Joe Strummer: Stream a Previously Unreleased Acoustic Version of ‘Junco Partner,’ New ‘Assembly’ Compilation Out 3/26 (Pre-Order)

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As previously detailed, a new compilation highlighting the best of Joe Strummer (outside of his body of work with the Clash) will be released on March 26 via Dark Horse Records.

The set will feature 16 songs, among them singles, fan favorites, rarities from the archives and beyond — including this previously unreleased acoustic version of “Junco Partner,” which was debuted on Friday with a mixed-media video from Spencer Ramsey:

The story of “Junco Partner,” per a news release: “He first discovered the song on a scratchy R&B compilation in the 1970s and it became a staple on the setlist of Joe’s first band, the 101ers, before recording it with The Clash for the seminal Sandinista! album in 1980 and it is a mainstay of live shows until the very end of Joe’s career with The Mescaleros.”

It’s the first song released thus far ahead of Assembly, which is up for pre-order now:

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More on Assembly, via a news release:

This 16-track compilation features three previously unreleased versions of classic Clash tracks, including the never-before-heard “Junco Partner (Acoustic)” and electrifying live performances of “Rudie Can’t Fail” and “I Fought The Law”, the latter two of which were recorded by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros at London’s Brixton Academy on November 24, 2001. In addition, ASSEMBLY includes exclusive liner notes written especially for this collection by lifelong Strummer fan, Jakob Dylan.

And here’s the full album track listing, with designations for the unreleased material:

Coma Girl
Johnny Appleseed
I Fought The Law (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 24 November 2001) *
Tony Adams
Love Kills
Get Down Moses
X-Ray Style
Mondo Bongo
Rudie Can’t Fail (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 24 November 2001) *
At The Border, Guy
Long Shadow
Forbidden City
Yalla Yalla
Redemption Song
Junco Partner (Acoustic) *


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