The Clash’s fourth album, the massive triple LP Sandinista!, is 40 years old today. A few weeks back, we celebrated The Clash’s most controversial LP, Cut the Crap, turning 35. In terms of controversy, Sandinista! isn’t far behind.
The album saw The Clash incorporating elements of funk, reggae, jazz, gospel, folk, R&B, disco, and even rap. While Sandinista! was forward-thinking and predicted several ’80s trends, it largely abandoned the band’s punk roots and fans. Listen to all 36 tracks of the behemoth below.
There are undoubtedly a handful of classics. “The Magnificent Seven,” “Somebody Got Murdered,” “Police On My Back,” and “Washington Bullets” all contribute to The Clash’s incredible legacy. So, what do you think? Is Sandinista! the masterwork of a band at the peak of their creative powers, or the bloated byproduct of unchecked egos?