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Return to Strummerville with Expanded Reissues of Clash Frontman’s Solo Discs

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In celebration of what would have been Joe Strummer’s 60th birthday this year – and, just as sadly, the 10th anniversary of his passing this coming December – the Clash frontman’s three albums with latter-day solo band The Mescaleros have received the deluxe treatment both physically and digitally.

At the end of August, Hellcat/Epitaph Records released a digital box set, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros: The Hellcat Years. This 57-track box set contains all three remastered Mescaleros LPs – 1999’s Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, 2001’s Global A Go-Go and the posthumous Streetcore (2003) – along with ten non-LP B-sides and an unreleased concert. That show, a benefit for the Fire Union Brigade recorded at London’s Acton Town Hall, was one of Strummer’s final concerts and arguably one of the most iconic; the encore saw Strummer invite former band member and songwriting partner Mick Jones to the stage for a three-song performance of early Clash tunes. It was the first time the duo shared a stage since their 1983 set at The US Festival. (The pair were in good spirits, having just been announced as inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of The Clash the week prior. Strummer would not live to attend the induction.)

Interestingly, the three albums are getting released on CD as well on September 25, but the discs will only feature the ten B-sides and one non-Jones track from the Acton concert between them. Completists fear not, though: the tracks available only through the digital box set are available for individual purchase.

The track lists for the discs and the box set (the latter of which is available now) are after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 7, 2012 at 13:10