The Clash
The Essential Clash



by TNT USER (4 Reviews)
April 28th, 2005 | 9 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Compilations... The thought alone triggers a grimace upon my face. The only reason these things are made from the beginning is to garner more dough from money-hungry executives. Hell, Guns n' Roses released a Greatest Hits album not too long ago just to try and pay off some of the money they owed Geffen Records. So I figured that when The Clash had a compilation coming out a couple years ago that it would suck because 1)More than likely, I'd have heard it all before, 2)Again, it's a compilation album and 3)Several of the bands best songs would likely be neglected in the end. When it came down to it, I was more correct than I would have liked to be.

Should I stay or should I go now?/
Should I stay or should I go now?/
If I go there will be trouble/
An' if I stay it will be double/
So come on and let me know/
Should I stay or should I go?

The Essential Clash is a two disc set, with fourty of the bands most well known songs. The songs span throughout the guys' career, from their self-titled effort to the lackluster Cut The Crap that eventually proved the downfall of the band. Because I'm such a fan of The Clash, however, I felt more than obligated to at least check the record out. In doing so, I was kind of let down. Everything on the album is stuff that I already know. Seven of the songs, nearly half of the second disc, are songs that just about every casual listener of The Clash will know - - they are all from London Calling. So with this in mind, it's already half pointless wanting to purchase this. HOWEVER, for new fans of The Clash, I could definitely seeing someone enjoying what is to be heard. On the other hand, this is from my point of view and not a newcomers.

Yankee detectives/
Are always on the TV/
'Cos killers in America/
Work seven days a week
Never mind the stars and stripes/
Let's print the Watergate Tapes/
I'll salute the New Wave/
And I hope nobody escapes/
I'm so bored with the USA/
But what can I do?

One thing that I can't complain about on The Essential Clash, though, is the packaging. It is no cheap affair by any means. Then again, that also brings me to the cost. I believe I paid around twenty five dollars, which is ridiculous. I would have been better off just buying another Clash compilation album, or even pulling out all my Clash CD's and forming my own "Best Of" burned disc.

The ice age is coming/
the sun is zooming in/
Engines stop running/
and the wheat is growing thin/
A nuclear error/
but I have no fear/
London is drowning-and I/ live by the river

Overall I would not recommend die-hard or maybe even casual Clash fans to buy this. If you're new to the group, you would be better off buying either another compilation.

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May 8th 2005


The Clash were too fucking good for a compilation, man. You have to get the full albums for these guys.

May 30th 2005


Oh, I know.

June 1st 2005


I don't see how you expect the compilation to have much of anything new. Compilations are usually for newcomers. This is the best Clash compilation, besides The Clash on Broadway. Some of the choices on disc two are rather questionable, though, especially "Ivan Meets G.I. Joe" and others. There were othe better tracks on Sandinista! than that.

July 20th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

As far as compliations go, you're not gonna get a better one for a better price. 4.5 out of 5.This Message Edited On 07.20.05

March 31st 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

this rocks

April 10th 2006


The Clash were too ****ing good for a compilation, man. You have to get the full albums for these guys.


But still a pretty solid compilation. Some more tracks from Super Black Market Clash would be a lot better though and some better ones from Sandinista!, but hey, you can't include em all.This Message Edited On 04.09.06

Two-Headed Boy
June 22nd 2006


I concur. The Clash shouldn't be compiled. But what the hell, this does a fine job. Beginners should start with London Calling though.

July 7th 2006


any fan of the Clash will probably already own most of the songs on this, making it UNessential.

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