has got to be the self-titled debut album from The Clash. Alongside The Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks, Joe, Mick, Paul and Topper produced a record that showed raw power rather than superior expertise.
Of course, the version I have was released two years after the UK one debuted in 1977. As this is the only version I have, I can't point any noticeable differences.
On the first listen, it sounds like a pure punk album through and through with no lyrical depth, and particularly on songs like What's My Name that is the case. However, on songs like White Riot (based on actual events) and Garageland (written after a journalist called them a garage band) The Clash proves to be more diverse.
Even songs like I'm So Bored With The USA sound like they could cause controversy, especially as this is a UK group talking about the US. But unlike The Sex Pistols, Strummer was never out to deliberately cause controversy.
Musically, Strummer and Jones were a great partnership, one side provided the lyrics (Strummer) and the other the music (Jones). This is shown on songs like Complete Control and (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais. Vocally it becomes easier to notice the differences between the pair, with Strummer sounded more rough whilst Jones is quite melodic on songs like Janie Jones and Hate and War.
The two covers on here are so good that not only did they make good of the original, but they managed to make it very recognisable as their own. I Fought The Law is a firm jukebox favourite across the world and their reggae-tinged version of Police and Thieves is classic.
If you love punk, than you must buy this album, a classic record through and through.