Joe Strummer: Watch a Video for the Previously Unheard “Fantastic,” from New ‘002: The Mescaleros Years’ Set

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Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years is the first-ever detailed collection of material celebrating Joe Strummer‘s work after The Clash. It was released back on Sept. 16 and is a deep, varied snapshot of the late singer/songwriter‘s versatility as a musician.

Among the songs making their debut on the collection is “Fantastic,” one of his final recordings. Per a news release, the song features Strummer’s vocals recorded in December 2002 at the famed Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales, mere weeks after Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros played their last ever live show at Liverpool University on November 22, 2002.

Here’s a new video for the song, directed by the famed Lance Bangs (Nirvana, Sonic Youth) and highlighted by a spoken-word introduction from Strummer, archival footage shot by Strumer, Dick Rude, Julien Temple, Don Letts and Josh Cheuse and a special cameo from noted Joe Strummer fan, Eddie Vedder:

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This collection was put together partially to commemorate Strummer’s 70th birthday, which came up this past Aug. 21, as well as reaffirm his legacy as a sorely missed musical artist with an impeccable catalog of genre-bending, envelope-pushing creativity.

Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years includes remastered editions of all three of the band’s studio albums, plus 15 rare and unreleased tracks spanning the first demos Joe wrote for the Mescaleros, as well as ‘Ocean Of Dreams’, featuring Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols on guitar, and outtakes of several tracks of Joe’s final recordings with the band. This richly curated boxset was executive produced by Joe’s widow Lucinda Tait and produced by David Zonshine and features exclusive new interviews with Joe’s friends, collaborators and Mescaleros band mates, plus never-before-seen handwritten notes, lyrics, and drawings by Strummer taken from the Joe Strummer Archive.

“There’s so much great music that Joe left us in his archive,” said Strummer’s widow and the executive producer, Lucinda Tait. “We started this work with ‘001’, so to focus on Joe’s work with The Mescaleros was the natural second step on ‘002’ because those songs he made with them just seemed to resonate so strongly and reinvigorated his connection with his audience at a level he hadn’t experienced since his days with The Clash.

“He was so excited to work with the Mescaleros and the reception he got from the press and fans was incredible, it gave him a whirlwind of energy and confidence and he was creatively fulfilled and happy.

“His words are so beautiful and honest and together with the Mescaleros some fantastic tunes were created and to listen to some of the tunes recorded as outtakes for me was really special.”

Give it a listen below, and enjoy.

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