In my youth I was a big time Clash fan - my memories of them as a live band are still vivid, they had an energy and commitment that I had not before seen, nor have I seen since.
Sandinista was not well received on release - it wasn't punk, it was too long, and people wanted another London Calling, not a near psychadelic dubbed up triple album that mixed everything from the (then) brand new sound of New York rappers, through to a kiddies version of Career Opportunities.
I loved it and its unique sound, played it to death for several years, and then put it away, and haven't listened to it again until the last few weeks. After hearing of the death of Joe Strummer just before Xmas I had to hear this again and re-bought all the missing Clash LPs on CD. I have to say that this record will blow you away. Hearing it again now I have so much admiration for the band that could even try an album like this, even when it doesn't quite work (which is often) their ambition and musical ability shine through. If you have never heard this record buy it, but keep your ears and opinions open, and it will reward you for the effort.