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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B0000AVRIB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS Streetcore (2003 UK 10-track CD album including the single Coma Girl housed in a digipak picture sleeve with fold-out picture/lyric insert)

It can't have been easy collating Streetcore after Joe Strummer died. One can only imagine the all-pervading sense of sadness, the ghosts and memories that haunted the control room. Yet the Mescaleros' Scott Shields and Martin Slattery have done a fine job, keeping their own egos at bay, allowing the great man to take centre-stage and reveal that he had rediscovered some form. "Get Down Moses" is a deep, dubby Clash special, with Strummer testifying to his undying love of youth and the outcast and a big keyboard swirling overhead. "Long Shadow" is a hobo folk song, "Ramshackle Day Parade" crosses Bob Dylan and the Beatles and "Arms Aloft" is a pumped-up, slightly psychedelic rocker.

Best, though, are the moments when Strummer goes quiet. Bob Marley's "Redemption Song", recorded with Rick Rubin and given a provocative Irish flavour, ideally suits the man's heartfelt vocals and freedom-fighting reputation. "Silver and Gold", another cover, wherein Strummer considers the positive actions he must take before age overcomes him, is made cruelly poignant by circumstances. Yet this is not a sad album; rather, it's happy proof that musicians can still ride the freight train, not simply the gravy-train, that they can still mean something. It's an important lesson to relearn, and there was never a finer teacher. --Dominic Wills

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David Parker on 31 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
“Streetcore” was to be Joe’s third album with The Mescaleros, and as was the case with their previous two efforts there is a diverse mix of musical styles on offer here. The album’s first track “Coma Girl” is a rocker in the style of one of Joe’s earlier solo efforts “Trash City”, which tells the story of a “Mona Lisa on a motorcycle gang”, and was well received when performed live during many of Joe’s concerts in 2002.
This is followed by “Get Down Moses”, another song that was performed live during 2002, and for me one of the highlights of the album. The song is a rock/reggae hybrid that immediately evokes memories of The Clash at their best, and features some excellent lyrical couplets from Joe, which like many of Bob Dylan best songs, are both meaningful and amusing at the same time.
Joe’s first album with The Mescaleros “Rock, Art and the X Ray Style” featured a song that was originally written for Johnny Cash titled “The Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll”, which Johnny never got around to recording, and the sleeve notes tell us that the next track included here “Long Shadow” was also written for Johnny. Whilst the song is basically a tribute to Cash, the influence of his music is much more in evidence on this track, than it was in “The Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll”, and the song is basically a travelogue in the Johnny Cash style, with the final line “Somewhere in my soul there is always rock ‘n’ roll”, now seeming like a fitting epitaph for both performers. This was another highlight for me, and whilst I have no idea whether or not Johnny Cash ever go to hear this song, I sincerely hope that he did.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Lacey on 23 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
So, the great man is no longer with us & the world is a duller place as a result. But what a way to sign off.
This is a fantastic album, featuring a blend of styles that few could ever hope to match. From the upbeat "Coma Girl" to the cover of Marleys "Redempton Song" there isn't a weak track on this disc.
Highlights for me are "Long Shadow", "Redempton Song" & the final track "Silver & Gold" - with some tear jerking lyrics.
How about a Joe Strummer Live CD now?
The final words on this album are "thats a take" - & Joe's right. It's over now, it's all done, there is no more. Thanks for everything Joe - a whole generation were given belief by you & thanks for leaving us with this jem.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris C on 14 Sep 2007
Format: Audio CD
To look at Streetcore as just the final album by the legendary Joe Strummer would be a grave injustice. This eclectic set of songs ranging from punk (Coma Girl) reggae (Get Down Moses) country (Long Shadow) to rock (All In A Day) is a refreshing listen.

Under the circumstances this album was released, its hard not to be poignant when listening to Streetcore particularly Ramshackle Day Parade and Silver and Gold, but this is a very positive record.

Whoever said Strummer lost it when he made this album is obviously not a true human, although it may not be as major as any of his Clash songs, Streetcore is a wonderful album who still care about the man's willingness to try anything.

If any song could be more fitting for Joe Strummer it would be the cover of Redemption Song. The rebel that grew up,and remained true to his colours.

Fantastic. :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Weshimulo on 2 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is Joe Strummer's final album. Unfinished at the time of his untimely death, but infused with the insurgency and energy that he never lost. Contemporaneous only with Joey Ramone's superlative 'Don't worry about me' the late, great Clash singer/songwriter certainly delivers the goods and goes out in style.

Opener 'Coma Girl' is as good as anything he ever wrote, and though the guitar tone is softer and the musicianship more polished it was clearly written by the writer of 'White man in Hammersmith Palais' or 'Should I stay or should I go' and thoroughly deserves to be up there with those cuts in my opinion. 'Get Down Moses' is a murky dub-rock experiment that emerges a complete success and measures the tone of the rest of the album. Joe shows his thoughtful side on 'Ramshackle day parade' written in tribute to those lives lost in September 11. He channels his inner Johnny Cash on the excellent 'Long Shadow' in fact, he wrote the song for Johnny to sing. Rockers, like the uppity Mod-rock of 'Arms aloft' and 'All in a day' heave with breathless excitement, combining the rock n roll of early Clash with his later experiments in 'world' (I hate that term) music.'Midnight Jam' succeeds despite being a basic music track mixed with snippets from Joe's radio show, it arrives as poignant and satisfying. Album highlights are his flawless Rick Rubin-produced cover of Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song' known to reduce even the most hardcore of punks to tears, and his cover of Bobby Charles' 'Before I grow too old' (Joe reworks it into 'Silver & Gold') with the faint echoes on what for many are Joe's last words to us "That's a take..." A perfect number, managed without irony or melodrama. It is, as somebody else's Amazon review said, the perfect epitaph.
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