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Sandinista! [CD]

The Clash Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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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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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00002MVQR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Magnificent Seven
2. Hitsville U.K.
3. Junco Partner
4. Ivan Meets G.I. Joe
5. The Leader
6. Something about England
7. Rebel Waltz
8. Look Here
9. The Crooked Beat
10. Somebody Got Murdered
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Police on my Back
2. Midnight Log
3. The Equaliser
4. The Call Up
5. Washington Bullets
6. Broadway
7. Lose this Skin
8. Charlie don't Surf
9. Mensforth Hill
10. Junkie Slip
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovered one of the great albums 15 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
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.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you brave enough?? 4 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, here it is. The album that divided the Clash audience. 2 hours 25 minutes of everything! I have played this record over and over more than any other and it still never fails to entertain. Even the so called 'filler' tracks have crept into my heart over the years.It embraces rap,soul,rockabilly,reggae,dub,gospel,jazz and theres even the odd punk tune thrown in.
OK,there are some mistakes - "Ivan Meets G.I. Joes'" childish chorus hasn't improved with age, is it imperative that Joe Strummer's old busking buddy Tymon Dogg really sing and play shrieking violin on "Lose That Skin"?, and why sequence the album so that so many down-tempo things show up at the end?
But maybe thats why its all the more endearing. As far as musical exprimentation goes this makes Radioheads 'Kid A' look like a walk in the park.I would strongly recommend this even if you aint a Clash fan,just as long as your a music fan.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Clash at their most adventurous 9 Jan 2010
By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
At the time of its release, Columbia were reportedly unhappy to be putting out a triple album at the price of a single album, upon which The Clash apparently insisted. Had the price been higher it's quite possible I would have been unable to afford it without first obtaining clearance from my bank manager. Times were tough. The Clash PR machine at least, to be cynical, gave you a band you wanted a band to be like.

One of the reviews for the album suggested it was "overproduced". The accusation reflected expectation: weren't The Clash a punk band? Wasn't this supposed to be the follow up to the most celebrated "punk" album of all time?

It's true that the sounds contained were miles away from the two minutes thirty seconds thrashes which made up the band's eponymous debut. But even there, in Police And Thieves, was the road sign which indicated the exit route from simple categorisation. The signs in the rear view from Give Em Enough Rope onwards confirmed a successful exodus.

It's not just the heavy presence of dub-inflected tracks that makes this a non-punk punk album. Notwithstanding the previous comment regarding Police And Thieves, reggae was always the punkster's fall back position, after all, and The Clash were possibly the best white exponents of the genre, although it's difficult not to give a bit of a nod towards The Ruts and their Jah Wars. It's the amazing diversity of styles, not just the reggae, that stands out.

The reggae influence is evident immediately in The Magnificent Seven, combining also a rock sensibility with funk and some flamenco-style clapping (Strummer spent a lot of time in Andalucía).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic remastered sound, neat package. 9 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes you can have too many remastered versions...sometimes the remastered versions actually alter the original so much, you don't really know what you're listening to. This 2013 remaster of the epic 'Sandinista' is the business! I've not sampled the other 2013 remasters yet - but I kinda wish I'd gone for the ghetto blaster box set, if they're all as good as this one.

A little bit about the album: Sandinista is a total mix-up of experimental tunes, dub, the usual clash topics of conversation: the USA; the life of an average joe; guerilla name it. At the time, it was a triple pack of 12 inch vinyl. In the bundle was a 'comic' Amagideon times, by (soon to be The guardian's) Steve Bell, featuring cartoon representations of songs and lyrics. the comic is in this pack in micro-fiche size (I'm exaggerating a little of course!) Some love it some hate it, but it's the Clash's 'White Album (doesn't every band need one?) and it's brilliant. I love virtually everything The Clash released (even Cut the Crap's got something going for it) but this is my fave.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust me: Requires repeat listening!!! 23 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
I like the Clash, they were awesome live and have such a great album and singles back catalogue.
This album is simply an enigma.
When I first bought this, I just listenened to it once and simply thought it was a mess, though it contained some nice tracks, it just seemed to not make any sense to me.
I came back to it, liked it slghtly better but still had doubts.
But after the 3rd listen I started to really like this mess.
Its just simply 36 highly different ideas on one album, as previous reviewers have mentioned we have reggae, dub, waltz and a few Clash standards but after repeat listening you begin to appeciate the Clash and what they were all about.
The Clash's main legacy is leaving us with diverse music and just different ideas and this album excels in diversity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any music fan,Regae beat,classic rock,white punk soft...
Fab cd,every clash fan should owe this, I had it on tape,then record,it was a replacement my other half kept the copy,when they integrated,
Published 18 days ago by rio rio
5.0 out of 5 stars top clash
its just great to hear all this old stuff again after years. not at all dated, just top clash as always
Published 2 months ago by kim bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Sandanista!!
I remember all those years ago - 1980!! - going to the record shop with the intention of getting SANDANISTA! Read more
Published 5 months ago by ian
4.0 out of 5 stars The Clash do...well...pretty much everything!
I must admit when I first heard Sandanista many years ago, I couldn't quite see how it fit in with the Clash's prior albums, although there were elements of all those here, just... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jcee
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP 100 RECORD FROM THE ROCK HISTORY
Published 6 months ago by joao santos
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Punk LP for Me
Had brilliant days with mates from Bracknell, Brighton Uni, Wolves Poly listening to this. Go Straight to Hell Boys it ain't Coca Cola its Rice. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Karin
4.0 out of 5 stars Underestimated Gem
a fantastic remaster in a very retro package exactly like the original vinyl! i really like how the remaster comes on 3 discs like the original vinyl the cd's even look like mini... Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-visited
Loved this on vinyl, its a fairly eclectic mix of genres been good to re-visit it but it takes some time to appreciate it
Published 8 months ago by C. E. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten treasure
I have this on vinyl but wanted to digitise it and at 3 discs figured buying the CD was a good investment

Phenomenal range of music summing up the diversity of the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alanh
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect!
Maybe the best Clash album, a wonderful edition. The sound could have been louder. The pressing is not as good as the famous Rhino ones but still comfortable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nicolas Sergent
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