Clash to Release 40th Anniversary Edition of ‘Combat Rock’

A 40th-anniversary edition of the Clash‘s 1982 Combat Rock album is set for release on May 20.

The collection, titled Combat Rock / The People’s Hall, includes the original album, along with 12 additional songs compiled by the surviving members of the Clash. You can see the track listing below.

After their 17-show residency at New York’s Bond Casino in 1981, the Clash returned to England and began rehearsing at the People’s Hall in the squatting neighborhood of Frestonia in London. They began to record parts of Combat Rock, which was known by its working title Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg at the time. The band eventually relocated back to New York and continued recording at Electric Lady Studios.

The supplementary tracks included on The People’s Hall feature rare and unheard recordings made following the 1981 single “This Is Radio Clash” until the release of Combat Rock in May 1982. The album includes some of the band’s best-known songs, like “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and “Rock the Casbah.”

Highlights from the upcoming double CD and triple vinyl collection include a new version of “Know Your Rights” recorded at the People’s Hall on the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, a previously unreleased instrumental version of “He Who Dares or Is Tired” and an unreleased original mix of “The Escapades of Futura 2000.”

The Clash have also released a pair of collaborations with Ranking Roger of the English Beat. “Red Angel Dragnet” and “Rock the Casbah” will be available on a separate two-track EP that will be issued as a limited-edition 7”. You can hear both songs below.

Listen to ‘Red Angel Dragnet’ by the Clash Featuring Ranking Roger

Listen to ‘Rock the Casbah’ by the Clash Featuring Ranking Roger

Combat Rock / The People’s Hall is now available for pre-order.

‘Combat Rock / The People’s Hall’ Track Listing
‘Combat Rock’ – SIDE A
1. “Know Your Rights”
2. “Car Jamming”
3. “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
4. “Rock The Casbah”
5. “Red Angel Dragnet”
6. “Straight To Hell”
‘Combat Rock’ – SIDE B
1. “Overpowered By Funk”
2. “Atom Tan”
3. “Sean Flynn”
4. “Ghetto Defendant”
5. “Inoculated City”
6. “Death Is A Star”

‘The People’s Hall’ – SIDE A
1. “Outside Bonds”
2. “Radio Clash”
3. “Futura 2000”
‘The People’s Hall’ – SIDE B
1. “First Night Back In London”
2. “Radio One” – Mikey Dread
3. “He Who Dares Or Is Tired”
4. “Long Time Jerk”
5. “The Fulham Connection”
‘The People’s Hall’ – SIDE C
1. “Midnight To Stevens”
2. “Sean Flynn”
3. “Idle In Kangaroo Court”
4. “Know Your Rights”

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