The Clash ‎– Revolution Rock

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Epic ‎– 88697 28129 9, Legacy ‎– 88697 28129 9
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Tracklist

1 Complete Control
2 I Fought The Law (London Lyceum '79)
3 Police & Thieves (Munich '77)
4 What's My Name (Manchester Elizabethan Suite '77)
5 Capitol Radio One (Manchester Elizabethan Suite '77)
6 White Riot
7 I'm So Bored With The U.S.A. (Manchester Apollo '78)
8 London's Burning (London Victoria Park '78)
9 1977
10 (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais (Glasgow Apollo '78)
11 Tommy Gun
12 Safe European Home (London Music Machine '78)
13 London Calling (Bonds International Casino '81)
14 Clampdown (Lewisham Odeon '80)
15 The Guns Of Brixton (Fridays '80)
16 Train In Vain (Lewisham Odeon '80)
17 This Is Radio Clash (Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder '81)
18 The Magnificent Seven (Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder '81)
19 Brand New Cadillac (Tokyo Sun Plaza Hall '82)
20 Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Shea Stadium '82)
21 Know Your Rights (US Festival '83)
22 Career Opportunities (Shea Stadium '82)
Bonus Features
1 Interview: Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder (1981)
2 Interview: NBC Live At Five (1981)

Notes

Running Time: 82 Minutes

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 886972812991

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
886978 873293 The Clash Live Revolution Rock(DVD-V) Sony Music 886978 873293 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
88697 37054 9 The Clash Revolution Rock(DVD-V, NTSC) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697 37054 9 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
88697373129 The Clash Revolution Rock(DVD-V, NTSC) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697373129 Europe 2008 Sell This Version

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Robotrock04

Robotrock04

February 28, 2013
This is a strange DVD. It's almost as if it tries to be both a live representation of The Clash and a documentary, but it kind of fails in both regards to be honest.

First of all, a lot of this footage has been released on previous DVD's such as Rude Boy, The Essential Clash etc. In fact out of 22 tracks only 7 of these haven't been released before. Some of the inclusions are just strange too: the promo video for Tommy Gun for instance. Not live, and already on The Essential Clash. What was the point? Songs also are incomplete, such as London Calling, London's Burning and White Man In Hammersmith Palais (all appearing on previous releases.) The quality of some clips is quite poor too. The audio on Guns Of Brixton (particularly the vocals) was very thin sounding. Joe Strummer was also borderline inaudible on Police and Thieves too because the sound quality was so thin. Also, Safe European Home looked far better on Rude Boy. For some strange reason also, I noticed some shots from the performance of What's My Name (which was the next song on Rude Boy) had been added in during the song too. Not quite sure why it was tampered with. Lastly, Brand New Cadillac from Tokyo 1982 is on the DVD. I've seen a bootleg performance of that actually had better picture quality. How is that even possible?

There was also attempts made to put it all together in a documentary style. Cue a few audio segments of the band (although its mostly Joe) talking between tracks. This was released in 2008, so obviously there's no new interviews with Joe here. There's also an option to turn on a narrative by Zane Lowe too. It's pointless as his comments really are basic: for instance stating that London Calling was a double LP. I thought it was nearing patronizing if I'm honest. Just stating that the band broke up for instance without really explaining why. Even the most basic Clash documentary would be more informative. Honestly, they should have forgot about trying to make this a documentary style (there's already The Future is Unwritten and Westway To The World for that) and concentrated more on the live content.

That's not to say the performances are awful though, far from it. It's because they were such a brilliant live group that I'm so critical of this DVD. The performances here are excellent (other than Brand New Cadillac which I thought was weak). Know Your Rights from the US Festival is a particular favourite of mine, its my favourite version of Know Your Rights actually. There's just too little new material. If the makers of this DVD had have dug a little deeper they would have found a wealth of good material. Saturday Night Live appearances, Something Else show appearances for instance. They also don't have full sets of performances either: on the Friday Show where they performed Guns of Brixton they actually performed three other songs. Why leave those out yet rehash material from previous DVD's? Bizarre. Is it worth purchasing? For the unreleased performances here I'd say yes. But there needs to be a better live representation of this great band. For live Clash, start with Rude Boy. A missed opportunity.