“White Riot” was the song that started it all for the Clash, the beginning of a legacy that holds up almost 30 years later as one of the most vital moments in modern rock history. This box set is based on the 19 singles the band released in the U.K. but also culls material from U.S. and Canadian singles, 12-inch presses and promotional releases.

From rough-and-tumble early releases like “London's Burning,” through their dub phase with “Armagideon Time” and “Bankrobber,” to their maturation as song writers and breakthrough to the mainstream with “Rock the Casbah” and “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” the Clash always managed to pack the dance floor while spouting political ideology.

As singer Joe Strummer put it so succinctly at the beginning of “Know Your Rights:” “This is a public service announcement … with guitar!” This 66-cut set can be had on 7-inch 45 rpm vinyl records or on CDs, and both come with a 44-page booklet.

Grade: A