Mittwoch, 15. April 2009

The Clash - Demos, Outtakes & Alternates (19xx-xx-xx) (Stu) (2CD)




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Th Clash
D.O.A. (D.O.A. is 'Demos, Outtakes, Alternates')
Bootleg 2 CD Set

The ultimate collection of Clash rarities


Disc 1

Polydor Demos:
01 - Career Opportunities
02 - White Riot
03 - Janie Jones
04 - London's Burning
05 - 1977

Micky Foote Demos:
06 - Preamble
07 - I'm So Bored With The U.S.A.
08 - London's Burning
09 - White Riot [Take 1]
10 - White Riot [Take 2]
11 - Career Opportunities
12 - 1977
13 - Janie Jones [Instrumental]

Film Soundtrack Demos:
14 - Heartbreak Hotel [Take 1]
15 - Heartbreak Hotel [Take 2]

Promo Video Shoot:
16 - 1977
17 - White Riot
18 - London's Burning
19 - 1977 [Alternate Mix]
20 - White Riot [Alternate Mix]

Elisabethan Suite Outtake:
21 - What's My Name

Rude Boy Rehearsal:
22 - Garageland

Rock Against Racism track:
23 - (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais

Alternate Mixes:
24 - Clash City Rockers
25 - The Prisoner

B-Side Outtakes:
26 - 1-2 Crush On You
27 - Pressure Drop
28 - The Prisoner

British TV Outtakes:
29 - Clash City Rockers
30 - Tommy Gun
31 - Israelites


Disc 2

'Rope Demos:
01 - All The Young Punks
02 - Safe European Home
03 - Drug-Stabbing Time
04 - Julie's Been Working For The Drug Squad
05 - Stay Free
06 - Groovy Times
07 - Last Gang In Town
08 - Ooh Baby Ooh (It's Not Over)
09 - One Emotion

'Rope Outtakes:
10 - All The Young Punks
11 - Stay Free

London Calling era soundcheck:
12 - Baby Please Don't Go
13 - Roadrunner

London Calling rehearsal:
14 - Mona
15 - You Can't Judge A Book

London Calling Outtake:
16 - Revolution Rock [Instrumental]

Sandinista! Outtakes:
17 - King Of The Road
18 - Blonde Rock And Roll
19 - Louie Louie

Combat Rock Outtakes:
20 - Know Your Rights
21 - Overpowered By Funk (Instrumental)

Combat Rock Alternate Mix:
22 - Cool Confusion

Janie Jones Demo:
23 - House Of The Ju Ju Queen

Joe Strummer Unreleased Song:
24 - In The Pouring Rain

Info
Two CD collection of rare Clash material. 55 unreleased songs.

Review
Perhaps the ultimate collection of Clash rarities. Taking you right through their career. From the first sessions for Polydor in late 1976, right up to the outtake for the "Janie Jones" single in 1982. Along with 'Clash On Broadway Outtakes' and 'The Rat Patrol' you almost have all The Clash demos, outtakes and alternates. The Polydor demos have been discussed elsewhere before but the versions here are the excellent quality ones, probably taken straight from the master tapes that now reside in the vaults of Polydor. The Micky Foote demos are another set of first album songs, along with the interesting Janie Jones instrumental and the studio chatter in the background. The highlights of this double disc set for me are the alternate studio mixes of "White Man", "Clash City Rockers" (which I believe is superior to the official version), "The Prisoner", "1-2 Crush On You" and "Pressure Drop". The promo video shoot tracks are also excellent, and are the best alternate versions of "White Riot" and "1977" ("1977" is simply amazing.) The band are on fire for those tracks.

You'll notice this compilation serves as a very handy substitute for 'London's Burning' and 'For All The Young Punks'. The 'Rope demos here are of much better quality. In fact, we almost have all the album. Then of course the interesting soundcheck rarities. Muddy Water's "Baby Please Don't Go" is a great one, very rocking, and there are also a couple of 'London Calling' era songs that are also on 'Pier Pressure'. The 'Sandinista!' outtakes are nothing new, though it is thought that it's Norman Watt-Roy on bass for "King Of The Road", as he replaced Paul (who was off shooting a film in Canada) for much of the 'Sandinista!' sessions. The "Revolution Rock" instrumental is a good song to have, and pretty rare also. A song I heard here first time of all was the "Cool Confusion" alternate mix, which is actually pretty good. The addition of drums in the mix makes a big difference.
So all in all, this richly deserves a 10. I've sort of glossed over the details a lot but the songs speak for themselves really. Adam Headland (Clash On Tour) has done a good job gathering together all the loose ends of Clash studio rarities. These all seem to be the best quality sources as well. I'll also mention the "What's My Name" live track. Not strictly a demo or anything, but just included for fun I think. It's the same song as the famous video where Joe turns to the camera: "Here we are on TV, what does it mean to you? What does it mean to me? ... Fuck Off!"

Highly recommended, all Clash fans must have this. Rated: 10 / 10

Band Info:

The Clash were an English rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk rock. Along with punk rock, they experimented with reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, The Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones's departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

The Clash were a major success in the UK from the release of their debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, brought them popularity in the United States when it came out there the following month. It received wide critical acclaim; a decade later Rolling Stone magazine declared it the best album of the 1980s.[1]

The Clash's politicised lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock, alternative rock in particular.[2] They became widely referred to as "The Only Band That Matters", originally a promotional slogan introduced by the group's record label, CBS. In January 2003 the band—including original drummer Terry Chimes—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked The Clash number 30 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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