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Back in the Room

30 Sep 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Bass Tone Records
  • Copyright: (p) Bass Tone Records
  • Total Length: 42:03
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  • ASIN: B009A7VADU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,270 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Sep 2012
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Nearly 30 years between albums is pushing it a bit but this has been well worth the wait. Available on down load for a few days now hopefully this CD will sustain those of us who remember the Jam more than fondly. From the opening almost instrumental, bass led, "Ride" with a breathy repeated chorus the pace never flags, "Number 6" is a throwback to the Sound Affects era, although I'm not sure that the glockenspiel is strictly necessary - it's not as if it is there just to give Paul Weller a workout as he does some keyboards on here and I do believe he may be on the backing vocals as well. "Don't waste my time" has soul inflections which is no surprise with Steve Cropper guesting on this track. "Window shopping" is an old style rocker. "Glad I found my tears" is reminiscent of "Smithers-Jones" with a very catchy chorus and it runs into "The wide-open road" an instrumental with driving bass and more Jam era powerchords. "Find my way home" has backwards guitars, a basic song structure and a punky early Jam feel whilst "the Gaffa" escapes the Jam template a bit, echoing Ian Hunter's early solo stuff. "Drifting Dreams" as the name suggests is a strumalong quiter tune followed by a similar sounding "Coming on strong" which is as catchy as you like and again has Paul Weller on backing vocals. This is the highlight of the album for me. Next to last track "Reflection" has a "shalalala" sort of chorus, which is OK but the vocals seem a bit strained and this is my least favourite track on the album. The album closer "Senses of summer" is a jazzy, psychedelic number which borrows just a bit from "Norwegian wood".

Now I don't usually do a track by track breakdown on my album reviews but I have on this occasion because this is a very important album to me.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. Hooper on 2 Oct 2012
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Even though 30 long years have passed since Paul Weller dissolved The Jam, ask any fan and they'll still express confused disbelief (and yes, perhaps even a little bit of anger) at why one of the best bands this country has ever produced was ended so abruptly. Of course, it would be churlish not to acknowledge that Weller has sought to make good the huge vacuum left by breaking up The Jam - his large body of post-Jam work both as a solo artist and leading The Style Council surely marks him out as a hugely influential figure in British popular music.

So when the bassist of The Jam, Bruce Foxton, produces his first solo album for many decades, it's naturally going to raise considerable interest amongst those ageing Jam fans (those Fred Perry shirts are a little tighter across the chest than they used to be!) who continue to wonder what the band might have gone on to do had 'Beat Surrender' not been the last sound they ever heard from the Weller, Foxton and Buckler.

Well, this reviewer is very happy to report that Bruce Foxton (and his co-writer Russell Hastings) have delivered a great album which will bring a broad smile to any Jam fan. It's packed with brilliant melodic pop songs with Mod influences refreshingly to the fore.

I can't compete with the previous reviewer of this album who does a really admirable track-by-track commentary, so all I'll say is this: Bruce and his band (which includes contributions on a few tracks from one Paul Weller), have delivered an album that would sit proudly alongside anything The Jam produced. It's a vibrant, tuneful and soulful record that evokes (in a good way) a sound that most of us thought had probably passed away forever when The Jam split.

Good on you Bruce, good on you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By council spokesman on 24 Nov 2012
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Few musicians have been as unlucky as Bruce Foxton. Imagine for a minute you are 26 years old and bass player in the biggest band in the UK. You look ahead and see years and years of success just waiting to be experienced. Then one short band meeting later and it's all over. For Bruce and Rick, just young men, in their prime it was devastating (almost Pete Best esque) and something from which neither one recovered - until now that is. Whilst the intervening 30 years for Bruce have been a creative desert we now have an album as good as anything I have heard in recent times. The biggest compliment I can give is that it is better than anything Weller has produced since Stanley Road. That's not hard I can hear some of you say but when you think where Bruce has come from it's incredible. This album contains some absolute gems in Don't waste my time, Glad I found my tears and Drifting dreams, some very good songs in Window Shopping, Coming on strong and the Gaffa and no real duffers, even the two instrumentals have a unique charm. It is so well crafted with a great sleeve, you get the feeling that it has been a real labour of love. One gripe is the choice of single; Number 6 was the wrong choice, the song never really achieves its promise. That aside I can't understand why radio play has been disappointing and why has there been no Jools Holland appearance? Back in 1982 when the bombshell was dropped I had a fleeting thought that Bruce and Rick should have carried on without Paul. After all he did not say he was breaking up the band, just that he was leaving. Rock history is littered with examples where seemingly irreplacable members of bands have been replaced; Brian Wilson, Peter Green, Peter Gabriel spring to mind.Read more ›
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