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The Clash to Release Archival Box Set, Shaped Like A Boombox

Coming This September

May 21, 2013
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Punk icons The Clash have announced that they will release a exhaustive new box set of their music called Sound System. Available Sept. 9 in the UK and Sept. 10 in the U.S. the collectors item will include remastered versions of the band's five LPs (1977's The Clash, 1978's Give 'Em Enough Rope, 1979's London Calling, 1980's Sandinista!, and 1982's Combat Rock), as well as three discs of singles, rarities, b-sides, and demos. It will also contain a DVD that includes all of the band's music videos and unseen archival footage, reprints and a new issue of the band's fanzine Armagideon Times, a poster, dog tags, stickers, badges, and other collectibles. Topping it all off, the whole thing comes packaged in a 1980s boombox, designed by bassist Paul Simonon.

In an interview with The Guardian guitarist Mick Jones says, "There’s so much there that you wouldn’t have heard before. It was like discovering stuff, because the advances in mastering are so immense since the last time [the Clash catalogue] was remastered in the 90s… We had to bake the tapes beforehand– the oxide on them is where the music is, so if you don’t put them in the oven and bake them, that all falls off, because they’re so old."

In addition to the massive box set the band plans to release a separate 33-track best-of compilation, The Clash Hits Back. Also arriving Sept. 9 in the UK and Sept. 10 in the U.S. the tracklist for the collection is sequenced to mimic a set at Brixton Fair Deal from July 19, 1982, throwing in a few additional tracks for good measure.

Click below to watch the trailers for Sound System and The Clash Hits Backs.




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