London Calling

OK. Confession time. In 1979, when this album first appeared[1], I was deeply uncool. I had no interest at all in popular music, so The Clash completely passed me by. Sorry. I made up for it a few years later, and by the mid 80s, I was much better. :grin:

Anyway, what we have here is a really rather tasty 25th anniversary edition of possibly the definitive Clash album. It’s presented in a tasteful fold out sleeve which includes a nice little booklet with archive photographs, articles and notes on the original album, and a reproduction of the original 12″ lyric sheet. Good so far. But if (like any discerning music fan) you already have London Calling on CD, why would you buy this? Well, apart from its general gorgeousness and style, the package also includes a CD of demos, alternative versions and the like, culled from the long lost Vanilla Tapes[2] and a DVD featuring a documentary by the ubiquitous Don Letts[3] and some original promo videos.

Much has been writen by far more coherent people than me, so I’ll jsut say that this is a glorious album, from the opening blast of the title track through to Train in Vain. Get it now. Not necessarily this edition (the standard one should be available for not a lot at all), but certainly the original album.

[1] In the UK, that is. It didn’t appear in the US until the following year, which goes some way to explaining Rolling Stone magazine’s labelling it as the best album of the 1980s.
[2] It had been thought that the only copy had been lost, but apparently Mick Jones found another while moving house. :eek:
[3] Who made the quite excellent Westway to the World and was in Big Audio Dynamite with Mick Jones.