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London Calling

The Clash

1979

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London Calling

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Day 21 of Albums you must hear.. And I’ve got an album that took me a couple of days to digest, in order to give it its well deserved attention. 1979’s release from The Clash, London Calling. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as the best album of the 1980’s, and by many others as the greatest album of all time, London Calling was a real treat to listen to over and over again. I have never listened to London Calling before, and most of the songs that I recognize from The Clash would come out in later years. The Clash didn’t invent the wheel when it comes to British Punk Rock, they just put the GoodYear rubber on that bitch and got the most commercial tread from it. London Calling is considered a Punk album but when you really give it a listen, it’s a potpourri of many different styles and genres. I felt no listening fatigue, as each song is well, different. It’s all tied together with one of the most unique vocalists in Rock music, Joe Strummer. Even when his voice breaks and strains, it is pure Punk and melodic. I couldn’t get enough. There are so many different instruments used on this album that it’s a call back to The Beatles famous experimentation in the studio in their twilight years. London Calling is an album that deserves to be listened to on either a high-end stereo or headphones. If not you will miss out on much of the charm sprinkled throughout. My favorite songs are the title track London Calling (the lyric “phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust” gave me a good chuckle), Hateful has a great breakdown every few bars that I love and the chorus is addictive. Rudie Can’t Fail has a lot of reggae influence and has a call back, or forward, to I Fought The Law. The Guns of Brixton is pretty gangster for 1979 and is catchy as hell. Lovers Rock is smoother than a baby’s powdered bottom. My favorite song, Train In Vain, wasn’t even listed on the original album artwork in 1979, as it was added last minute and might as well be considered a secret track back then. Sure, it’s the most poppy track, but it makes me feel really good. Green Day must have taken a lot from this band, I see so many similarities in style and willingness to cross genre jurisdictions. London Calling is a large album, it was released as a double album, even though it cost the same as a regular album to the consumers, much to the chagrin of the record label. I’m sure the kids back then were super happy about the savings! When I first learned about how highly regarded London Calling is worldwide, I didn’t want to rush through it, and I’m glad I didn’t. This is a five star listening experience and deserves more attention from the average listeners of today. Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!

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Not what I was expecting, and I reckon if I spent more time with this album it I would get more from it - but realistically I won’t do that as even getting through one full listen turned into an absolute chore

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5

10/10 Best punk album ever.

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19 songs and almost all of them a delight. 9/10 F.T: Train in Vain. NO, Lost in the Supermarket, no, Train in Vain, no-

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Punk music, but the band knows how to play their instruemnts.

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5

This is just the greatest fucking album. 19 songs, every single one of them unique and captivating in their own way. The sheer number of musical styles touched on in this one album is insane. Not something you would expect from one of the UK's original 'Punk' bands, but here it is. One of, if not THE, best album of all time in my opinion.

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5

Easily one of my favourite albums of all time. Their third album in 3 years...and it's a double album... and it's all bangers. Just mind boggling. The Clash get lumped in with other punk bands, but the influences and genres that show up on this album are all over the musical spectrum. I finally listened to the original versions of the three covers: "Brand New Cadillac", "Wrong 'Em Boyo" and "Revolution Rock". The Clash versions are so great because they can inject their punk sensibility and energy into rockabilly, ska and reggae songs and create something new and exciting, whether it's covers or new songs that reflect their diverse influences. To me, this is emblematic of why this album is so groundbreaking and influential. (Not so) sleeper hit: "Spanish Bombs"

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The best album from the punk era.

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I actually thoroughly enjoyed this album. It was exactly what I think of as what punk music should be. I really liked the lyrics and the songs were super catchy. I actually want to revisit this album some more because of how good it was.

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It's a bit cliche to be into post-punk at this point in my life, but I am. And this is a fantastic post-punk album, among other things. I could have sworn I listened to it before, but I guess that was just the title track and Spanish Bombs. And to answer the random RYM commenter: Yes, there is reggae. And God bless it.

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Most likely the greatest record on this list.

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It really is as good as everyone says it is.

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The greatest double album since "The Beatles" with as much diversity of topics and musical themes therein. This was as good as they got. Mandatory for any collection.

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It's London calling!

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The magnum opus of one of the best punk bands. Despite its length. The album goes by like a breeze. Great track after great track with no drops in quality. Brilliant album.

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5

I thought this was a terrific album. Constantly changing on a track by track basis, but hardly a weak track on the complete album. Probably this and their first album was The Clash at their best.

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Was releasing a double album the most or least punk thing Joe and the boys could've done by 1979? Does it matter one way or the other? Could it have been cut down to a more potent single album? Probably. It's fantastic in any case, obviously.

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Incredibly boring and overly long.

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The best punk album

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a musical journey through many genres while the Clash avoid being pigeonholed into one sound

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5

I just listened to this album last week, so it's pretty fresh for me, but I'm always happy to listen to it again. It's hot shit from the first notes of London Calling. So many classic songs. In between the classics are a pile of fun songs that span a massive array of different genre influences. It always amazes me the extent to which every song on this album is at least good, and then you have true brilliance like Lost in the Supermarket or Guns of Brixton or Train in Vain. What must it have been like to be part of the punk scene in the late 1970s and have revolutionary albums raining down every few weeks? 5/5

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Oh so good

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I feel like this is a classic. I'm enjoying this wide range of tunes and vibes

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5

Absolute classic.

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Foundational punk album

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Listenable any day of the year.

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Unexpected feel good album

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5

the Hits are hits, and the filler are near-hits. Can listen to Train in Vain all day long...

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5

Incredible. A classic.

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Incredible album cover to cover. Title track is essential early punk, but there are some gems among the rest of the tracks that show the true punk/ska/reggae/etc. sound that the Clash helped form. Highlights: -London Calling -Lost in the Supermarket -Wrong Em Boyo -Revolution Rock -Train in Vain

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Amazing album by an amazing band. 5 stars.

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Classic, always worth a revisit.

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5

hells yeah

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5

Fucking love the Clash. Another great album.

