The Clash
Live: From Here to Eternity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chewbacca USER (32 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2005 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


To this day, I still wonder why it took so long for an official live album by the Clash to appear. The Clash were praised as being a terrific live band. They were full of energy and every song was an explosion of sound. The Clash were also capable of filling arenas. Arenas for God's sake! They didn't care if they were playing large venues, and if they weren't "punk" enough for the elitists, especially the ones in Great Britain. Live : From Here to Eternity, though, is slightly dissapointing. The songs were all recorded from 1978-1982, which is a period where the Clash started to blow up in stature, becoming the elder statesmen of punk rock, and just rock and roll in general. What else could you do but drop to your knees and exclaim "We're not worthy!" after taking one listen to London Calling?

The songs here, as you may have suspected, are all taken from seperate dates from thos certain years. What is so wonderful about this, though, is that the songs all sound like they were taken from the same date. Each song sounds rather large in stature, with Mick Jones' guitar projecting power chord after powerchord of reverberated sound, Joe Strummer shouting the sociopolitical lyrics, Paul Simonen thumping away on the bass, and Topper Headon, often called "The Human Drum Machine" keep the beat, never letting up. Sure, the parts are all fantastic, but how about the sum of it all?

Well, the song selection is very, vert questionable. The songs representing The Clash's self-titled debut album, are probably someof the weaker songs. Really, does anybody like "What's My Name," the worst song from that album? "London's Burning" is fairly boring and drab live, doing nothing to excite, or even inciting the bobbing of a head or two. We get the rather dapper "City of the Dead," another boring attempt to add some excitement into the album, and is too obscure for anyone new to the band to recognize. There's also "Armaigaden Time" thrown in, probably to represent the band's reggae/dub cred, even though it is a rather good on its own. The rest of the songs, though, are pure Clash bliss. "Career Oppurtunities," although slower than the original version, still rocks out with a vengeance, while Strummer and Jones shout out in unison, to great effect, about unemployment and job oppurtunities in England. "(White Man) In Hamemrsith Palais" is perfect, with the whole band grooving on the raggae-ska bassline and guitar part, with Topper keeping the whole thing down. The song is a perfect example of a ragge-punk song. "Capitol Radio" rocks out loud, with some very nice organ playing, and Joe Strummer slurring out the lyrics, and is one of the fastest songs here. The version of "Train in Vain" here, is almost disco-like, with a nice drum intro and Mick Jones coming in with some reverb and delay added in. The song shakes and rattles, and is much better than the album version. Another disco-funk song represented here is "The Magnificent Seven," which grooves for the whole duration of the song, though slightly faster than the studio version. Strummer even improvises on the lyrics ("This song is ***ing long."), and is followed by the punkabilly-western "Know Your Rights". The true highlight of the album, though, is "Should I Stay or Should I Go". The song never lets up pace, with Joe and Mick thrashing out the chords, the whole band is on the song full force, though when it gets louder, you can barely hear Mick and Joe singing. "Straight to Hell" ends the album on a quieter note, though it is a very good song. It opens with Topper pounding on the bass drum and so on, and the band comes in eventually. It is one of my favorite songs by the Clash, and when presented live, sounds much, much better. A fantastic ending.

To summarize, Live: From Here to Eternity is an excellent live album, with a (mostly) good song selection, in which the songs sound much better presented live. Joe's voice is sometimes weak, and doesn't rise above the music, and there could have been a few songs from Give 'Em Enough Rope. The production is one of the best aspects of the album. The songs sound as if they are part of the same concert, shimmering in all the glorious reverb, drums pounding away and the bass thumping. It doesn't exactly present the Clash in their full prime, but it is a good example of how well they could present some of their songs in a live format, especially in stadiums and large venues, without losing the edge and excitement.



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Rudd13
July 23rd 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great, great review, something vague. :thumb:

I should pick this one up.This Message Edited On 10.03.05This Message Edited On 10.03.05

Strummerville
July 23rd 2005


1 Comments


I agree with this. Good review.

BuddahFist
July 23rd 2005


4 Comments


yeah, solid review, bu i'm pretty sure Terry Chimes played drums on Straight To Hell......him and Topper pretty much split the drumming in half...

Killtacular
July 23rd 2005


1314 Comments


Solid work. Thumb: :thumb:

Punx18
August 15th 2005


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice Review, Smashing Album 5/5! The closest thing to perfection, but lets face it, nothings ever going to beat the clash live

kolzig33189
September 4th 2005


335 Comments


theres a bootleg clash cd called ny city rockers the sound quality is not anywhere near as good but they play 22 songs from all eras. i suggest it cuz it has more variety

NoC@$hPunx
January 21st 2006


37 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice get it

Rudd13
January 22nd 2006


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some of the tracks on here reflect off the fact that sometimes the band didnt give their all towards the audience.
Old clips of live shows show true evidence of some great passion coming from Mick and Joe. Clips of Train In Vain and Complete Control to name a few.
But others like live clips of London's Burning, and Guns of Brixton shows a horrible stage presence. Paul looked proud to ruin Guns of Brixton by excluding his vocals and playing the bassline horribly with small amount of concentration.
The Clash were probably a great show...If they felt like it that night.
/indirectly points out that respect for the band has "still" never been higher.


Kyle
January 22nd 2006


667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is amazing, such a brilliant reflection of their live performance. I can easilly listen to every song and enjoy it. Songs like 'City ofthe Dead' and 'Train in Vain' really come to life on this record.

NoC@$hPunx
January 22nd 2006


37 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great eview my friend


tom79
January 25th 2006


3380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

good live album-capitol radio is a great song

Digging: I Kill Giants - I Kill Giants

Two-Headed Boy
February 16th 2006


4527 Comments


Sweet review, Eliminator. Arguably the best live punk band of their time.

Simon Kent
April 13th 2006


58 Comments


great live album but the song selction is poor


tom79
April 13th 2006


3380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I thought the song selection was pretty good. Maybe not the greatest but for the most part, they picked the right songs. I agree What's My Name maybe shouldn't have been included in place for some better ones, but oh well. I take it for what it is.

Simon Kent
April 13th 2006


58 Comments


it's not so much what's my name it's that version of London Calling. It's awful. Almost ruined a great song for me.

JohnXDoesn't
April 22nd 2006


1283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good live album. This band was so good live I almost have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming when I hear them. Lot's of great songs on here from throughout The Clash's career, and the early stuff stands up well alongside the later stuff, and vice versa. I can hear a slight di in energy on the Terry Chimes tracks, but that is a small complaint. This is rock n roll played by one of God's few very own rock bands, and certainly worth a place in anyones live music collection...

MrKite
February 1st 2007


5020 Comments


I really like watching live videos of the Clash. I might get this after another studio album.

Nostradamus
February 1st 2007


80 Comments


the later material on this album is really good

but the earlier stuff they play sounds awkward and as if they're bored

anticipatious_phoenix
February 9th 2007


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anything the Clash does is amazing. I personally consider "I Fought The Law" one of my favorites.



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