The Clash, 'Sound System'

Famously dubbed “the only band that matters,” punk icons The Clash return to record stores in a big way this September, with the release of a 12-disc box set called Sound System — featuring five of the band’s six albums, a DVD with unseen footage and three discs’ worth of demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides — as well as a new double-disc best-of set.

Due out Sept. 10 on Sony Legacy, the boom box-shaped Sound System — a pricey set, available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $290 — features newly remastered editions of the band’s first five albums, omitting 1985’s post-Mick Jones record Cut the Crap, which continues to be whitewashed from the band’s history. See full tracklist for the bonus material below.

The box set’s DVD will include “previously unseen footage” by both Don Lets and Julien Temple and original promotional videos and live clips. The collection also includes “an owner’s manual booklet,” reprints of the original “Armagideon Times” fanzine as well as a brand-new edition put together by Paul Simonon, plus dog tags, badges, stickers and a poster.

In announcing the set, Jones tells The Guardian newspaper:

“The concept of the whole thing is: best box set ever. Remastering’s a really amazing thing. That was the musical point of it all, because there’s so much there that you wouldn’t have heard before. It was like discovering stuff, because the advances in mastering are so immense since the last time [the Clash catalogue] was remastered in the 90s. … We had to bake the tapes beforehand – the oxide on them is where the music is, so if you don’t put them in the oven and bake them, that all falls off, because they’re so old.”

Also in September, the band will release The Clash Hits Back, a new 2CD, 33-track best-of sequenced with studio recordings to replicate the group’s July 10, 1982, concert in Brixton, plus eight additional tracks.

Below, check out details of Sound System, full tracklist for Hits Back and not one but two preview videos.

 

The Clash - Sound System

Tracklist: The Clash, Sound System box set

CD 1
The Clash

CD 2
Give ‘Em Enough Rope

CDs 3-4
London Calling

CDs 5-7
Sandinista!

CD 8
Combat Rock

CD 9
Sound System Extras 1
1. White Riot (Single version)
2. 1977 (B-side)
3. Listen (Capital Radio EP) / Interviews (Capital Radio EP)
4. Capital Radio (Capital Radio EP)
5. London’s Burning (Live B-side Remote Control)
6. Complete Control (Single version)
7. City Of The Dead (B-side)
8. Clash City Rockers (Original single version)
9. Jail Guitar Doors (B-side)
10. White Man In Hammersmith Palais (A-side)
11. The Prisoner (B-side)
12. 1-2 Crush On You (B-side Tommy Gun)
13. Time Is Tight (Black Market Clash)
14. Pressure Drop (B-side English Civil War)
15. I Fought The Law (Cost Of Living EP)
16. Groovy Times (Cost Of Living EP)
17. Gates Of The West (Cost Of Living EP)
18. Capital Radio (Cost Of Living EP)
19. Armagideon Time
20. Bank Robber (A-side)
21. Rockers Galore On A UK Tour (B-side)

CD 10
Sound System Extras 2
1. Magnificent Dance (12”) 5:36 (available on Singles box set)
2. Midnight To Stevens (Outtake)
3. Radio One (B-side Hitsville UK)
4. Stop The World (B-side The Call Up)
5. The Cool Out (US 12” B-side of The Call Up)
6. This Is Radio Clash (A-side)
7. This Is Radio Clash (B-side 7” – different lyrics)
8. First Night Back In London (B-side Know Your Rights)
9. Rock The Casbah (Bob Clearmountain 12” mix)
10. Long Time Jerk (B-side Rock The Casbah)
11. The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too (Outtake)
12. Idle In Kangaroo Court (Outtake listed as Kill Time)
13. Ghetto Defendant (Extended version – unedited)
14. Cool Confusion (B-side Should I Stay Or Should I Go 7”)
15. Sean Flynn (Extended ‘Marcus Music’ version)
16. Straight To Hell (Extended unedited version from Clash On Broadway)

CD 11
Sound System Extras 3
Extracts from The Clash’s first ever recording session at Beaconsfield Film School 1976. Recorded by Julien Temple
1. I’m So Bored With The USA
2. London’s Burning
3. White Riot
4. 1977
Polydor Demos – The Clash’s second recording session January 1977
Produced by Guy Stevens
5. Janie Jones
6. Career Opportunities
7. London’s Burning
8. 1977
9. White Riot
Live at The Lyceum, London 28th December 1979
10. City Of The Dead
11. Jail Guitar Doors
12. English Civil War
13. Stay Free
14. Cheapstakes
15. I Fought The Law

Bonus DVD
Julien Temple Archive – 6:20
White Riot Interview – 7:10
Promo and interviews with Tony Parsons
1977 1:87
White Riot 1:48
London’s Burning 2:05
Sussex University 1977
I’m So Bored With The USA 2:14
Hate & War 1:94
Career Opportunities 1:42
Remote Control 2:73
Don Letts Super 8 Medley 11:40
White Riot 1:52
Janie Jones 1:73
City of the Dead 2:04
Clash City Rockers 2:15
White Man in Hammersmith Palais 2:53
1977 1:41
Clash On Broadway – 19:50
London Calling
This Is Radio Clash
The Magnificent Seven
Guns Of Brixton
Safe European Home
Promo Videos
Tommy Gun 3:00
London Calling 3:20
Bankrobber 4:00
Clampdown (Live) 5:00
Train In Vain (Live) 2:10
The Call Up 3:10
Rock The Casbah 3:20
Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Live at Shea Stadium) 2:50
Career Opportunities (Live at Shea Stadium) 3:00

 

The Clash

Tracklist: The Clash Hits Back

CD 1
1. “London Calling”
2. “Safe European Home”
3. “Know Your Rights”
4. “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais”
5. “Janie Jones”
6. “The Guns of Brixton”
7. “Train in Vain”
8. “Bankrobber”
9. “Wrong ‘Em Boyo”
10. “The Magnificent Seven”
11. “Police on my Back”
12. “Rock the Casbah”
13. “Career Opportunities”
14. “Police & Thieves”
15. “Somebody Got Murdered”
16. “Brand New Cadillac”
17. “Working for the Clampdown”

CD 2
1. “Ghetto Defendant”
2. “Armagideon Time”
3. “Stay Free”
4. “I Fought the Law”
5. “Straight To Hell”
6. “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
7. “Garageland”
8. “White Riot”
9. “Complete Control”
10. “Clash City Rockers”
11. “Tommy Gun”
12. “English Civil War”
13. “The Call Up”
14. “Hitsville UK”
15. “This Is Radio Clash”

 

The Clash – Sound System Cut Out Show

 

The Clash – Sound System and Hits Back Trailer

 

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