THE CLASH – Combat Rock + The People’s Hall [Special Edition remastered] (2022)

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Originally released in May 1982, ”Combat Rock” is the final album from THE CLASH of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon. Featuring two of the band’s most well-known songs, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ and ‘Rock The Casbah’, plus favorites ‘Straight To Hell’ and ‘Know Your Rights’, it is both their biggest selling album and highest charting set in both the UK and US.
Now comes a 40th anniversary special edition of the album, titled ”Combat Rock / The People’s Hall”, which couples “Combat Rock” remastered with an additional 12-track CD compiled by The Clash.
The tracks on ‘The People’s Hall’ chart the period from what was their last single Radio Clash right up to the release of Combat Rock, including unheard, rare and early versions of tracks.

The bonus disc highlights a new version of ‘Know Your Rights’ which was recorded at The People’s Hall on the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, and the previously unreleased track ‘He Who Dares Or Is Tired’.
Other notable tracks include ‘Futura 2000’, an unreleased original mix of ‘The Escapades of Futura 2000’, Mikey Dread’s ‘Radio One’, and the outtakes ‘The Fulham Connection’, previously known as ‘The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too’ as well as ‘Idle in Kangaroo Court’.

‘Combat Rock’ is indicative of The Clash’s constant evolution and was influenced in part by the relatively recent end of the Vietnam War, particularly on ‘Sean Flynn’, inspired by the disappearance of the photojournalist and film star’s son.
The band’s curiosity and range is illustrated by the many styles and voices here, notably poet Allen Ginsberg’s apocalyptic spoken word on ‘Ghetto Defendant’ and graffiti artist Futura’s rap on ‘Overpowered By Funk’.

The Clash’s influence on several rock genres well documented and ‘Combat Rock’ specifically continues to inspire waves of rediscovery from new audiences, most notably with the use of ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ as a prominent plot device in the first season of the Netflix smash ‘Stranger Things’.
Meanwhile, ‘Straight To Hell’ remains instantly recognisable having been used in ‘Paper Planes’ by M.I.A.
Highly Recommended


Disc I – Combat Rock remastered
01 – Know Your Rights (Remastered)
02 – Car Jamming (Remastered)
03 – Should I Stay or Should I Go (Remastered)
04 – Rock the Casbah (Remastered)
05 – Red Angel Dragnet (Remastered)
06 – Straight to Hell (Remastered)
07 – Overpowered by Funk (Remastered)
08 – Atom Tan (Remastered)
09 – Sean Flynn (Remastered)
10 – Ghetto Defendant (Remastered)
11 – Inoculated City (Remastered)
12 – Death is a Star (Remastered)

Disc II – The People’s Hall
01 – Outside Bonds
02 – This is Radio Clash (Different Lyrics)
03 – Futura 2000
04 – First Night Back in London
05 – Radio One
06 – He Who Dares or Is Tired
07 – Long Time Jerk
08 – The Fulham Connection (Outtake)
09 – Midnight to Stevens (Outtake)
10 – Sean Flynn (Extended ‘Marcus Music’ Version)
11 – Idle in Kangaroo Court
12 – Know Your Rights

Joe Strummer
Mick Jones
Paul Simonon
Topper Headon



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