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5

Surprisingly pop for the punk album

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5

A classic!

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5

Duh, classic album, only a 5.

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5

I think one of the Cuddys did his SSSM part to a clash song, that was my first introduction, though they’ve been like a familiar friend since

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I love The Clash. Despite a lot of the songs on this album having similar compositions, if you dig into the lyrics they are pretty interesting/entertaining. And they are usually pretty fun to listen to as well.

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5

This is one of my favorite albums. Love it!

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The Clash are my favourite band of all time. And while not my favourite album, this is definitely their most important one. Can i give 6 stars?

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Beautiful, precise, and tight punk album. Loved “Spanish Bombs” for the indie punk sensibilities, the jazz tinges of “Jimmy Jazz”, and the overall sound breaking the confines and conventions of genre.

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Punk-rock-ska. Espectacular.

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My favourite album. The Clash at their best.

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The clash!! Nuff said

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There are very few excellent albums from the punk era but this is one. Lots of variety even if it has a few too many tracks

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5

Still love it, although it gets a little samey in second half

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5

Loved it, great album. Reminds me of Dad. Makes me want to take down the government.

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Saved Prior: London Calling, Spanish Bombs, Lost in the Supermarket, Train in Vain Unsaved Tier: 19. Jimmy Jazz 18. Revolution Rock 17. Four Horsemen 16. Lover's Rock 15. Wrong 'Em Boyo (second Stagger Lee song shoutout nick cave) Cutting Edge Tier: 14. The Card Cheat 13. The Right Profile 12. Clampdown 11. Brand New Cadillac 10. Death or Glory Off Rip Tier: 9. I'm Not Down 8. Koka Kola 7. The Guns of Brixton 6. Hateful 5. Rudie Can't Fail 4. Spanish Bombs 3. Lost in the Supermarket 2. London Calling 1. Train in Vain Overall Notes: An experience and set the stage for a lot of the 80's music I love today. Train in Vain is one of my favorite songs of all time. The 4 songs I had saved prior have a familiarity bias to them, but I'm sure in 5 months that list will be jumbled. Top stuff.

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5

I'm very glad we got this album, I always wanted to listen to it and never got to it. I was already up to a 4 after listening once and the second listen pushed it to a 5. There wasn't a single song I can say I didn't enjoy and the ones I saved I thought were phenomenal. I have not been influenced by Christopher-Thomas Cordero in any way for this rating nor has he threatened me if I give this album any less than a 5. Saved: London Calling, Hateful, Spanish Bombs, Death or Glory, The Card Cheat

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Richtig nice.

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The elegant blend of political songs and writings in a broad appealing double album. This album cemented the Clash as a musical force and innovators that have earned their place in modern music. Remastered, it sounds even crisper.

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A classic banger, that's all

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London Calling is a legendary album that’s well worth a listen I’ve listened to it beforehand (well before this point) and I can still revisit it without any issue (just depends on me wanting to listen to the Clash)

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5

Love this album

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5

My favorite album by The Clash, and one of my all-time favorite albums by any band. I love the loose, live feel of their performances, as well as the ska influences. The track "Death or Glory" is one of my favorite songs.

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Good memories

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5

Another band/album ive been meaning to listen to for years. I really appreciate how varied this album is. There’s a reason this album and band are one of the most influential of all time.

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5

Masterpiece. Absolute bangers on here, and each track is it's own journey. Love, love this album!

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5

топ постпанк лайфловер

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Yes! Best album so far, so many great songs.

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5

One of the best!!!

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Wow! I knew the first and last songs, but everything in between is great!

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Phenomenal

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Never dove in before. Excellent.

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The Clash are such a weird band and I love them.

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Greatest band ever, and one of the best records ever.

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Stone Cold Classic. One of my top 10 fave albums. 5 🌟. Thanks for reminding me to pull out my original British vinyl ... 4 almost perfect sides

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Oh yeah. One of my go to albums. Would get a 5 for "Lost In The Supermarket", "Train In Vain" and the title track alone. And everything else is great, amazing a "double album" like this contains no filler. My second 5 in 21 days.

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An amazing album. Classic.

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What a great fucking record! I used to not particularly care for The Clash when I was a bit more purist in my punk rock. They certainly shift styles a lot. But this is really a masterpiece. I think I tend to like it more each time I return to it.

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Phenomenal. From start to finish, not a bad track! First time listen too!

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Easily among the greatest albums of all time. Easily.

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So much more than a punk album

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Classic album, really can't go wrong with the Clash

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Me encnata este album, train in vain es de mis canciones favoritas, además de spanish boms

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Exactly the kind of album that should be in 1001 albums in my opinion. Beyond being incredibly influential this album just plain rocks. Plus it covers a wide variety of genres around punk and post-punk.

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One of the greatest double albums of all time. Brilliant from start to finish.

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5

not a thing to dislike. transcends time and remains a top notch relevant album

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Amazing

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Excellent

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5

Another classic punk album. To me, this lacks some of the rage and punk attitude of other punk albums of the time. I think this is more ska and mainstream, but its still one of my favorite albums of the 70s. The instruments and lyrics are incredibly catchy, and I could listen to "Lost in the Supermarket" on repeat all day. Highlights: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 19.

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I liked it more than I thought I would, but that's probably just because I'm a sucker for the keyboard that's within most songs. It might also be because the songs have that high energy that I crave. My only main complaints were that it ran a bit long and that I wasn't a fan of the vocals, both the singer's and the backing's voices, but that's mainly just a personal thing. Favorite track: Train in Vain (Stand by Me)

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5

Absolutely awesome

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Just an amazing album. Super varied with songs for almost any occasion. One of the best.

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NICE

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Great fucking album

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5

Good from London calling to Train in vain

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A gem from every point of view

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5

Love it. The beating British punk heart. Goddamn this album is good.

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Can’t not be 5

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Classic

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a classic!

