It starts with "Complete Control" shaking the foundations of your house. You have to remember that the sound you are hearing is being made from just four guys playing live in front of an audience. The first half of the CD parades live versions of some of their early classics, all played very well. The 1982 version of "Career Opportunities" sounds a little slower than the 1977 original, but otherwise the live versions are as good, if not better, than the studio versions. The live version of "Capital Radio 2" (based on the "Cost of Living E.P." version and different from the free "Capital Radio 1" single) is an example of the live version blowing the studio version away. Then we get the later tracks (from "London Calling" onwards). These are slower and quieter than the ealier stuff, but there are some fine versions. "Magnificent 7" is brilliant - 100 times better than the version that appeared on "Sandinista". Another surprise is "Guns of Brixton" which sounds so much better than the version on "London Calling". There are a couple of tracks towards the end of the CD which maybe should have been excluded, but on the whole a brilliant live album which helps show just why the Clash had so much respect.
Make sure you read the booklet;the Clash fans' devotion to the band is fitting for a band that loved their audience. Great music,though most of it was recorded on the last US leg of the "Combat Rock" 1982 tour.Joe Strummer(RIP)is at his snarling best,the music is really rocky,even on the reggae("Armageddon Time")and the audience at the various shows are really up for it. If you ever saw the Clash,you'll have wonderful memories evoked.If you didn't,you'll fel like one of the fans who writes in the booklet that he would sell his grandmother if it meant he could see the Clash live. RIP Joe-what songs are you teaching the angels now?!?
I stumbled on this live CD`s only recently whilst looking for Strummer related material after his very shocking and saddening death.I am very selective when it comes to live albums ensuring that a band has the quality to produce powerful and tight music without the luxury of endless overdubs.This album is a fantastic journey through the clash`s career with superb recordings of well crafted and well executed tunes.From the opening chords of complete control you know this is special live album.The highlight for me has to be White Man in Hammersmith Palais.You will find this CD on nice price so get a copy,turn up your stereo and raise a glass to Joe RIP.
The Clash have truly surpassed themselves with this release of live recordings from the late 70's /early 80's. The album features a good selection of songs made even better by the electricity of a live set. Standout tracks include 'White man','Train In Vain', and a fantastic version of 'The Magnificent Seven'. This is The Clash at their best; electric guitars, catchy basslines and incredible lyrics. If you only buy one Clash album, buy this one.
Listening to this took me back to the late 70s/early 80s when I saw loads of bands. The Clash were then out on their own in terms of passion, musical talent and sheer energy. This album only reinforces that view and shows that they were probably the best band to emerge from the punk revolution. Rebellion, attitude and atmosphere - that sums up The Clash. Makes most of today's bands look pretty sad by comparison!
and Why is this album is a better reflection of their work compared to any of the compilation/box sets? Just take the time to Listen to "White man in Hammersmith Palais" in any previous recording and as brilliant and memorable as it will be your world will be rocked by the Live version found here. Even, the little things in the other songs like changing the line from Career Opportunities: "I don't want to die in the tropical heat" to "I don't want to die in a Falklands Street", show that the band didn't consider their best songs as written in stone and like all successful forms of mass communication songs / stories / can evolve and develop.
Regret to say i wasn't very familiar with the Clash other than Rock the Casbah and Should I Stay, so took a change and appeared to be magnificent. What a rush of energetic songs appear on this Live album it's worth every single dime.