Rose Of Erin

Joe Strummer’s recordings outside The Clash, especially those in his so-called Wilderness Years, are a mess, scattered across various record labels and projects, film soundtracks and singles. His albums with The Mescaleros were at least all done for one label (Hellcat) but until now the best place to grab the various bits and bobs, apart from blogs like this one, was in the fairly widely available Generations bootleg. Happily shortly there will be a commercially available, official release covering Joe’s extra-Clash career, both before and after. The Joe Strummer 001 album comes out in September, a double cd, deluxe double cd, 4 disc vinyl box set and super deluxe 4 disc vinyl boxset- you pays your money, you takes your choice (anywhere from £9.99 to £110.00). In advance of it, the set is being offered with a download now (if you order it now) of Joe’s song Rose Of Erin from the soundtrack of Pigs Might Fly from 1993, never previously available. Rose Of Erin is a lilting song, full of Joe romanticisms and Celtic touches.

Joe Strummer 001 covers a good spread of Joe’s solo stuff from The 101ers to The Mescaleros including some not available before and some recently discovered songs found on tapes in his archive.

1. Letsagetabitarockin’ – The 101ers
2. Keys To Your Heart  – The 101ers
3. Love Kills – Joe Strummer
4. Tennessee Rain – Joe Strummer
5. Trash City – Joe Strummer & The Latino Rockabilly War
6. 15th Brigade – Joe Strummer
7. Ride Your Donkey – Joe Strummer
8. Burning Lights – Joe Strummer
9. Afro-Cuban Be-Bop – The Astro-Physicians
10. Sandpaper Blues – Radar
11. Generations – Electric Dog House
12. It’s A Rockin’ World – Joe Strummer
13. Yalla Yalla – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
14. X-Ray Style – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
15. Johnny Appleseed – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
16. Minstrel Boy – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
17. Redemption Song – Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer
18. Over The Border – Jimmy Cliff & Joe Strummer
19. Coma Girl – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
20. Silver & Gold / Before I Grow Too Old – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

CD2:
1. Letsagetabitarockin’ (Strummer Demo) – Joe Strummer
2. Czechoslovak Song / Where Is England – Strummer, Simonon & Howard
3. Pouring Rain (1984) – Strummer, Simonon & Howard
4. Blues On The River – Joe Strummer
5. Crying On 23rd – The Soothsayers
6. 2 Bullets – Pearl Harbour
7. When Pigs Fly – Joe Strummer
8. Pouring Rain (1993) – Joe Strummer
9. Rose Of Erin – Joe Strummer
10. The Cool Impossible – Joe Strummer
11. London Is Burning – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
12. U.S. North – Joe Strummer & Mick Jones