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5

This might be my favorite album of all times. I have listened to it literally hundreds of times. I can't give this anything less than 5/5

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5

One of the greatest albums of all time. Punk (and maybe post-punk) classic. 10/10 1. Death or Glory 2. Lost in the Supermarket 3. Spanish Bombs

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5

Never had listened to it in full... astoundingly good and resonant. Truly, a must on this list.

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5

Prefer some of their other albums but this is still stone cold 5

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Classic

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My dad hates this album but what does he know

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Best of the best of punk

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It's an absolute classic of the genre and a great album

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5

iconic, from the album cover through the last note of train in vain.

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A classic

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One of my favourites!

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5

So much fun, so ahead of its time; title track is an absolute classic; some insane riffs and incredibly creative and varied throughout

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Rating: 9/10 Best songs: London calling, Brand new cadillac, Hateful, Spanish bombs, Lost in the supermarket, I’m not down, Revolution rock

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Very funny! I loved it!

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Best rock album ever.

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The first album I bought on vinyl 9 years ago. Still holds up from my first listen. The first half of the album is perfection, unreal songwriting. There’s a significant drop in quality towards the end of the album (minus Train in Vain), but the sound of each song is so varied and so fresh, this just works as an album.

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Listened to it quite a few times, such good vibes. I really hear a lot of hooks and stuff that sound like they could have been in modern indie rock music, so I suppose their influence lives on!

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Classic

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5

What a great album! I already knew the hits off this album like London Calling and Lost in the Supermarket, but was surprised by the breadth of the album as a whole. Clampdown, Death and Glory and of course Train In Vain. Its punk rock but with more diversity in sound. 5

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5 stars. Not because I love this album, in fact I’m not a big fan of the Clash. 5 stars because I can hear the influence on bands I love and grew up with and that deserves recognition. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rancid and the Living End are all here in these songs.

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5

Variety and depth and rock and roots, up front or in the background. So much going on here. "Punk" is too small a word, The Clash were always far greater than that.

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5

It's amazing how many genres they fit into this album, and they do them all well. Great to listen to as well. An all-around great record. Best track: London Calling

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5

Ten stars out of 5

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5

Amazing album. First time listening to that album start to finish, what a masterpiece.

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9/10. First time I've listend to the entire album and it is mostly a joy

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This came out yesterday www.rebeldread.com. Watch it. It's a better summary than any review I could write. And when you're done with that, watch Westway To The World. Yes I know this isn't a list of the 1,001 greatest documentaries of all time and no I don't care. Carry on.

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Suppose

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excellent. another album on my regular listen list. punk bands are usually associated with 3 chord wonders with bad playing made up for by attitude. the clash display here they can properly play and write songs and still have more punk ethos than most. managing to do different styles of music and make it work. that's usually a recipe for a mess of an album but the punk band pull it off.

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5

Really really fun album. I was surprised by the variation of influences that went into this thing, and The Clash pulls them all off so well. No complaints here. 9/10

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The defining clash album, had to be really.

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Rock solid album with a punk sound that is unique and captures a specific sort of political rage. Maybe a little bloated, but not enough to bring it down a star.

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Punk's White Album.

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My All Time Favourite Clash Album. Uncle Joe and the Boys doing some great work, moving on from the pure punk power of The First album. Everything about this album is great from the Faux Elvis cover to the mixture of Punk/Reggae/Ska that oozes through the 4 sides. You realise how musically good this band was and what untapped genius was still in there when they split. Favourites here are "Jimmy Jazz" "London Calling" "Rudie Can't Fail" and "Spanish Bombs" But as I say not a bad track throughout so this is in my top 10 Albums of all time and a jealously coveted (by my Son) part of my record collection. He'll get it... eventually!

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5

Lotta hits, great album

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5

Love it, an absolutely brilliant album. So many great songs. Never mind whether or not they should teach sex education in primary schools they should teach the kids this.

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clássico absoluto

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Clássico

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Clássico 10/10

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5

It is a disservice to the Clash to label them as a punk band. They incorporate elements of garage, ska, rockabilly, and emergent new wave sounds that would influence the next generation. Their lyrics are insightful and socially conscious which creates a sprawling whole taking the listener across various sonic landscapes

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5

The definitive punk album of the late 70's, it is an iconic masterpiece. It's one of the records I can put on and sing along to fervently the whole way through. And I immediately feel 21 and invincible again. It's a straight shot of cocky optimistic joy, spitting in the face of the apocalypse and our slowly burning civilized decline. This is powerful stuff. Every single song offers something different, quirky, oddball, unique. These are punks with style, punks with attitude, but also punks with soul. Top shelf stuff right here, it doesn't get any better than this. Death or glory!! \m/

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5

What needs to be said?

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One of my top 5 albums of all time, and in my top 3 best punk albums ever made.

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5

A classic album, no weak tracks, energetic, varied in its musical influences, never standing still, always fighting the good fight. Stand out tracks: London Calling, Lost in the Supermarket, Spanish Bombs, Rudie Can’t Fail, look, at this rate I’m going to just lift all the tracks.

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5

El mejor albúm doble de la historia (sí, mejor que el albúm blanco incluso)

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A work of genius. Angry, melodic, no wasted notes or words.

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4

So glad I got to finally listen to the whole thing! It did not disappoint, and I will add it to my library. Very energetic.

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4

Great alb, not the most technical stuff but the raw energy makes the band

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4

I've liked this album for yeaaaarrrrs now!

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4

nice altough london calling and guns of brixton have a completely different sound than the rest and those are my favorites

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4

liked it

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4

Probably my first great find. London calling the song probably isn't my favourite song as it's overplayed but the rest of the album is really great

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4

Great record

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O grew up with this. Iconic album, revolutionary for that time...beginning of punk music. Love it!

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3.5, I like it. The album has it's highlights and low lights. If I went back and listened, I'd probably skip 1/3 of the songs, kinda dig one 1/3rd, and really like the last 1/3rd.

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3.5/5. Funky and jazzy, electric guitar, flows between ambient and crashing whiny vocals

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Gute rhymes und message aber mir passiert zu wenig

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4

Fun album, not at all what I expected.

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4

Esta guai, sorprenentment.

