‘Strummer of Love’ Continues With Joe Strummer Comp
Clash legend's work with Mescaleros compiled on new 'Hellcat Years' LP
Yesterday would have been the Clash legend Joe Strummer’s 60th birthday (as some pun-loving U.K. festival organizers reminded us). To celebrate his life, the label that released his final recordings has put out a digital compilation of his work with his group the Mescaleros. Titled Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, the Hellcat Years, it contains a whopping 57 tracks recorded between 1999 and Strummers death in 2002. The label also intends to reissue Strummer’s three Mescaleros albums, 1999’s Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, 2001’s Global A Go-Go and 2003’s Streetcore on September 25.
The compilation includes hard-to-find B-sides and previously unreleased live performances, including three Clash tunes featuring a guest appearance by that band’s guitarist (and apparently archivist) Mick Jones. That concert took place on November 15, 2002, according to Rolling Stone (which is streaming a non-Jones live track here); Strummer passed away a little over a month later on December 22 of a heart defect. The release is available for purchase on iTunes.