by The Clash


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The Clash sounded like they could do anything on London Calling. For its triple-album follow-up, Sandinista!, they tried to do everything, adding dub, rap, gospel, and even children's choruses to the punk, reggae, R&B, and roots rock they already were playing. Instead of presenting a band with a far-reaching vision, like London Calling did, Sandinista! plays as a messy, confused jumble, which means that its numerous virtues are easy to ignore. Amid all the dub experiments, backward tracks, unfinished songs, and instrumentals, there are a number of classic Clash songs that rank among the band's best, including "Police on My Back," "The Call Up," "Somebody Got Murdered," "Charlie Don't Surf," "Hitsville U.K.," and "Lightning Strikes (Not Once but Twice)," yet it's difficult for anyone but the most dedicated listeners to find them. A few of the failed ideas were worth exploring, but even more -- like the children's choir version of "Career Opportunities" or the Tymon Dogg song "Lose This Skin" -- weren't even worth pursuing. As the cliché says, there's a great single album within these three records, and those songs make Sandinista! worthwhile. Nevertheless, its sloppy attack is disheartening after the tour de force of London Calling and the focused aggression of The Clash

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646388822
catalogNumber: 63888
Rank: 10869

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clash   Primary Artist
Mikey Dread   Vocals
Joe Strummer   Guitar,Vocals
Ellen Foley   Vocals
Gary Barnacle   Musician
Bill Barnacle   Musician
Tymon Dogg   Vocals
Maria Gallagher   Musician
Mick Gallagher   Keyboards,Musician
Ray Gascogne   Musician
Topper Headon   Vocals,Snare Drums
Den Hegarty   Musician
Mick Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Ivan Julian   Musician
J.D. Nicholson   Keyboards,Musician
Davey Payne   Musician
Paul Simonon   Bass,Vocals
Norman Watt-Roy   Musician
David Yates   Musician
Len Lewis   Musician
Noel Temp Bailey   Musician
Battersea   Musician
Gerald Baxter-Warman   Musician
Timon Dogg   Musician
Rudolf Adolphus Jordan   Musician
Terry McQuade   Musician
Anthony Nelson Steele   Musician
Jody Winscott   Musician

Technical Credits

Mikey Dread   Composer
Clash   Composer,Producer,Sleeve Design
Joe Strummer   Composer
Mose Allison   Composer
Steve Bell   Animation
Tymon Dogg   Composer
Ray Gascogne   Contributor
Topper Headon   Composer
Den Hegarty   Contributor
Mick Jones   Composer
J.D. Nicholson   Engineer
Davey Payne   Contributor
Bill Price   Engineer
Paul Simonon   Composer
Norman Watt-Roy   Contributor
Jules   Sleeve Design
Maxie Mckenzie   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Jerry Green   Engineer

