By Andrew Parks, eMusic Contributor
The Clash have announced two retrospective releases that are set to hit shops on September 10th. According to a Guardian interview with bassist Paul Simonon, "The concept of the whole thing is: best box set ever. 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 catalog] was remastered in the '90s."
Included in the Sound System set are remastered versions of the band's first five albums, three discs of singles, rarities and demos, a DVD featuring previously unseen footage, a new edition of the band's Armagideon Time fanzine, and packaging that's modeled after a Thatcher-era boom box. If that's a bit too over-the-top for you, the group will also be pressing a 33-track, two-CD compilation of their most popular material called The Clash Hits Back. Check out trailers related to both releases down below, along with the complete best-of breakdown... more »