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4

Jimmy Jazz isn't very punk Definitely doesn't fit my definition of punk Way more reggae than expected

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4

I know every note of every song having listened to this thousands of times as a young teen. One of the first albums I bought myself or asked for as an Xmas/Bday gift. I remember first seeing it in the window of the record store before getting it and being excited that "my" music was on display, as I loved their 1st two albums. Ultimately, I wasn't ready to follow The Clash all the way through this to Sandinista and love it as much as their earlier stuff. I wanted to love it and pretended at 12 to love it like a 5 star but secretly it was never more than 4.

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4

One of my top 100 personal favorites for sure. I love punk, hate ska. This kinda walks that line enough to be an easy listen. Clampdown has been on any playlist I've made since I was about 14. Death or Glory keeps creeping into said playlists as well. Guns of Brixton a sleeper-banger. I don't understand what's with late-70s groups referencing the same Rudy/Rudi as a loser who needs to get his shit together. Train in Vain a less known classic but a classic. Jimmy Jazz something I mutter around work a lot. Had a friend name his kid "Strummer" which annoyed me, but the album holds up like a beast, and a nice lead into some of the best punk/metal ever made in the 1980s. Still prefer the Pistols.

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4

Good album overall, Best songs -London Calling, Clampdown, Train in Vain, Lost in the Supermarket.

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4

Production: 14/20 Songwriting: 15/20 Innovation: 13/20 Bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 13/20 =75 It stands up!

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4

Good album, never actually listened to it in full before. Can definitely hear the influence that it had on the ska scene.

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4

In my top 10, already. An absolute classic album!!

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4

good

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4

Classic. Joe Strummer's voice is electric.

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4

Always nice

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4

Punk rock. Reggae. Interesante. Bueno

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4

Really dug this one. Surprised me since The Clash never struck me as a band I would enjoy. Solid stuff lads. Favorite tracks: “London Calling,” “Lost In the Supermarket,” and “Clampdown”

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4

Punk rock roots, energetic vibes and interesting sounds for punk genre

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La verdad desconocía de esta banda pero que buen álbum la neta. De los primeros punketos de la historia le regalamos un fabuloso 4 a mis hermanos de the clash

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lost in the supermarket 👌

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Highlights: Lost In The Supermarket, Clampdown It's brash, loud, and rude...it's punk rock, what else is there to say?

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Good album. Buena energía

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Great album that I haven't listened to in years. Got a few of their classic hits and some forgotten gems.

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4

There's no doubting the legendary status of this album, so I was keen to figure out why I wasn't a bigger fan of The Clash but after listening I still don't really know. I don't dislike it but it just doesn't massively excite me. I can't put my finger on it. Still worthy of 8/10

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4

Like the reggae/ ska through this album - Awesome brass. Not the punk sound of earlier Clash, but lyrical content still hits (e.g Guns of Brixton), though Strummer can hard to understand at times. Train in Vain is such a tuuune.

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4

Good shiz. Such good energy

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I was familiar with some of these songs, and my band used to play Train in Vain. Decent album but a little uneven so far. The variety in styles is nice.

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Behalve de titeltrack kende ik nog niets van dit album. Het is heel gevarieerd en niet echt in lijn van wat ik verwachtte. Ik had iets sterker gitaarwerk verwacht, en minder pop-achtige nummertjes, maar al bij al wel een oké album

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4/5 very good album

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I approached this album with reticence, knowing it is almost universally critically revered, and not being much of a fan of the two singles, London Calling and Stand By Me, mostly because they were played to death at the time and The Clash were fawned over by the critics, who were gleeful about the death of prog and the ascendency of punk. But I have to admit, there is more to the band than I was aware of. The Clash were celebrated at the time for approaching pop with the energy and simplicity of early rock 'n roll, and that much is true. But what that doesn't get at is the degree of variety on London Calling. The Clash mine strains of reggae, rockabilly, and pop and mutate them into something new and elemental. Each song is different, but what they have in common is simple but distinctive hooks. The Clash may leave me cold, but I've got to give them credit. They succeed wildly in what they set out to do. I can't bear to rate London Calling higher than a 4, but it would be dishonest to rate it lower than that.

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4

Really really liked this, knew a few of the songs but had never listened to the album all the way through

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4

Good album. Lots of different styles, which I was not expecting.

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Ich fand es wirklich mitreißend und abwechslungsreich. Ich hätte beinahe 5 gegeben aber es hat es auch leicht gehabt am sonnigen Feiertag

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4

Tolles und vielseitiges Album! Verdient den Legendenstatus, den es genießt!

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subversive and great

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Solid punk rock album with great tracks such as "London Calling", "The Guns Of Brixton" and "Train In Vain"

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Glad to have a few decades pass - I definitely didn't appreciate this album in its time. The Clash we're often mislabeled as merely punk, which does them a disservice - this album in particular is incredibly diverse - credit to the songwriting and in particular musically. A bit of everything from rock to raga to rockabilly - all while pleasantly not autotuned 😊 8/10 4 stars

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4

Classic

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OOOH I like it

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top tier

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gread bass lines iconic tunes. very good

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4

Classic

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Now here's a familiar face. Our second Clash album, and what's widely acknowledged as their masterpiece. I definitely enjoyed this more than the previous Clash album, and I can understand the hype. Though for me it's not as consistently impressive or interesting as I was hoping, especially given the length. Still, some excellent cuts on here, including a few recognizable hits. I may not LOVE it, but I'll co-sign the classic status. Favorite tracks: Train in Vain, Spanish Bombs, London Calling, Rudie Can't Fail, Death or Glory. Album art: Definitely iconic. A play on the Elvis Presley cover of yore, which I'm sure we'll get on here. The font and colors are obviously great, and the guitar smash pic is nice too. 4/5

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Always heard the big hits. Surprised by depth of album in terms of solid tunes.

