(2013) Hits Back

The Clash

... read moreA tie-in to the exhaustive 2013 box set Sound System, the 2013 compilation The Clash Hits Back is a novel approach to a career retrospective: it mirrors the 24-song set list for the band's July 19, 1982 concert at Brixton Fairdeal, then adds eight bonus hits at the end. The Clash Hits Back slightly...

01:56′:59″ 32 Songs

Disk 1

1
London Calling (2012 Mix)
The Clash
3:29
2
Safe European Home (Remastered)
The Clash
3:49
3
Know Your Rights (Remastered)
The Clash
3:40
4
(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
The Clash
4:01
5
Janie Jones (Remastered)
The Clash
2:07
6
The Guns Of Brixton (Remastered)
The Clash
3:10
7
Train In Vain (Remastered)
The Clash
3:12
8
Bankrobber
The Clash
4:34
9
Wrong 'Em Boyo (Remastered)
The Clash
3:10
10
The Magnificent Seven (Remastered)
The Clash
5:32
11
Police On My Back (Remastered)
The Clash
3:16
12
Rock The Casbah (Bob Clearmountain Mix)
The Clash
3:43
13
Career Opportunities (Remastered)
The Clash
1:54
14
Police & Thieves (Remastered)
The Clash
6:03
15
Somebody Got Murdered (Remastered)
The Clash
3:34
16
Brand New Cadillac (Remastered)
The Clash
2:08
17
Clampdown (Remastered)
The Clash
3:49
18
Ghetto Defendant (Remastered)
The Clash
4:44
19
Armagideon Time
The Clash
3:51
20
Stay Free (Remastered)
The Clash
3:40
21
I Fought The Law
The Clash
2:43
22
Straight To Hell (Remastered)
The Clash
5:30
23
Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Remastered)
The Clash
3:06
24
Garageland (Remastered)
The Clash
3:11

Disk 2

1
White Riot (Remastered)
The Clash
2:04
2
Complete Control
The Clash
3:12
3
Clash City Rockers
The Clash
3:56
4
Tommy Gun
The Clash
3:14
5
English Civil War (Remastered)
The Clash
2:35
6
The Call Up (Remastered)
The Clash
5:28
7
Hitsville U.K. (Remastered)
The Clash
4:22
8
This Is Radio Clash
The Clash
4:12
Released 09 September 2013, This compilation ℗ 2013 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Review

A tie-in to the exhaustive 2013 box set Sound System, the 2013 compilation The Clash Hits Back is a novel approach to a career retrospective: it mirrors the 24-song set list for the band's July 19, 1982 concert at Brixton Fairdeal, then adds eight bonus hits at the end. The Clash Hits Back slightly tweaks the running order of the original set -- "Bankrobber" arrived five songs into the concert but appears eighth here -- but that doesn't matter much, as this swap doesn't alter the impact of the original set. The Clash were plugging Combat Rock so songs from that LP -- the singles "Rock the Casbah," "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" and "Straight to Hell," plus "Ghetto Defendant" and "Know Your Rights," adding up to just under half the album -- sit alongside a heavy chunk of London Calling and early hits, plus a few stabs at Sandinista!. What's added at the end is a mix of their high-octane early material ("White Riot," "Complete Control," "Clash City Rockers," Tommy Gun," "English Civil War") and their more adventurous studio recordings ("The Call Up," "Hitsville UK," "This Is Radio Clash"), adding up to a strong overview of all the band could do. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine