The Clash - The Clash

The Clash - The Clash UK LP

Original Release Date

1977

Release Information

UK LP 1977 (CBS - S CBS 82000)
UK CD 1999 (Epic – 495345 2)

1 Janie Jones 2:05
2 Remote Control 3:00
3 I'm So Bored With The U.S.A. 2:24
4 White Riot 1:55
5 Hate & War 2:06
6 What's My Name 1:40
7 Deny 3:03
8 London's Burning 2:10
9 Career Opportunities 1:51
10 Cheat 2:06
11 Protex Blue 1:45
12 Police & Thieves 6:00
13 48 Hours 1:34
14 Garageland 3:13

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US LP+7" 1979 (Epic - JE 36060 / AE7 1178)
US LP 1979 (Epic - PE 36060)
UK CD 1999 (Columbia – 495344 2)

1 Clash City Rockers 3:55
2 I'm So Bored With The U.S.A. 2:24
3 Remote Control 3:00
4 Complete Control 3:12
5 White Riot 1:58
6 White Man In Hammersmith Palais 3:58
7 London's Burning 2:10
8 I Fought The Law 2:40
9 Janie Jones 2:00
10 Career Opportunities 1:58
11 What's My Name 1:40
12 Hate And War 2:05
13 Police And Thieves 5:58
14 Jail Guitar Doors 3:05
15 Garageland 3:09
Bonus 7"
16 Gates Of The West 3:33
17 Groovy Times

Chart Placings

UK Chart Hit: 12, 16 wks


US Billboard Chart: 126

Credits

CBS - S CBS 82000:

Mick Jones - guitar, vocals
Joe Strummer - guitar, vocals
Paul Simonon - bass
Tory Crimes - drums

Produced by Micky Foote

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US LP / US LP+7":

Mick Jones - guitars, vocals
Joe Strummer - guitars, vocals
Paul Simonon - bass
Tory Crimes - drums on [2, 3, 5, 7, 9-13, 15]
Nicky Headon - drums on [1, 4, 6, 8, 14]

Produced by Micky Foote; The Clash ('White Man In Hammersmith Palais'), Lee Perry ('Complete Control'), The Clash & Bill Price ('I Fought The Law')

Free 7":
Produced by The Clash and Bill Price

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Additional Credits on CD (both versions):

Re-Mastered by Ray Staff and Bob Whitney at Whitfield Street Recording Studios
Re-Mastering supervision by Bill Price

Additional Credits

US LP / US LP+7":

Tracks taken from:
2, 3, 7, 9-13, 15: The Clash LP, released April 1977
1, 14: Clash City Rockers 7", released February 1978
4: A-Side of Complete Control 7", released September 1977
5: A-Side of White Riot 7", released March 1977
6: A-Side of (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais 7", released June 1978
8, 16, 17: From The Cost Of Living E.P., released May 1979

Reviews & Opinions

PUNKY GIBBON: Unlike the Pistols, who were perceived as money-makers in some quarters, The Clash seemed to embody a spirit of independence and rebellion, a notion dispelled when they signed to CBS in early 1977 and then started griping about being on a big label. All things considered, this is the quintessential British punk album, down to the ragged (but highly suitable) production by their soundman Micky Foote, photocopied/typed artwork, and subject matter. It is also probably the best punk album as well, with every wonderful song counting. As a hint of things to come there is a brilliant, brave punked-up version of 'Police & Thieves' which is perfectly located in the middle of side two. Recorded in a matter of days and fuelled by speed, the presence of a few bum notes do nothing to dilute its power, and the energy level is astonishing. Deeming much of The Clash to be too raw for American ears, despite it being a huge seller on import, the US album of the same name combined half of that album with a brace of single sides to form what amounts to a premature greatest hits album.

RECORD COLLECTOR, 1989: When this now mid-price LP was originally issued, the record company took out full-page adverts proclaiming it to be 'THE album of 1977'. For once, the ads were right - it was. Pity there had to be a 1978, though.

RECORD COLLECTOR, 1989: The Clash was more many people the best punk album ever. It had an immediate impact that wasn't explained merely by the crunching guitars and hoarse vocals; in 1977, it had a significance that is still partly relevant, even if 'White Riot'; 'I'm So Bored With The U.S.A.' and 'London's Burning' are very much of their time. As has been noted a million times, the Clash were so bored with the USA that they ended up living there.

Additional Notes

Also issued in Japan as Pearl Harbour '79. For me, the 1999 CDs have the nicest packaging (simple jewel cases) and sound of all CD reissues, and although it will be reissued and reissued over and over, I can't see why this one shouldn't be definitive.

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