While the first introduction of the self-titled track “London Calling” might appear as an establishment of the rock-heavy style of marching riffs and a screaming Joe Strummer who would also work the rhythm guitar and piano. Mick Jones who also produced the record lead the band on the guitar, piano, harmonica, and of course the vocal performances. With Paul Simonon on the bass and also star of the cover, smashing his iconic fender bass against the ground in New York. Finally, there was Topper Headon on the percussion with an all-star role of being able to control this flexing muscle of The Clash.
As London Calling begins to spread a wider wingspan and as the different influences start to flood onto the listener; it is incredibly apparent that The Clash drew from a wealth of knowledge and tried to make a real powerhouse of an album. The double record not only reaches over an hour in length, but the 19-total tracks are surprisingly never cumbersome or show any case of becoming drab. Each progression throughout London Calling acts as a treat with “Lost in the Supermarket” or “Clampdown”, two entirely different tracks with a similar backbone that shows the versatility of The Clash.
One of the first records that changed the way music was viewed, London Calling has forever and will forever live on for the way that The Clash was able to craft something from nothing. A craft of true love, London Calling shows craftsmanship behind the 19-track behemoth of beauty and expression.