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This is already 1000x better than the first album I got by The Clash; their self-titled album was an absolute disaster, gave it a 1. This album I'm even considering a 5. After the guns of brixton.. maybe not. But I love the Elvis Presley album cover. I wonder why they took that design. The expanded material is not very good though. 3.5 towards a 4

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Overall liked the album. Would definitely listen again. Much more mellow than what one would think of as "punk rock." Like the reggae sounds as well

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4

Surprisingly varied, not just punk

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More varied than I was expecting!

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4

Rätt nice

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4

A punk classic effortlessly blending strongly politically loaded statements with surprisingly danceable music, more refined and smoothed out than its predecessors, for the better or worse

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london calling clash is like a band I feel like I should like, but some of their songs just don't work for me. it's odd.

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Good energy, liked most of the songs

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Je connais London Calling, que j'adore. Je vais ecouter le reste pour la premiere fois. Update : J'aime bien

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4

A classic for a reason. Super catchy and great production work. This doesn't have the flatness/bluntness that a lot of punk albums of this era do.

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J’aime le style et le son. C’est rafraichissant pour l’epoque et ca sonne tres bien. Un classique4.65

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4

Some absolutely killer tracks in here, including a few I don’t remember hearing before. It is too long though, and the filler tracks aren’t great. Just about holding it together for 4 stars.

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October 15, 2021 This was good (unsurprisingly)! Energetic and an appropriate length.

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Lekkere rock. ga nog eens luisteren

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Disco divertido, la paso bien siempre que lo escucho. Tiene de pronto momentos muy luminosos. 9/10

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8/10

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very political

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Solid album

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Definitely a lot more of a reggae influence on this record. Surprisingly, I think it goes well (not a huge reggae fan). Also, for a double album, it goes by very quickly. Love a lot of little touches on this album, from the piano and horn sections to the gritty punk sections. Favorite tracks: "Spanish Bombs", "Wrong 'Em Boyo", "Rudie Can't Fail", "Brand New Cadillac"

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4

Good. Has raegaee tones.

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4

Pretty good album. This is definitely something I could see myself singing along to in a crowded bar. Or croozin 'round in my car singing along. Overall a good listen!

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Pretty sure this was my first Clash album. I really enjoyed them as a teen and saw them in concert (maybe '84?). I haven't listened to them in quite a while but it still holds up nicely for me. I like their blend of styles on this album and others. They didn't stay in one lane, and while that can sometimes backfire for other bands it works well for The Clash.

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Added!

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Surprisingly diverse sounds. Can see why it's a classic.

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Was going well until the sax Has gone extremely well since This is really good

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Tolle, wegweisende Mischung aus Zärtlichkeit, Verzweiflung und Galgenhumor, gewandet in Punk, Pop, Ska und Saufpunk.

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Hab mich immer schwer getan mit der Punk Zuschreibung im Fall von The Clash. Es ist einfach ziemlich vielseitiger Rock‘n‘Roll mit unermesslich vielen Einflüssen (Ska, Ragga, Rockabilly, Doo-Wop, Pop, …) und krass ikonischem Songwriting. Ich liebe sie und bin begeistert, dass diese Hits alle offensichtlich auf einem Album zu finden sind. 3.7

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broken guitar go brrrrrrr

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classic

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Great Lyrics, you can hear some of the influence on today’s artists. Best part is the original sound where it mixes pop, punk and what sounds like a drunken anthem about grocery shopping

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4

The seminal Clash LP. It's been some time since I last listened to this album. Sounds great after all these years.

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Punky

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Mostly good

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Already know this one, great album

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8/10

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4

This album is great. There are some real bangers here. I've been listening to a lot of punk recently. This is one of the canonical punk albums. I'm not sure I think it reallllly delivers but i could listen to this a lot.

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This is a pleasant surprise. Was expecting a punk record, but this is really a Punk/Rock/Pop/Reggea(ish) album with quite a lot variation. Doesn't blow me away, and is maybe a bit longer than it ought to be, but is a good very album nonetheless. 4/5

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Another classic album that I have heard so much about but never listened to. I think a day isnt sufficient to digest this so I am going to relisten to it again over the coming weeks. Such an influential and important album that I am happy to have finally listened to.

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Sweaty musicians. Gobbing fans. Cheap nachos. Cheap nachos? Yeah, the kind with the pump cheese and pickled jalapenos. Convenience store nachos. Or, in my case, Chelsea Street Nachos. No, not the affluent area in west London; rather, the chain restaurant usually located in malls. Like the one I worked for in the early 1980s in Gainesville, Florida. I’m not sure which was worse at Chelsea St. Pub: the nachos or the live cover bands that played in the evening. But the best came in between sets, following tired songs like Bob Seeger’s ‘Down on Main Street,’ when the head bartender would often put on 'London Calling.' I had never heard anything quite like it- predominately rock (no longer punk like the Clash’s first two LPs that I would later enjoy too), but also a splash of reggae here and jazz there, and even a little disco/soul ditty at the end of ‘Lovers Rock.’ And, their commentary on the politics of England had broadened to include ideas about other places in the world as well, a theme they could continue on their next recording, 'Sandanista.' It was 'London Calling,' though, that would become their Magnum Opus. At a running time of over an hour, back then, it was long, an investment in time. And the late, great Joe Strummer and Mick Jones filled the music with tons of lyrics about people and places and events with which I was completely unfamiliar. Before that needle hit the record, I had to arm myself with dictionaries and thesauruses, maps and history books (this was waaay before the internet), Spanish to English translations- things I never needed while listening to Bob Seeger. And I’m intentionally using the word ‘armed’ because if 'London Calling' is anything, it is a call to arms, mostly concerning human and civil rights, but the title track even addresses environmental pollution. Clean up the world, the Clash were preaching, with a wide variety of applications. It has been said, famously, that ‘while the Sex Pistols wanted to destroy, the Clash wanted to unite people.’ Brings to mind John Lydon’s famous statement to the audience at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom at the end of what would be the Pistols’ final live performance. Closing with a cover of the Stooges’ ‘No Fun,’ Lydon addressed the crowd, ‘This is no fun, this is no fun at all.’ Then, when the song ended, right before he dropped the mic and walked out he stared down all the hippies and asked: ‘Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?’ I’ve been listening to 'London Calling' for four decades, 2/3 of my life, and it’s still fun. And I’ve never felt cheated

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A pretty masterful bit of Clash here

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4.0 + I don't often reach for it but I do know this to be a truly great record. So many amazing songs on here - aside from the big hits, I also love "Lost in the Supermarket" and "Koka Kola."

