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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, quality collection, essential for the serious Clash fan, 10 Sep 2013
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I received my "Clash Sound System" box set today and was immediately impressed by the look, the weight and the quality of this collection. This is absolute heaven for a Clash fan and pretty much provides everything you could ever want in terms of musical content from the band. It's a beautifully presented piece of work and the music sounds fantastic.

What you actually get:

1xCD - The Clash (1977)
1xCD - Give 'Em Enough Rope (1978)
2xCD - London Calling (1979)
3xCD - Sandinista (1980)
1xCD - Combat Rock (1982)
3xCD - The Clash Sound System Extras (bonus material, 1976-1982)
1xDVD - The Clash (contains interviews, live performances and all the promo videos)
"Service Manual" (a hardback guide to the contents of the box set)
Dog Tags
5 Badges
3 DIY Stickers
The Clash Paperback Book (blank!)
The Clash Folder
Armagideon Times Special Edition (36 pages)
Armagideon Times 1 (Reprint - 24 pages)
Armagideon Times 2 (Reprint - 24 pages)
2 Bumper Stickers
The Clash Vintage Sticker Set
15" x 15" Poster

The 3CD "Sound System Extras" contents track listings:

Disc One:

1. White Riot (single version) 2. 1977 (B-side) 3. Listen (Capital Radio EP/Interviews) 4. Capital Radio (Capital Radio EP) 5. London's Burning (Live B-side from Remote Control) 6. Complete Control (single version) 7. City Of The Dead (B-side) 8. Clash City Rockers (original single version) 9. Jail Guitar Doors (B-side) 10. White Man In Hammersmith Palais (A-side) 11. The Prisoner (B-side) 12. 1-2 Crush On You (B-side from Tommy Gun) 13. Time Is Tight (Black Market Clash) 14. Pressure Drop (B-side from English Civil War) 15. I Fought The Law (Cost Of Living EP) 16. Groovy Times (Cost Of Living EP) 17. Gates Of The West (Cost Of Living EP) 18. Capital Radio (Cost Of Living EP) 19. Armagideon Times (B-side London Calling 12") 20. Bank Robber (A-side) 21. Rockers Galore On A UK Tour (B-side)

Disc Two:

1. Magnificent Dance (12") 2. Midnight To Stevens (Outtake) 3. Radio One (B-side Hitsville UK) 4. Stop The World (B-side The Call Up) 5. The Cool Out (US 12" B-side of The Call Up) 6. This Is Radio Clash (A-side) 7. This Is Radio Clash (B-side - 7" - different lyrics) 8. First Night Back In London (B-side of Know Your Rights) 9. Rock The Casbah (Bob Clearmountain 12" mix) 10. Long Time Jerk (B-side of Rock The Casbah) 11. The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too (outtake) 12. Idle In Kangaroo Court (outtake listed as Kill Time) 13. Ghetto Defendant (Extended version - unedited) 14. Cool Confusion (B-side from Should I Stay Or Should I Go 7") 15. Sean Flynn (Extended 'Marcus Music' version) 16. Straight To Hell (Unedited version from Clash On Broadway)

Disc Three: (split into three sections)

Extracts from The Clash's first ever recording session at Beaconsfield Film School, 1976:
1. I'm So Bored With The USA 2. London's Burning 3. White Riot 4. 1977

The Clash's second recording session, January 1977:
5. Janie Jones 6. Career Opportunities 7. London's Burning 8. 1977 9. White Riot

Live At The Lyceum, London, 28th December, 1979:
10. City Of The Dead 11. Jail Guitar Doors 12. English Civil War 13. Stay Free 14. Cheapstakes 15. I Fought The Law

Simply put, this is an essential collection for any serious Clash fan and a chance for those who only have a singles collection or one or two albums to upgrade. Recommended highly.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2013 08:33:06 BDT
Great breakdown of EXACTLY what is in the set. Much appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2013 19:03:40 BDT
A. Sweeney says:
You're welcome!

Posted on 21 May 2014 14:02:22 BDT
J says:
Apologies for piggybacking your review but I don't know where else to make a comment on this ludicrous quote from Amazon's own review: " the 20th century's most influential British band".
Que?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2014 10:41:01 BDT
A. Sweeney says:
Ha ha! No problem. Any claims like that are clearly ridiculous!

Posted on 26 Jul 2014 17:15:24 BDT
Mark Barry says:
Superb review - from one reviewer slugger to another.
Well done...
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