London Calling [40th Anniversary Edition: The Scrapbook]

London Calling [40th Anniversary Edition: The Scrapbook]

by The ClashThe Clash

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Overview

Give 'Em Enough Rope, for all of its many attributes, was essentially a holding pattern for the Clash, but the double-album London Calling is a remarkable leap forward, incorporating the punk aesthetic into rock & roll mythology and roots music. Before, the Clash had experimented with reggae, but that was no preparation for the dizzying array of styles on London Calling. There's punk and reggae, but there's also rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock; and while the record isn't tied together by a specific theme, its eclecticism and anthemic punk function as a rallying call. While many of the songs -- particularly "London Calling," "Spanish Bombs," and "The Guns of Brixton" -- are explicitly political, by acknowledging no boundaries the music itself is political and revolutionary. But it is also invigorating, rocking harder and with more purpose than most albums, let alone double albums. Over the course of the record, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones (and Paul Simonon, who wrote "The Guns of Brixton") explore their familiar themes of working-class rebellion and antiestablishment rants, but they also tie them in to old rock & roll traditions and myths, whether it's rockabilly greasers or "Stagger Lee," as well as mavericks like doomed actor Montgomery Clift. The result is a stunning statement of purpose and one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever recorded. [In 2000 Columbia/Legacy reissued and remastered London Calling.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2019
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0190759813508
catalogNumber: 598135
Rank: 56472

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clash   Primary Artist
Joe Strummer   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Mick Gallagher   Organ
Topper Headon   Percussion,Drums
Mick Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Simonon   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Strummer   Composer
Jackie Edwards   Composer
Mick Jones   Composer
Bill Price   Engineer
Paul Simonon   Composer
Guy Stevens   Producer
Danny Ray   Composer
Chris Musto   Digital Layout
Baker Glare   Whistle
Vince Taylor   Composer
Clive Alphonso   Composer
Jerry Green   Engineer
Robert Gordon McHarg   Art Direction,Creative Art

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