First off, we all know the music is amazing, that is 5 stars, great to hear all the newly remastered versions.
Some tracks don't sound different than the previous remasters but others sound like Mick spent a lot of time on them and the guitars are brighter and really come out. This really the only thing I find much of interest in this package. The audio extras are quite limited for the many fans who would already have bootlegs of 90% of this already. For this steep price there should have been much more. Why not the full Lyceum gig which has made the rounds for years? it is amazing and would sounded great next to a Bonds set or some of the US live 1979 shows. Why only extracts from the first ever session? (of course it will be released later in some other package so you have to buy it again)
The DVD is mostly stuff you have all seen already, they could have had a 2 dvd set with so much more on it.
Where this set fails is in the packaging which is totally naff. The digi style packs look cheap and the design is just plain bad, they are not aging well already and I have had it just a short time.
But really, who over the age of 16-18 really needs stickers, a poster, dog tags, blank books plus a lot of other useless rubbish like the manual? I am sure I would have loved this all 33 years ago but now? pointless. A good book with info on all the recordings and un-released pics would have been great, the new Armagideon Times is ok but not essential.
As the other reviewer said the box is way to big and just a bunch of useless cardboard, where the hell do I put it other than burn the cds and then put it into my attic? Nothing in the box other than the music wants me to go back and look at it.
Last but not least, as much as I dont like Cut The Crap, it is a Clash album so this is not the complete works. They could have included a live version of Cut the Crap from tapes of the 84-85 tours which would have sounded pretty good to be honest...far better than Bernie's vision. Other than the deluxe London Calling reissue with the Vanilla tapes, the Clash/SONY have not treated their back cat. very well and this again is a missed opportunity to set that straight. Let's hope that they finally release a great live album soon. They were one of the best live bands in the world.
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