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Okay, here's the work in progress studio log/sessionography. It's largely culled from Complete Clash and Passion is a Fashion. We Are the Clash was a big help with the 83-85 stuff. My idea was to list dates as precisely as possible, location, tracks recorded, line up, and the source of the info included. Note that I had this as a nicely formatted word doc, but it didn't paste well and I had to redo a ton and this is the best I could do. Feedback is welcomed.

1976
November
  • Studio – Marble Arch (Polydor Demos)
    Tracks
    • Janie Jones
      Career Opportunities
      London’s Burning
      1977
      White Riot
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Terry Chimes – drums
      Producer Guy Stevens
      Engineer Vic Smith
    Source – Passion Is a Fashion (p. 177)
1977
January
  • Studio – National Film and Television School (Beaconsfield Demos)
    Tracks
    • I’m So Bored With the USA
      London’s Burning
      White Riot
      Janie Jones (Instrumental)
      Career Opportunities
      1977
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Terry Chimes – drums
January 28-30
  • Studio – CBS Studio 3
    Tracks
    • White Riot (single)
      1977
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Terry Chimes - drums
      Producer Mickey Foote
      Engineer – Simon Humphrey
    Source – Passion Is a Fashion (p. 142), Return of Last Gang (p. 220)
February 10 through February 27 (Note - Passion is a Fashion lists Feb 10 as start, but says the sessions were “Thursday through Sunday”, February 12 was a Saturday)
  • Studio- CBS Studio 3
    Tracks
    • Clash S/T except “White Riot”
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Terry Chimes - drums
      Producer Mickey Foote
      Engineer – Simon Humphrey
    Source – Return of Last Gang (p. 224)
April 3
  • Studio – CBS Studios
    Tracks
    • Capitol Radio One
      Listen
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Terry Chimes - drums
    Producer
April 17
  • Studio – Dunstable
    Tracks (filmed)
    • London’s Burning
      White Riot
      1977
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Topper Headon - drums
    Source – Return of Last Gang in Town (p. 238), Complete Clash (for exact date)
August
  • Studio – Sarm East Studio
    Tracks
    • Complete Control
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Topper Headon - drums
      Producer Lee Perry, Engineer Mickey Foote
    Source – The Complete Clash
August
  • Studio – CBS Studios
    Tracks
    • City of the Dead
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Topper Headon - drums
      Mickey Foote - producer
    Source - SBMC, Complete Clash
September
  • Studio – CBS Studios
    Tracks
    • Jail Guitar Doors
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Topper Headon - drums
      Producer Mickey Foote
    Source – The Complete Clash
October-November
  • Studio – CBS Studios ("Whitfield" per Complete Control)
    Tracks
    • Clash City Rockers
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Topper Headon - drums
      Producer Mickey Foote
    Source – The Complete Clash, Passion Is a Fashion
1978
February *note Passion is a Fashion lists WMHP as being recorded in March at Marquee as part of the session below.
  • Studio – CBS Studios
    Tracks
    • White Man in Hammersmith Palais
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Topper Headon - drums
      Producer – The Clash
    Source – The Complete Clash
March
  • Studio - Marquee Studios
    Tracks
    • The Prisoner
      Pressure Drop
      1-2 Crush On You
      Time Is Tight
      White Man in Hammersmith Palais - probable overdubs
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Topper Headon - drums
      Gary Barnacle - saxophone on "1-2 Crush On You", "Time is Tight"
      Producer - The Clash
May
  • Studios – Utopia Studio (London), Island Studios/Basing Street (London)
    Tracks
    • GEER
      Groovy Times
      Gates of the West
      One Emotion
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Topper Headon – drums
      Gloves Glover – piano
      Bob Andrews – keyboards
      Producer – Sandy Perlman
      Engineers – Corky Stasiak, Dennis Ferrante, Gregg Caruso, Kevin Dalimore, Chris Minto
August
  • Studio - The Automatt (San Francisco)
    Tracks
    • GEER overdubs and mixing
      Gates of the West overdubs and mixing
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
September
  • Studio - The Record Plant (New York)
    Tracks
    • GEER overdubs and mixing
      Gates of the West overdubs and mixing
