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Clash on Broadway
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
They were one the Only Band That Matters! Of course, that was when punk rock had to raise a ruckus to get noticed and restless youth turned to pop stars for political perspective. In retrospect, Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, P... more »
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They were one the Only Band That Matters! Of course, that was when punk rock had to raise a ruckus to get noticed and restless youth turned to pop stars for political perspective. In retrospect, Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Topper Headon (the latter occasionally supplanted at the drum kit by Terry Chimes) didn't have all the answers. But they posed apt questions and had the grand sense of scale that their punk pathfinder rivals lacked--save accidental nihilists the Sex Pistols. Clash on Broadway encases 63 tracks on three discs and comes with an instructive booklet. From the charge-the-gates early sides ("Career Opportunities," "Hate and War," "White Riot") through their later more-textured efforts ("Straight to Hell"), with some nifty odds and ends thrown in for good measure ("1-2 Crush on You," a previously unreleased cover of "Every Little Bit Hurts" that shows the heart behind their dogma), this box puts the band in perspective. --Steven Stolder
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One of the best box sets out there
Joe Smith | USA | 11/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"5 stars for a box set? Yeah: this box set covers all the bases and, with the exception of London Calling, virtually makes the individual albums obsolete. The highlights of the band's studio albums are presented here (including around 90% of The Clash's awesome debut album), so you get all the good stuff. Sandinista! in particular sounds much better when the very best cuts are lined up back-to-back; skipping isn't necessary here. The box set also includes singles and B-sides, making it a valuable set even for collectors. And if that's not enough, this long box includes a cool book stuffed full of photos and quotes. Unless you are a die-hard fan of the band this box set, along with London Calling, are the only two purchases you need to make. And if you own all the albums, get this box set anyway. The outtakes and singles are worth it."
After all this, won't you give me a smile?
Scott Ellinwood | Washington, D.C. | 03/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Clash on Broadway is the definitive collection of Clash songs - nearly everything is here and the sound quality is great from the remastering. It's a little discouraging that not all of the best songs are here. I was disappointed that "Remote Control", "Last Gang in Town" and "All The Young Punks" were left off of this set.
That said, it's hard to go wrong with Clash on Broadway. It's easy to dismiss the Clash until you play a box set like this. For a time, they were the best band in rock. Not many punk bands from the late 70s could evolve as the Clash did, incorporating elements of reggae and rockabilly into the music without losing their identity. "Groovy Times" and "Stay Free" also show that the Clash could play looser material and still sound good. They had much more musical range than people give them credit for.
Bottom line: If you are new to the Clash, pick up the box set because you'll wind up buying all the individual albums. Even if you have the original LPs or CDs, the remastered version is enough of an improvement to buy a new copy.
A must have
Charles G. Calderbank | Sandy Hook, CT | 12/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This set captures a lot of essential Clash. This band sadly left us too soon as a group and their body of work is not that extensive. But as a music lover and not a completist for this band the set works.
Enjoy the box for what it is. A strong compilation of great band without buying the whole catalog. There area few live cuts, unreleased stuff and singles but once again you get all the essentail stuff. To be picky the reason why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars there are maybe 3 cuts I would have liked included that are not there but those are only personal favorite."