In The City (Remastered Version)
 
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In The City (Remastered Version)

4 Aug 1997 | Format: MP3

£8.49 (VAT included if applicable)
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2:37
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2:06
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 4 Aug 1997
  • Release Date: 4 Aug 1997
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 31:40
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  • ASIN: B001KUW9I0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,832 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nostromo on 6 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
As debut albums go and released at the time it was, it's hard to imagine how this one could be any better. 1977 was a period of conflicting musical styles. The impact of the 60s goliaths The Beatles and The Who could still be felt, there was the arrival of disco and the explosion of punk. This album is a great reflection of these uncertain musical times.

To hear the songs, you immediately think of punk. The angry twang of Weller's Rickenbacker and Foxton's pounding bass coupled with the angst in Weller's voice make the band stand out from the meaningless punk mediocrity that was around at the same time. However, a deeper study will reveal much more complexity. How many punk groups sang about wanting to be away from the numbers, non-stop dancing and had songs with love in the title? No, The Jam were, even here at this early stage, so much more than a punk band. Visually the band in their black suits are a throwback to the early Beatles and Who era. Sounds From The Street was Weller's answer to the American beach craze spearheaded by The Beach Boys, Non-Stop Dancing makes reference to James Brown and the soul music which was to influence Weller so much in his career, Slow Down is a Larry Williams Rythym and Blues cover whilst In The City, a title borrowed from The Who's "A Quick One" album and the Batman Theme which again appears on the same Who album clearly show Weller's mod influences. Running through the album however is the beginning of the social concern and urban realism that feature so heavily in The Jam's output and which became a core part of their overall importance.

This is a raw and powerful sound and lacks the refinement of the band's output from All Mod Cons but The Jam announced their arrival with full power and force with this debut and the multi layerd 18 year old lead singer sows the seeds for what was to come later. Brilliant stuff!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan 2002
Format: Audio CD
if you are young and into todays punk bands, then you will like this album. I bought this when it came out, and its still good now. Musically its probably not The Jams best, but it has that immediacy of youth, that Weller had in abundance in his early work. It pays homage to the who, motown, put into a 1977 woking punk scene. You can tell even at this stage that weller was going to have a long and outstanding career. 'In the city' was the opening single for the band, and it got a lot of people to buy the album. If you've heard 'in the city' and like it, then buy it to.
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By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps because their second album almost finished The Jam before they'd made a serious mark, 'In The City' tends to be forgotten. Yet this is their most energetic album and contains some superb tracks. They tend to be thought of as a mod band. Certainly they were influenced by The Who, The Kinks and, to some extent, The Beatles, but Paul Weller insisted that they were a punk band for a couple of years and 'In The City' offers some evidence of that. This was never a clear cut issue though. The opening chords of the first track, 'Art School', reminded me instantly of The Kinks' ''Til The End Of The Day', one of their early hits. Then there's the cover of one of my favourite Larry Williams songs, 'Slow Down', though it's likely that The Jam knew The Beatles version.

On the other hand, 'Takin' My Love', reduced to b-side status to the title track when it debuted the band on the singles charts, has all the frenetic power of punk rock. This track also shows what a great rhythm section the band had. The perky 'I've Changed My Address' and 'Sounds From The Street' have more of a pop sensibility. Throughout the album, Weller's Rickenbacker memorably fizzes and spits. The exception is the track most commonly cited as pointing the way to the future, 'Away From The Numbers', arguably the most impressive song on the album. There are occasional lapses in standard and the inclusion of the 'Batman Theme' suggests they struggled to compile enough worthwhile material, but 'In The City' is a fine album which establishes Paul Weller's social and political outlook.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By No Longer Used VINE VOICE on 3 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
In The City was the Woking boys powerful angst ridden opening shot and was seen by many as the LP that jump started the Mod revival in the UK.
Weller's emotive political lyrics were yet to fully take form but there are flashes of what was to come in the songs 'In The City' and the pithy 'Bricks and Mortar'
The Jam's music at this time owed a lot to the harmonies of Motown, the energy of the early Who and the anger of the current Punk scene.
Along with 'Bricks & Mortar', and 'In The City' the powerfully assured 'Art School' and the venomous 'I've changed my address' are the best tracks although the energetic cover of 'Slow Down' and the poignant 'Away From The Numbers' are also worthy of mention.
This was a stunning debut and a rallying flag for the coming Mod revival.
Vital Stuff
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Fraser on 23 July 2013
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This is my second copy of this cd as my first one died! A great amalgamation of punk/power pop and rocking soul dance tunes. The youthful energy is amazing as were the band live (I saw them on the All Mod Cons, Setting Sons tours). Whilst Weller would go on to write better songs in The Jam - as a period in time this is my favourite Weller moment.
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By A Customer on 17 Jan 2001
Format: Audio CD
a powerful combination of 60's style mod songs (I've Changed my address, Non stop dancing) bizzare covers (the "Batman" theme) off the cuff punk (Art school, In the city, Sounds of the street, Bricks and mortar) and the anthemic climax (Away from the numbers) all contribute to making the Jam's debut an essential purchase. The raw feel of the record gives it an almost "live" feel to it, and Paul Weller's Pete Townsend style windmill chords and riffs are in evidence here. An outstanding piece of work by the young men from Woking.
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