The Clash / Sound System box set

The Clash / Sound System 12 disc box set

Sony / Columbia will release Sound System a new 12-disc career-spanning box set from The Clash on 9 September 2013.

The set will contain all the albums, newly remastered, across eight CDs, plus a further three discs of demos, non-album singles, B-sides and rarities. Additionally Sound System comes with a DVD which features all of the band’s videos and unseen footage from the archives of Julien Temple and Don Letts.

The boombox packaging is designed by Paul Simonon and houses memorabilia including Clash Fanzines, poster, dog tags, stickers and badges.

A new 2CD set The Clash – Hits Back will also be released on the same day.

Sound System box set contains eight CDs (below) to cover the normal albums and a further four bonus discs with rarities – giving a total of 12 discs in this set.

  • 1. The Clash
  • 2. Give ‘Em Enough Rope (1 CD)
  • 3. London Calling (double album, 2 CDs)
  • 4. Sandinista! (triple album, 3 CDs)
  • 5. Combat Rock (1 CD)

All newly remastered by The Clash with award-winning engineer Tim Young.

Sound System Extra CDs Full track listing:

Disc One

  • 1. White Riot (Single version)
  • 2. 1977 (B-side)
  • 3. Listen (Capital Radio EP) / Interviews (Capital Radio EP)
  • 4. Capital Radio (Capital Radio EP)
  • 5. London’s Burning (Live B-side Remote Control)
  • 6. Complete Control (Single version)
  • 7. City Of The Dead (B-side)
  • 8. Clash City Rockers (Original single version)
  • 9. Jail Guitar Doors (B-side)
  • 10. White Man In Hammersmith Palais (A-side)
  • 11. The Prisoner (B-side)
  • 12. 1-2 Crush On You (B-side Tommy Gun)
  • 13. Time Is Tight (Black Market Clash)
  • 14. Pressure Drop (B-side English Civil War)
  • 15. I Fought The Law (Cost Of Living EP)
  • 16. Groovy Times (Cost Of Living EP)
  • 17. Gates Of The West (Cost Of Living EP)
  • 18. Capital Radio (Cost Of Living EP)
  • 19. Armagideon Time
  • 20. Bankrobber (A-side)
  • 21. Rockers Galore On A UK Tour (B-side)

Disc Two

  • 1. Magnificent Dance (12”) 5:36 (available on Singles box set)
  • 2. Midnight To Stevens (Outtake)
  • 3. Radio One (B-side Hitsville UK)
  • 4. Stop The World (B-side The Call Up)
  • 5. The Cool Out (US 12” B-side of The Call Up)
  • 6. This Is Radio Clash (A-side)
  • 7. This Is Radio Clash (B-side 7” – different lyrics)
  • 8. First Night Back In London (B-side Know Your Rights)
  • 9. Rock The Casbah (Bob Clearmountain 12” mix) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  • 10. Long Time Jerk (B-side Rock The Casbah)
  • 11. The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too (Outtake) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  • 12. Idle In Kangaroo Court (Outtake listed as Kill Time) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  • 13. Ghetto Defendant (Extended version – unedited) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  • 14. Cool Confusion (B-side Should I Stay Or Should I Go 7”)
  • 15. Sean Flynn (Extended ‘Marcus Music’ version) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  • 16. Straight To Hell (Extended unedited version from Clash On Broadway) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

Disc Three

Extracts from The Clash’s first ever recording session at Beaconsfield Film School 1976. Recorded by Julien Temple

  • 1. I’m So Bored With The USA
  • 2. London’s Burning – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  • 3. White Riot

Polydor Demos – The Clash’s second recording session November 1976 (Produced by Guy Stevens)

  • 5. Janie Jones
  • 6. Career Opportunities
  • 7. London’s Burning – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

Live at The Lyceum, London 28th December 1978

  • 10. City Of The Dead
  • 11. Jail Guitar Doors – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  • 12. English Civil War
  • 14. Cheapstakes – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  • 15. I Fought The Law

Bonus DVD

  • Julien Temple Archive – 6:20
  • White Riot Interview – 7:10
  • Promo and interviews with Tony Parsons
  • 1977 1:87
  • White Riot 1:48
  • London’s Burning 2:05

