Sony Music Entertainment will release the Clash's Sound System—a 12-disc box set featuring all of the band's studio albums remastered, and three more CDs of demos, non-album singles, B-sides, rarities and more--on September 10, 2013.
Contained within classic boombox packaging designed by Paul Simonon, the box set contains the band’s five seminal studio albums (across eight CDs) remastered by the Clash; a further three discs featuring demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides; a DVD with previously unseen footage shot by both Julien Temple and Don Letts, original promo videos and live footage; an owner’s manual booklet; reprints of the band’s original ‘Armagideon Times’ fanzine as well as a brand-new edition curated and designed by Paul Simonon; and merchandise including dog tags, badges, stickers, and an exclusive Clash poster.
In this clip, newly created by the band, watch the Clash announce the release of Sound System in "The Cut Out Show."
Conceived and compiled by the Clash, Sound System is a significant and unique collection of the complete recorded works by the 20th century’s most influential British band. Greatly enhanced by the careful remastering which renders the original recordings more vital and crisp, all contained in Paul Simonon’s iconic design, with a selection of bonus material, Sound System is the most important and unique box set to ever be released by the band.
Prompted by demand for a complete collection, Sound System is a powerful reminder of the Clash’s enduring legacy. It’s hard to think of a band before or since that have exerted such universal influence. The 1970s punk movement gave birth to some important bands, but none were more important than the Clash. Here were a band who pushed and broke musical boundaries, while fusing musical experimentation with a socio-political conscience. From their eponymously-titled debut album in 1977, the band incorporated elements of reggae, rap, jazz, dance, rockabilly and ska in their music. Their passionate, political agenda continues to inspire new fans and musicians alike. Indeed, the issues the Clash tackled are as relevant today as they were in the late '70s/early '80s. Dubbed “the only band that matters” in their heyday, the same could be said almost 40 years later.