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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. 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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  1. Positive: 48 out of 51
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  3. Negative: 3 out of 51
  1. Oct 23, 2014
    10
    Pure genius. After the first two albums being solid in your face punk rock, this album explores a range of genres and instrumentation. At thePure genius. After the first two albums being solid in your face punk rock, this album explores a range of genres and instrumentation. At the core, there's still the punk songs 'London Calling', 'Death or Glory' and 'Clampdown'. Then there's the reggae/ska tracks 'Wrong Em' Boyo' and 'Revolution Rock'. With the piano based 'The Card Cheat' and the dub based 'Guns of Brixton' thrown in there as well. A truly unique classic which will have an everlasting influential legacy. Expand
  2. Oct 19, 2010
    10
    I dare to say that this is THE best album of all time. Absolutely flawless. This should be seen as the benchmark of a good album. All hail The Clash.
  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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