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Designed and compiled by The Clash, the new deluxe 12-disc Sound System collects for the first time all of the band’s seminal studio albums remastered, plus three CDs of demos, non-album singles, B-sides and rarities; Also includes a DVD which couples all of the band’s videos with unseen footage from the archives of Julien Temple and Don Letts

Box set comes fully loaded with original and newly-commissioned Clash fanzines, an exclusive poster, dog tags, stickers, badges and more

Released separately on the same date are a new compilation The Clash – Hits Back (available on 2-CD/3-LP/digital), as well as The Clash 5 Studio-Album Set, separate box sets which collect the band’s original five studio albums (The Clash, Give ‘Em Enough Rope, London Calling, Sandinista! and Combat Rock) on CD and vinyl LP

All titles available September 10, 2013

New York, NY − Sony Music Entertainment releases The Clash’s Sound System, the band’s remastered recorded works collected together for the first time, on September 10, 2013. Contained within classic boombox packaging designed by Paul Simonon, the box set contains the band’s five seminal studio albums (across eight CDs) remastered by The Clash; a further three discs featuring demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides; a DVD with previously unseen footage shot by both Julien Temple and Don Letts, original promo videos and live footage; an owner’s manual booklet; reprints of the band’s original ‘Armagideon Times’ fanzine as well as a brand-new edition curated and designed by Paul Simonon; and merchandise including dog tags, badges, stickers and an exclusive Clash poster.


In this clip, newly created by the band, watch The Clash announce the release of Sound System in “The Cut Out Show”:  See the trailer for Sound System here: .


Conceived and compiled by The Clash, Sound System is a significant and unique collection of the complete recorded works by the 20th century’s most influential British band. Greatly enhanced by the careful remastering which renders the original recordings more vital and crisp, all contained in Paul Simonon’s iconic design, with a selection of bonus material, Sound System is the most important and unique box set to ever be released by the band.


Prompted by demand for a complete collection, Sound System is a powerful reminder of The Clash’s enduring legacy.  It’s hard to think of a band before or since that have exerted such universal influence. The 1970s punk movement gave birth to some important bands, but none were more important than The Clash. Here were a band who pushed and broke musical boundaries, while fusing musical experimentation with a socio-political conscience. From their eponymously-titled debut album in 1977, the band incorporated elements of reggae, rap, jazz, dance, rockabilly and ska in their music. Their passionate, political agenda continues to inspire new fans and musicians alike. Indeed, the issues The Clash tackled are as relevant today as they were in the late ’70s/early ’80s. Dubbed “the only band that matters” in their heyday, the same could be said almost 40 years later.



Sound System box set contents:


1. The Clash

2. Give ‘Em Enough Rope (1 CD)

3. London Calling (double album, 2 CDs)

4. Sandinista! (triple album, 3 CDs)

5. Combat Rock (1 CD)


All newly remastered by The Clash with award-winning engineer Tim Young

• Three CDs featuring rare tracks, demos, non-album singles and B-sides (track listing follows)

• DVD including unseen Julien Temple footage, early Super 8 film shot by Don Letts, all the band’s promo videos and previously unseen live footage (details below)

• Owner’s Manual booklet

• Folder containing reprints of Armagideon Times 1 & 2 and Armagideon Times 3 (new edition of fanzine compiled and designed by Paul Simonon)

• Merchandise; dog tags, badges, stickers and a Future Is Unwritten note book designed by Harland Miller

• An exclusive photo poster


Sound System Extra CDs tracklist:


Disc One

1. White Riot (Single version)             

2. 1977 (B-side)                     

3. Listen (Capital Radio EP) / Interviews (Capital Radio EP)            

4. Capital Radio (Capital Radio EP)                                                 

5. London’s Burning (Live B-side Remote Control)                         

6. Complete Control (Single version)

7. City Of The Dead (B-side)

8. Clash City Rockers (Original single version)                                 

9. Jail Guitar Doors (B-side)              

10. White Man In Hammersmith Palais (A-side)       

11. The Prisoner (B-side)       

12. 1-2 Crush On You (B-side Tommy Gun)                                                

