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Albums Of The Week: Joe Strummer | Assembly

The compilation of the punk icon's post-Clash years includes a trio of rarities.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Assembly showcases carefully curated singles, fan favorites, and archival rarities from the Joe Strummer solo catalog, including Coma Girl, Johnny Appleseed and Yalla Yalla (with The Mescaleros) to his iconic rendition of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song and soundtrack contributions like Love Kills (from the 1986 film, Sid and Nancy). This 16-track compilation features three previously unreleased versions of classic Clash tracks, including the never-before-heard Junco Partner (Acoustic) and electrifying live performances of Rudie Can’t Fail and I Fought The Law recorded by Strummer and The Mescaleros at London’s Brixton Academy in 2001. In addition, Assembly includes exclusive liner notes written especially for this collection by lifelong Strummer fan Jakob Dylan.

Punk poet, musician, composer, actor, and style icon, Joe Strummer spent his life smashing musical and cultural boundaries both as the singer of The Clash and as a solo artist. His songs sound as urgent and vital today as when they were written. Calling out social injustices and giving a voice to the struggles of the working class, Strummer’s politically charged lyrics struck a chord with legions of fans and the press alike. “People can change anything they want to,” he famously once said, “and that means everything in the world.” Through his art, Strummer played his part in shaping the musical landscape of the world and with it left an unrivaled and timeless legacy.

Last year saw Strummer’s iconic life and music commemorated with A Song For Joe: Celebrating the Birthday of Joe Strummer, a star-studded global live stream featuring performances and testimonials from an array of friends, fans, and musical followers, including Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Josh Homme, Tom Morello, Jim Jarmusch, members of The Strokes, Brian Fallon, Steve Buscemi, and many more.

George Harrison’s passion for introducing the world to new music expressed itself in May of 1974 when he created his own new label Dark Horse Records. The label contained a variety of talented artists on its roster, including George himself. Assembly marks the first new Joe Strummer title released via the newly relaunched Dark Horse, led by Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine.”

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