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on 6 June 2009
When i first heard that we were getting a proper live Clash dvd i was very excited at the thought and then when i heard it was going to have unreleased material i was overjoyed. But unfortunately Revolution Rock is a bit of a let down. Most of the material is already available so if your a Clash fan you will have most of the recordings.
That it starts of with Complete Control is not a good sign as a better sounding version is already available on The Essential Clash dvd. There is a good smattering of songs taken from the rude boy dvd (which is still the best live Clash dvd that you can own).
Then you get to their American tv appearances, Fridays and the Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder, and your hoping for the full performances but all you get is Guns of Brixton from Fridays, when they actually played four songs on that show (london calling, train in vain and clampdown are the ones that get left out). The Tomorrow Show does include Radio Clash and The Magnificent seven which where both performed. Your left with the first official release of Brand New Cadillac from Tokyo as one that wasn't officially released before. There's also Know Your Rights from 1983 final performance with Mick Jones that hasn't had an official release. The sound quality isn't that great either so its obvious not a lot of effort has gone into this live dvd and it does feel like a bit of a quick cash in as it doesn't even have that much way in extras just a couple of interviews and tv appearances. You can also turn on a narrative feature that has BBC radio dj Zane Lowe talking over the performances.
A band like The Clash really do deserve a proper live dvd and this isn't it. So instead id recommend you get Rude Boy for some proper live footage of the only band that mattered.