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4

Instead of listening to this - which is fine but frankly, I'm tired of it after decades - I listened to Give Em Enough Rope. This is still a worthwhile album, even though it's post-punk Clash.

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I came expecting something like The Ramones or more "Should I Stay or Should I Go". Reggae? Blues? Gangster lyrics? Bass lines were so interesting, drums were on point and super good. Could have cut a few songs and some of the extra chorus repeats, but otherwise awesome.

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4

What’s so cool about this album is that it bridges 70s rock and 80s punk almost perfectly. There’s some elements in here of early Ska music too, and I can even hear where current ska and punk get their sound. Overall enjoyable, some songs are skips but it’s hard for every song to be a hit.

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4

Bom.

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Classicassooo Rock classico / jazz / reggae boa pra dar uma animada curti!

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4

A great album, ahead of their time. This album would fit right into the indie scene today. Not a bad song on here. I will be listening to this album often. Favorite song: London Calling

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I've heard all of London Calling more than once, and several tracks on this album many times. "London Calling", "Lost in the Supermarket", and "Train in Vain" were my favorite tracks from this re-listen, but several other tracks were close behind. "London Calling" has a driving energy that makes it a great way to start the album. I'm likely to re-listen to this album again, and there are no tracks that I would skip. I would recommend this album to almost anyone.

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4

pretty good. Not as good as I was expecting, but good!

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Clássico. Saudades de ser jovem e com vontade de destruir tudo. Que álbum bom!!

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waaaaay more reggaer that i expected liked it a lot

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4

Really mfing good

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I would give a 4.5 if it was shorter, there were a lot of mid tracks, the other ones were really good. I also felt a bit of a lack when it comes to instruments - almost no synths and pianos, only guitars, drums and a sax/trumpet here and there.

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Kolejna potezna pozycja, ale rownie dobrze znana jak poprzednie, a dodatkowo Clash byl juz przerabiany, London Calling jest trzecim studyjnym albumem bandy z 79, chyba najbardziej komercyjnie udanym w ich dyskografii, a takze pierwszym jaki mialem okazje od nich poznac, w kontrascie z debiutanckim The Claash slychac tutaj odejscie od klasycznego brzmienia punkowego na rzecz post punkowych eksperymentow z wszelakimi gatuntami muzycznymi od bluesa przez jazz po ska, a jest sporo czasu na te eksperymenty, bo plyta ma godzine z piecioma minutami i 19 trakow, wiec o ile styl muzyczny ulegl zmianie tak teksty nadal skupiaja sie na problemach spolecznych wyspiarzy zwiazanych z milicja, drugami, rasizmem, cumerstwem, konsumpcjonizmem, wlasnie za teksty tak mocno szanuje bande, bo nigdy nie sa one czarno biale, gloryfikujac jedna strone konfliktu, najlepiej to widac na przykadzie kawalkow jak hateful gdzie drugi sa pokazane jako ucieczka od samotnosci w blogosc substancji, ale nie jest to darmowa ucieczka, bo wszystko ma swoja cene, nie tylko materialna, ale gorsza cena jest powrot do samotnosc gdy juz nie jest sie wysoko, tak samo z krytyka systemu kapitalistycznego i porwnaniu go z socjalizmem na Clampdown, przykadow tego mozna by wymieniac, najwieksze szlagiery, jak tytulowy traczek, zagubiony w supermarkecie czy rudy nie moze zawiesc juz mam na plejce, bo mocno sentymentalny albumik, ktory wciagnal mnie w punkowa muzyke wyspiarzy, ale dodam jeszcze wspomniany hateful i koka kolowy song

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4

Muy buen disco

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4

It's The Clash. Very good, but it does all tend to sound similar to me.

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It hurts when I piss. It's been going on for months. It all began after another successful gang bang with the entire Chelsea first team and backroom staff. They completed pebbledashed me with jizz. So much so that I dropped a pint of lucozade on myself. It was impossible to tell what was jizz and what was lucozade. I got home later that evening, washed the jizz of the entire Chelsea first team and backroom staff off my face and body and just started pissing blood everywhere. The Clash played live in the background. Joe Strummer remarked about how much jizz and blood there was. I told him to shut the fuck up, because I'm well hard.

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4

Really, really strong - it's THE The Clash. Not quite a 5 but verrrrry close

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4

Great album from start to finish and a few songs I didn't know were there's, like Train in Vain. 8/10.

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This is what I call "listenable punk", although it really doesn't have that hard of an edge. This is punk by guys who can actually play their instruments and write music. I think that the Clash were/are the British equivalent of Bruce Springsteen: they spoke to a population that was blue collar and felt disenfranchised. But as much as I love the Clash, I have to question any group that is beloved by Rolling Stone magazine. Just saying....

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Wicked cool. Unique sound, and the perfect name for a rhythm guitar-wielding frontman.

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Good stuff, I like

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A truly authentic sound guided by one of the best all-time front men. Niiiice.

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I'll go (straight) to hell for not giving this five stars. It has five absolute classics on it - Train in Vain, Rudy Can't Fail, Guns of Brixton, Spanish Bombs and the title track, but a lot of flatly produced dull rock songs which you can tell would be amazing live but have been ironed out to bland rockism by a shit producer (who could also have done with allowing a few of these to be perfectly fine b sides rather than including them on here). It is brilliant. Just a bit or editing and maybe not giving Mick Jones sign off on the producer and it'd be enjoyable all the way through...

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Legendaran ali ne i najbolji

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Great rock that improves your mood when you listen to it. Interesting lyrics as well, but I didn't pay much attention to them. The music is great regardless. Really enjoyed this album.

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meh

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Aah, you know what? Over rated. Made me want to punch someone (Liz). A couple of good tunes on there.

