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Albums Of The Week: Joe Strummer | 002: The Mescaleros Years

The second anthology devoted to the late Clash frontman chronicles his evolution from punk OG to global groovemeister — and tosses in a disc of demos & outtakes.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “2022 marks 20 years since the passing of the legendary Joe Strummer. While best known as the frontman for The Clash, between 1999-2002 Strummer produced some of his most exciting work alongside The Mescaleros.

Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years is the first comprehensive collection highlighting this intense period of creativity and brings together the albums Rock Art And The X-Ray Style (1999), Global A Go-Go (2001), the posthumous Streetcore (2003) and Vibes Compass, a brand-new compilation of 15 B-sides and rarities, including never before heard tracks like Ocean of Dreams (featuring Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols on guitar) and early demos of some of the Mescaleros best-loved tracks (The Road To Rock ‘N’ Roll, X-Ray Style and more), through to some of the original recordings from Joe’s last sessions — Coma Girl (Outtake), Fantastic and Get Down Moses (Outtake) — all in one complete boxset.

All albums are remastered by Grammy winner Paul Hicks (The Beatles / The Rolling Stones / John Lennon / David Bowie) and are packaged in a richly curated boxset, featuring extensive new liner notes and interviews with Joe’s friends, collaborators and Mescaleros band members, plus never-before-seen handwritten notes, lyrics, and drawings by Joe taken from the Joe Strummer Archive.

Both the four-CD and seven-LP boxes include four reproduction lyric sheets and chord charts, and the LP box includes an exclusive 12”x12” art print. Joe Strummer 002 serves as a loving tribute to Strummer’s final musical output, released in celebration of what would have been his 70th birthday year.”