The Story of the Clash, Volume 1

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The Story of the Clash, Volume 1
Compilation album by The Clash
Released 29 February 1988 (1988-02-29)
Genre Punk rock
Length 100:10
Label Epic
Producer The Clash, Mickey Foote, Mikey Dread, Sandy Pearlman, Bill Price, Guy Stevens, Lee Perry
The Clash compilations and lives chronology
Black Market Clash
(1980)
The Story of the Clash, Volume 1
(1988)
1977 Revisited
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+ [3]

The Story of the Clash, Vol. 1 is a double-disc compilation album by the English punk rock band The Clash. It was released with 28 tracks on 29 February 1988 through Epic Records. The compilation presents a relatively thorough overview of their career (except Cut the Crap). An anticipated second volume was to have consisted of live recordings but remains unreleased. The original albums on vinyl were released with 4 different colored covers, Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green.

Track listing[edit]

The 2×LP release of the album has the first six tracks of Disc 1 on Side A and the latter seven on Side B, and the first eight tracks of Disc 2 on Side C and the latter seven on Side D.

All songs written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones except where noted.

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "The Magnificent Seven" - 4:27 (the Clash) (12" version; original version from Sandinista!, 1980)
  2. "Rock the Casbah" - 3:42 (the Clash) (US single mix; original version from Combat Rock, 1982)
  3. "This Is Radio Clash" - 4:10 (the Clash) (A-side of non-album single, 1981)
  4. "Should I Stay or Should I Go" - 3:06 (the Clash) (from Combat Rock, 1982)
  5. "Straight to Hell" - 5:30 (the Clash) (from Combat Rock, 1982)
  6. "Armagideon Time" - 3:50 (Willi Williams, Jackie Mittoo) (B-side of "London Calling" single, 1979)
  7. "Clampdown" - 3:50 (from London Calling, 1979)
  8. "Train in Vain" - 3:10 (from London Calling, 1979)
  9. "The Guns of Brixton" - 3:12 (Simonon) (from London Calling, 1979)
  10. "I Fought the Law" - 2:35 (Sonny Curtis) (from The Cost of Living EP, 1979)
  11. "Somebody Got Murdered" - 3:34 (the Clash) (from Sandinista!, 1980)
  12. "Lost in the Supermarket" - 3:47 (from London Calling, 1979)
  13. "Bankrobber" - 4:31 (A-side of non-album single, 1980)

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais" - 3:58 (non-album single, 1978)
  2. "London's Burning" - 2:09 (from The Clash, 1977)
  3. "Janie Jones" - 2:04 (from The Clash, 1977)
  4. "Tommy Gun" - 3:14 (from Give 'Em Enough Rope, 1978)
  5. "Complete Control" - 3:12 (non-album single, 1977)
  6. "Capital Radio One" (preceded by Circle Line interview part 2)[4] - 5:18 (from Capital Radio EP, 1977)
  7. "White Riot" - 1:59 (single version, 18th of March 1977)
  8. "Career Opportunities" - 1:51 (from The Clash, 1977)
  9. "Clash City Rockers" - 3:57 (non-album single, 1978)
  10. "Safe European Home" - 3:49 (from Give 'Em Enough Rope, 1978)
  11. "Stay Free" - 3:37 (from Give 'Em Enough Rope, 1978)
  12. "London Calling" - 3:19 (from London Calling, 1979)
  13. "Spanish Bombs" - 3:18 (from London Calling, 1979)
  14. "English Civil War" (trad. arr. Strummer/Jones) - 2:34 (from Give 'Em Enough Rope, 1978)
  15. "Police & Thieves" (Junior Murvin, Lee "Scratch" Perry) - 6:00 (from The Clash, 1977)

Liner notes[edit]

The extensive inner notes are told from the perspective of Joe Strummer's alter-ego, one Albert Transom. Transom, described by himself as "...their valet from the early beginnings to the bitter end...", tells many anecdotes, including one about the beginning of the rioting at the Notting Hill Carnival in 1976. Many of the stories are about shows, such as one where, after their "3rd or 4th time out", Transom and a fellow punk named Sebastian barricaded themselves in a small room and were attacked by a group of "Teddy Boys". The story went that Sebastian's tie was ripped, and the general consensus was that the tie was now "much more punk". Many other musicians are mentioned in the liners, including experiences with Bo Diddley, Devo, and Roxy Music. The notes end with "If I had to sum it up, I'd say we played every gig on the face of the earth and that's what its all about...I've just heard they'll give me some room on Vol. 2 so maybe I will be able to tell the bits I've had to skip or leave out."[5]

Personnel[edit]

The Clash
Production

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
German Albums (Official Top 100)[6] 53
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 50
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 7
US Billboard 200[10] 50

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Silver 60,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Story of the Clash, Volume 1 at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  2. ^ Rolling Stone 14 July 1988
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. The Clash. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  4. ^ Discogs - Capital Radio E.P. 09th of April 1977 UK
  5. ^ Strummer, Joe (1988). The Story of the Clash, Volume 1 (CD, 2×LP). The Clash. CBS. 
  6. ^ "The Clash – The Story Of The Clash". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  7. ^ "The Clash – The Story Of The Clash". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "The Clash – The Story Of The Clash". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "1988-04-02 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "The Clash Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for The Clash. Prometheus Global Media.
  11. ^ a b "British album certifications – CLASH – THE STORY OF THE CLASH - VOL 1". British Phonographic Industry. 1988-03-21.  Enter THE STORY OF THE CLASH - VOL 1 in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  12. ^ a b "American album certifications – CLASH, THE – STORY OF THE CLASH". Recording Industry Association of America. 1999-04-20.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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