Label: Epic - 2ELPS 0025 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album • Country: New Zealand • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk
London Calling is the third studio album by English rock band the Clash. The Clash recorded the album at Wessex Sound Studios in London during August, September and Novemberfollowing a change Go (Radio Mix) - Mario - How Do I Breathe management and a period of writer's block for Joe Strummer Non Ancora - Lidia Genta - Yeshua Mick Jonesthe band's lead vocalists, guitarists, and lyricists.
Themes explored in the songs include social displacement, unemploymentracial conflictdrug useand the responsibilities of adulthood. The album was a top ten chart success in the UK, and its lead single " London Calling " was a top 20 single. As early as their second album Give 'Em Enough Ropethe Clash had started to depart from the punk rock sound. The band's growing fascination with rock and roll and its history inspired their direction for London Calling.
Tour manager Johnny Green and drum roadie Baker had found the group a new place to rehearse called Vanilla Studios, which was located in the back of a garage in Pimlico. Once in Vanilla Studios, the group began performing cover songs from a variety of genres, such as rockabillyrock and rollrhythm and bluesand reggae. The band developed an "extremely disciplined"  : 98 daily routine of afternoon musical rehearsals, broken by a late-afternoon social football game, which fostered a friendly bond between the band members.
The band gradually rebuilt their musical and songwriting confidence during these rehearsals during the summer ofwith the styles of the session's early cover songs setting the template for the diverse material that would be written for London Calling.
The Clash wrote and recorded demos at Vanilla Studios, with Mick Jones composing and arranging much of the music and Joe Strummer generally writing the lyrics. Simonon was originally doubtful about its lyrics, which discuss an individual's paranoid outlook on life, but was encouraged by Strummer to continue working on it.
The album was recorded during a five- to six-week period involving The Card Cheat - The Clash - London Calling days,  with many songs recorded in one or two takes. The first track recorded for London Calling was " Brand New Cadillac ", which the Clash had originally used as a warm up song before recording. London Calling is regarded by music critic Mark The Card Cheat - The Clash - London Calling as the first post-punk double album, as it exhibits a broader range of musical styles than the Clash's previous records.
The Clash's embrace of A Dead Branch - Wreathy - Phoenix musical traditions for London Calling deviated from what Greg Kot viewed as punk's iconoclastic sensibilities. The album's songs are generally about London, with narratives featuring both fictional and life-based characters, such as an underworld criminal named Jimmy Jazz and a gun-toting Jimmy Cliff aspirer living in Brixton " Guns of Brixton ".
Some songs have more widely contextualised The Card Cheat - The Clash - London Calling , including references to the "evil presidentes" working for the " clampdown ", the lingering effects of the Spanish Civil War " Spanish Bombs "and how constant consumerism had led to unavoidable political apathy " Lost in the Supermarket ".
It also discusses the problems of rising unemployment, racial conflict and drug use in Great Britain. She thought that it was too out of focus, but Strummer and graphic designer Ray Lowry thought it would make a good album cover. The cover artwork was designed by Lowry and was an homage to the design of Elvis Presley 's self-titled debut albumwith pink letters down the left side and green The Card Cheat - The Clash - London Calling across the bottom.
The album cover for London Calling was among the ten chosen by the Royal Mail for a set of "Classic Album Cover" postage stamps issued in January The album was released in the United Kingdom on vinyl in mid-Decemberand in the United States on vinyl and 8-track tape two weeks later in January The Card Cheat - The Clash - London Calling gatefold cover design of the LP was only released in Japan.
Though London Calling was released as a double album it was only sold for about the price of a single album. The Clash's record label, CBS, at first denied the band's request for the album to be released as a double. Ultimately, the planned inch record became a second nine-track LP. Upon its release, London Calling sold approximately two million copies. It reached number two in Sweden  and number four in Norway.
It peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. A UK-only cassette was released in A CD was released in the US inwith a remastered version in the UK in followed by the US inalong with the rest of the band's catalogue. A limited-edition picture disc LP was released in London Calling was met with widespread critical acclaim. Some reviewers expressed reservations. DJ and critic Charlie Gillett believed some of the songs sounded like poor imitations of Bob Dylan backed by a horn section.
London Calling has since been considered by many critics to be one of the greatest rock Mitt Hem Det Är Ej Här - Glory Singers - Med Dej Vill Jag Vara of all time,  including AllMusic 's Stephen Thomas Erlewinewho said that it sounded more purposeful than "most albums, let alone double albums".
According to Acclaimed MusicLondon Calling is the sixth most highly ranked record on critics' lists of the all-time greatest albums. All tracks are written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jonesexcept where noted. From Wikipedia, the Khe Sahn - Various - FM.104 Oz Rock Classics encyclopedia. Redirected from The Card Cheat. This article is about the album. For other uses, see London Calling disambiguation.
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