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Al Fields – piano on "Julie's in the Drug Squad" (his take was not used per Return of Last Gang in Town and Passion is a Fashion)
      Al Lanier – piano on “Julie’s In the Drug Squad”
      Stan Bronstein - saxophone on "Drug Stabbing Time"
      Dennis Ferranti - vocals on "Gates of the West"
    Source - Passion Is a Fashion (p. 210), Return of Last Gang in Town
1979
  • January
    Studio – Wessex
    Tracks
    • Capitol Radio Two
      Groovy Times
      Gates of the West
      I Fought the Law
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals, harmonica
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Topper Headon – drums
      Producer – Bill Price, The Clash
  • May-July
    Studio – Vanilla
    Tracks
    • Vanilla demos
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals, harmonica
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Topper Headon – drums
      Producer – The Clash
    Source - Route 19 Revisited page 106
  • Late July-August
    Studio - Wessex
    Tracks
    • All London Calling tracks except "Armagideon Time" and "Train in Vain"
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar, piano
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals, piano
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Topper Headon – drums
      John “Irish” Earle - baritone and tenor sax
      Ray Beavis – tenor sax
      Dick Hanson – trumpet
      Mickey Gallagher - organ
      Bill Price - engineer
      Guy Stevens - producer
    Source - Route 19 Revisited (horn players per p. 154)
  • November 5-12
    Studio – Wessex
    Tracks
    • Armagideon Time
      Train in Vain
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals, harmonica
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Topper Headon – drums
      Mickey Gallagher - organ
      Guy Stevens – producer
      Bill Price - engineer
1980
  • February 1st and 2nd
    Studio - Pluto Studio
    Tracks
    • Bankrobber
      Shepard’s Delight
      Broadway
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Topper Headon – drums
      Mickey Gallagher – piano
      Mikey Dread – vocals, percussion
      Producer Mikey Dread
    Source – Complete Clash, London Calling 40th Anniversary notebook (for "Broadway" inclusion)
Mid-March
  • Studio – Channel One (Kingston)
    Tracks
    • Junco Partner
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, piano
      Mick Jones – guitar
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Style Scott – drums (source: Pat Gilbert, Sept 2020 Mojo magazine)
      Mikey Dread – vocals, percussion
      Producer Mikey Dread
    Source – Passion Is a Fashion (page 270)
Late March/Early April
  • Studio – Power Station (New York)
    Tracks
    • Police On My Back
      Louie Louie
      Madness (Prince Buster)
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – vocals, guitar, bass (though Strummer interview claims Paul played it later “at Wessex”)
      Topper Headon – drums
      Producer Mikey Dread
    Source – Passion Is a Fashion (page 274)
April 7-April 20
  • Studio – Electric Lady (New York)
    Tracks
    • The Call Up
      The Magnificent Seven
      Lightning Strikes
      Every Little Bit Hurts
      Lose This Skin
      Stop the World (backing track)
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, piano
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Topper Headon – drums
      Ivan Julian – guitar on “The Call Up”
      Mickey Gallagher – piano, organ
      Norman Watt-Roy - bass
      Producer Mikey Dread
    Source – Passion Is a Fashion (page 273), Clash on Broadway
Late July
  • Studio - Wessex
    Tracks
    • Spirit of St. Louis tracks
    Line up
    • Joe Strummer – guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      John Turnbull - guitar
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Norman Watt-Roy - bass
      Topper Headon – drums
      Davey Payne - saxophone
      Ellen Foley – lead vocals
      Tymon Dogg - violin
    Source – Passion Is a Fashion (page 278), discogs.com
Mid-Late Summer
  • Studio - Wessex
    Tracks
    • Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost Too tracks
    Line up
    • Pearl - vocals/percussion
      Nigel Dixon (Whirlwind) - guitar/vocals
      Steve Neu (New) (Rich Kids) - guitar
      Mick Jones - guitar
      Wilko Johnson (Dr. Feelgood) - guitar
      Paul Simonon - bass
      Barry Payne - bass
      Topper Headon - drums
      Steve Goulding - drums
      Otis Watkins - piano/vocals
      Gary Barnacle - sax
      B.J. Cole - pedal steel guitar

