The Singles

The Singles

by The ClashThe Clash


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The Singles is exactly what the title says -- a collection of the Clash's U.K. single A-sides. This approach can hardly result in a definitive compilation, since the Clash's albums were such cohesive, important works in their own right, and even more erratic LPs like Sandinista! and Combat Rock had their share of fine album tracks. Nevertheless, the collection does have some value, particularly for more casual fans who don't want to spend the time or money sifting through those uneven albums. And because the best way to hear the Clash is on their original albums, The Singles can also be useful for fans who already own those albums and don't want to purchase the three-disc Clash on Broadway, thereby duplicating a good portion of their collection. The Singles does illustrate the progression of the Clash's music from raw, energetic punk to eclectic dabblings in rockabilly, reggae, and dance-rock (even if it doesn't do so as seamlessly as London Calling), and so far, it is the only single-disc Clash comp to feature the original version of the non-LP single "Bankrobber" (the one on Super Black Market Clash is a dub version with most of the lyrics missing). So, the utility of The Singles all depends on how deeply you want to dig into the Clash, and how much tolerance you have for duplication in the compilations necessary for supplementing the original albums (if your tolerance is high, stick with the more thorough Clash on Broadway). [The 2007 reissue adds "Train in Vain" and "Groovy Times" .]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2007
Label: Epic
UPC: 0886971136623
catalogNumber: 711366
Rank: 18033

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clash   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Mikey Dread   Producer,Audio Production
Clash   Composer
Joe Strummer   Composer
Pete Townshend   Author
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Sharleen Spiteri   Author
Damon Albarn   Author
Tim Burgess   Author
Micky Foote   Audio Production
Bobby Gillespie   Author
Mick Jones   Composer,Audio Production
Shane MacGowan   Author
Sandy Pearlman   Producer,Audio Production
Bill Price   Audio Production
Guy Stevens   Producer,Audio Production
Jose Unidos   Producer
Bernard Sumner   Author
John Squire   Author
Anthony Roman   Author
Chris Shiflett   Author
Danny Boyle   Author
Traditional   Composer
Tricia Ronane   Executive Producer
Jimi Goodwin   Author
Stuart Pearce   Author
Carl Barat   Author
Richard Archer   Author
Bernard Rhodes   Composer,Author
Irvine Welsh   Author
Tricia Ronane   Audio Production

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