Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros releasing digital box set, expanded CD reissues

Hellcat Records on Tuesday marked what would have been Joe Strummer’s 60th birthday by announcing and immediately releasing a digital box set compiling the late Clash frontman’s recorded output with late-’90s, early-2000s band The Mescaleros — including an unreleased 2002 live set that found Strummer reuniting with former bandmate Mick Jones for a three-song encore of Clash classics.

The label also is releasing expanded and remastered CD reissues of all three of the group’s studio albums — 1999’s Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, 2001’s Global a Go-Go and 2003’s posthumous Streetcore — on Sept. 25. Rock Art and Streetcore each are supplemented with multiple B-sides, while Global a Go-Go features a lone live bonus track (see tracklists below).

Available now via Amazon and iTunes, the 57-track Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros: The Hellcat Years features all three of the group’s studio albums, nine B-sides (including live covers of Jimmy Cliff and the Ramones), a compilation track and a complete 16-song live set.

That Mescaleros’ live performance was recorded Nov. 15, 2002, at a Fire Brigade Union benefit at Acton Town Hall in London, and features a Clash-heavy main set plus the encore with Jones, the duo’s first appearance on stage together in two decades. (Rolling Stone is streaming one of the set’s Jones-less live tracks, “Johnny Appleseed”).

Strummer died less than two months later.

 

Tracklist: Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, The Hellcat Years

Rock Art and the X-Ray Style
1. “Tony Adams”
2. “Sandpaper Blues”
3. “X-ray Style”
4. “Techno D-day”
5. “The Road To Rock’n’roll”
6. “Nitcomb”
7. “Diggin’ The New”
8. Forbidden City”
9. “Yalla Yalla”
10. “Willesden To Cricklewood”

Global a Go-Go
11. “Johnny Appleseed”
12. “Cool ‘N’ Out”
13. “Global A Go-Go”
14. “Bhindi Bhagee”
15. “Gamma Ray”
16. “Mega Bottle Ride”
17. “Shaktar Donetsk”
18. “Mondo Bongo”
19. “Bummed Out City”
20. “At The Border, Guy”
21. “Minstrel Boy”

Streetcore
22. “Coma Girl”
23. “Get Down Moses”
24. “Long Shadow”
25. “Arms Aloft”
26. “Ramshackle Day Parade”
27. “Redemption Song”
28. “All In A Day”
29. “Burnin’ Streets”
30. “Midnight Jam”
31. “Silver And Gold”

B-Sides and Bonus Track
32. “Time and The Tide” (B-side of Yalla Yalla)
33. “The X-Ray Style” (live summer 99) (B-side to Yalla Yalla)
34. “Yalla Yalla” (Norro’s King Dub) (B-side to Yalla Yalla)
35. “The Harder They Come” (live) (B-side to Coma Girl)
36. “Rudi, A Message To You” (live) (B-side to Coma Girl)
37. “Blitzkreig Bop” (live) (B-side of Coma Girl)
38. “Yalla Yalla” (live) (B-side to Coma Girl)
39. “Armagideon Time” (B-side to Redemption Song)
40. “Pressure Drop” (B-side to Redemption Song)
41. “Junco Partner” (from Hellcat Give Em The Boot IV compilation)

Live: Fire Brigade Union Benefit, Acton Town Hall, London, 11/15/02
42. “Shaktar Donetsk”
43. “Bhindee Bhagee”
44. “Rudy Can’t Fail”
45. “Tony Adams”
46. “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais”
47. “Mega Bottle Ride”
48. “Get Down Moses”
49. “Police and Thieves”
50. “Cool ‘n’ Out”
51. “Police On My Back”
52. “Johnny Appleseed”
53. “Coma Girl”
54. “I Fought The Law”
55. “Bankrobber” (encore w/ Mick Jones)
56. “White Riot” (encore w/ Mick Jones)
57. “London’s Burning” (encore w/ Mick Jones)

 

Tracklist: Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Rock Art and the X-Ray Style

1. “Tony Adams”
2. “Sandpaper Blues”
3. “X-ray Style”
4. “Techno D-day”
5. “The Road To Rock’n’roll”
6. “Nitcomb”
7. “Diggin’ The New”
8. Forbidden City”
9. “Yalla Yalla”
10. “Willesden To Cricklewood”
11. “Time and The Tide” (B-side of Yalla Yalla) *
12. “The X-Ray Style” (live summer 99) (B-side to Yalla Yalla) *
13. “Yalla Yalla” (Norro’s King Dub) (B-side to Yalla Yalla) *

* Bonus tracks

 

Tracklist: Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Global a Go-Go

1. “Johnny Appleseed”
2. “Cool ‘N’ Out”
3. “Global A Go-Go”
4. “Bhindi Bhagee”
5. “Gamma Ray”
6. “Mega Bottle Ride”
7. “Shaktar Donetsk”
8. “Mondo Bongo”
9. “Bummed Out City”
10. “At The Border, Guy”
11. “Minstrel Boy”
12. “Bhindee Bhagee” (Live from the Acton concert) *

* Bonus track

 

Tracklist: Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Streetcore

1. “Coma Girl”
2. “Get Down Moses”
3. “Long Shadow”
4. “Arms Aloft”
5. “Ramshackle Day Parade”
6. “Redemption Song”
7. “All In A Day”
8. “Burnin’ Streets”
9. “Midnight Jam”
10. “Silver And Gold”
11. “The Harder They Come” (live) (B-side to Coma Girl) *
12. “Rudi, A Message To You” (live) (B-side to Coma Girl) *
13. “Blitzkreig Bop” (live) (B-side of Coma Girl) *
14. “Yalla Yalla” (live) (B-side to Coma Girl) *
15. “Armagideon Time” (B-side to Redemption Song) *
16. “Pressure Drop” (B-side to Redemption Song) *
17. “Junco Partner” (from Hellcat Give Em The Boot IV compilation) *

* Bonus tracks

 

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3 Comments

  • Notch Johnson

    I miss both Joe and his friend Johney Ramones. Crazy how young they both died.

     
  • Great news and fantastic way to celebrate Joe’s legacy…if you’re American…and willing to buy it all again to get the concert…on stupid MP3 files…

     
  • CDs are out Sep 25, still not clear on which tracks come with which album or if it will be a box set?

     
 

 

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