The Clash

1977 Revisited

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Save for 1980's incomplete 10" vinyl Epic Nu-Disk compilation Black Market Clash, 1977 Revisited was the first cost-efficient way for North American Clash fans to get their hands on the band's B-sides. With liner notes by veteran rock scribe Ira Robbins, this 1990 compilation -- coming six years after the demise of the only band that mattered -- gave amazing tunes like the Dylan-derived "Groovy Times" and the Mick Jones-sung anthem "Gates of the West" stateside availability. Aside from those non-LP tracks (culled from 1979's The Cost of Living EP), the sugary pop blast of "1-2 Crush on You" showed an early, accessible side of the group. Some of this material was repeated on the 1991 box set The Clash on Broadway, and the ten-song disc was ultimately deleted in favor of 1994's expanded Super Black Market Clash. This short-lived collection on the Relativity label is a concise, near-perfect assortment of the only flip sides that mattered.

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