Thursday, 31 May 2018
The Clash - From Here To Eternity (1978-1982)
Released October 1999
Live material from 1978-1982
As noted elsewhere, not much Clash live material exists. “Live At Shea Stadium” is the only full concert recording, otherwise it is six tracks on the “Sound System” box set, or this excellent compilation of live recordings that date between 1978-82. They are not in chronological order and come from various concerts, but, strangely enough, they play like one concert and the track list reads like a convincing set list. The wonders of digital technology allow you to programme the tracks in chronological order, should you so wish.
The older ones are, unsurprisingly, more rough and ready, but the sound quality is pretty good on all of them. “Complete Control” is just an excellent opener and there are storming versions of “London’s Burning”, “What’s My Name”, “City Of The Dead” and “I Fought The Law” as far as punkier tracks go. The reggae/dub ones such as “Armagideon Time”, “Guns Of Brixton” are great too, although “White Man In Hammersmith Palais” is a little messy at the beginning.
Overall, it is as good as we are going to get. Such a pity nothing more is available and that no radio broadcasts have come out of the woodwork, as they have done for many US bands.