      Engineer - Jeremy (Jerry) green
      Producer - Mickey Gallagher
    Source discogs.com
Mid August – Mid September
  • Studio – Wessex
    Tracks
    • Crooked Beat
      Living In Fame
      One More Time
      If Music Could Talk
      The Equaliser
      Corner Soul
      One More Dub
      Version Pardner
      Somebody Got Murdered
      Up In Heaven (Not Only Here)
      Kingston Advice
      Sound of Sinners
      Ivan Meets GI Joe
      Stop the World (vocals)
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar, vocals
      Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
      Topper Headon – drums, lead vocals on “Ivan Meets GI Joe”, backing vocals on “Sound of Sinners”
      Mikey Dread – vocals on “Living In Fame”
      Ellen Foley – backing vocals on “Corner Soul”
      Den Hegarty – vocals on “Sound of Sinners”
      Producer – Mikey Dread
      Engineer – Bill Price, Jeremy Green
    Source – Passion Is a Fashion (page 278-279), Clash on Broadway
1981
April
  • Studio – Marcus Music, Kensington Gardens Square, London
    Tracks
    • This is Radio Clash
      Car Jamming
      Sean Flynn
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Topper Headon – drums
      Gary Barnacle - saxophone
    Source – “The Complete Clash” page 146
September
  • Studio – Ear Studios, The People's Hall, Frestonia, London
    Tracks
    • Overpowered by Funk
      Long Time Jerk
      Midnight to Stevens (1981-09-17)
    Line Up
    Source – “The Complete Clash” page 116, Super Black Market Clash, Clash on Broadway (Stevens location, date)
Mid-November- late December
  • Studio - Electric Lady
    Tracks
    • Atom Tan
      Cool Confusion
      Straight to Hell
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Topper Headon – drums
      Futura 2000 – guest vocals on “Overpowered by Funk”
      Tymon Dogg - piano on "Death is a Star"
      Allen Ginsburg – guest vocals on “Ghetto Defendant”
      Ellen Foley – backing vocals on “Car Jamming”
      Joe Ely – backing vocals on “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
      Tommy Mandel (as Poly Mandell) – keyboards on "Overpowered by Funk"
      Gary Barnacle – saxophone on "Sean Flynn"
      Kosmo Vinyl - vocals on "Red Angel Dragnet"
      Engineer – Jeremy Green
    Source -
1982
April
  • Studio – Glyn Johns Garden Studio, Warnford, Hampshire
    Tracks
    • Know Your Rights (rerecording vocals)
      Should I Stay or Should I Go (rerecorded vocals)
      Ghetto Defendant (rerecorded vocal)
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – vocals
      Mick Jones – vocals
    Source – “The Complete Clash”, Passion Is a Fashion (p. 313)
December 28
  • Studio – Wessex
    Tracks
    • House of the Ju Ju Queen
      Sex Machine
    Line Up
    • Janie Jones - vocals
      Joe Strummer – guitar
      Mick Jones – guitar
      Paul Simonon – bass
      Mickey Gallagher - keyboards
      Charley Charles – drums
      Mel Collins - saxophone
    Source – “The Complete Clash” page 146, Discogs
1983
August
  • Studio – Unknown
    Tracks
    • Czechoslovak Song/Where Is England?
      Pouring Rain
      Before We Go Forward
    Line Up
    • Joe Strummer – Vocals, guitar
      Paul Simonon – Bass
      Pete Howard – Drums
    Source – Strummer 001 box set credits + speculation
November
  • Studio – Lucky 8 Studios
    Tracks
    • Are You Ready For War?
      Jericho (Ammunition)
      Glue Zombie
      Sex Mad War
      Out of Control
      Galleani
      This Is England
      We Are the Clash
      Rock N Roll City
      National Powder
      In the Pouring Rain
      Before We Go Forward
      Dictator
      Three Card Trick
    Line Up –
    • Joe Strummer – Vocals, guitar
      Nick Sheppard – Guitar
      Paul Simonon – Bass
      Pete Howard - Drums
    Source - Nick Sheppard???
1984
Late August –
  • Studio - “tiny demo studio” in Los Angeles –
    Tracks - Three or four unidentified songs except for “Three Card Trick”
    Line Up –
    • Joe Strummer – jazz rock guitar with built in keyboard
      Percussion – unknown
      Trumpet – unknown
    Source – “We Are The Clash” page 188
1985
January through April
  • Studio - Weryton Studios
    Tracks - Cut the Crap and associated b-sides
    Line Up –
    • Joe Strummer – vocals
      Nick Sheppard – guitar, co-lead vocals
      Vince White – guitar
      Herman Young-Wagner – keyboards
      Michael Fayne – drum machine programming, co-lead vocals on “Play To Win”
      Norman Watt-Roy – bass on all tracks except “Do It Now” and “Sex Mad War”
      Paul Simonon – bass on “Do It Now” and “Sex Mad War”
      Pete Howard – drums on “Do It Now” and “Sex Mad War”
      Producer Bernard Rhodes
      Engineer – Ulli Rudolf, Simon Sullivan
    Source – “We Are The Clash” page 251, 258, “The Complete Clash”
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Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Also side note, well established but worth reiterating, Sound System is wrought with errors.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Great work Matey👍

