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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. 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. What burns from the music is The Clash's defining characteristic: the fact that they were insatiable omnivores. [Oct 2004, p.136]
  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: 49 out of 52
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  3. Negative: 3 out of 52
  1. Apr 4, 2015
    10
    I was in college when this album came out. It's hard to put in historical perspective, but this album changed music for the next coupleI was in college when this album came out. It's hard to put in historical perspective, but this album changed music for the next couple decades. The scope of it is truly astounding. I would put this in my "top 10" all time best rock albums list. As an added, bonus, they were one of the best live bands ever. (I saw them 5 times.) Those were the days... 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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