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The Clash: Sandinista!

Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, April 1981

THE FIRST TIME the Clash ventured into a recording studio they emerged with a concise blockbuster 45 ('White Riot') that deliv-ered the goods in under two minutes. Four years later they unburden themselves of their fourth album — a three-record mammoth clocking in at well over two hours. From a momentary rush to an evening's diversion, the Clash continue to amaze on one hand and stagnate on the other.

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