Late March/Early April
Studio – Power Station (New York)
Tracks
Police On My Back
Louie Louie
Madness (Prince Buster)

I don’t think I ever knew they did a version of Madness? I’ve certainly never heard it is there a recording in existance???

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Great work on these mate.

The sleeve of SBMC has some specific studio dates but I can't find it at the moment.
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I found these online but there is another page of song info for the CR-era tracks if anyone has the CD at hand.
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Gary Barnacle plays uncredited sax on 1-2 Crush On You and Time Is Tight. I'm assuming he played on Pressure Drop too.

https://www.discogs.com/The-Clash-Super ... ase/420020
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Also, I think we established Dennis Ferranti sang his high backing vocal on Gates of the West if you want to be more specific there.

Ellen Foley also does backing vocals on Overpowered By Funk, "don't you love our western ways."
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Thanks for the info Hes. I’ll update accordingly. One thing I read but still wasn’t clear about from SBMC was the COL dates. The books said they started as demos during GEER sessions but were finished in January 79 with Bill Price. I went ahead and assumed those were entirely new recordings and didn’t mention the GEER work. SBMC notes are about as clear as the books.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Great work Matedog, although a couple of things still puzzle me. Actually, with The Clash, a couple of million things still puzzle me.

Would 'City of the Dead' have been recorded at the same session as 'Complete Control'? If so, and my memory is correct, Laura Logic played sax on that track.
There doesn't seem to be any information about 'Clash City Rockers' and 'Jail Guitar Doors'. A victim of the cut and paste?
Instead of 'Shepard's Delight' in Feb 1980, would that not have been 'Rockers Galore... UK Tour', and this session would have also provided the 'Bankrobber/Robber Dub' version that was on the late 1980 10" release of 'Black Market Clash'.

Can't wait to see the rest, and I'm looking forward to the unraveling of the Sandanista!' sessions.

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dave202 wrote:
19 Jan 2020, 10:46am
Great work Matedog, although a couple of things still puzzle me. Actually, with The Clash, a couple of million things still puzzle me.

Would 'City of the Dead' have been recorded at the same session as 'Complete Control'? If so, and my memory is correct, Laura Logic played sax on that track.
There doesn't seem to be any information about 'Clash City Rockers' and 'Jail Guitar Doors'. A victim of the cut and paste?
Instead of 'Shepard's Delight' in Feb 1980, would that not have been 'Rockers Galore... UK Tour', and this session would have also provided the 'Bankrobber/Robber Dub' version that was on the late 1980 10" release of 'Black Market Clash'.

Can't wait to see the rest, and I'm looking forward to the unraveling of the Sandanista!' sessions.
Complete Control and City of the Dead were both recorded in Aug 77 but the former was recorded at Sarm East, the latter at CBS studios.
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Heston wrote:
19 Jan 2020, 5:12am
I found these online but there is another page of song info for the CR-era tracks if anyone has the CD at hand.

sbmc1.jpg

sbmc2.jpg
Hmm not the easiest to read will try again.
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matedog wrote:
19 Jan 2020, 10:24am
Thanks for the info Hes. I’ll update accordingly. One thing I read but still wasn’t clear about from SBMC was the COL dates. The books said they started as demos during GEER sessions but were finished in January 79 with Bill Price. I went ahead and assumed those were entirely new recordings and didn’t mention the GEER work. SBMC notes are about as clear as the books.
I wouldn't necessarily make that assumption. Pearlman always claimed "Gates" as his work and I don't see any reason at all to question that, especially considering the plethora of 70s BOC-vintage production signatures on it. I have very serious reservations about "I Fought the Law" as well, especially with the harmony guitar leads, a Pearlman standard through and through. Not to mention the handclaps and the vocal multitracking. It's too shiny and glam to be Price, for my money.

It sounds to me like "Groovy Times" may have been started with Pearlman and finished with Price, but the drums and the solo both sound very Pearlman to me as well. The beats on the choruses also sound very BOC, specifically from the Ian Hunter collab "Going Through the Motions." Topper's a lot busier on that track than usual and that feels like Pearlman's coaching.

I think anything the Clash say in these regards should always be seen as poetry and not prose.

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@matedog: thanks for this work in progress, an excellent initiative. :mrgreen:
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dave202 wrote:
19 Jan 2020, 10:46am
Great work Matedog, although a couple of things still puzzle me. Actually, with The Clash, a couple of million things still puzzle me.

Would 'City of the Dead' have been recorded at the same session as 'Complete Control'? If so, and my memory is correct, Laura Logic played sax on that track.
There doesn't seem to be any information about 'Clash City Rockers' and 'Jail Guitar Doors'. A victim of the cut and paste?
Instead of 'Shepard's Delight' in Feb 1980, would that not have been 'Rockers Galore... UK Tour', and this session would have also provided the 'Bankrobber/Robber Dub' version that was on the late 1980 10" release of 'Black Market Clash'.

Can't wait to see the rest, and I'm looking forward to the unraveling of the Sandanista!' sessions.
I'm unclear about City of the Dead. The dates line up with Complete Control, but it's not showing as Lee Perry produced. Does anyone have any insight?

I believe Passion Is a Fashion mentions that Shepard's Delight was done during the Bankrobber session which matches Complete Clash's timeline/studio locations for Sandinista (basically that something on Sandinista was recorded during the Bankrobber session). Rocker's Galore makes sense to list as during Bankrobber session, but I'm generally not sure about remixes/overdub sessions, because a lot of that can be done at a later date and it's not always clear if/when that was done.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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