of destruction in the form of riots in protest at the injustices of the world they find themselves in. And the development of a new musical form which encapsulates the passion, the anger and the political stance of the youth. OK, perhaps the similarities end there, as plastic Cowell pop seems to be the hallmark of this generation, but thirty years ago the social situation gave rise to just such a musical form, Punk. And the prime exponents were the Clash.

This debut record is, for me, a fascinating piece. I was born around the time it was released, so have no real memories of the era. This is a historic document of what it meant to be a teenager in the late seventies. With an in your face attitude, a social awareness and political agenda, all backed by angry, passionate full speed ahead music played (unusually for many Punk bands) by a group of talented musicians, it's an absolute classic. It is a record that grabs you and commands your full attention, screaming in your face about just what is wrong with the world. Subtle it isn't.

There are two versions of this album on sale, the UK and US version. This one, the UK version is 14 tracks and contains `Deny', `Cheat', `Protex Blue' and '48 Hours'. For some reason these were deemed unsuitable for the US market which had a 15 track release containing `Clash City Rockers', `Complete Control', `White Man In Hammersmith', `I Fought The Law' and `Jail Guitar Doors'. Both are equally essential, and I have both versions as I like all the tracks that are unique to each.

A classic debut, and one that heralded great things to come. Five stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaximumHeat on 18 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the very few albums I can honestly say has no weak songs to it, no songs that are passed off as a filler. (even London Calling has these). And this is the UK version, without the classic stand alone singles "Complete Control", "I Fough the Law", "Clash City Rockers" and of course "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais". One would be fooled into thinking without these tracks, the album couldn't match up to the quality to the U.S. version. But while of course, the aforementioned songs are amongst the greatest achievements of their discography, here the lesser known songs just seem to 'slot in place' and it seems to flow much better. After giving this a few spins, give the import version a listen and I garuntee you won't adapt to it!

Every song is terrific, and in my opinion one of the most consistantly brilliant punk records. Sure, London Calling is a much more diverse record, it had a bigger impact on music and no question it's technically their most superior album. But when it comes to punk music, I want agression fueled politcal hatred. And for that reason, The Clash is my personal favourite from them. Overall, it's a pretty simplistic album, with basic lyrics and hardly mind blowing guitar work, but it all comes together, and the chemistry is fantastic. I have played this album well over fifty times, and it's the sort of album that sounds great anytime, anywhere.

Key track: I'm So Bored With the U.S.A.
Personal faves: Janie Jones, Garageland, London's Burning
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Frizelle on 19 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
The Clash smells of late seventies London and the political and economic situation in England at the time.If one were to name one classic punk group, there's many bound to refer to The Clash. London. Its initial members were all brought together from different early punk bands in the London scene, which was then just getting started. It all turned sour very quickly as the Clash became fashion victims (Designer Punks) and chased the American Dream. There was some redemption some years later with the fabulous London's Calling, but I could never see what al the fuss was about.

However their debut sees The Clash at their rawest, and is their most straightforward punk record. It's loud, it's rough, and it equips the typical and most important punk ethic: it goes back to the roots of rock `n roll. Simple three-chord riffing that makes up short songs with a simple message, often politically charged. The Clash, were known for parodying the life of the middle-class English worker. If I were a poor, and unemployed Youth in the 70's Britain, the Clash would have been my salvation, much like the Smiths were salvation to the misunderstood in the 80s and Oasis were the inspiration for bricklayers in the 90s. But it was all fake, these were part-time rebels who came from rich and privileged backgrounds. They were just pretending to be suffering from a totalitarian regime and oppression, But it worked.

They had a witty lyrical content and a charismatic combination of musicians that gave them a winning formula. After the Self Destruction, notoriety and infamy of the Sex Pistols the public were scrambling to hitch a ride on the new Phenomena " Punk". The record Company's happily sold us the CLASH.
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