The Clash: “Train In Vain (Stand By Me)” from London Calling

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About “Train In Vain (Stand By Me)”

“Train In Vain (Stand By Me)” is a hidden song by The Clash from their album London Calling.

On the 1979 original album, the song was hidden because the song was added after the sleeves had already gone to print. The limited Millennium Edition reissue of the classic 1979 album includes “a deluxe heavyweight miniaturized LP sleeve complete with inner sleeve and a Japanese-style obi strip on the spine. 19 tracks, including the hidden hit ‘Train In Vain (Stand By Me).'”

About London Calling

Released in 1979, London Calling is the third studio album by British punk rock band The Clash. It is widely considered as one of the greatest rock albums of all time, and it marked a significant departure from the band’s previous sound, incorporating elements of reggae, rockabilly, ska, and jazz.

The album’s title track, “London Calling,” is one of the most iconic punk songs of all time, and it is a powerful indictment of the social and political turmoil in Britain during the late 1970s. Other notable tracks on the album include the hit “Train in Vain (Stand By Me),” “Clampdown,” and “Death or Glory.”

London Calling was a critical and commercial success, reaching the top 10 on the UK albums chart and later being certified platinum in the US. It has been cited as a major influence on countless punk and alternative rock bands that followed. The album’s socially conscious lyrics and diverse musical styles continue to resonate with audiences today.

How to find “Train In Vain (Stand By Me)”

On original edition vinyl and CD: Play through the last track of Side 4 (“Revolution Rock”)

On CD (later editions): Go directly to track #19

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