The Clash: This Is England (The Great Lost Final Album)
The mix tosses together:
- The few salvageable Cut The Crap tunes, most notably the superb "This Is England" -- the one track on the album truly worthy of the Clash name -- as well as the silly but amusing faux anthem "We Are The Clash" (largely because it makes for a fun introduction for the mix) and the atypically melodic and Jones-like "North & South";
- A Combat Rock outtake, later officially released on a Clash box set;
- A few songs from Jones's first two Big Audio Dynamite albums (as well as the anachronistic "I Turned Out a Punk" from late in BAD's run, which, despite coming about 7 or 8 years later than most of this package, works surprisingly well as an album closer);
- A few stand-out tracks from Strummer's solo debut, 1989's largely forgettable (and desperately in need of remastering) Earthquake Weather; and
- A number of late 80s Strummer singles and soundtrack contributions (several found on the recent Strummer compilation Joe Strummer 001).
Yet despite the schizophrenic styles, it's still a damn fun mix, cuz -- c'mon, it's Strummer and Jones. The fucking Clash.
Here's a video with Strummer performing BAD's "V. Thirteen" (which he co-wrote with Jones), giving a hint of what might have been...