CLASH - DVD
PRESSURE DROP

LABEL:
Boys Next Door
SOURCE:
Various TV Broadcasts and Proshot Video Performances
FORMAT:
1 Dual-Layer DVD
RUNNING TIME:
Approximately 5 hours
SOUND/SOURCE:
Stereo & Mono Broadcast, Film
PACKAGING:
DVD Clamshell with Color insert artwork
 

Pressure Drop DVD front

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SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 8 / PERFORMANCE 9.5

 

TRACK LIST:

Elisabethan Suite - Manchester, October 1977
01. Capital Radio
02. Janie Jones
03. What's My Name
04. Garageland
Something Else - UK TV, January 1978
05. Clash City Rockers
06. People Voice
07. Tommy Gun
Rock Revolution - Manchester, December 1978
08. I'm So Bored With The USA
09. London's Burning
Alright Now - UK TV, March 1979
10. Interview
11. English Civil War
Kampuchea Concert - London, December 1979
12. Armagideon Time
Aylesbury Friars - UK TV, Janualy 1980
13. London Calling
14. Interview / Police & Thieves
15. Interview / Janie Jones / Complete Control
Fridays - Los Angeles, April 1980
16. London Calling
17. Train In Vain
18. Guns Of Brixton
19. Clampdown
Ohne Maulkorbe Wien, May 1981
20. Clash City Rockers
21. Somebody Got Murdered
22. London Calling
23. Safe European Home
Bonds International Casino New York, June 1981
24. News Report
Tom Snyder Tomorrow Show - New York, June 1981
25. The Magnificent Seven
26. Interview
27. This Is Radio Clash
Late At Five - Us Tv, February 1982
28. Interview
Saturday Night Live - New York, October 1982
29. Straight To Hell
30. Should I Stay Or Should I Go
US Festival - San Bermardino, CA May 1983
31. Press Conference
32. Introduction
33. Know Your Rights
34. Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Chorus Le Batacian Paris Feb 27,1980
35. Jimmy Jazz
36. London Calling
37. Prontex Blue
38. Train In Vain
39. Koka Kola
40. I Fought The Law
41. Spanish Bombs
42. Wrong Em Boyo
43. Stay Free
44. Janie Jones
45. Complete Control
46. Garage Land
47. Tommy Gun
Live At Nakano Sunplaza Feb 1,1982
48. London Calling
49. Safe European Home
50. Whiteman In Hammersmith Palais
51. Brand New Cadillac
52. Charlie Don't Surf
53. Clampdown
54. This Is Radio Clash
55. Armagideon Time
56. Jimmy Jazz
57. Tommy Gun
58. Fujiyama Mama
59. Police On My Back
60. White Riot
US Festival San Bernardiono,CA, May 1983
61. Introduction
62. London Calling
63. This Is Radio Clash
64. Somebody Got Murdered
65. Rock The Casbah
66. Guns Of Brixton
67. Know Your Rights
68. Koka Kola
69. Hate And War
70. Armagideon Time
71. Sound Of Sinners
72. Safe European Home
73. Police On My Back
74. Brand New Cadillac
75. I Fought The Law
76. I m So Bored With The USA
77. Train In Vain
78. The Mgnificent Seven
79. Straight To Hell
80. Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
81. Clampdown
Roskide Festival Copenhagen Denmark June 29 1985
82. Garageland
83. Bankrobber

 
REVIEW:

This is one of those nice surprises because while it looked to be incredible, you figured it was going to be a butchered affair.  Not so!

Boys Next Door come off their Bowie "Thin White Duke" production and present a slam dunk, no-brainer for Clash fans.  This one is right on par with Scorpio/HiWatt's "Purple Hearts & Power Chords" Who double DVD last year.  "Pressure Drop" is also a compilation of TV shows, mainly British, which makes it a must-have for American collector's because you cannot possibly get all this material in one shot - in ANY better quality, anywhere else.  Remember, this is primarily Television footage and the source quality is pretty great.  Our producers have skillfully edited together the first half of the 5-hour Clash video marathon in a seamless and devoted fashion.  Excellent sources utilized throughout.  However, it may surprise a few among us that the later in the compilation you get, the video quality dips.  Nothing too dreadful but that US Festival print used here was one of the pieces I thought would shine.  It's great, but everthing that precedes it, eclipses it by a mile.  The very last segment featuring the Rokskilde peformance, when Mick Jones had already left the band, is pretty horrible.  Nice to have included but it is the only sub-par piece in the whole package.  The video otherwise is right up around 9 out of 10.  The audio is superb throughout and there are no issues there.  The stereo track is consistent with great definition.

Highlights?  Well, all the early episodes featuring interviews.  These are really key in getting to understand the band and it's members.  I've come away with a whole new respect for Paul Simonon, not to mention Topper Headen's drumming!  The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder from 1981 during the whole Bonds Casino run of shows is without question, the most memorable and charming of the batch but the Aylesbury Friars piece is probably the most unique of circumstances as The Clash are guests along with some woman who is a political figure of whatever stature.  It plays out much like a town hall meeting with a small audience and the very young but confident hosts do a nice job of moderating the discussion.  Insightful stuff and a great example of why it is critical for collector's to keep this material in circulation and available.  This is of historical significance.

It's 5 hours of rare Clash.  Look at the tracklisting above.  It's great quality in a no-frills presentation but with nice, smooth programming.  I figure it suits the band fully.  I need to go brush my teeth after watching this, you go seek this DVD out.  God these guys were good.


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