JOE STRUMMER – ” The Mescaleros Years “

Posted: September 18, 2022 in MUSIC

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. The compilation will include remastered copies of The Mescalero’s three full-length albums: “Rock Art” and “The X-Ray Style” (1999), “Global A Go-Go” (2001) and “Streetcore” (2003), the latter of which was released after Strummer’s death.

Also included are the first ever demos that Strummer wrote for the outfit, amongst 15 unreleased tracks and rarities, which Paul Hicks has remastered. The collection also includes a track entitled, ‘Ocean of Dreams’, which features Steve Jones, the guitarist from the Sex Pistols.

Dark Horse Records have issued the previously unheard track, ‘The Road to Rock ‘N’ Roll”, to commemorate the box set’s announcement.

Lucinda Tait, Strummer’s widow, was executive producer on “The Mescalero Years”. Tait had said that work on the upcoming release had actually started in 2018 when working on the box set Joe Strummer 001, which collected 32 songs from all across Strummer’s glittering career.

“There’s so much great music that Joe left us in his archive,” Tait said. “To focus on Joe’s work with The Mescaleros was the natural second step on 002 because those songs he made with them just seemed to resonate so strongly and reinvigorated his connection with his audience at a level he hadn’t experienced since his days with The Clash.”

Strummer tragically died in 2002 from a heart attack at the age of just 50. He played in many bands, including The Clash, The Mescaleros, The 101ers, Latino Rockabilly War and The Pogues.

The box set of music by Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros – his band after The Clash – has been scheduled for release this month. Joe Strummer 002: The Mescalero Years will be released by Dark Horse Records on September 16th and will serve as the first time that a complete anthology of the group’s work has been released.

All albums are remastered by Grammy Award 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 The Mescaleros band members, plus never-before-seen handwritten notes, lyrics, and drawings by Joe taken from the Joe Strummer Archive.

Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years” is the first comprehensive collection highlighting this intense period of creativity “Vibes Compass”, a brand-new compilation of 15 B-sides and rarities, including never before heard tracks 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 ever sessions (“Coma Girl (Outtake),” “Fantastic” and “Get Down Moses (Outtake)”), all in one complete boxset.

Both the 4CD and 7LP 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.

Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros Released16/09/22 BMG Records

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