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  • Summary: The landmark double album from Mick Jones, Joe Strummer & co. returns in a greatly expanded format, with a second disc ("The Vanilla Tapes") containing previously unreleased demos which are either primitive versions of songs from the album, or in a few cases, songs that don't show up on any Clash recording. Also included is a DVD with three videos and a Don Letts-directed documentary. Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. Easily one of the best classic re-releases yet.
  2. 100
    A quarter-century after its first release, London Calling is still the concentrate essence of The Clash's unparalleled fervor.
  3. With the 25th anniversary edition of London Calling, Epic/Legacy has outdone itself.
  4. It's fitting that an album that truly deserves an expanded edition not only gets the deluxe edition it deserves, but one that makes a convincing argument that the sometimes ridiculous practice of expanded, multi-disc editions has a purpose after all.
  5. 100
    Whether you consider London Calling to be the last great rock album of the '70s or the first great rock album of the '80s, the extent to which it fully merits its cultural and aesthetic status is utterly beyond question. [Oct 2004, p.123]
  6. 94
    Everyone--yes, everyone--should buy this version of London Calling, because in this form, audio and video, it acts as a veritable design for living. [#12, p.96]
  7. 80
    The demo versions... sound like an incompetent Clash cover band rehearsing in a sock.... If you're considering buying this glorious record for the first time, save 20 bucks and go for the basic version. [Oct 2004, p.136]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 49
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 49
  3. Negative: 3 out of 49
  1. Apr 6, 2013
    10
    The album that practically defines both punk music and The Clash. A sprawling 65 minutes of diverse music ranging from garage rock to reggae. A genuine classic. Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2013
    10
    This album is just incredible. What's great is that The Card Cheat, not London Calling, is the best song. Each song is so unique that it feels like a different band could've written each one. It suits any mood and it shows just what kind of talent the Clash had. It is more than rock n' roll and is phenomenal. Everyone needs to listen to it. Expand
  3. Apr 23, 2011
    10
    Believe the hype, it really is one of the best albums of all time. This needs to be at least 150 characters long, but to be honest there isn't much else to say. Expand
  4. Nov 16, 2010
    10
    A true masterpiece by a great band working at its creative peak, which stands among the best rock albums of all time. It is possibly the greatest of them all. I believe it is. It is really not a true punk album, but a rock album laced with a good deal of reggae, country, pop, jazz, soul, rockability, and yes, punk. There is not one bad track on the album, which is rare, particularly for a double album. Expand
  5. Oct 28, 2010
    9
    London Calling is a very, very good album and although I am slightly stumped by the incredible claim it has received it is still worth a couple of listens whatever your taste in music. The title track is an iconic punk blues track which tops anything else. The coupling of 'Spanish Bombs' and 'The Right Profile' is clever, both are catchy and memorable. Every track has a different quality, but still keeping a repetitive,interesting punky feel. This is a superb album with punk that still manages to appeal to a mass audience. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2013
    9
    The Clash's finest hour for me, keeping punk rock at the core of thing but adding many other dimensions to the mix as well. For a record always associated with Punk it's got surprising diversity. So many moments of genius, if it had one or 2 less tracks it could have been perfect. Highly recommended. Expand
  7. Dec 9, 2013
    0
    Suckest guitar sounds... Stupidest performers... London calling is an absolute dumbed down of the 70s decade..........................................

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