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3

It was a decent album but I don't really enjoy the whole punk movement inside music so wasn't my cup of tea

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3.6

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Has a very similar sound to all songs throughout the album. I like the title song but other songs were mostly misses.

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I don't think I ever listened to this start to finish before. To be honest a lot of it just seems like typical English rock other than being sung with an "oi, I'm a rebel" aesthetic.

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¿Sabían que está en la lista de top 10 de discos para algunas revisas? Es bueno y todo pero nuevamente no todo es para todos.

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Only listened to a few songs, but it's a little too old-fashioned for my tastes

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Enjoy more than expected

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Good. But not very memorable except for the classics. Some songs have aged better than others.

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Høy fart, grei spilling, veldig monotont, ok trommer. Det er en stil her jeg synes er ganske alright, men ikke noe jeg kommer til å høre ofte på. Noen av sangene er veldig kule. Sterk 3

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Ps si está muy paike y divertido pero como que no pasa la prueba del añejo.

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I didn't enjoy this album at all. It felt rushed, inconsistent, and did not capture my imagination. I was astounded to read that so many reviewers consider this "the best album ever" when I was trying to decide if it merits a 3 or not. Honestly, if it weren't for those other reviewers, I would probably have called it a 2.

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I really don't get all the hype behind this one.

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3

A surprisingly catchy album.

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6

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Familiar album - great tunes

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V good but a bit too long.

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Enjoyed this more than i thought I would. Never heard it before and it’s way less punky than I thought it would be, which was nice. Properly long though, eh?

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Not bad but the songs can get so similar they melt together and I don't even realize I'm not listening to the same song anymore. London calling is a classic tho.

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Decent

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Nice English rock

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Some great songs and a couple of classics covering lots of different styles but like most double albums suffers from filler and runs out of energy at points

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Felt repetitive and identical, but then I found myself bouncing my foot or singing the songs later

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Pretty split on this one. Some of the songs are really good, such as the London Calling and Wrong 'Em Boyo, Lover's Rock, Train in Vain, basically all of the more post-punk songs. On the other hand there are the punk rock songs which aren't quite as bad for me as most punk, but I still hate punk, no two ways about it. Basically it's a 4 for the post-punk parts and a 1.5 for the punk parts, rounded up to a 3.

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me gustó bastante pero muy apenas puedo distinguir las canciones unas de otras. Falta variedad para mi gusto o tal vez no andaba en el mood para esto

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cool album. loses steam after track 10 or 11.

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Kinda boring

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i liked this album nothing totally stood out to me except card cheats but i did like it overall

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3.3 not sure if always fucking 2 uur lang, of dat spotify enkel extenden versie heeft. 2 uur en 12 minuten is wel te fucking lang jesus, i got things to do. Liedjes waren soms wel herkenbaar en tof

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Leuk album, aan de lange kant maar verveeld niet.

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It didn’t grab me from the start but I could tell the music would grow on me

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I was surprised by the diversity of influences in some track. I noticed ska and reggae, amongst others. Didn't win me over though.

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Strong start, and it kept up decent level throughout. It's interesting that this was a punk rock band around the same time as the Sex Pistols, as the sound is much more refined and melodic. Would probably listen again.

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Iconic

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This one feels much calmer than the Clash's other album we listened to and I like that. Still not enough for this band to become a favorite but London Calling is a classic. I could almost sense some Ska in some of these songs which made me enjoy them more. Iconic album cover, I'd be just as upset if London called me too.

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Was OK

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Helt okej.

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9/23 A fun Punk / Ska album overall and they certainly do it well, however I enjoyed the heavier songs on here the most and those were fewer and farther between. Standout Tracks: London Calling, Hateful, The Guns of Brixton, The Card Cheat, Lover's Rock, Revolution Rock

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Good fun album, has some really memorable tracks

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Nice to hear a whole album

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nfm

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I like the singers voice and the general energy, though some of it seemed a bit fillery.

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I like my punk a bit more bouncy, but some nice tunes. Liking the ska influenced tracks

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I can't say I was familiar with the Clash before listening to this but I feel like this definitely sounds like the time it was created in. Was in for some heavy head bopping. I feel like moshing. I have NO idea what they're saying.

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Some dope songs, pretty long album.

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Hadn't ever given this a front-to-back listen. I felt underwhelmed, especially given how iconic this album is. Felt a little bloated with songs and not super focused, but I did like a good amount of what was on here.

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Notable: First post-punk album. Pulls in some rock, roots, ska, .... Highlights: London Calling * Brand New Cadillac Lover's Rock - funky breakdown midway

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Interesting dive into the evolution of 70s/80s punk. A little repetitive.

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One really well known song. The rest were alright.

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Vrolijke engelse muziek met leuke melodietjes. Ik vind het wel aangenaam om te luisteren. Het orgeltje op de achtergrond geeft ook iets speciaals. Geinig. ***

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it's meh

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classic

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Брекзит колс

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A lot of people consider it peak punk. I don't not a big fan of the sound. Definitely prefer the American punk scene more so than the British one. Solid album just not super for me.

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Really fun and engaging album. Very simple instrumentals, not a ton of creativity musically but vocally and lyrically definitely unique. 7/10.

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Not even my 2nd favorite Clash album...

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Sheer variety of influences are interesting but can be jarring. Length of album doesn't help. Title track is still an all timer, along with "Lost in the Supermarket"

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Classic.

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London Calling is still stuck in my head this AM. I like the energy but probably not an album I'll listen to on repeat.

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I enjoyed London Calling a lot but I don't think I remember any specifics from the following songs. They weren't bad but nothing really stuck out about them.

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London Calling is an amazing song! A lot of the rest of the album kind of all melded together for me and was too long in my opinion, but an enjoyable listen with a great punk rock sound

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I like the music and the general vibe, but I can only endure the singer's voice for a short while. I would listen to them in a mix.

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Really great

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Not my thing, but it was a surprising album from a punk band: musically very competent and a broad range of styles. Definitely not your average punk band.

