Sandinista!

Label
Sony Music UK
Release date
1999
Running length
58 tracks
Running time
153:04

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Magnificent Seven 5:32 182,389
1 Magnificent Seven 2:37 14,483
2 Hitsville U.K. 4:21 77,776
3 Junco Partner 2:58 47,383
4 Ivan Meets G.I. Joe 3:10 67,869
5 Leader 0:00 224
5 The Leader 1:42 50,016
6 Something about England 3:42 41,215
7 Rebel Waltz 3:26 41,898
8 Look Here 2:45 39,539
9 Crooked Beat 5:28 254
9 The Crooked Beat 5:28 40,045
10 Somebody Got Murdered 3:34 96,440
11 One More Time 2:51 47,191
12 One More Dub 3:37 47,555
13 Lightning Strikes (Not Once but Twice) 4:50 36,642
14 Up in Heaven (Not Only Here) 4:31 35,712
15 Corner Soul 2:42 34,843
16 Let's Go Crazy 4:24 25,344
17 If Music Could Talk 4:36 34,197
18 Sound of Sinners 4:02 139
18 The Sound of Sinners 3:59 32,885
19 Police on My Back 3:15 107,045
20 Midnight Log 2:09 35,861
21 The Equaliser 5:46 37,791
22 The Call Up 5:25 77,212
23 Washington Bullets 3:51 41,604
24 Broadway 4:55 48,173
25 Lose this Skin 5:08 30,242
26 Charlie don't Surf 4:54 39,309
27 Mensforth Hill 3:42 26,248
28 Junkie Slip 2:48 28,418
29 Kingston Advice 2:37 28,426
30 The Street Parade 3:27 56,503
31 Version City 4:22 26,075
32 Living in Fame 4:53 30,044
33 Silicone on Sapphire 4:14 25,597
34 Version Pardner 5:23 25,734
35 Career Opportunities 2:30 187,962
36 Shepherds Delight 3:30 26,682

About this album

Sandinista! is the fourth studio album by the punk rock band The Clash. It was released in 1980 as a triple album containing 36 tracks, with 6 songs on each side. Anticipating the “world music” trend of the 1980s, it features reggae, jazz, mock gospel, rockabilly, folk, dub, rhythm and blues, calypso, and rap.

For the first time, the band’s traditional songwriting credits of Strummer/Jones were replaced by a generic credit to “The Clash”,and the band cut the album royalties, in order to release the 3-LP at a low price. The title comes from the Nicaraguan left-wing guerrilla organization, the Sandinistas, and its catalogue number, ‘FSLN1’, refers to the acronym for Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional.

Sandinista! was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop critics poll, and it was ranked number 404 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all timeThe album was recorded over most of 1980, in London, Manchester, Jamaica and New York. It was produced by the band (which essentially meant Mick Jones and Joe Strummer), recorded and mixed by Bill Price, and engineered by Jeremy “Jerry” Green (Wessex Sound Studios), J. P. Nicholson (Electric Lady Studios), Lancelot “Maxie” McKenzie (Channel One Studios), and Bill Price (Pluto + Power Station Studios). Dub versions for some of the songs and toasting was done by Mikey Dread, who had first hooked up with the band for their 1980 single “Bankrobber”. With Sandinista! the band reached beyond punk and reggae into dub, rhythm and blues, calypso, gospel and other genres.

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  • revron-

    cool album and cool sounds

    31 Mar 5:42am Reply
  • Lowbacca

    the clash-equivalent to the beatles' "white album" - too many filler tracks cluttering the sides so you can have a double/triple LP.. lose all the worthless stuff and you might have a great album. in another words: 75% of this ain't my cup of tee or is obvious lazy filler. then again, there is some neat stuff here.

    8 Feb 3:44pm Reply
  • tieitch

    I'm starting to think that this is the best album ever made, by any band. Ever. Fucking perfect

    18 Jan 10:09pm Reply
  • gokunirvana

    I have always seen Sandinista! as an extreme version of the concept behind London Calling. You can listen to both discs of LC separately, because they are good enough to stand at their own. But together, they form a long epic journey, and one of the greatest albums ever. The bad part of Sandinista! is that many tracks take some time to start to dig them. But at the end, every song is needed to feel the real experience. Anyway, there's something that surprise me, is that true that so many people see this as their worst? I think it's right up there with London Calling.

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Hollie452

    I retract my previous comment. I think this album is just a bit overwhelming to take on everything in one go. Especially as it features so many different genres, as well as the diversity of the lyrics with a lot of world politics mentioned, It's probably best to take this as 3 (great) albums. The fact that this (for most people) would come down to their worst album really says a lot about the importance of The Clash in music and what a great band they are.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TribesOfTheMoon

    Love this album and probably my favorite even over London Calling.

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    Almost as good as London Calling in my opinion.....

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • hitbyambulance

    still my favorite

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Hollie452

    Disappointing follow up but a good album nevertheless. The last disc should have been left out.

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    I fell asleep while listening in the midway of this album, and when I woke up, this album was still playing... That's how long the album is.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    their worst

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • aaronrodgersfan

    Disc 1 > Disc 2 in my opinion. Not saying there aren't some really good tracks on disc 2... Great album!

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Elturtle

    My least favorite Clash album. And yes ive heard Cut The Crap. Hateres gonna hate.

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    In some ways their best album, I think. Certainly many of the songs on here match up favorably with anything else they did and the sheer sprawl of the record is amazing. Not one I sit down and listen to every day but when I do listen to it front to back it blows me away.

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    I got this album three months ago and just now started listen to it, simply because it's too long. That being said, it's fucking perfect. The Clash are the greatest Punk Rock band, but they're so much more than that, too.

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • sonicvalentine

    what an album!! what a band!!

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • jelenaeva

    this is no.1 on my top 5 of all-time albums. there's nothing that can even come close.

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • giuliayork

    I was surprised by the number of plays. It's such a good album!

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • CactusFarmland

    bestest of the best

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • xOutofStepx

    Too good an album for the average punker retard. This one, LC, the Cost of Living EP and the first one, plus "Safe European Home" from GEER are Clash essentials.

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
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