A disc of recently discovered, previously unheard demos for the Clash’s “London Calling” will be included in the Legacy edition of the classic album, due Sept. 21 via Epic. Although a track list for the demos has not been finalized, it is tipped to include songs that did not make the final cut for “London Calling.” The tapes were recently discovered in storage belonging to guitarist/vocalist Mick Jones.
In addition to the original album and the aforementioned demos, “London Calling: The 25th Anniversary Edition” will boast a DVD chronicling the Clash at that point in its existence. A 45-minute documentary was created by longtime biographer Don Letts, and features recording studio footage, previously unreleased live performances, interviews with Jones, the late Joe Strummer, Topper Headon and Paul Simonon and a rare conversation with band manager Kosmo Vinyl.
The new edition will also feature full song lyrics, a new essay and rare photos by band photographer Pennie Smith.
Released in 1979, “London Calling” has come to be regarded as one of the best albums of the punk era. It features such Clash classics as the title cut, “Train in Vain,” “Clampdown,” “Guns of Brixton,” “Spanish Bombs,” “Rudie Can’t Fail” and “Death or Glory.”