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Give'em Enough Rope [CASSETTE]

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  • Audio Cassette (18 Oct. 1984)
  • Label: Sony Music Entertain
  • ASIN: B00000EGHL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Safe European Home
  2. English Civil War
  3. Tommy Gun
  4. Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad
  5. Last Gang in Town
  6. Guns on the Roof
  7. Drug-Stabbing Time
  8. Stay Free
  9. Cheapskates
  10. All the Young Punks (New Boots and Contracts)

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By A Customer on 10 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
Whilst the Clash's 'best' album followed this one, 'Give 'Em Enough Rope' is my favourite Clash album.
We start off with my all time favourite Clash song 'Safe European Home' which is a song I often hum, alongside another catchy song on this album 'Julie's been working for the drug squad' which is funnily catchy.
This is such an uncommercial album and thats maybe why its forgotten about.
If you are like me, I like short albums, running in at only 10 songs this is the reason I prefer to listen to this that any other Clash albums simply as I find it gets to the point.
Its highly confusing why this is such an underrated album, with the classic 'Tommy Gun' and a hidden gem which is 'All the Young Punks' I can't recommend this enough.
1978 was a great year for post punk bands, 'All Mod Con's by the Jam is a good example.
Try this forgotten Classic.
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Format: Audio CD
This album hasn't had the credit it deserves over the years. A lot of people gloss it over saying 'it was just their difficult second album' etc., and even the band have criticised it, calling it over-produced and flawed. I find all of this pretty unbelievable when I listen to 'Give 'Em Enough Rope'.
It's probably worth its price just for the opening track, the blistering 'Safe European Home', one of the finest Clash songs. But it doesn't let up after that, with such tracks as 'Tommy Gun' and 'Stay Free' showing The Clash at their melodic and lyrical best. There is not a bad song out of the 10 cuts that appear here, and I find it truly exciting to listen to.
Joe Strummer said this album was 'just rock' and maybe the guitars are a little more clean-cut than the raw-sounding debut record, but it must be said that the lyrics still retain that same ferocious 'punk' anger and social conscience of debut, and it is as well-articulated - particularly 'Tommy Gun' stands out in this respect.
In critical acclaim its always been an underdog to 'London Calling', but to me its just as awesome as that album. This and 'London Calling' are the essential, best, Clash albums.
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Format: Audio CD
There seem to be many parallels between today and the late seventies. A time of economic depression, a working class trodden down by the conscienceless political rulers and moneyed elite, ethnic tensions simmering, a generation of young people with no future prospects ready to lash out a wave of destruction in the form of riots in protest at the injustices of the world they find themselves in. And the development of a new musical form which encapsulates the passion, the anger and the political stance of the youth. OK, perhaps the similarities end there, as plastic Cowell pop seems to be the hallmark and legacy of this generation, but thirty years ago the social situation gave rise to just such a musical form, Punk. And the prime exponents were the Clash.

This is the second studio album from the Clash and shows a degree of maturity and progression from their debut. Still full of an in your face attitude, a social awareness and political agenda, all backed by angry, passionate full speed ahead music, there is a blending of outside influences, especially reggae, and a more thoughtful tone to some of the lyrics that sets it apart from their debut, and begins to show where the band would go. It's another excellent outing, and a worthy addition to anyone's music collection. However, sandwiched as it is between the amazingly good debut and the sublime London Calling, it does lose a little shine and so gets 4 stars.
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Format: Audio CD
I'll openly admit to a wee tremble when this beauty got handed over by a relieved postman - his arms reverting back to normalcy. This thing is big and heavy and yet I love every mad over-the-top inch of it. Amidst its glories is their second (and for me) overlooked album from the spring of 1978 - the short but storming "Give 'Em Enough Rope". You could argue of course that you simply buy the stand-alone September 2013 CD Remaster for under a fiver and be done with it. But I'd argue that THE CLASH is worth the splurge (especially as the Box set's price has dropped from ninety to sixty quid). There's a ton of info to get through on this sucker so let's do the drug stabbing time...

Released September 2013 and featuring full involvement with the band - "Sound System" by THE CLASH is a multiple CD, DVD and Memorabilia Box Set on Sony 88725460002 (Barcode 887254600022) and features the following:

A beautiful and thoughtfully put together Box Set shaped like a Ghetto Blaster Radio (270 x 420 x 100mm) - and once you open the flip-top lid - it reveals each item has been carefully placed inside in a numerical order - their exact placing within laid out in detail in the 'Service Manual'. Here are the contents - numbered 1 to 22 (1 to 8 housed in hard card book sleeves – the music is 1 to 6):

MUSIC:
1. The Clash CD (Newly Remastered by Tim Young and The Clash)
2. Give 'Em Enough Rope CD (Newly Remastered)
3. London Calling 2CD (Newly Remastered)
4. Sandinista! 3CD (Newly Remastered) [1 to 4 on the left side]
5. Combat Rock CD (Newly Remastered)
6. The Clash Extras 3CD (Newly Remastered)

EXTRAS:
7. The Clash DVD (Newly Remastered)
8.
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