January 11, 2013 – 4:37 am

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London 1978 [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Lyceum, London, UK; December 28, 1978. Very good to excellent soundboard.

Thanks to j-blokhed for this recording; and to theface07 who shared this at Dime in 2006.

theface07 notes:

I’d like to begin by thanking j-blokhed for this recording. Here is an amazing Clash show from late ‘78. This was a great period for the band who are in fine form and are complemented here by an excellent soundboard source. I decided to remaster this recording since I liked the performance so much and wanted to hear it in as high quality as possible. For the remastering, I applied virtually the same edits to all tracks. A couple of tracks were slightly different in frequency response and were adjusted accordingly.

There were also a couple of drop-outs which I corrected (as good as possible). No noise reduction of any kind has been used here. A low amount of hiss is present after equalizing but not enough to be a distraction or even heard at most levels. The equalization used is light in general as the recording only needed a cut in a few resonating frequencies and a slight boost in some higher frequencies. I hope you like what I’ve done and consider this an improvement over the original source.

Original torrent info:

Here’s another SBD - and one of my favorites. The Clash played three shows around New Year’s 1979 that were recorded for possible use in the film Rude Boy. The dates were Dec 28-89, 1978, and Jan 3, 1979.

The first of these shows to fall into collector’s hands was a very good audience recording released first on LP, and then on CD, as “Sort It Out”. This is NOT that show. The exact dates of these recordings has been in question, but I believe that “Sort It Out” (also released as “USA 1979″ [sic] as well as other, later, titles) is in fact Jan 3, 1979. I think that this recording is Dec 28, 1978.

This tape fell into my hands indirectly from an inside source (KV), and was probably 2nd-3rd gen when recorded to CD-R. It has since spread throughout collector’s circles, and the artwork included here is strictly homemade “fan club”.

This is one of the very best.

Pro SBD > ? analog > CD-R > xAct (flac) > WAV > Cool Edit Pro v1.2 > FLAC 6

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Safe European Home (6.0MB)
02. I Fought the Law - Omitted*
Track 03. Jail Guitar Door (5.3MB)
Track 04. Drug Stabbing Time (6.2MB)
05. City Of the Dead - Omitted*
Track 06. Clash City Rockers (5.7MB)
Track 07. Tommy Gun (5.5MB)
Track 08. White Man In Hammersmith Palais (skip around 2:08) (7.8MB)
Track 09. English Civil War (4.7MB)
Track 10. Stay Free (5.8MB)
Track 11. Cheapskates (5.2MB)
Track 12. Julie’s In the Drug Squad (6.3MB)
Track 13. Police and Thieves (7.6MB)
Track 14. Capital Radio (6.1MB)
Track 15. Janie Jones (3.2MB)
Track 16. Garageland (8.6MB)
Track 17. Complete Control (5.0MB)
Track 18. London’s Burning (2.8MB)
Track 19. White Riot (4.8MB)

* Available on the live Clash compilation, From Here To Eternity.

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  1. 9 Responses to “THE CLASH - LONDON 1978”

  2. Hot damn tamale!

    By Elvislives on Jan 11, 2013

  3. One of the VERY few bands that mattered!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Jan 11, 2013

  4. Great gig,great band,great old venue,and it was certainly great to be there.Ta verymuch.

    By BLUEFOOD on Jan 11, 2013

  5. Thanks. I wish I coulda been there. Great sound, great show, and I agree: one of the few bands that mattered.

    By Eric on Jan 12, 2013

  6. Wow… differences of musical taste definitely make the world go round. I found one or two of their songs interesting (I liked the remake of “I fought the law”) but I have never understood the “one of the few bands that mattered” comment. I have to confess that the only show I have ever walked out on was The Clash on the “Give ‘em enough rope” tour in Maryland in 1978 or so…
    I imagine that some of my obscure prog faves would likely strike Clash fans with a dull thud, so again, differing tastes in music definitely make the world go round!

    By Kevin on Jan 12, 2013

  7. Hi Kevin,

    I agree. When I was a teenager, I felt sorry for the poor fools whose musical tastes didn’t match my own. But listening to music became a lot more fun when I started listening with an open mind. I’m not a big prog fan (Crimson, Yes, Tull, ELP, etc.) but I’m living proof that you can love the Clash AND Richard Thompson, Bonzo Dog Band, all three Elvises (young, fat, & Costello). And I think Robert Christegau was on to something when he said that the best way to understand the popularity of Led Zeppelin is to consider them a prog/art rock band.

    By Eric on Jan 13, 2013

  8. The artwork is great btw. They did a fine job on it.

    By Dave on Jan 16, 2013

  9. ” I found one or two of their songs interesting (I liked the remake of “I fought the law”) but I have never understood the “one of the few bands that mattered” comment.”

    It was a phrase coined by someone in the American branch of the CBS marketing department, from whence it sort of slid into fan-speak as gospel. Ironic really!

    By John on Oct 12, 2014

  10. the slogan probably came from a reviewer with more insight than most.. like bruce eder (haha) and someone took his comments and used it to push other clash product because they stood for something. most bands dont. they put out music for different reasons. and many will admit this. many will say it was to make money or get girls or fill a void or in rare cases theyll say to make a statement.
    in the contest going on right now #6 the subject is touched on. and i think it was mentioned in another page on here where someone felt that artists should just put out songs and keep their political thoughts to themselves. different ppl have different opinions about this and thats fine. i thought thats where the contest was headed but strangely it changed direction and didnt go there.
    the clash had a political agenda and i think their fans realized this and thats kinda why the slogan stuck with them and made sense for whoever gave it to them.
    i remember distinctly going to the UN for a hungerthon back in 84 or 85 and billy bragg was there and i was talking to him and he was very upset because the artists were essentially just doing their hits and not songs that had any serious meaning towards the topic or subject at hand. or i guess any political subject where peoples awareness or attention would be stirred. billy is one of those musicians who matter. he would never let a benefit like hungerthon go and just do songs he is known for because they were his hits. he had a thorn in his side that day. im glad he vented in my direction. i got to know him. i guess it may have been 86 but i know it wasnt 87 because it had moved to the letterman studios by then altho letterman hadnt yet gotten there.

    By darth on Oct 12, 2014

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