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a disgraceful cash-in
on 14 July 2008
I Had such high hopes for this, but i get the feeling that this is an anti-bootlegging cash-in exercise, for a band supposedly as principled as the Clash its a sordid little release, as a live album its a joke.
the tracklisting claims that 8 tracks are previously unreleased which would be bad enough out of 22 tracks but in reality its 7 tracks.
The first track (complete control) is a montage of common footage set to the audio from Bonds Casino, its already been released without the annoying caption on "the essential clash" DVD.
track 2 is I fought the law and this does sound genuinely better than the version on "From Here To Eternity", but any clash fan will already have this track on the rude boy dvd
track 3. is yet another track that clash fans will already have on the Rude Boy or "punk in london" DVDs
tracks 4 & 5, finally some decent material, this is the Manchester 11/77 footage shot by Granada TV, its great that its finally been released, but why not give us the whole thing? (4 songs were filmed)
Track 6, is the white riot footage from beaconsfield, this is already available on "the essential clash" so its inclusion here feels like desperation.
Track 7 is I'm so bored in the USA July 2nd 1978 Manchester apollo, this has been knocking around as a semi-official VHS release since the early 80's , the sound is awful, just an open mic, but they made it so much worse by adding fake crowd noise to the audio track.
Track 8 isn't even a full song! its Londons Burning from victoria park 4/78 it cuts after about 1 minute and its got studio overdubbed sound, hardly great for a supposed live album whichever way you look at it.
track 9 is 1977 see track 6, another lazy inclusion
track 10 is White man in.... from the Glasgow apollo, now this genuinely did sound better than other versions i've seen/heard but it cuts off before the song is finished!
since its known this song is known to have been overdubbed in the studio, its not a welcome inclusion on a supposedly live DVD
track 11 is worst of all, its just the promo vid for Tommy Gun!, whats live about that?!?
track 12 is another Rude Boy track
track 13 is London Calling from Bonds 9/6/81, it cuts off halfway through and is already available on at 3 clash DVD's! Westway to the world,essential clash & london calling
track 14 is Clampdown from the lewisham 1980 show, already released on Essential clash & london calling.
track 15, finally some genuinely unreleased material! Guns of Brixton from a US TV appearance, why not give us the whole thing instead of some of this other rubbish?
Track 16 see track 14 for details
tracks 17 & 18 another worthwhile inclusion, this 1981 us tv appearance has never been officially released and this time we get the whole performance
track 19 is Brand New Cadillac from tokyo 82, leaving aside the fact that this show is famously awful, the picture quality here is atrocious, any bootleg DVD of this show will look and sound better than the version used here, sound is so thin its hardly there.
track 20, shea stadium, the 3rd official release for this track, this version even sounds like it may run a fraction too fast, picture quality is nothing to write home about either
track 21 is my fave track on the whole disc, and the only reason i'm not throwing this disc away, give us more of this please epic!
excellent picture & sound on this one
track 22- see track 20 for details