That’s exactly what Mick Jones is aiming for – the new box set will be called Sound System and will contain The Clash’s first five albums, three CDs of rarities, singles, and demos, a DVD of previously unseen footage, and reproductions (as well as a new edition) of their fanzine, Armagideon Time. Oh, one more thing: bassist Paul Simonon designed it to look like an ’80s boombox. Pretty sweet. Via The Guardian:
“The concept of the whole thing is: best box set ever,” Clash guitarist Mick Jones – who oversaw the remastering – told the Guardian. “Remastering’s a really amazing thing. That was the musical point of it all, because there’s so much there that you wouldn’t have heard before. It was like discovering stuff, because the advances in mastering are so immense since the last time [the Clash catalogue] was remastered in the 90s.”
All the music has been remastered from the original tapes, Jones said. “We had to bake the tapes beforehand – the oxide on them is where the music is, so if you don’t put them in the oven and bake them, that all falls off, because they’re so old.”
For the band, hearing some of these old recordings was like hearing for the first time.
Bassist Simonon highlighted a guitar line on Safe European Home, from the band’s second album Give ‘Em Enough Rope, saying he’d never even heard it before. “It’s probably some session musician, while I was asleep,” Jones joked.