by The ClashThe Clash


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The Clash sounded like they could do anything on London Calling. For its triple-album follow-up, Sandinista!, they tried to do everything, adding dub, rap, gospel, and even children's choruses to the punk, reggae, R&B, and roots rock they already were playing. Instead of presenting a band with a far-reaching vision, like London Calling did, Sandinista! plays as a messy, confused jumble, which means that its numerous virtues are easy to ignore. Amid all the dub experiments, backward tracks, unfinished songs, and instrumentals, there are a number of classic Clash songs that rank among the band's best, including "Police on My Back," "The Call Up," "Somebody Got Murdered," "Charlie Don't Surf," "Hitsville U.K.," and "Lightning Strikes (Not Once but Twice)," yet it's difficult for anyone but the most dedicated listeners to find them. A few of the failed ideas were worth exploring, but even more -- like the children's choir version of "Career Opportunities" or the Tymon Dogg song "Lose This Skin" -- weren't even worth pursuing. As the cliché says, there's a great single album within these three records, and those songs make Sandinista! worthwhile. Nevertheless, its sloppy attack is disheartening after the tour de force of London Calling and the focused aggression of The Clash

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646388822
catalogNumber: 63888

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clash   Primary Artist
Mikey Dread   Vocals
Joe Strummer   Guitar,Vocals
Ellen Foley   Vocals
Gary Barnacle   Musician
Bill Barnacle   Musician
Tymon Dogg   Vocals
Maria Gallagher   Musician
Mick Gallagher   Keyboards,Musician
Ray Gascogne   Musician
Topper Headon   Vocals,Snare Drums
Den Hegarty   Musician
Mick Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Ivan Julian   Musician
J.D. Nicholson   Keyboards,Musician
Davey Payne   Musician
Paul Simonon   Bass,Vocals
Norman Watt-Roy   Musician
David Yates   Musician
Len Lewis   Musician
Noel Temp Bailey   Musician
Battersea   Musician
Gerald Baxter-Warman   Musician
Timon Dogg   Musician
Rudolf Adolphus Jordan   Musician
Terry McQuade   Musician
Anthony Nelson Steele   Musician
Jody Winscott   Musician

Technical Credits

Mikey Dread   Composer
Clash   Composer,Producer,Sleeve Design
Joe Strummer   Composer
Mose Allison   Composer
Steve Bell   Animation
Tymon Dogg   Composer
Ray Gascogne   Contributor
Topper Headon   Composer
Den Hegarty   Contributor
Mick Jones   Composer
J.D. Nicholson   Engineer
Davey Payne   Contributor
Bill Price   Engineer
Paul Simonon   Composer
Norman Watt-Roy   Contributor
Jules   Sleeve Design
Maxie Mckenzie   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Jerry Green   Engineer

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