Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Global A Go-Go

Limited Double Album 2LP Black Vinyl + CD Album Copy

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Global A Go-Go is the second studio album by British alternate rock band Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros, originally released in July 2001 by HellCat Records.

In many ways, it's easiest to appreciate Global A Go-Go if you forget that it was made by Joe Strummer.

This isn't meant to insult the music in question, which is often engaging and always passionate, or suggest that it doesn't bear any significant signs of Strummer's personality; if you loved the syllable-drenched wordplay of songs like "The Magnificent Seven", "Lightning Strikes", or "Car Jamming", you're in for a treat, because here you get nearly a whole album of it.

But if you're expecting the former leader of the Clash to be backed by two guitars, bass, and drums and playing something easily recognisable as rock & roll - not a difficult assumption to make - then you're flat out of luck.

Best described as eccentric internationalist folk-rock, Global A Go-Go is dominated by acoustic instruments (Tymon Dogg, the fiddler from the Clash's "Loose This Skin", is all over this album) and a wild gumbo of flavors from Africa, Latin America, and the West Indies, and while a few tunes have a prominent electric guitar (particularly "Cool 'n' Out"), most do not.

Also if you're hoping for lots of punk-wise sloganeering from the usually provocative Mr. Strummer, there isn't a great deal of that, either, though it's obvious from the density of his wordplay that he's got a lot on his mind, and the one-world perspective that shines throughout is food for thought in itself, especially on the tasty "Bhindi Bhagee" and the globetrotting title cut.

While the epic instrumental "Minstrel Boy" wouldn't lead you to imagine it's the work of one of the great icons of punk rock, it proves Strummer is willing to mess with his audience's expectations, which is a very punk rock thing to do.

Global A Go-Go is an intelligent and uniquely absorbing record.

Check out the tracks: “Johnny Appleseed” and “Minstrel Boy”.

This Limited Edition double LP reissue housed in a gatefold sleeve with a CD copy with bonus tracks is pressed in the USA on black vinyl.

(045778052219)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Johnny Appleseed

4:05

A2

Cool ‘n’ Out

4:17

A3

Global A Go-Go

5:50

A4

Bhindi Bhagee

5:45

B1

Gamma Ray

6:55

B2

Mega Bottle Ride

3:33

B3

Shaktar Donetsk

5:58

C1

Mondo Bongo

6:13

C2

Bummed Out City

5:33

C3

At The Border, Guy

7:02

D

Minstrel Boy (Full Length Version)

20:56

 

 

 

 

Compact Disc

 

CD-1

Johnny Appleseed

4:05

CD-2

Cool ‘n’ Out

4:17

CD-3

Global A Go-Go

5:50

CD-4

Bhindi Bhagee

5:45

CD-5

Gamma Ray

6:55

CD-6

Mega Bottle Ride

3:33

CD-7

Shaktar Donetsk

5:58

CD-8

Mondo Bongo

6:13

CD-9

Bummed Out City

5:33

CD-10

At The Border, Guy

7:02

CD-11

Minstrel Boy

17:51

CD-12

Bhindi Bhagee (Live From The Action Concert)

5:58

SKU 045778052219
Record Label Hellcat Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number 80440-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 25 September 2012
Original Release Date (Year) 24 July 2001
Barcode # 045778052219
Shipping Weight 0.4800kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves, Reissue, CD Album Copy with 1 Bonus Track, 2012 Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Genre Alternative Rock
Format VINYL LP+CD

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