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Good, But not Great Collection of Clash Single Moments.
on 16 October 2000
My Mother always told me; " If you can't say something good about a cd or record, then you shouldn't say anything at all" A wise and far seeing woman was my mother. There is plenty to praise about this collection. It has many classic tunes on it, such as "London Calling", "Rock the Casbah" and "Bankrobber" to name but a few. Plus they are in in the order they were released, for people who like that sort of thing. And it allows those who never heard another album by the clash, get a feel for what the band sounded like. So far so good. However, now I must venture away from my mothers advice. There are many faults with this album. Firstly, by restricting itself to singles it loses many classics, ("Whats My Name?" "Spanish Bombs" and "Somebody got murdered" to name but three) Yet includes such fluff as "Remote control" and " Radio Clash", which neither the band, nor the fans really liked. Secondly, the sound quality is very suspect. The cd sounds like it was simply recorded from other old clash records and not " remastered" as the cover boldly claims. For example, Listen to "Rock the Casbah" on "Combat Rock" and you can hear just how flat its singles version is. I don't want to harper too much. This is still a clash album, and as such deserves the highest of praise, but seeing as it was first released in 1991 to cash in on the popularity of a jeans commercial, it was never really aimed at the converted. If you are not a fan and you want to hear what all the fuss is about, than this could be the place to start.