An announcement has been made about a new box set that includes music from Joe Strummer’s post-The Clash band The Mescaleros.
Dark Horse Records will release the following: ‘Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years’ will be released on September 16 and marks the first time a comprehensive anthology of the outfit’s work has been issued.
The collection will feature remastered versions of the band’s three studio albums – ‘Rock Art And The X-Ray Style (1999), ‘Global A Go-Go’2001 ‘Streetcore’The latter was released posthumously in 2003.
As well as this, some of the first demos Strummer wrote for the group will appear in the box set’s 15 rare and unreleased tracks, remastered by Paul Hicks.
Per PitchforkThe song is also included in the collection. ‘Ocean Of Dreams’The album featured Steve Jones, Sex Pistols guitarist.
The label has released the previously unreleased track to celebrate the box set announcement ‘The Road To Rock ‘N’ Roll’. Listen below.
Strummer’s widow, Lucinda Tait, served as executive producer for ‘Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years’. She also spoke in a press release about how work began on the 2018 box set, which she said was the beginning of the next release. ‘Joe Strummer 001’, a 32-song collection from across Strummer’s storied career. “There’s so much great music that Joe left us in his archive,” Tait said.
“To focus on Joe’s work with The Mescaleros was the natural second step on ‘002’ because those songs he made with them just seemed to resonate so strongly and reinvigorated his connection with his audience at a level he hadn’t experienced since his days with The Clash.”
Strummer, 50, died of a sudden cardiac attack in 2002.
The Clash had a special reissue of their album earlier in the year. ‘Combat Rock’.
The iconic 1982 album was the last one from The Clash, featuring Strummer and Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Heon, and Paul Simonon.