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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 anyThe 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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
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  1. With the 25th anniversary edition of London Calling, Epic/Legacy has outdone itself.
  2. Rolling Stone
    100
    A serious, ridiculously ambitious punk album. [14 Oct 2004, p.100]
  3. 100
    A quarter-century after its first release, London Calling is still the concentrate essence of The Clash's unparalleled fervor.
  4. Easily one of the best classic re-releases yet.
  5. Q Magazine
    100
    What burns from the music is The Clash's defining characteristic: the fact that they were insatiable omnivores. [Oct 2004, p.136]
  6. Filter
    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. Blender
    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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  1. Positive: 49 out of 53
  2. Negative: 3 out of 53
  1. Aug 24, 2016
    10
    How is London Calling not one of the the most perfect albums ever made? Even as a double album, it still feels like it has purpose. Each songHow is London Calling not one of the the most perfect albums ever made? Even as a double album, it still feels like it has purpose. Each song is great and the wide diversity of genres and sounds employed by The Clash help elevate the album from just being a punk album. The Clash helped bring punk out of its confined little corner into the broader world of music. Joe Strummer and Mick Jones' partnership is one of the best songwriting duos of all time. Paul Simonon's reggae basslines and Topper Headon's versatile and precise drumming provide a strong rhythmic foundation for the band's material. It rarely gets any better than this. Expand
  2. 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'tBelieve 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
  3. BryanS
    Jan 9, 2007
    10
    One of the best rock albums of all time. It also demonstrated how punk could deliver very powerful and meaningful messages.
  4. AlanR
    Nov 20, 2004
    10
    What they said...
  5. johnp
    Oct 2, 2004
    10
    best album of all time
  6. MurrayK
    Oct 1, 2004
    10
    THE best album of all time. Hands down!
  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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