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Earthquake Weather [Import]

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000008L7Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Catalogue number EK 45372 on the Epic label with the following tracks: 1> Gangesterville [4:17], 2> King Of The Bayou [2:49], 3> Island Hopping [2:34], 4> Slant Six [3:02], 5> Dizzy's Goatee [3:23], 6> Shouting Street [3:18], 7> Boogie With Your Children [3:31], 8> Leopardskin Limousines [3:30], 9> Sikorsky Parts [3:33], 10> Jewellers & Bums [2:47], 11> Highway One Zero Street [3:24], 12> Ride Your Donkey [2:18], 13> Passport To Detroit [2:50], 14> Sleepwalk [4:05].

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4.0 out of 5 stars Earthquake But No Real Clash 21 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
After dissolving The Clash mark two Joe Strummer had kept a low profile contributing to the soundtracks of three Alex Cox films Sid and Nancy, Straight to Hell and Walker where he teamed up with Zander Schloss for a further soundtrack contribution, Permanent Record, forming the Latino Rockabilly War which is in essence what became his touring band with whom he recorded `Earthquake Weather'.

The album is fairly consistent with fourteen tracks of Rockabilly World Music creating an image of leather clad rockers chilling out on a tropical island keeping there eyes peeled for a dealer. Some of the track titles painting the feel exactly, `Gangsterville', Island Hopping', `Leopardskin Limousines', `Jewellers and Bums' and `Highway One Zero Street'. My own favourite being the Cod Reggae cover of `Ride Your Donkey'.

`Earthquake Weather' was a critical and commercial failure which lost Joe his solo contract with CBS/Epic the home of The Clash however listening to it nearly ten years later makes me think it was criminally overlooked and I'm anticipating a reissue anytime now with b-sides and hopefully the Latino Rockabilly War masterpiece `Trash City'.

As well as being a pretty good aural experience the cover of `Earthquake Weather' is a now iconic silhouette photograph of Joe which has since become a trademark adorning T-shirts, posters and badges etc. Even some six years since Joe died it is still the logo of the Strumerville trust. As the man said `Let's Rock Again!'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very overlooked..... 8 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
I got this as one of my first CD's when it was released in 1989. I suppose I expected some sort of Clash continuation, and I remember well staring at it in shock at the direction that Joe Strummer had taken. However, I stuck with it because, firstly the cover was so cool and beguiling and secondly, like all good albums, it had one or two songs that hooked me. "Ride your Donkey" was the song that made me listen to it again.....and again. It is such a charming song; kind of easy that lopes along but is just short enough that it makes you want to listen again. The final track "Sleepwalk" does much the same - makes you sink back in your chair and relax, likewise "Island Hopping". In other places "Shouting Street" and "Highway One Zero Street" up the tempo, but even then there is an underlying charm and slouch. Overall the album is laid back but musically competant and well performed. If it lacks for anything it is the more biting and insightful lyrics that made many of the Clash songs the timeless classic they are.

I think the "new" listening format took some getting used to both for punters and players. I just wasn't used to having 60 or 70 minutes of listening at one sitting, and to be honest it has got be a strong album to hold my interest. I know the Clash had done double and triple albums but evenso you only did them in 20 minute stints. Nowadays I'm sure the order of the songs would have been quite different - using a sort of U2 long winding down, instead of a mixture of alternating up and down tempo songs. Put in a different order this album would make more of an impact (something to do with on a rainy day maybe..).

It is not a "lost" classic album, but it is a good album and for fans of all of Joe Strummers work you won't be disappointed. It is a good signpost for the stuff he did ten years later while looking back most at some of the stuff from Sandanista!

If nothing else the cover is a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the sound of broken dreams 17 Mar 2013
By lee way
Format:Audio CD
Always loved this album, it rocks and chuggs along at a great pace, littered with great tunes (gangsterville, king of bayou, island hopping, shouting street, limos, jewellers and sleepwalk), and it always sounded to me at the heart of the album, a desperation to hold on to sanity fuelled these songs (" found a bottle of brandy, and its working like an anti freeze..." and "some peace of mind, i'll never find"...).

Even better than the great mescalero albums, definitely in my all time top 5 and waiting for that reissue with trash city!!
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