On Sept. 9 in the UK, and Sept. 10 in the U.S., The Clash will release Sound System, a new, huge box set that guitarist Mick Jones said to The Guardian is the “best box set ever.” He might be entirely on the mark here. The box is shaped like a boombox and was designed by bassist Paul Simonon. Check out the deluxe artwork above.
Included in the box are The Clash’s first five LPs — 1977’s The Clash, 1978’s Give ’em Enough Rope, 1979’s London Calling, 1980’s Sandinista! and 1982’s Combat Rock — but not Cut the Crap, which is the best choice for all involved. It will also contain singles, B-sides, rarities and demos. It will also come with a DVD of every Clash video, and “unseen footage by Julien Temple and Don Letts,” as well as reprints of the band’s Armagideon Times fanzine. There’s also a poster, stickers, dog tags, and what appears to be a giant cigarette (to roll the poster up in? Just a guess). Check the extra long tracklist here.
But that’s not all! On the same dates, The Clash will also release The Clash Hits Back, a double-disc, 33-track hits compilation sequenced almost in the same order as a setlist from Brixton Fair Deal from July 19, 1982, plus eight bonus tracks.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.