Big fan, my favourite album by far and not just for the hits. When I first got into them at 15 or so (and all my friends didn't like them at all) I was more into the Clash and Combat Rock, and I bought into this "Sandinista in one LP would be a great LP" line, but it was years later before I copped that's the wrong way to listen to it, and people who need wall-to-wall 'singles' albums have propagated a misnomer about this album.
Sure it's long, but just put it on and potter around the place. Like Liz said earlier, it is a living work-in-progress, (almost) all great ideas and really throwing down what you could do if a big label was silly enough to allow you. The bits that don't hold are not terrible but much of it is really brilliant. As an album it totally works and is one of the few albums I've gone back to countlessly over +25 years actually cos its got so much going on in it.
They even wanted it sold as a single album and lost a fortune on it. Mad bastards. Their like will never be seen again.
Great attitude. Maybe you'll find its time extremely well spent if you actually give it a go, and believe it or not you can be doing other important things at the same time like sharing your wisdom here, or washing the dishes.
Ok, listen number 4 and, as with previous listens, it keeps getting better.
It isn't possible to pick the bones out of this after 4 listens. Probably not even out of 44 listens, but it's made a big impression on me so far.
My previous with the Clash; tried hard with London Calling. It has good songs, but overall I'm not too gone on it. Then there's the odd song I like here and there (including some off this album). So, not that extensive really.
I've had a copy of this on my ipod for at least 10 years. I'm sure I tried to listen before but either didn't have the time or inclination to make a proper effort with it.
The first thing that strikes me about it is the don't-give-a-fuck-about-anything vibe it gives off. The album is all over the place really. Structurally it's unlike anything else - having one song immediately followed by a remix/different version of the same song? I'm not aware of anyone having done that before.
If there's anything it reminds me of, even if just a little, its the Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle by the Sex Pistols, though that isn't nearly as good as this. Moreso that I detect the same 'fuck-you-we'll-do-what-we-want' attitude. The alternative versions of the same songs. Putting kids/others out on lead vocals.
And that overriding ska sound they've gone for here. It's great. I need to hear it in big speakers (particularly 'If Music Could Talk'). And I adore the version of 'Career Opportunities' with the kids singing.
This is great. I'll be getting this on discogs after xmas.
Almost enough to make me forgive them for inspiring U2 to form a band.