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The Jam exploded onto the punk scene in 1977. Led by guitarist/singer Paul Weller, a young, sharp suited mod, who was inspired by Otis Redding, Dr Feelgood, The Who and the Sex Pistols in equal measure, with Bruce Foxton, the Motown influenced bassist and Rick Buckler, the metronome time keeper, they delivered their ferocious mission statement – In The City, a musical tribute to London ... Read more in Amazon's The Jam Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0000076ET
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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The legacy of the Jam is founded on just half-a-dozen studio albums--all crammed into an incident-packed five years. Yet their impact was much, much more significant than a mere six albums would suggest. The trio's intensity was born of punk but, uniquely at the time, the Jam were willing, quite literally, to wear their musical influences on their sleeves--the Who, Tamla Motown, James Brown, the Kinks, soul, the Beatles, etc. This was heady stuff for the revisionist Year Zero that was punk.

The Jam hammered out of 1977 with punk singles like "In The City" and "The Modern World"; but soon Paul Weller was finding his own voice as a writer, with songs like "Down In The Tube Station At Midnight", "Saturday's Kids", "The Eton Rifles" and "Town Called Malice"--songs which reflected the suburbia that bred him and put Weller in line with Pete Townshend and Ray Davies as an observer par-excellence of the English scene. And like them, Weller was also capable of knocking out striking pop singles like "Going Underground", "Start!" and "Beat Surrender".

Direction Reaction Creation is a welcome 5CD box which gathers together pretty much everything the Jam ever recorded: B-sides and hard-to-get singles as well as every track from those six albums. The package also includes a strikingly designed and well-written 88-page book commemorating every release and every gig the Jam played. But the fifth disc is the real bonus: 22 unreleased tracks, including demos ("In The City", "Precious", "The Bitterest Pill"); covers ("Rain", "Dead End Street", "Stand By Me"); and alternate takes ("A Solid Bond In Your Heart", "Billy Hunt", "That's Entertainment").

The music here is a fine reflection of those frantic times a quarter of a century ago, and you can only marvel at the quality, and the quantity, of material the Jam produced--they were gigging constantly, yet still managed to churn out a string of singles and albums that lived up to Weller's high standards. Albums like Setting Sons and Sound Affects saw the Jam really coming to the boil, but sadly--with Weller's interest taking him off into folk, jazz and R&B--the band's days were already numbered. Direction Reaction Creation is, however, a fine souvenir--and one that offers positive proof that, after the Sex Pistols and Clash, the Jam were the most original band to be thrown up by the New Wave. --Patrick Humphries

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
I won't repeat all the lavish praise of previous reviews, but rather emphasize a couple of things. First, the sound quality on this set is *much* better than the previous Polydor (U.S.) individual album masters I own. This really helps recapture the impact of the Jam's crunchy power-trio sound that I remember from the original 45's. Second, a lot of the non-album material that I haven't heard for a while sounds quite good and fresh -- not just "Going Underground" but also singles like "Beat Surrender" that back in the early 80s seemed not quite up to standards.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John A. Quinn on 9 Jun 2005
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I bought this last year despite owning the original albums and I have to say it was money very well spent. If you are hesitating as I did my advice is just buy it! The sound quality is quite superb, Weller's performances on some of the stuff not previously released are almost faultless - "Stand By Me" is a particular highlight - and this really shows The Jam were so much more than the sum of the parts.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Wilkinson on 10 Dec 2002
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I felt I had to write a review of this collection after reading one which seemed to put it down simply because of it's presentation - "CD's in paper covers".
This not a collection to view the artwork of the cover but probably the best value for money Jam collection you can and ever will buy.To include all the studio albums,various B-sides and rare unreleased recordings will ensure your money is well spent.
I don't want to harp on about how good and influential the Jam were because it has been said many times before.All I have to say is that if you want The Jam on CD do not pass this by as you will not find a finer collection - ask the bands that have followed them in later years and still appreciate the music they composed - just ask Noel Gallagher.
The music speaks louder than anything in black and white - not everything in paper is plain and not to be heard or seen.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "majdeano" on 18 Sep 2003
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If you are a fan of Punk, Mod, Soul, Motown then this is the collection for you. This box set of nearly EVERYTHING the Jam has ever produced is the legacy of all legacies. Different versions of classic tunes such as 'Thats Entertainment' and 'Smithers-Jones', make owning these 5 cd's a must to the fan.
Paul Weller, master song writer, and considered one of the most influential musicians who inspired Oasis and Ocean Colour Scene, took care in those songs he didnt release and produced as B-sides...probably why Noel Gallagher follows suite, and as so many of these tunes are those that were B-sides or unreleased, you are guaranteed quality from this box set.
I love the Jam, and when i discovered that this selection was available, i bought it without second thought. Even owning several albums, there are still 50+ tracks i wouldnt have heard anywhere else, so its damn well worth a buy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ec Tipton on 23 Feb 2004
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This box set simply can't fail, a collection of (so very nearly)everything that this fantastic band recorded in the studio. The sound quality is superb, the packaging is very nice, and the musical content is mind-blowing. Whether you're an avid fan or a casual fan you'll find this set addictive.
The only gripes I have with it is that due to it's 'no-live-tracks' policy, the b-sides of 'The Modern World' single are missing. Similarly, the single versions of 'Start!' and 'Precious' aren't here.
Other than that, if you buy this and 'Extras' you will have basically everything the Jam recorded in the studio, and at a good price too!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kev G - The Mod. on 8 Aug 2003
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A Bible of songs to any Jam/Weller fan. Throw ALL your other CD's away, and replace them all with this.
It's all you'll ever need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David B on 5 Sep 2011
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I was not a big fan of the jam in the eighties when they were together, but I subsequently bought the compilation album Snap! which I absolutely loved and almost wore the cd out, I wish I had appreciated them earlier. However, I either lost it or gave it away, and a few months ago wanted to go and buy it again. I decided to go for this box set instead. There of course is alot of material I haven't heard before, but of the songs I already know, they sound great, and sometimes the version or mix is refreshingly different or extended in some way, which makes it even more enjoyable.
I would recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jrjr on 24 Aug 2011
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bought as a gift, recipient absolutely loved it, all the songs plus extra, good value for money, delivered quickly, a must for all jam fans
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