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The Singles CD
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The track selection shown on this page should be for the original 1991 release of "The Singles", but it's not. Instead Amazon have incorrectly used the tracklisting for a different compilation of the same name, a 2007 release (with a large star on the front cover), which added a track (This Is England). That 2007 compilation also completely randomises the running order and has a mastering which reduces the album's dynamic range substantially. Amazon have on this page also made the mistake of mixing together reviews for the 2007 and 1991 releases.
So. The correct album for this listing is the original compilation titled "The Singles", released in 1991 and with a cover image showing Joe Strummer throwing a guitar. And that's the version reviewed here.
Now, as Clash compilations go this one is almost faultless. It's a straightforward collection of the band's UK singles from 1977 to 1982, flowing in chronological order from White Riot (the version used on the original single, a completely different recording to that which appeared on the band's debut LP) and concluding with Should I Stay Or Should I Go.
My sole complaint is the inclusion of Hitsville UK, a track which sounds like a 1980's Phil Collins B-side, completely out of keeping with the solidly classic nature of the surrounding material. It would have been very easy for the record company to quietly neglect to include this track and I doubt anyone would have noticed, certainly not casual listeners. Hitsville UK was such a low-key and low-charting release that I even know of Clash fans who are unaware it was a single.Read more ›
There is no filler on here. From the punk blast of "White Riot" through to the oustanding "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" the first half of this album is gritty, intelligent and essential. The latter part of this collection shows a wider influence - Motown on "Hitsville UK" and rockabilly-drone on "Know Your Rights".
So being just a singles collection it omits such gems as "Guns of Brixton" and "Straight To Hell" but this remains an excellent singles collection from one of the greatest bands that ever walked the planet.
This is a wonderful box set, very thoughtfully put together and produced. Personally I can take or leave the booklet - "stars" recollections of the first time they heard The Clash etc etc pale into comparison with my own personal memories of way back in 1977 !!!
Yes, truly wonderful collection of songs in beautifully re-produced original 7" single covers.............
...but **** BE WARNED ****..... Much to my frustration, the "Cost of Living" EP DOES NOT include the 50 second or so "Advert" that was tagged onto the end of "Capital Radio" originally. For all the effort that was made to produce this box set, how could this have been overlooked?? Especially as it is apparently included on the Japanese Version ??!!??
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I remember all these hits, from a fabulous group of the day, as I was in my early adult years. Great listening, brilliant memoriesPublished 3 months ago by Mike
Of all the bands that helped define my youth, The Clash is the only one I can still listen to and be amazed at just how incredible they were. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eric Secker