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Sandinista! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
abcdefz More than 1 year ago
The reviews by the supposed 'professional' review drones brings to mind one of my favorite Zappa quotes: “Definition of rock journalism: People who can't write, doing interviews with people who can't think, in order to prepare articles for people who can't read.” The fact that this album DOES jump all over the place is WHY it's so much fun. I don't give a darn about the musical construction, or the comparison? Excuse me? WHY are we comparing it to a different work by the same band? What does THAT tell us?? That it's NOT the same ALBUM??? Anyhoo, it's a very worthwhile addition to your library. Buy THIS one, and then you'll get an idea of what the group is capable of. THEN you go buy London Calling, or whatever...precisely WHY
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the Clash's White Album. It made an indelible mark on me. I bought it the first day it was available. I was a 17-year old punk (Clash, Pistols, etc) fan. Obviously the album caught me by surprise. Many of my cohort abandoned the Clash with Sandinista. I saw the album as an exercise in musical growth, for me and the Clash. With each listen, and I am still listening, I love the album more and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's kinda funny how much of a lasting impact this album has had on Clash fans. It got slammed in the press when it came out. That's probably because most music journalists are lazy gits - like the one above complaining about how it takes a 'dedicated fan' to find the best songs on the album. This record is a fantastic journey & tucks away some of the Clash's coolest songs - hidden nuggets that stun you with their head-shaking inventiveness. I always turn to Sandanista when making compilation CDs for friends and they often have no idea who the band is. The bagpipes on "lose this skin" at the end send shivers. "One More Dub" is sui generis and "Kingston Advice" gets me pumped up and feeling perfect. "Up in Heaven" transports you into the dark confines of a steel mill with a sense of mystery and blue collar desperation. I love playing "Hitsville U.K." in a barroom jukebox after work on a Friday. "Silicone on Sapphire" surpasses expectation and "The Street Parade" is one of Strummer's most touching songs and casts a light on his soul. I know most of these titles are unfamiliar to most, but that makes them even more immortal. "Sandanista" also included one of the most creative lyric sheets of all time, handwritten lyrics and nifty little drawings that drew you into the guts of this eclectic trip even further (try and find the original vinyl version!) and shows you how prolific Joe was under even the most claustraphobic of circumstances. This album shows why the Clash are remembered so fondly they trancended their time and place and "Sandanista" proves they will resonate long after current pretenders have been dismantled. Keep an open mind and you'll fall in love with this monumental achievement. Don't let the detractors spoil the fun. As Capt. Beefheart once said “ONE COLD VIBE WON’T STOP THIS HERE BOOGIE !”
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, some of the stuff filling up the triple-LP running time of Sandinista! is good. But not all of it. Here lies the problem; the best is as good as London Calling, but the worst, well, isn't worth more than a single listen. If, of course, you can make it through the entire album. The Clash should've concentrated on the better virtues of London Calling, rather than try to tackle every single musical style within their grasp and then try to fit it into one massive triple-album. Still, if you're a die-hard fan, you'll find something to like here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sandinista is the most under rated work in the clash line up. people don't give this album the credit it deserves.This album consist of some of the best work of all time especaly the singles:Magnificent Seven, Somebody Got Murdered, Charlie Don't Surf,and Washington Bullets, and the thing i love is that even the unpolpular songs are realy great like: Midnight Log, Ivan Meets G.I.joe, Something About England,and Up in Heaven, Just to name a few, and the great thing is that this work can only be categorized in a genre of it own. For sure this Album changed my life. thank guy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In 1981, The Clash was one of the biggest bands in the world; this was in due partly to the brilliance of their 1979 album "London Calling." The album showcased the wide range of musical styles from punk,ska, dub and rockabilly to soul. On Sandinista, they try to do the same thing but they don't quite measure up. While Joe Stummer's politically charged lyrics get you fired up,the music drags on at times.In some ways the album is the Clash's White Album only it is a triple set and their most experimental as well like the White Album. There is also some hip-hop beats(Magnificent Seven)showing up as well. Overall, Sandinista is not a bad album, but not a classic either.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my proverbial ''if I were stranded on a desert island and could only choose one album'' choice. Powerful. I admit that The Clash is my favorite all time band, but this is a cornerstone album. I think it's somewhat inaccessible because the strongest stuff is on sides 3 and 4 (for those that didn't buy it on vinyl, that's the end of disc 1 and beginning of disc 2). Whenever I need a lyric to quote, it comes from here, but it's musically powerful as well. Diverse, but it still rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't buy this album unless you are a serious Clash fanatic. Their first three albums are truly great (The Clash, Give 'em Enough Rope, London Calling) but their later albums are just not very good. I believe that they began to believe in being rock stars and lost the anger and edge that made them important. Their music definitely suffered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album may go all over the place but songs like 'Lose this Skin' aren't a failure at all, but musically inventive. It's not your typical 3 chord fun punk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album goes places that represent real issues and concerns of the time. The music is varried and never lets you down, both albums!!!The lyrical depth catches you and brings you to a time and place. This album was and is a conerstone my musical upbringing and I credit it as a major influence in life
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a Clash fan with an attention span longer than the average TV viewer, then this album is for you! 6 sides, 36 tracks, remixes, rap, funk, rock, reggae, political awareness... most of all, great music. If the challege here was to transcend the great London Calling album, then they certainly succeeded. Like some other reviewers this album is etched upon my conciousness indelibly, and it seems more meaningful in the wake of Joe Strummer's passing. If you've got some time, turn off the tv and listen to all six sides. The lyrics are great too, except the lyric sheet doesnt give specific musician credits for each track. It features fantastic drumming by Topper Headon, who was subsequently replaced. Highly Recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was written and recorded within 3 weeks....a snapshot of the Clash in 1980. It isnt meant to be swallowed in one sitting. I find myself always going back to this album as each song commands attention at different times. It's not a first time Clash purchase but this is indeed my favorite album. It runs the genre spectrum: Funk, Motown, Reggae, Disco, Rockabilly, Waltz, Dub, Jazz, Gospel, Rap, Ballads, Ambient, Kids' Music, Electronic, Covers, Acoustic, Celtic, Calypso, and some of their best ROCK songs. Once you fall in love with the band, you'll come to appreciate the generosity of this album. If you think 36 songs is alot for one album, there are at least 12 other recordings from the sessions that didnt make the cut!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, too, credit 'Sandinista!' as a massive influence on my life. I loved the Clash's more rocky songs, but really relevant ones such as 'Washington Bullets' and 'Charlie Don't Surf' are priceless. Probably the best album I have. ~Ian
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like many great albums, this doesn't play well for the first few listens, but it bears repeated playing, and contains alot of quality music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best album by my favorite group of all time. I believe The Clash explored realms on "sandinista" that will not be understood for many years to come. Dub waltz? Fearless integration of all new styles must first be made by those who do what they want. 1980 and they were already mixing rock with hip hop, jazz, gospel, blues, folk, waltz, and reggae. Buy everything in their discography, this is the stuff legends are made from.
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