This Tuesday marks the release of the long-awaited (by me, anyway) Sandinista! Project double CD. Here’s what Amazon has to say about it (with an Amazon link added for your convenience!):
Even those who prefer the punch of the Clash’s classic London Calling to the sprawl of the subsequent Sandanista! will find plenty of revelation here. Spearheaded by rock journalist Jimmy Guterman, the project accentuates the original album’s expansive range through a roster of artists that is transatlantic, transgenerational, and transgenre. Jason Ringenberg (of Jason and the Scorchers) and Kristi Rose transform “Ivan Meets G.I. Joe” into a hardcore country duet, while Katrina Leskanich (of Katrina and the Waves) puts plenty of bounce into “Hitsville U.K.” The versions of “The Magnificent Seven” by Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers and “Police on My Back” by Willie Nile remain true to the the Clash’s hard-rocking spirit, with the loopy atmospherics of Wreckless Eric’s “The Crooked Beat” and the Lothars’ multi-theremin arrangement for “The Call Up” exploring the outer fringes of the album’s musical adventurousness. This project has the musical strength, variety, and inventiveness to stand on its own, but it will likely do what tribute albums should: Drive listeners back to the source. –Don McLeese
Read more about The Sandinista! Project here.