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All Mod Cons CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered

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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor/Universal
  • ASIN: B000F5WNNW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. All Mod Cons
  2. To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time)
  3. Mr Clean
  4. David Watts
  5. English Rose
  6. In The Crowd
  7. Billy Hunt
  8. It's Too Bad
  9. Fly
  10. The Place I Love
  11. 'A' Bomb In Wardour Street
  12. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
  13. News of the World (single)
  14. Aunties and Uncles (Impulsive Youths) (b-side)
  15. Innocent Man (b-side)
  16. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (single version)
  17. So Sad About Us (b-side)
  18. The Night (b-side)
  19. So Sad About Us (demo)
  20. Worlds Apart (demo)
  21. It's Too Bad (demo)
  22. To Be Someone (demo)
  23. David Watts (demo)
  24. Billy Hunt (alternate version)
  25. Mr Clean (demo)
  26. Fly (demo)

Disc: 2

  1. 'The Making Of All Mod Cons' - DVD Documentary

Product Description

Product Description

This two-disc special package will feature a remastered version of the original album as well as single b-sides, demos and rarities - including never-released demos of Mr Clean and Fly.

The second disc features an exclusively-shot new film, directed by Don Letts (famous for his film work with The Clash) - 'The Making Of All Mod Cons'. The project has been personally overseen by Paul Weller, Rick Buckler & Bruce Foxton and the film features exclusive new interviews with all three band members.

The 40-minute film also includes promo clips, previously-unseen live footage of The Jam at The Roxy Club and an exclusive solo acoustic rendition of English Rose by Paul at his rehearsal studio.

Deluxe packaging - digi-pak, new liner notes, new interviews and rare period photos.

Initial copies will include a limited edition replica of original LP poster.

BBC Review

This album is a must buy for any Paul Weller fan who salivated over his stonking performance at this years Brits, after he collected his Outstanding Contribution Award.

All Mod Cons, released to wide acclaim in 1978, firmly cemented the group's rise to extraordinary heights. Indeed, for many it was the first essential Jam album and listening to it now its impact has not diminished over time.

The album was the sound of an English youth movement and it marked a great leap forward in songwriting maturity and sense of purpose. It's an absolute belter from start to finish and contains some of their strongest material with classic songs such as "English Rose", "To Be Someone" and "David Watts".

This deluxe repackaged, remastered edition contains single b-sides, demos and rarities. It also features a new film, The Making Of All Mod Cons, with new interviews, promo clips, and previously unseen live footage.

Much like The Arctic Monkey's debut album, All Mod Cons is a quintessentiallyEnglish album which deserves to find a new fanbase. It goes without saying that fans of The Jam and Weller will just adore this! --Ethan Kennedy

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Format: Audio CD
If like me, you have the Direction, Reaction, Creation box set, then you have all these tracks apart from the last two demos as far as I can tell from the track listing. I do not know if they have been remixed or remastered again for this release.
You can get Direction, Reaction, Creation used for about 50% more than the price of this box set which will give you every studio track The Jam made, then you can add Dig the new Breed and The Jam Live along with The Jam at the BBC to give you the live tracks (you will need the 3 disk version of Snap! for the last live EP to more or less complete their recordings apart from boots).
If you just want the best Jam album, then this is it.
It will never be as good as being 15 / 16 and buying the singles and albums as they came out though... sorry if you missed it.
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By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
By the time The Jam were hitting number one with ease, their most feted album seemed to be 'Setting Sons', while Paul Weller later said that his favourite was 'Sound Affects'. All of this ignored the album which really broke the band big when they appeared to be heading for oblivion. 'In The City', an all too often ignored punk debut contained a clue to what would make The Jam great: it was the track, 'Away From The Numbers', which revealed that Weller could craft stimulating pop. The 'Modern World' album all but squandered the band's initial success, but the band's cover of The Kinks' 'David Watts' put them back in the charts ahead of the release of 'All Mod Cons'.

This album contains several tracks with similar qualities to 'Away From The Numbers', notably 'To Be Someone' and 'In The Crowd'. Weller discovered he could convey his sense of outrage without resorting to all-out fury while writing some positive stuff too. 'All Mod Cons' certainly betrays the band's English influences, those of The Kinks, The Who and The Beatles, though the last-named only shows through occasionally. Weller apparently preferred The Beatles until he discovered the other two bands.

Having salvaged their reputation with one single, of course, they cemented it with the wholly original classic, 'Tube Station'. It showcases Bruce Foxton's bass skills as well as Weller's storytelling abilities, a soundtrack to the dark corners of urban Britain. Every track is a winner, even Weller's self-conscious acoustic love song, 'English Rose'. 'All Mod Cons' was one of the most unlikely successes of 1978. These days, it's all you would expect from them.
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Anyone buying this album will probably know the music inside out, as is often the case with CD-issues of popular records from the vinyl era. Therefore the question for a reviewer trying to be helpful to others must be whether this version adds anything to what has previously been available, and if the sound quality is really an improvement.

First the sound. Since I own both the original UK vinyl pressing and the 1997 re-issue of this album, it is quite easy for me to compare. These things, of course, depend on personal tastes, but I do NOT find the sound is improved with this version. Compared to the 1997 release, it is harder and more polished sounding (and strangely, the stereo image appears to have moved very slightly to the right, though you will only notice that using headphones). If your system is a bit dull, however, or you've been at too many loud rock gigs in your life, you may find that this current disc sounds "clear and crisp", or whatever terms people use about CDs these days.

This Special Edition offers as extras a number of very interesting outtakes, demos and alt. versions. Personally, I prefer some of them to the album version, which had a few too many overdubs for my taste. Some of these tracks may also appear on the Jam Box Set (which I haven't got at the moment).

Finally there is a DVD with the three members of the Jam talking about the making of the album. It seems that the producers were unable to get them in the same room together, which is a bit sad to say the least. For musicians there is very little in the way of explaining and showing the techniques that were used in the studio, so instead we're given more-or-less the pretty well-known story behind this classic album.

Finally there is a small booklet with sleeve notes.
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The first completely indispensable Jam album; this demonstrates fully the wisdom of allowing strong, if highly-strung talents essential breathing space, and the result is one of the best albums of the seventies.
There's no padding here, 'All Mod Cons' in its entirety is simply, gloriously brilliant.

It's got 'Tube Station' for a start; a colossal Jam song. The album version even better than the single with an isolated despondent Rickenbacker outro, instead of the jutting sharpness of the pop chart aggressor.

'Mr Clean', 'English Rose', 'In the Crowd', 'A-Bomb' it's an impressive list, matching easily anything coming out of the Clash at the time. 'Fly' is a ravishing piece of Weller lyrical romanticism; icy smooth but warming, deeply soulful and resonant. 'Fly' sums up 'AMC' in 3 ½ divine minutes.

There's seriously meaty power songs trailing back to 'In The City', but here they have drive and direction. The extra time allowed enabling them to be honed into the marble-pure statements of anger and frustration which signify 'AMC' equally as much as the beautiful and the whimsical.

Weller was untouchable at this time and there was talk of him quitting while he was ahead.
Luckily for the world he didn't.
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