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Joe Strummer’s Solo Career Celebrated on New Collection ‘Assembly’

Unreleased solo live versions of Clash’s “Rudie Can’t Fail” and “I Fought the Law,” acoustic take on “Junco Partner” highlight Dark Horse Records release

English singer-songwriter Joe Strummer (1952 - 2002), of punk group The Clash, backstage at a concert at the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, 5th November 1976.

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Highlights from the Clash legend Joe Strummer’s solo career will be the focus of a new collection titled Assembly, out March 26th via Dark Horse Records.

The compilation includes singles and fan favorites from Strummer’s solo LPs as well as his work with the Mescaleros, including “Coma Girl,” Johnny Appleseed,” a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” and “Love Kills” from the Sid and Nancy soundtrack.

The 16-track collection will also feature a trio of unreleased performances: Renditions of the Clash’s “I Fought the Law” and “Rudie Can’t Fail” that Strummer performed live at London’s Brixton Academy on November 24th, 2001, as well as Strummer’s acoustic take on Sandinista!’s “Junco Partner.”

Assembly, available to preorder now on gatefold two-LP black vinyl, CD, and digitally, also features new liner notes penned by longtime Strummer fan Jakob Dylan. The collection is the first new Strummer release on the late George Harrison’s Dark Horse label, which his son Dhani relaunched in 2020 alongside David Zonshine; the label previously reissued Strummer’s Mescaleros-era LPs Rock Art and The X-Ray StyleGlobal A Go-Go, and Streetcore.

Assembly Track List
Coma Girl
Johnny Appleseed
I Fought the Law (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 24 November 2001) *
Tony Adams
Love Kills
Get Down Moses
X-Ray Style
Mondo Bongo
Rudie Can’t Fail (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 24 November 2001) *
At the Border, Guy
Long Shadow
Forbidden City
Yalla Yalla
Redemption Song
Junco Partner (Acoustic) *

*previously unreleased

From Rolling Stone US