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  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B002HI7024
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Originally released in 1985, This Is Big Audio Dynamite is a groundbreaking and highly influential album which perfectly blends New York beats, Jamaican bass lines, ear-bending cinematic samples, and British guitar rock. Before the Rap-meets-Rock cultural paradigm, before the meshing of musical genres became the norm, there was Big Audio Dynamite, led by Clash guitarist/vocalist Mick Jones. This landmark album now includes a second disc of 12 bonus tracks comprising rare US and UK 12-inch remixes, edits, dub versions, outtakes, and B-sides--five of them previously unreleased and has been produced by Don Letts and Mick Jones.

BBC Review

For a brief moment in the mid-80s, it was ex-Clash member Mick Jones, not Joe Strummer, who was the name to drop. Jones grafted together a band that defined the west London musical spirit in a way that hadn't happened since his old group relocated to America earlier that decade.

The music of Big Audio Dynamite, a collaboration between Jones and non-musician, film-maker and ideas man Don Letts, was like walking along the Portobello Road, hearing snatches and snippets of what was happening: dub, punk, funk and electronica. This debut album is representative of a time when the possibilities of technology seemed boundless. Sonically, the group weren't working in a vacuum; Colourbox and The Fall of the era were also dabbling in similar territory. But B.A.D. had witty, fully formed songs topped off with Letts' trickery–he was a dreadlocked Brian Eno to Jones' Bryan Ferry.

The group could almost sense their built-in obsolescence with album opener Medicine Show. Rolling into town as outsiders, B.A.D.'s smoke and mirrors may not ultimately change a thing, but it would make everyone feel elated with its insistent melody and samples of spaghetti westerns. The use of dialogue from director Nicolas Roeg's films in E=MC² seemed revolutionary. This was not just the long-term pop staple of flaunting your influences (Ian Dury's Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3, for instance): actually hearing scraps of the film propelling the narrative felt groundbreaking.

This Is Big Audio Dynamite succeeds as a capture of the mid-80s zeitgeist. Subject matter includes AIDS (Stone Thames); corporatisation (Sony); personal and economical boom and bust (The Bottom Line) and African civil wars (A Party). Yet all these weighty subjects are approached with a joyous élan, and lyrical dexterity–no pun is too gauche, no rhyme is too nursery.

The Legacy Edition's bonus disc is another snapshot of that era, featuring extended mixes, some worthwhile, some mere exercises in redundant excess. Fairlight stabs and percussive blips abound. The out-take Electric Vandal, with its infectious highlife guitar line, is tremendous fun, however.

Inextricably linked to a very specific time, this album was long overdue for reappraisal. This Is Big Audio Dynamite is a reminder of what the future once sounded like. --Daryl Easlea

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Format: Audio CD
Big Audio Dynamite's first album, "This Is Big Audio Dynamite", is definitely a classic in the "modern rock" world that existed throughout the 80's, and Mick Jones displayed what he had up his sleeve while he tried to work samplers and electronics into the mix on the Clash's "Combat Rock". Jones' desire to work with electronics ultimately lead to him getting kicked out of the Clash, but he proved that Big Audio Dynamite was a far more interesting concept at the time.

I'm happy this album has been remastered as the original CD from the 80's was absolutely awful in the audio department (you should own this album on vinyl anyway, but that's a different story). It's hard to believe that this album has been out for 25 years now, but it still sounds fresh and innovative while at the same time charmingly dated with its overuse of samplers and gimmicks. BAD's love of electro at the time sounded ahead of the game at the time, and the beats they incorporated haven't lost much flavor even by today's standards. For anyone getting into BAD today, this album is as good a place to start as any.

I would like to take a look at the second disc, though, and clear up any confusion there might be concerning the remixes and b-sides, and give a slight correction to the other review that is posted here on Amazon. I own every single 12", promo, and oddity from Big Audio Dynamite that exists, so I feel it is be my duty to plainly spell out what you're getting with this package since the studio never will!

First of all, it is really great to hear the tracks that have never been released. To listen to the 12" versions of "Sudden Impact" and "Stone Thames" after 25 years of hearing only the album versions is pretty interesting!
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The reissue does what it sets out to do, first give you the best possible recording of the original album. This is where it excels, the clarity and separation of the instruments is fantastic, especially Leo's bass which I hadn't really picked up on as being so important to the B.A.D. sound. Listen to it using good quality headphones and you'll hear a whole new album.

Second, you get the context of the album through the disc of remixes. These are probably the best of the numerous releases, to be complete there would need to be at least four discs! Of the unreleased material the remixes of Sony and Sudden Impact are well worth having and make the album versions sound dry in comparison, also Stone Thames gets the work it deserves, this must have been a single contender at some point?

Finally, Electric Vandal, I can see why it was left off the album (too comical) but great as a novelty piece, Don seems to be having a lot of fun on this. It would have probably made the Tighten Up album, where it would have been more at home.

All in all, well done, roll on the No 10 Upping Street release.
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When I first heard this album I was immediately hooked by 'Medicine Show' and I was equally impressed by the the rest of the tracks. I was eager to get this edition for all the remixes - however, the remixes neither improve on the originals nor take them in a radical new direction. No matter, they're an interesting, if not essential, addition, especially if you're a completist. Actually, for the completists, I have a 12-inch with ANOTHER remix of 'Medicine Show' which doesn't appear here.

The booklet's great, the new liner notes have given me another perspective on the album. Where it falls down is in the use of red text for the lyrics - against the zebra-print pattern and photos it's extremely hard to read. For this, and the missing remix, it loses a star.
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I still have several 12" vinyl of this band from this album that I will have to retain. There were two 12" versions of Medicine Show, the 6:10 version of Medicine Show that was remixed by Rick Rubin is far superior to the version included in this package. The 12" Remix version of Medicine Show included here is also edited, as the original version ran 8:58. Also, the original 12" version of Bottom Line ran 8:40 and they've also included an edited version here.

Why go through the trouble of putting a package like this together, but edit or omit some rare tracks? It's shameful.
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The best thing about this edition is you can hear the bass clearly, this release has been remastered and it shows.If you have all the singles then you will have all these tracks apart from 1 unreleased track and clearly you would be a BAD nerd to go for it. If however you only have the album and loved it then i'd say go for it there's some great music on these discs.ENJOY
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Brilliant, wish they were still making music.
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