It's one of the best ever, but I'd be hesitent to call it the best ever. It is pretty varied in style, so to label it just a punk album is kinda misleading (Sandinista! the album that came after Calling, is even more varied, but not everything worked on it as often as things worked on Calling).
I loved The Clash, but there are many albums in the genre that are Calling's equal IMHO and maybe even more important historically than it. My recommendations for classic pure punk albums (off the top of my head) are as follows:
The Damned - Damned, Damned, Damned
The Damned - Machine Gun Ettiquette
The Clash - The Clash (US Version)
The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bullocks
Black Flag - Damaged
Circle Jerks - Group Sex
The Saints - (I'm) Stranded
The Saints - Eternally Yours
Fear - The Record
Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist
Husker Du - Flip Your Wig
D.O.A. - Bloodied But Unbowed
Stiff Little Fingers - All The Best
The Stooges - The Stooges
The Stooges - Fun House
The Stooges - Raw Power
Flipper - Generic Flipper
Ramones - Ramones
Ramones - Leave Home
Those are just the ones I consider 100% solid from first cut to last. My March is pretty much booked solid or I'd be happy to burn a few of these for you. Get back to me in April if you like and we'll set something up.
Hope that helps.
Last edited by Hogan11; 03-07-2009 at 01:05 AM..