The Clash ‘London Calling’ demos

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If you love hearing where the original ideas for some of your favourite music originated, you know that expanded editions of albums can be a blast. Nowadays YouTube has it’s fair share of ‘bootleg’ outtake material as well though, and here’s some great stuff from The Clash. If you’re a fan, this is a gold mine.

From the article:

Every creative work begins with a draft—or two, or three, or four. Great American novel, iconic painting, generation-defining poem, album of the decade… each represents a palimpsest of sketches, blind alleys, dead ends, demos, and outtakes. So it’s no great surprise to learn that London Calling, the Clash’s double-album masterpiece, exists as an earlier version, recorded by the band themselves on four-track tape machines at their rehearsal space in central London. What is maybe surprising is how good these early recordings are, and that they exist at all.

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