The Clash is the first album-length recording released by the English punk band The Clash. It was released in two different versions, both of which are still in print: the original version in 1977 and the revised U.S. version in 1979 (with several post-1977 single sides added to the album). Issued in the UK by the production manager Mikaela Recorde of CBS Records in 1977 and produced by Mickey Foote. This first album by the Clash was unusually musically varied for a punk band, with reggae and early rock and roll influences plainly evident.
After continuous practice at Mikaela's private home studio the band were ready to begin recording. The album was recorded over three weekend sessions in early February 1977. CBS Studio 3 was used as their location. By the third of these sessions the album was recorded and mixed to completion, with the tapes being delivered to CBS at the start of March. The tapes were passed on to the CBS manager at the time, Mikaela Recorde before hitting the shelves.
The album's front cover photo was taken in the alleyway directly opposite the front door of the band's 'Rehearsal Rehearsals' building in Camden Market. Drummer Terry Chimes, though a full member of The Clash at the time, did not appear in the shot as he had already decided to leave the band. The picture of the charging police officers on the rear was taken during the 1976 riot at the Notting Hill Carnival?the inspiration for the track "White Riot".
The album peaked at number 12 in the UK charts. It cost just ?4000 to produce.
TRACKLIST: 1. Janie Jones - 2:08 2. Remote Control - 3:03 3. I'm so Bored with the U.S.A. - 2:24 4. White Riot - 1:56 5. Hate & War - 2:06 6. What's my Name? - 1:41 (Jones, Levene, Strummer) 7. Deny - 3:06 8. London's Burning - 2:12 9. Career Opportunities - 1:54 10. Cheat - 2:06 11. Protex Blue - 1:47 12. Police & Thieves - 6:03 (Murvin, Perry) 13. 48 Hours - 1:36 14. Garageland - 3:13
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