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The Clash by The Clash ranked # 77 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list.
The Clash is the first album-length recording released by the English punk band The Clash. It was released in two different versions, both of which are still in print: the original version in 1977 and the revised U.S. version in 1979 (with several post-1977 single sides added to the album).
Issued in the UK by CBS Records in 1977 and produced by Mickey Foote. This first album by the Clash was unusually musically varied for a punk band, with reggae, dub, pop, and early rock and roll influences plainly evident.
Like many other British punk albums of its day, the album was not released by a U.S. record company. However, the UK version of the debut album became the best-selling import-only album of all time in the United States. Epic Records - a subsidiary of Columbia Records - did release The Clash's second album Give 'Em Enough Rope, which reached #128 on the U.S. Billboard album chart in 1978.
In July 1979, Epic released a modified version of the debut album for the United States market, some two years after its original UK release. The American version replaced four songs from the original version with five non-album singles and b-sides, some of which were recorded and released after The Clash's second album, Give 'Em Enough Rope. It also used the single version of "White Riot", rather than the re-recorded take used on the UK album.
This was another moderately successful American album for The Clash, even though the sales were likely diluted by the longstanding popularity of the UK version on the import market. The Clash peaked at #126 on the Billboard charts, setting the stage for the commercial breakthrough of London Calling later that year.
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