The Clash to release 'Sound System' & 'The Clash Hits Back' their complete re-mastered works

The Clash to release ‘Sound System’ & ‘The Clash Hits Back’ their complete re-mastered works

Sony Music releases The Clash Sound System – the band’s re-mastered recorded works collected together for the first time – on 9th September. Contained within classic boombox packaging designed by Paul Simonon, the boxset contains the band’s 5 seminal studio albums in their original 8-disc format, newly remastered by The Clash, a further 3 discs featuring demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides, a DVD with previously unseen footage by both Don Letts and Julien Temple, original promo videos and live footage, an owner’s manual booklet, reprints of the band’s original ‘Armagideon Times’ fanzine as well as a brand new edition curated and designed by Paul Simonon and merchandise including dog tags, badges, stickers and an exclusive Clash poster.

Conceived and compiled by The Clash, ‘Sound System’ is a significant and unique collection of the complete recorded works by the 20th century’s most influential British band. Greatly enhanced by the careful remastering rendering the original recordings more vital and crisp, all contained in Paul Simonon’s iconic design, with a selection of bonus material, ‘Sound System’ is the most important and unique boxset to be released.

Prompted by demand for a complete collection, ‘Sound System’ is a powerful reminder of The Clash’s enduring legacy. It’s hard to think of a band before or since that have exerted such universal influence. The 70’s punk movement gave birth to some important bands, but none were more important than The Clash. Here were a band who pushed and broke musical boundaries, a band who fused musical experimentation with a socio-political conscience. From their eponymously-titled debut album in 1977, the band incorporated elements of reggae, rap, jazz, dance, rockabilly and ska in their music. Their passionate, political agenda continues to inspire new fans and musicians alike. Indeed, the issues The Clash tackled are as relevant today as they were in the late 70s/early 80s. Dubbed “the only band that matters” in their heyday, the same could be said almost 40 years later.

‘Sound System’ Contents:
1. ‘The Clash’
2. ‘Give Em Enough Rope’
3. ‘London Calling’ (double album)
4. ‘Sandinista’ (triple album)
5. ‘Combat Rock’

· All newly re-mastered by The Clash with award-winning engineer Tim Young

• Three CDs featuring rare tracks, demos, non-album singles and B-sides (track listing follows)

• DVD including unseen Julian Temple footage, early Super 8 film shot by Don Letts, all the band’s promo videos and previously unseen live footage (details below)

• Owner’s Manual booklet

• Folder containing reprints of ‘Armagideon Times 1 & 2 and Armagideon Times 3 (new edition of fanzine compiled and designed by Paul Simonon)

• Merchandise; dog tags, badges, stickers and a Future Is Unwritten note book designed by Harland Miller

• An exclusive photo poster

‘Sound System’ CDs Track Listing:

Disc One
1. White Riot (Single version)
2. 1977 (B-side)
3. Listen (Capital Radio EP) / Interviews (Capital Radio EP)
4. Capital Radio (Capital Radio EP)
5. London’s Burning (Live B-side Remote Control)
6. Complete Control (Single version)
7. City Of The Dead (B-side)
8. Clash City Rockers (Original single version)
9. Jail Guitar Doors (B-side)
10. White Man In Hammersmith Palais (A-side)
11. The Prisoner (B-side)
12. 1-2 Crush On You (B-side Tommy Gun)
13. Time Is Tight (Black Market Clash)
14. Pressure Drop (B-side English Civil War)
15. I Fought The Law (Cost Of Living EP)
16. Groovy Times (Cost Of Living EP)
17. Gates Of The West (Cost Of Living EP)
18. Capital Radio (Cost Of Living EP)
19. Armagideon Time
20. Bank Robber (A-side)
21. Rockers Galore On A UK Tour (B-side)