13. Time Is Tight (Black Market Clash)        

14. Pressure Drop (B-side English Civil War)                       

15. I Fought The Law (Cost Of Living EP)                          

16. Groovy Times (Cost Of Living EP)         

17. Gates Of The West (Cost Of Living EP)            

18. Capital Radio (Cost Of Living EP)         

19. Armagideon Time            

20. Bankrobber (A-side)        

21.  Rockers Galore On A UK Tour (B-side)                                    


Disc Two

1. Magnificent Dance (12”) 5:36 (available on Singles box set)        

2. Midnight To Stevens (Outtake)     

3. Radio One (B-side Hitsville UK)

4. Stop The World (B-side The Call Up)       

5. The Cool Out (US 12” B-side of The Call Up)     

6. This Is Radio Clash (A-side)         

7. This Is Radio Clash (B-side 7” – different lyrics)                         

8. First Night Back In London (B-side Know Your Rights)           

9. Rock The Casbah (Bob Clearmountain 12” mix) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

10. Long Time Jerk (B-side Rock The Casbah)         

11. The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too (Outtake) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

12. Idle In Kangaroo Court (Outtake listed as Kill Time) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

13. Ghetto Defendant (Extended version – unedited) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 

14. Cool Confusion (B-side Should I Stay Or Should I Go 7”)

15. Sean Flynn (Extended ‘Marcus Music’ version) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

16. Straight To Hell (Extended unedited version from Clash On Broadway) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED


Disc Three

Extracts from The Clash’s first ever recording session at Beaconsfield Film School 1976. Recorded by Julien Temple

1. I’m So Bored With The USA        

2. London’s Burning – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED    

3. White Riot 



Polydor Demos – The Clash’s second recording session November 1976

Produced by Guy Stevens

5.  Janie Jones
6. Career Opportunities

7. London’s Burning – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED    

8. 1977 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED             


Live at The Lyceum, London 28th December 1978

10. City Of The Dead

11. Jail Guitar Doors – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED    

12. English Civil War 


14. Cheapstakes – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED           

15. I Fought The Law


Bonus DVD

Julien Temple Archive – 6:20

White Riot Interview – 7:10

Promo and interviews with Tony Parsons

1977 1:87

White Riot 1:48

London’s Burning 2:05


Sussex University 1977



Career Opportunities 1:42 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

Remote Control 2:73  – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED


Don Letts Super 8 Medley 11:40

White Riot 1:52

Janie Jones 1:73

City of the Dead 2:04

Clash City Rockers 2:15

White Man in Hammersmith Palais 2:53

1977 1:41


Clash On Broadway – 19:50

London Calling

This Is Radio Clash

The Magnificent Seven

Guns Of Brixton

Safe European Home


Promo Videos

Tommy Gun 3:00

London Calling 3:20

Bankrobber 4:00

Clampdown (Live) 5:00

Train In Vain (Live) 2:10

The Call Up 3:10

Rock The Casbah 3:20

Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Live at Shea Stadium) 2:50

Career Opportunities (Live at Shea Stadium) 3:00



The Clash – The Clash – Hits Back


Released simultaneously, The Clash – Hits Back features 33 of the band’s iconic tracks across a 2-CD set or a 3-LP vinyl set. The tracklist is sequenced from the band’s legendary Brixton Fairdeal show in 1982.


The Clash – Hits Back contains the best studio recordings of the full set, plus 8 additional iconic tracks.  It comes with the original setlist, handwritten by Joe Strummer which he usually taped to the back of his Telecaster before each gig.


“Every show was different. Joe would spend a lot of time composing the running order, considering dynamics, emotional impact and the key the songs were in. This record is based on Joe’s setlist from The Casbah Club UK Tour, Brixton Fairdeal, 10th  July 1982”. Mick, Paul & Topper.


Disc 1

1. London Calling                  

2. Safe European Home                                             

3. Know Your Rights                                    

4. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais                    

5. Janie Jones                                     

6. The Guns of Brixton                                                          

7. Train in Vain                                                                      

8. Bankrobber                                                

9.Wrong ‘Em Boyo                                        

10. The Magnificent Seven                            

11. Police On My Back                                                          

12. Rock The Casbah                         

13. Career Opportunities                                                        

14. Police & Thieves                                      

15. Somebody Got Murdered                                    

16. Brand New Cadillac                                                        

17. Clampdown                                                         


Disc 2 (Joe Strummer’s setlist continued)

1. Ghetto Defendant

2. Armigideon Time

3. Stay Free

4. I Fought The Law

5. Straight To Hell

6. Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

7. Garageland


Additional Tracks:


8. White Riot

9. Complete Control

10. Clash City Rockers

11. Tommy Gun

12. English Civil War

13. The Call Up

14. Hitsville UK

15. This Is The Radio Clash


The Clash – The Clash 5 Studio-Album Set


(Includes The Clash, Give ‘Em Enough Rope, London Calling, Sandinista!, Combat Rock)


Available separately as CD or vinyl box sets, and download.  CD box set includes 8 discs.  Vinyl LP box set includes 8 vinyl LPs.