Want. So. Badly. The Clash to release new box set of remastered albums and rarities

From The Guardian:

The Clash are to release two new compilations in September – including a box set designed by bassist Paul Simonon to replicate an 80s boombox. Sound System will contain remasters of the band’s first five albums, from The Clash to Combat Rock, plus three CDs of singles, rarities and demos, and a DVD containing previously unseen footage, plus reprints and a new edition of the band’s Armagideon Time fanzine.

“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.”

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