Metascore
97

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Feb 4, 2014
    100
    Sound System gives the full, eclectic picture. [Oct 2013, p.116]
  2. 100
    Sound System is quite the piece of work. [Sep 2013, p.94]
  3. Sep 19, 2013
    100
    Sound System presents the complete Clash, lovingly remastered on six discs, comprising the five studio LPs the classic lineup released between 1977 and 1982, plus a 3-CD set featuring non-LP singles and B-sides. A DVD unspools archival footage, plus every video. The sonic upgrade sounds best on the earliest material.
  4. Sep 19, 2013
    100
    There are many extras here to pique the completist's interest.... But the real punch rests in the unprecedented clarity of the remastered original tracks, and the audacious creativity and humour of the packaging. [Oct 2013, p.104]
  5. Sep 10, 2013
    100
    The content is lovingly packaged in a box neatly dressed-up as one of those giant beat boxes hipsters used to lug around before the advent of the Sony Walkman and the digital revolution that followed.
  6. Sep 10, 2013
    100
    It takes a band as myth-saturated as the Clash to live up to a career-summing box as ambitious as this one. But Joe Strummer and his crew of London gutter-punk romantics fit the bill.
  7. Sep 24, 2013
    95
    The good news is that the extras that come along with the albums are fantastic. There’s not much that the completest won’t have heard, but most people will be really happy to have the best of the band’s B -sides, extended 12-inch versions and EP extras collected on three CDs.
  8. Sep 19, 2013
    95
    Sound System could well be a life changer, containing, as it does, the collected works of hands-down the greatest rock 'n' roll outfit the UK has produced in the last four decades. [No.102, p.51]
  9. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    Sound System really is the definitive article, and with Christmas on the horizon, is sure to feature high on several wishlists.
  10. Sep 12, 2013
    90
    Sound System drives home the foursome’s adeptness at boundary hopping, while never forgetting the value of a good hook and a politically righteous lyric.
  11. Sep 10, 2013
    90
    The immersive experience of sinking into the lovingly detailed Sound System will serve as a reminder of why fans agree with their label's slogan, "The Only Band That Matters." [Aug-Sep 2013, p.103]
  12. Sep 10, 2013
    90
    It's practically the entire history of the band crammed into a mock boombox. Designed by bassist Paul Simonon, the set incorporates retrospective essays, reprinted fanzines, a poster, dog tags, stickers, badges, and so forth; die-hard fans have probably sold off their existing Clash collections just to afford it.
  13. Sep 10, 2013
    90
    This is as complete as we'll get and if it doesn't present any fresh revelations, it brings the Clash's era back to life, both sonically and visually.
  14. Sep 20, 2013
    70
    Sound System errs firmly on the side of inclusion in virtually every way. This means, of course, inclusion of the albums Sony Legacy assumes we already own, so true fans might want to quickly Ebay their last purchase of the first five albums to afford the hefty price tag of Sound System.
  15. Oct 14, 2013
    60
    Hardcore fans will own it all already, and newcomers will find it too daunting.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 17, 2013
    10
    There could be no better box set you could own. Ever. The Clash' discography is a timeless one. They stand out as one of the few enduring punkThere could be no better box set you could own. Ever. The Clash' discography is a timeless one. They stand out as one of the few enduring punk bands with a voice, message and set of convictions that was unchanging, unrelenting and has proved unstoppable. From their two chord, savage masterpieces, to their jazz and dub infused experimentations of later years, The Clash were non-static and poured great passion into every one of their albums. There is not much new to hear here, but it is all epic. Every track is worth poring over. Full Review »