Nearly eleven years have passed since Joe Strummer's untimely death on 22 December 2002, and yet the music he, Mick Jones, Paul Simenon and Topper Headon made is still held in great affection by fans across the globe. Part of the reason for this longevity is the sheer quality and breadth of inspiration of the music that the Clash packed into a frenetic four year period from the release of their UK debut in April 1977 to the sprawling treble album Sandinista in December 1980. It is these two albums plus their classic third, London Calling, on which ...read more
Companion piece in miniature to the exhaustive Sound System (Epic, 2013), The Clash's Hits Back would be merely another collection were it not for the novel twist applied to its anthologizing. The thirty-two remastered tracks on two cd's (or three vinyl lp's) are sequenced in the running order of a 1982 Clash concert, a replication of which, in the late Joe Strummer's handwriting, is reproduced inside the booklet within the triple- fold digi-pak. As much as that concept works as homage to the guitarist/singer/songwriter/frontman, it is simply yet another gesture of romanticizing a band whose public profile, from ...read more
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