Title - 'The Future Is Unwritten' (Legacy)
Artist - Joe Strummer
It's hard living off the scraps that may come our way now that the great man has gone and I'm sure there will be some pretty crass compilations in days to come! This however is skillfully put together and paints a picture of the man through the music he wrote and the music he loved.
The opening studio take of just his voice singing White Riot sends a chill and as the full song commences memories flood back of sweaty top Ranks and the band blasting away within touching distance of the audience. Following this there is a very unusual rendition of Rock the Casbah in Arabic however the most part is taken up by Joe playing songs from his radio show all of which are special. My particular favorite is the U Roy song. Many of you will have bought the 'Front Line' album back in '76 as it was sold at a promotional price of 69p in the UK. The track that appears here is a version of the original and to my money superior, what a voice!!
I enjoy this album because it flows and it something to keep as an aid to remembering Joe Strummer. The songs are linked by passages of dialogue, a sprightly sounding Topper Headon is just great to hear at last, but most moving is Joe's passage about the ability and power of people to change things. His voice seems to crack with the emotion and intensity of what he is saying and I'm afraid to say I cried again!!
If you were not aware, this is also the soundtrack to "The Future Is Unwritten," a documentary chronicling the life and times of Joe Strummer. The film premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a Grand Jury Award. Buy this CD today and see the film tomorrow!