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London Calling

A 1979 album by The Clash.

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The Clash's breakthrough album

  • Apr 30, 2009
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 to their political roots.
Track listing

London Calling
Brand New Cadillac
Jimmy Jazzy
Rudie Can't Fail
Spanish Bombs
Right Profile
Lost in the Supoermarket
Guns of Brixton
Wrong 'em Boyo
Death or Glory
Koka Kola
The Card Cheat
Lover's Rock
The Four Horsemen
I'm not Down
Revolution Rock
Train in Vain

Joe Strummer (vocals, guitar) Mick Jones (guitar, vocals) Paul Simonon (bass, vocals on Guns of Brixton) Topper Headon (drums)

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October 08, 2009
Yes! I love this album, especially on vinyl.
October 08, 2009
it sounds better on vinyl. I really enjoyed the original packaging. The Clash's most commercial album (besides Combat Rock).
October 08, 2009
Are you familiar with most of the bands on Creation Records? I think you'd probably really like all of them if you don't already! I'm working on getting all those bands up here on Lunch so I can recommend them to others. Must. share. love. of. bands...
October 10, 2009
The only bands I heard on the Creation label were The Jesus and Mary Chain, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and The Cramps. Guns of Brixton has an interesting story behind it.
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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 . 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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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
Artist: The Clash
Release Date: January 25, 2000

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