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a classic of its time, a smorgasbord of rock and roll, rockabilly, bluebeat, reggae, ska, soulful ballads and poppy punk. 3 stars because its good but I don't need to hear it again - there were no surprises hiding in there for me.

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Some very recognizable.

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clássico que me lembra friends mas nao é o estilo de som que considero bom de ouvir

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p436. 1979. 3 stars. Strange mix of punk and garage rock and reggae and ska. Vague Springsteen undertones, which isn't a bad thing. Excellent production values. However... don't like Joe Strummer's voice, and other than title track, nothing stands out. Goes for on far too long - it's rare for a double album to actually hold up without spotting the filler, and this fails the test. Saggy in the middle. Can see why this was influential in the punk era - far more sophisticated that most of the offerings of the time - but it hasn't aged well. Would have made an excellent single album. Glad I've listened to it but just doesn't do it for me.

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Jour 1 - Le début de l'album me fait penser à un genre de mélange de Lou Reed et de Iggy Pop. La musique est vraiment très bonne mais la voix du chanteur principal est pas vraiment attirante à mon goût. Même chose pour les paroles, c'est un peu simple et vide. La mélodie de spanish bomb est excellente ! Lost in the supermarket est très bonne. Les lignes de basses sont intéressantes. Au final je peux comprendre que c'est un album populaire mais j'ai vraiment aimé ça, je pense pas que je vais vraiment l'écouter à nouveau.

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really fun album. I liked the energy and the instrumentals. definitely feels like one of the OG ska albums but I don't know in what situation I'd seek this album out again.

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Classic tracks aside this album earns points for how varied and experimental it's willing to be - no two songs seem to rely on the same structure or tempo, and as a result things stay relatively fresh throughout the LP. While the guitar tone could be a bit more pronounced in the mix and the tracks a tad more memorable, the project still sounds modern and engaging enough to warrant a re-listen.

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First time listen, but have heard multiple songs on the radio through my years. I thought The Clash was a punk band. This album does not scream punk to me. I found it a enjoyable listen. Above Average musicians.

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Favorites: London Calling Death or Glory The Guns of Brixton

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Was easier to listen to than I expected. Thought it was going to be “harder.”

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At least a 3. Probably a 4, but I’d need to spend some more time with it. More ska elements than I would have guessed.

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Genre: New Wave 3/5 The Clash are the punk/post-punk/new wave outfit who found themselves as the figureheads of nearly an entire movement. London Calling represents something bigger than just a double LP released by these Brits, it was a ripple in music that was felt for quite some time. You can hear Dexys Midnight Runners, REM, and Green Day before they had even showed their faces, you can hear 2-Tone and other different "world" influences making their way into the music, a big time 80s trend, and you have what is one of the best rock singles of the 70s, even if it was at midnight of the decade, the title track, London Calling. But, for me, beyond the absolutely ass-ripping opener, the rest of the album left me expecting and wanting much more. This has never been an album that I had taken a deep, deep dive into until now, and what I found upon my dive was a rather lackluster collection of semi-interesting pop experiments. I can hear why this is heralded, it hits the right 80s-listener's buttons I'm sure, but beyond a few decent tracks, this album is littered with over-long, over-produced songs that beg to be revised and massaged. I guess that's supposed to be the draw, but prior double LPs that weren't afraid of their mistakes (The White Album, Electric Ladyland, Physical Graffiti) still landed better for me.

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Punky rock. London Calling is an absolute belter, but some other good stuff here too

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Bass stands out, very groovy

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Think we can file The Clash under 'bands I don't like as much as everyone else'. This is definitely better than the other one that we listened to, but it's not a showstopper for me. Title track is a classic, but it's pretty much all downhill from there (although Train In Vain is also great to finish it off). A lot more variety than the previous album (which is good) and it hangs together quite nicely, but loses points for being too long with too much filler. 3/5.

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just way too long, i feel like a lot of these tracks could be cut

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Like tiki bar/surfer vibes of the 60s? Idk.

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Ok but nothing memorable other than title track

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What's the best Clash album? The Best of the Clash. A lot of "diverse" styles on here = a lot of chaff. Some absolute bangers though. Yet another 2**. https://youtu.be/tyZspqjtG2k

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Hmmm.

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average

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I liked some of the songs, maybe i have to listen to it again, to be completely sure

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some tracks are ok too long things got boring should probably listen again, probably won't

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Not a fan of the clash but I’m glad I gave this a listen to reconfirm. I can appreciate the passion and the social critique but the vocals and simplistic percussion grind my gears.

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It didn't sound anything like I expected. I can definitely see the hints of the very beginning of punk music.

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Not really my vibe.

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Didn’t enjoy. First song, I’ve heard too many times and I am completely indifferent to it. Several songs were weird ska which made me cringe. The Brixton one was okay. I left my phone in another room with the album playing and was disappointed that it hadn’t finished upon my return. I listened to the last four songs on mute.

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Really can't bring myself to care. They might be seminal, but I think it lacks fundamental melody or sophistication to me - just a lot of stomping and shouting

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well i actually listened to it. knew the last song! not that great to me though

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It was not a bad album

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Not memorable. Mixture of ska and reggae and a little bit of something that is not punk. Not in it.

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L'ho anche già sentito altre volte, però non riesco ad arrivare in fondo.

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Diese Platte ist abscheulich. Es war mir nicht möglich, mehr als die ersten 5 Songs davon zu hören. Wenn je ein Negativbeispiel für besonders uninspiriertes, dilettantisches Songwriting benötigt würde, wäre diese Platte besonders geeignet. Taugt noch nicht einmal für Lacher, reinste Folter. Wer das für ein hervorragendes, besonders hörenswertes Album hält, ist musikalisch tontaub. Nie wieder!

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utter tosh

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Didn't like

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Load of shite. Can't even be bothered thinking up something less base than this.

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Fuckin A

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Well. It fucking rocks.

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https://www.theringer.com/music/2019/12/17/21024982/the-clash-london-calling-40th-anniversary

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wewe

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