Big Audio Dynamite This Is Big Audio Dynamite: Legacy Edition

While the Clash's musical legacy is almost untouchable, the band's demise was messy and at least one record too many was released with their name attached. Mick Jones was the first former member to get himself together musically, after being fired from the Clash in 1983, continuing to blur genre boundaries with his new project, Big Audio Dynamite, whose 1985 debut has just been given the Legacy Edition treatment. Twenty-five years on, This Is Big Audio Dynamite still sounds remarkably fresh, with its then innovative mix of rock and hip-hop, and liberal use of movie samples. Despite the fact that Jones's new band were still finding their footing during the recording of the album, it's an accomplished piece of work that hints at the direction he wanted the Clash to go in. It might lack the fury of his punk roots, but there's a reason that the three singles all made their way into the charts ― Mick Jones always knew how to write great songs. The original album is left untouched on the first CD, with the extra material on a second disc. All eight album tracks are represented by the twelve inch or dub remixes that were inevitably released on vinyl at the time, with the most notable being the original Def Jam version of "The Bottom Line," as remixed by Rick Rubin, although there are some unreleased mixes as well. The other four extra tracks are very much products of the time, made up of B-sides from singles, including some downright weird stuff, like the vocoder version of "BAD" and one of "E=MC2" with way too much beat boxing. Despite the repetition, the Legacy Edition still adds something of value to an already classic album. (Columbia)