THE CLASH release their long-awaited live album on October 4.
All tracks on the as-yet untitled album were recorded between 1978-82 at venues including London’s Victoria Park, Music Machine, Lyceum and Lewisham Odeon, and also gigs at Shea Stadium and Bonds in New York.
According to a band spokesperson, there were no recordings of a good enough quality from 1976-78, meaning live favourite (and debut single) ‘White Riot’ does not appear on the album.
The spokesman said: “When you listen to this album, you can feel the hairs on your neck tingle with excitement. You can just tell they were one of the best bands ever.”
The full tracklisting is ‘Complete Control’ ‘London’s Burning’ ‘What’s My Name’ ‘Clash City Rockers’ ‘Career Opportunities’ ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais’ ‘Capital Radio’ ‘The City Of The Dead’ ‘I Fought The Law’ ‘London Calling’ ‘Armagideon Time’ ‘Train In Vain (Stand By Me)’ ‘Guns Of Brixton’ ‘The Magnificent Seven’ ‘Know Your Rights’ ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ ‘Straight To Hell’
The album was compiled by The Clash, but in particular Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon, who have spent two years sifting through tapes. Simonon is also responsible for the artwork for the sleeve of the record, which is being released on CD and vinyl formats on Columbia in the UK and Epic in the rest of the world.
nme.com readers are being asked to contribute their tales of seeing The Clash for the album’s sleevenotes. Anecdotes should be posted to The Clash‘s new website which is online now.