Sussex University 1977

  • I’m So Bored With The USA 2:14 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  • Career Opportunities 1:42 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  • Remote Control 2:73 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

Don Letts Super 8 Medley 11:40

  • White Riot 1:52
  • Janie Jones 1:73
  • City of the Dead 2:04
  • Clash City Rockers 2:15
  • White Man in Hammersmith Palais 2:53
  • 1977 1:41

Clash On Broadway – 19:50

  • London Calling
  • This Is Radio Clash
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • Guns Of Brixton
  • Safe European Home

Promo Videos

  • Tommy Gun 3:00
  • London Calling 3:20
  • Bankrobber 4:00
  • Clampdown (Live) 5:00
  • Train In Vain (Live) 2:10
  • The Call Up 3:10
  • Rock The Casbah 3:20
  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Live at Shea Stadium) 2:50
  • Career Opportunities (Live at Shea Stadium) 3:00

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Agree with many of the comments above- could have been better (Rat Patrol from Fort Bragg 2 CD anyone?). But, if you pre-order from the official Clash website (www.theclash.com), if I’ve read it correctly, you do get a couple of bonuses, the main (and perhaps most exclusive; the ‘screensavers’ are actually just three .jpegs) is a screenprint signed by Mick, Topper and Paul. From the site:

o 3 Exclusive Screen Savers for immediate digital download.
o Exclusive Canvas Patch: Re-creation of an early Clash SEW ON CANVAS SCREENPRINT approx 18cm x 12 cm – 7 x 5 inches. Printed with Joe’s signature. Paul, Mick and Topper will autograph each piece of canvas. (CLSBN001)


There are far better reasons to boycott this box. Turning London Calling into a 2 CD set and Sandinista! into 3 just seems like filler. And the price is laughable.

Paul English

Mick Jones and his arrogant airbrushing / re-writing of history is getting tiresome at this stage. I’ll be boycotting this one on the basis that it’s not the full story.


@Joao Costa I agree it is awful, but This is England is a great track. Plus it’s not just Joe, Paul Simonon is on there too. I think it’s terrible when bands decide to airbrush their past. The Beatles are doing it by not releasing the film of Let It Be, the awful last Velvet Underground album Squeeze is all but forgotton. It’s not a good thing.


I agree with Gary. Cut the Crap is a Clash Album (without Mick and Topper) . Just like Let it bleed is a Stone album (without Brian)
Good (or Bad) news: Squeeze (VU without Lou, John, Sterling and Moe !!!) is available on CD for the first time on Kismet Records .
Sound System Box Set is not what I expected. 250 $ for 15 unreleased tracks on CD and 4 on the DVD is not a good deal.
I prefer waiting for a Combat Rock Deluxe edition with the Mick Jones mixes .


I agree a decent audio version of Combat Rock would be far better than another Clash Box (even if this does look pretty cool). I have a bootleg of the Mick Jones version of Combat Rock, but it’s bootleg quality. SO it would be great to hear that mixed and finished up by Mick.


I got that too Gary, Jones version. doubt they will ever release that one.

Joao Costa

Cut the Crap is Joe Strummer and His Musicians, not Clash. Awful disc.


Best box set of the year…ordered!!!


The Clash, still rewriting their history by ignoring Cut the Crap. Tut tut.


Old comment, I know, but I agree. The completist in me wants Cut the Crap as well as the live albums Completely Live and Live at Shea Stadium, not to mention the movie Rude Boy and also in soundtrack form. Also, even though some tracks will be repeated, I do not think the US version of the debut nor the EPs, Black Market Clash and Super Black Market Clash should be ignored. Even Best of the Clash, vol. 1 has it’s place in Clash history IMO.


I’ll probably buy the regular album box set just to hear the remastered versions of the albums. Its a shame they couldn’t have compiled an expanded version of Black Market Clash which features the non-album A’s and B’s but I guess they have to hold something back to make you shell out the £100 for.


Looks excellent. Probably won’t remortgage to buy it though.

Incidentally, there are some interesting track times on the DVD. Is Hate & War 1 minute 94 seconds or 2.34? ;-)