The Clash Hits Back Box set, Double CD
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The Clash Hits Back features 32 of the band’s iconic tracks, across a two-CD set. The tracklisting is sequenced from the band’s legendary Brixton Fairdeal show in 1982 and contains the best studio recordings of the full set, plus eight additional iconic tracks. It comes with the original setlist, handwritten by Joe Strummer which he would tape to the back of his Telecaster before each gig.
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I purchased this to sample the quality before deciding whether to shell out on the box set (not the sound system, I can't justify spending £100 and I'm a bit old for badges, posters, etc).
Not all tracks immediately struck me as vastly different, London Calling sounds very similar to the 1999 remaster to me (although superior at lower volumes), but most leap out with a crispness & vitality previously missing. It's almost as if the sound has been polished clean with elements being heard that were inaudible before.
Tracks that benefit most are the not so raucous ones, like Bankrobber, Train In Vain, Ghetto Defendant, Guns Of Brixton and Armagideon Time. The mighty (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais deserves special mention, it's worth the price just to hear this one track sparkle like it should, with bouncing bass, ringing treble and high hat splashing.
The benefits of this album are that if you buy the £30 box set then you won't get the aforementioned 'White Man' or Bankrobber, This is Radio Clash, Clash City Rockers, Complete Control and Armagideon Time, so you've got the remasters of those. Also I like the fact that I can play tracks (like a playlist) from a cross section of albums etc, I know I could do this on my ipod but the sound from the CD over my system is superior (and I prefer to listen to CDs at home).
All in all a good purchase which has revitalised my passion for 'the only band that matters'
Soundwise this is a first class job. Great separation of vocals and instruments, not just a quick twiddle on the eq knob to give a cleaner top end. I remember this stuff when it came out and remember the buzz that I got when I bought the albums, the first one in particular. Hearing these cleaned up versions really brought that buzz back. Janie Jones really rips out of the stereo in a way that previous versions have failed to do.
I got this just to hear if the remasters were going to be worth buying as stand alone albums. Going by this I reckon I will be flogging off the old versions and getting these.
While all these songs are all great it's a pity that it is all studio versions which really means that is just another in an already long list of Clash compilations that most long time Clash fans can easily put together as a playlist themselves as there is nothing here that has not been unavailable before. Of course if they could have found the live recordings that would be a totally different situation as it stands official live albums by The Clash stands at a measly two "From Here To Eternity" and "Live At Shea Stadium" so another live album would have been a welcome addition. Yes you do get a copy of the hand written Joe Strummer set list played that night and there is a whole bunch of extra tracks tacked onto the end of disc 2 to round out the set to give you 32 tracks in total.
So while the songs themselves are all great and as a long-time fan of The Clash I can appreciate it covers their early days of being a full on punk band to their latter days of experimenting with dance and Rap such as "The Magnificent Seven" and "This Is Radio Clash" showing how talented and diverse they had become over a short space of time, this collection is for collectors only.
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