Our highlight of the albums reviewed on these pages during the past week is the new Joe Strummer compilation Assembly – here’s your chance to revisit the review and check out the album via Spotify.
“All artists who make some form of impact in music are revered after they pass away, as is right.”
“From Buddy Holly to Bunny Wailer, all have been survived through their music, but there are a select few whose legends, deeds and significance take on greater appreciation the longer time goes on.”
“Joe Strummer is one such case: forever immortalised at Glastonbury (with a specific area named in his honour), the former frontman of The Clash’s legacy only gets stronger with the passing of time.”
“Albeit more in the United States than in the UK: last year, his legacy was the theme of a global livestream which included performances from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello and Josh Homme (in support of a National Independent Venue Association campaign to save venues), underlining his importance to that generation of musicians.”
“On the other side of the pond, his work with The Clash (undoubtedly a seminal band) is the key metric in discussing his influence. Assembly attempts to rectify that perception, focusing on Strummer’s output in the latter stages of his life, mainly as leader of The Mescaleros.”