JOE STRUMMER – ” Assembly “

Posted: January 27, 2021 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Joe Strummer was one of those essential artists whose reputation far exceeded the widespread recognition he achieved in life. When he passed away from a congenital heart defect at age 50, he was known mainly for his roles he played in the Clash, Big Audio Dynamite, the 101ers and his solo band the Mescaleros, and yet despite having established an insurgent attitude and a musical palette that spanned punk, dub, funk, and rockabilly, his solo catalogue always seemed to take second place to the iconic outfits with which he’s been forever identified. There’s a clear irony in that distinction, given that Strummer was an outspoken individual who continued to channel social and political causes fearlessly and tirelessly throughout his career.

It’s apt then that Strummer’s solo career should finally get the focus it deserves with “Assembly”, a long-overdue compilation that boasts both career highlights — three live unreleased Clash recordings are, on their own, well worth the price of admission — film score contributions, three tracks recorded with the Mescaleros, a moving take on Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” and, of special note to collectors, a heretofore unreleased version of “Junco Partner,” a song that dates back to Strummer’s initial efforts with the 101ers and rendered here as an earnest acoustic home recording.

‘Assembly’ is the first new Joe Strummer title to be released on Dark Horse Records. Designed as a new starting point to Joe Strummer’s back catalogue, it includes 13 tracks from Strummer’s solo career, along with two live versions of the classic Clash songs “Rudie Can’t Fail” and “I Fought The Law” and a previously unreleased acoustic version of Junco Partner – making a total of 16 tracks. Other tracks come from Strummer’s extensive solo catalogue including tracks from his three albums with ‘The Mescaleros’.

The late Clash frontman Joe Strummer is getting new solo best of, Assembly, on March 26th via Dark Horse Records that collects his work with The Mescaleros and more. One of the rarities included on the album is a never-before-released acoustic version of “Junco Partner,” a blues song first recorded in 1951 by James Waynes, that Strummer played with his first band, The 101ers, was recorded by The Clash for Sandinista! and he continued to play through his days with The Mescaleros.

This acoustic version, just Joe and his guitar, was discovered on a hand-labelled cassette tape in the Strummer archives.

Founded in 1974 by George Harrison Dark Horse Records has long been a home for Storytellers and Troubadour’s, words that can be used to describe Joe Strummer, making Dark Horse Records to perfect home to appreciate and expand Strummer’s incredible legacy across, music, politics, and culture.

Package includes new written forward by Jacob Dylan

Tracklist: 1. Coma Girl 2. Johnny Appleseed 3. I Fought The Law (Live) 4. Tony Adams 5. Sleepwalk 6. Love Kills 7. Get Down Moses 8. X-Ray Style 9. Mondo Bongo 10. Rudie Can’t Fail (Live) 11. At The Border, Guy 12. The Long Shadow 13. Forbidden City 14. Yalla, Yalla 15. Redemption Song 16. Junco Partner (Acoustic)

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