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The Clash: Combat Rock (Epic)

Roy Trakin, Musician, August 1982

IF YOU THOUGHT Sandinistal's epic sprawl would be edited down to a solid, filler-free album this time, guess again. Combat Rock reflects that triple-record set's flaws and strengths in miniature — all those open-ended dualities which cause the Clash to hit and miss while they cling to their singular muse.

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