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Vinyl Record Review, Punk Rock, The Clash, Audiophile 180 gram VinylPublished 2014-10-09
The Clash, The Clash: 2013 Epic/Sony Records, 180 Gram Vinyl with original 1977 Artwork, including liner notes on inner sleeve.
Do you have to be a punk to listen to punk? I never thought that was a fair name for this category of rock. I mean every genre has its rebel’s. Classical has “pops”, Jazz has “acid” - (originally fusion), and Country Western has its “outlaws”, So if given a choice, I guess I’d rather be an “outlaw” than a “punk”. So I must protest, and clash with this name-categorization for this next record review, of “The Clash”…their debut album.
The single biggest negative to the “punk” categorization was its reputation for being in many respects, of less musical quality. The cumulative opinion “of so-called industry critics” was that the artists themselves were somehow less talented musically than the average rock musicians, and/or, that there was too much repetition in the musical style, and/or that the lyrics were more hate or anti-establishment motivated. Though some of these criticisms were true with some bands, many of the bands in this “category” were very talented, and the music was just as original, just as complex, and sonically interesting as anyone’s. The Clash is not just a band that did well in this category in it’s time, but it has withstood the test of time, being one of the most influential bands, especially among young or aspiring musicians, even today.
On that note I’ve read several music reviews from various sources about the varying resolutions of downloads for The Clash since downloads first became available, up to the very highest resolutions available today, and sadly, the cumulative opinion is, “they’re terrible quality”. Apparently, the “CD” version of several Clash albums is also very poor, which is sad, because original Clash records weren’t all that bad. And as for musical or musician integrity, Joe Strummers rhythm’s (rhythm guitar) coupled with Mick Jones Lead guitar is righteously badass!. Ozzy Osbourne claims that his Black Sabbath guitarist extraordinaire Tony Iommi was the all- time “riff King”. If this is true, I’d have to say that Mick Jones was the “riff Knight” because he has “riff’s-a-plenty” scorching the grooves on this album!
I own some of the flimsy often warped records that too many “Punk albums” where mass produced on back in the late 70’s and 80’s and they could sound a bit compressed or harsh. Which is what some music reviewers agree may be a route cause of the poor quality downloads, and versions on CD. BUT this new “audiophile grade” limited quantity 180 gram vinyl that this album is mastered on is exceptional! I’ve never heard their music sound this good before on any of the afore mentioned formats! Especially when the twin guitars really get cookin’. The sound is very involving. The woofers in my speakers are actually moving this time around, so I finally got rid of the old flimsy vinyl pressings and put this review sample in my personal collection. This is one of those cases of “well it’s about time”. What on Earth took the jokers at the label this long to come out with a high quality copy of the Clash’s faire. Now available also on 180gram vinyl from the same label (Epic). So even if you have that old vinyl or the Clash – trade it off and pick one of these up while there still available “new”. These audiophile records were recorded from the original master tapes and are the best available for these revolutionary artists work!