June 1, 2007
9 / 10 The influence of The Clash on everybody and everything that came after is incalculable. Imagining how life would have turned out without the original politico punks is akin to considering a world without the internet – impossible and hugely frustrating. The singles in this collection, timed around the band’s 30th anniversary, are like cool old friends you wish would call more often. The punk-rock rawness of ‘White Riot’ has never been bettered, while the aeroplane-engine-like roar at the start of ‘London Calling’ remains one of rock’n’roll’s best ever two-fisted clarion calls. As well as the tunes, it’s the extras here – the sleevenotes from fans like Damon Albarn and the images of the band – that make this a must-have. Do not download it. Own it.
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