Disc Two
1. Magnificent Dance (12”) 5:36 (available on Singles box set)
2. Midnight To Stevens (Outtake)
3. Radio One (B-side Hitsville UK)
4. Stop The World (B-side The Call Up)
5. The Cool Out (US 12” B-side of The Call Up)
6. This Is Radio Clash (A-side)
7. This Is Radio Clash (B-side 7” – different lyrics)
8. First Night Back In London (B-side Know Your Rights)
9. Rock The Casbah (Bob Clearmountain 12” mix) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
10. Long Time Jerk (B-side Rock The Casbah)
11. The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too (Outtake) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
12. Idle In Kangaroo Court (Outtake listed as Kill Time) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
13. Ghetto Defendant (Extended version – unedited) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
14. Cool Confusion (B-side Should I Stay Or Should I Go 7”)
15. Sean Flynn (Extended ‘Marcus Music’ version) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
16. Straight To Hell (Extended unedited version from Clash On Broadway) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

Disc Three
Extracts from The Clash’s first ever recording session at Beaconsfield Film School 1976. Recorded by Julien Temple
1. I’m So Bored With The USA
3. White Riot
Polydor Demos – The Clash’s second recording session November 1976

Produced by Guy Stevens
5. Janie Jones
6. Career Opportunities

Live at The Lyceum, London 28th December 1978
10. City Of The Dead
12. English Civil War
15. I Fought The Law

Bonus DVD
Julien Temple Archive – 6:20

White Riot Interview – 7:10

Promo and interviews with Tony Parsons

– 1977 1:87
– White Riot 1:48
– London’s Burning 2:05
Sussex University 1977

– I’m So Bored With The USA 2:14 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
– Career Opportunities 1:42 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
– Remote Control 2:73 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
Don Letts Super 8 Medley 11:40

– White Riot 1:52
– Janie Jones 1:73
– City of the Dead 2:04
– Clash City Rockers 2:15
– White Man in Hammersmith Palais 2:53
– 1977 1:41
Clash On Broadway – 19:50

– London Calling
– This Is Radio Clash
– The Magnificent Seven
– Guns Of Brixton
– Safe European Home
Promo Videos

– Tommy Gun 3:00
– London Calling 3:20
– Bankrobber 4:00
– Clampdown (Live) 5:00
– Train In Vain (Live) 2:10
– The Call Up 3:10
– Rock The Casbah 3:20
– Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Live at Shea Stadium) 2:50
– Career Opportunities (Live at Shea Stadium) 3:00

Released simultaneously, ‘The Clash Hits Back’ features 33 of the band’s iconic tracks, across a 2-CD set. The tracklisting is sequenced from the band’s legendary Brixton Fairdeal show in 1982.
Hits Back contains the best studio recordings of the full set, plus 8 additional iconic tracks, and will be available digitally and on CD. It comes with the original setlist, handwritten by Joe Strummer which he usually taped to the back of his Telecaster before each gig.
“Every show was different. Joe would spend a lot of time composing the running order, considering dynamics, emotional impact and the key the songs were in. This record is based on Joe’s set list from The Casbah Club UK Tour, Brixton Fairdeal, 10th July 1982”. Mick, Paul & Topper.

‘The Clash Hits Back’: The Very Best Of The Clash:

Disc 2 (Joe Strummer’s setlist continued)
1. Ghetto Defendant
2. Armagideon Time
3. Stay Free
4. I Fought The Law
5. Straight To Hell
6. Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
7. Garageland

8. White Riot
9. Complete Control
10. Clash City Rockers
11. Tommy Gun
12. English Civil War
13. The Call Up
14. Hitsville UK
15. This Is Radio Clash

Disc 1
1. London Calling
2. Safe European Home
3. Know Your Rights
4. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
5. Janie Jones
6. The Guns of Brixton
7. Train in Vain
8. Bankrobber
9.Wrong ‘Em Boyo
10. The Magnificent Seven
11. Police On My Back
12. Rock The Casbah
13. Career Opportunities
14. Police & Thieves
15. Somebody Got Murdered
16. Brand New Cadillac
17. Clampdown

Sound System
The Clash 5 Studio Album Set
The Clash Hits Back Deluxe edition
The Clash Hits Back

Sound System:
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