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3.0 out of 5 stars The Clash at their worst (and occasionally best), 12 Oct 2007
This review is from: Sandinista! (Audio CD)
I still love The Clash 30 years after first hearing them, but having just recently revisted this album, I have to take issue with some of the other comments posted about Sandanista! It is by far the worst record they released. A two-and-a-half hour long treble album containing every studio experiment, regardless of quality? What were they thinking? The album contains some of my favourite songs (Magnificent Seven, The Call Up, One More Time), all of which are individually very strong, are musically diverse and epitomise the politically engaged nature of the band. But an album is a collection of songs, and this collection contains so much dross that it becomes unbearable after a while. Who actually listens to Mensforth Hill (which is Something About England backwards) or the endless dub versions that fill Side 6? This album could, at a push, have been a very interesting double album. Trimmed to 12 killer tracks, it would have stood up next to the best of The Clash's work. But as a treble album, it stinks.
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Initial post: 5 Mar 2011 21:52:42 GMT
M.Smith says:
There's all sorts of tosh on this treble LP - as this reviewer rightly points out. I bought it the day it came out thinking I'd got great value for money - 3 LPs for 4.50. It's got about 6 decent songs on it. What was lacking was a decent producer, a rehearsed set of songs and quality control. But let's face it - they didn't turn out much worth listening to after "London Calling". "This is Radio Clash" - aaarggghhhh........

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 00:32:57 GMT
prw says:
"It is by far the worst record they released."

It's a no from me. Your review doesn't give any credit to the brilliance, variety and nerve of the band. This album was The Clash at their experimental best. However, music is all about opinions. For me, the first album, a handful of tracks on LC and GEER aside, Sandinista has it all. An album I still listen to often, despite owning the vinyl, and all the other Clash LPs, for over thirty years. It's the one you've got to come back for.
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