London Calling

~ Release group by The Clash

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
London Calling 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 9 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CBS CLASH 3 [none]
London Calling 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 9 Epic 35•3P-175/6 [none]
London Calling 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 9 Epic E2 36328 074643632812
London Calling CD 19 Epic WEGK-36328 77749906396902
London Calling (red tray) CD 19 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CBS 460114 2 5099746011420
London Calling (made in Japan) CD 19 Epic EGK 36328 074643632829
London Calling CD 19 Epic EGK 36328 074643632829
London Calling CD 19 EPIC/SONY (brand used by Epic/Sony Inc. between Aug 1978-Mar 1988), Epic 25-8P-5060, 25・8P-5060 4988010221850
London Calling CD 19 Epic Records (use ONLY for releases by Japanese domestic artists!) ESCA 5214 4988010521424
London Calling CD 19 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 01-460114-10, 460114 2, COL 460114 2 5099746011420
London Calling CD 19 Epic ESCA 7615 4988010761523
London Calling CD 19 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 495347 2 5099749534728
London Calling CD 19 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 496247 2 9399700070729
London Calling CD 19 Epic EK 63885 074646388525
London Calling 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 9 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 495347 1 5099749534711
London Calling CD 19 Epic EK 63885 074646388525
London Calling (white spine w/ transparent tray) CD 19 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) SMM 505068 2 5099750506820
London Calling (25th anniversary edition) 2×CD + DVD 19 + 21 + 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 517928 3 5099751792833
London Calling (25th anniversary Legacy edition) 2×CD + DVD 19 + 21 + 5 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) E3K 92923 827969292327
London Calling 2×CD 10 + 9 Epic Records International (2001-2006 reissue label for int'l music released in Japan, formerly a company/division of SMEJ,) MHCP-524, MHCP-525 4562109409475
London Calling 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 9 Epic E2 63885 074646388518
London Calling 2×Digital Media 19 + 21 Epic [none]
London Calling CD 19 Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.) EICP-20007 4547366042672
London Calling CD 19 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 88697618392 886976183929
London Calling 2×CD 10 + 9 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 88725446992
London Calling 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 9 Epic 88725446991 887254469919
London Calling (24bit/96kHz) Digital Media 19 Sony Music UK (~2002-2006) [none]
London Calling CD 19 Epic WEGK-36328 074643632829

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Clampdown
London Calling
Train in Vain
Train in Vain / Bankrobber
included in: London Calling / Combat Rock
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 8)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189413 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/19382 [info]
Wikidata: Q19003 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Clash:London_Calling_(1979) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_clash/london_calling/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/33593 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/c3cz [info]

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If music-loving aliens land and you find yourself, at laser-point, searching for one single example of how rock is supposed to be rolled, then you are strongly advised to recommend London Calling. Because this epic double album, from its iconic sleeve to its wildly eclectic mash-up of styles, is surely the quintessential rock album.

So good in fact that Rolling Stone magazine voted it the best album of the 1980s, even though it actually came out in 1979. This was when The Clash came of age, progressing from the brilliant-but-limited punk rock ire of their first two albums to the stage where they could turn their hand to reggae, ska, rockabilly and pretty much anything else they fancied.

Yet the record never lacks focus and Strummer and Jones' willingness to experiment is never let down by a lack of great songs. Pick from straight-up punk like "Death Or Glory", sweet pop like "Lost In The Supermarket" or dub like the Paul Simenon-penned "Guns of Brixton". They're even confident enough to leave possibly the best song of all, "Train In Vain", un-credited on the sleeve when any other band would be screaming its presence from the rooftops.

Truly, a record so brilliant you'd have to be from another planet not to love it.