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Reissues – The Clash, Talking Heads, Albert Ayler, The Conet Project

The Clash, London Calling: Legacy Edition (Epic/Legacy) Unlike Elvis Costello—whose reissues overflow with killer non-album tracks—the Clash mostly gave you everything they had on their LPs, though some of it was a little half-baked (see Sandinista!). On this rerun, you get “The Vanilla Tapes” as a bonus: 21 rough album demos that, aside from the honky-tonkin’ “Lonesome Me” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me,” sound like, well, rough album demos. Watch the accompanying DVD and see dirtball producer Guy Stevens smashing chairs to rev up the boys. Hey, it worked.

Will Hermes |October 29, 2004 - 7:00 am

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