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Bursting at the seams with creative energy, the Clash's stunning 1979 double album more than made up for the artistic and commercial disappointment of its predecessor, 1978's tried-too-hardGive 'Em Enough Rope. With ex-Mott the Hoople producer Guy Stevens harnessing their sound as never before, the band yielded what proved to be the best work of their career. Bouncing from hard rock (the apocalyptic vision of the title track) to rockabilly ("Brand New Cadillac") to reggae ("Rudy Can't Fail") to pop (the Top 40 hit "Train in Vain"), the Clash knocked down all musical walls and, in the process, ended the argument over punk's viability in the U.S.--Billy Altman

  1. London Calling - 3:20
  2. Brand New Cadillac (Vince Taylor) - 2:08
  3. Jimmy Jazz - 3:54
  4. Hateful - 2:44
  5. Rudie Can't Fail (Jones/Strummer) - 3:29
  6. Spanish Bombs (Jones/Strummer) - 3:18
  7. The Right Profile (Strummer) - 3:54
  8. Lost in the Supermarket (Strummer) - 3:47
  9. Clampdown (Jones/Strummer) - 3:49
  10. The Guns of Brixton (Simonon) - 3:09
  11. Wrong 'Em Boyo - 3:10
  12. Death or Glory (Strummer) - 3:55
  13. Koka Kola - 1:47
  14. The Card Cheat (Strummer) - 3:49
  15. Lover's Rock - 4:03
  16. Four Horsemen - 2:55
  17. I'm Not Down - 3:06
  18. Revolution Rock - 5:33
  19. Train in Vain (Stand by Me) (Jones/Strummer) - 3:09
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Label:  Epic
ArtistThe Clash
Release Date:  January 25, 2000
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Quick Tip by . October 28, 2009
The variety on this album is pretty amazing. I honestly feel that there is a song for every person on this album.
Quick Tip by . October 08, 2009
must have for vinyl collectors. "Guns of Brixton" is a song I've been playing a lot this month.
review by . April 30, 2009
posted in Music Matters
London Calling album cover
London Calling is The Clash's breakthrough album.  It's also the one they're most known for and they're most famous (besides Combat Rock).  The classic line-up is firing on all cylinders in this double album.  During this time The Clash was transitioning from punk to more mainstream 'rock' music.  A lot of their old fans jumped ship after hearing them performed these songs live.  But they found a whole new audience.  They've managed to go mainstream but still hang on …
review by . January 07, 2003
posted in Music Matters
With all the hype surrounding this recording coupled with the recent death of Joey Strummer, I figured why not try this CD on for size? My expectations were a heavy punk influenced recording with searing guitars and screaming vocals. What I heard were some varying textures and instrumental definition.Most of the arrangements are pretty clever. I was certainly surprised to hear some spunky regaae beats and creative horn arrangements behind the guitar, bass, and drums on such as tracks as Jimmy Jazz …
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