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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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  • Vinyl (31 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vinyl Lovers
  • ASIN: B0015I2U8Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Euro, 180 g. re, bonus tracks include "In the city" plus 4 bbc session tracks

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
When people talk about classic Jam albums, the names "All cod cons, and "Setting sons" are invariably mentioned. however, few people list "This is the modern world" on the top of their pile, and it is an injustice that cannot be overstated. Although people criticised "The modern world" for its lack of progression from "In the City", they must have fell upon deaf ears as there at least half a dozen instant classics on this record, if not the whole album. The title track and "Standards" are powerful, stomping arrogant punk anthems that really hits the spots. "London traffic" is fast and frantic, much unlike the subject matter. If the likes of "Life from a window", were released by Oasis, or Travis would probably be hailed as an all time classic and would almost certainly hit number one. Make no mistake; if you believe what the critics say, and don't buy this album, then you'll be deprived of some of the greatest songs ever written by paul weller, or for that matter, anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Cr Hewitt on 17 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Opinion is a strange thing...for me, this album is their best. It's been generally dismissed over the years and I don't know why.
(My least favourite Jam LP is The Gift and Absolute Beginners the worst 45.)
Classics are Standards, Here Comes the Weekend, Life from a Window, Tonight at Noon and I Need You.
I've lived with this Lp since it was released and it still grows on me, so I'd say if you are new to the Jam, get this one...it's as valid as any of the others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PaulyG on 15 Nov. 2012
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This is by no means my favourite Jam album. It is however my favourite Jam album sleeve!
Nothing can match the buzz you got from the vinyl days of getting a new record home from the shop and putting it on your record player for the first time, but rebuilding your record collection onto modern style CD is pretty close.
Nowadays with more patience for sitting back and listening to the songs it hit home just how good and original this album was.
It has now been played much more than the vinyl version ever was!
Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Pawley on 1 Jun. 2013
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I need you (for completeness) - nothing special, just a good digital version of a 'must have' album.
If you loved the Jam you've probably already got this and if you didn't then you are not going to buy it now.
Worth every penny to re-visit this album and my youth! As close as the Jam got on vinyl to their live set and that is how Midnight Hour should be played.
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For many retrospective commentators, this is the "difficult second album" - hastily conceived and just as rushed in its recording, something of a turkey to be avoided by all but "diehard fans". I disagree. Personally, I prefer it to the r'n'b (supposedly) punky thrash of the debut album, "In The City". "This Is The Modern World", released when the fires of punk were still licking high into a disaffected grey sky, contains some angry punkers, like the storming title track and "In The Street Today", but it also offers up the beguiling "Tonight At Noon", "Life From A Window" and "I Need You". These are far from the doggerel from the pen of the writers' block-affected Paul Weller that many claim. They still stand up as great songs, winsome, appealing and strangely melodic. "Here Comes The Weekend", "The Combine" and "Standards" all bridge the gap between punk and Who/Small Faces type 60s material, while there is a stonking, frenetic cover of "In The Midnight Hour". If this album was hammered out in a hurry then who cared? Nobody did at the time. The Jam were on the move. Just as questions were starting to be murmured regarding the future, "All Mod Cons" came along. Most of the criticism of this album has been retrospective, some of that from Paul Weller himself. At the time I recall it being pretty well received.

One thing that must be mentioned though is Bruce Foxton's songs. Poor old Bruce. Credited with songwriting promise because of "Smithers-Jones" (the B side to a later, 1979 single, "When You're Young") the two offerings on this album show up just how wrong that idea is.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andrew MacKinnon on 29 Jan. 2003
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Always acknowledged as a bit of a weak offering from the Woking wonders at the time, this rush released LP has always been sadly overlooked by Jam fans and almost finished the group during the difficult 1978 period, until All Mod Cons and Tube Station propelled Well & Co into a different league.
This is however a really fantastic Mod album containing some of Weller's finest compositions and representing a giant leap forward from the debut, released only 5 months previously.
Coupled with what to these eyes is the best Jam LP sleeve (check out the fantastic drawings on the vinyl lyric sleeve-unforgivably missing from the CD issue) the songs are tough representations of life in Britain in the late 70's.
Particular favourites follow in sequence on side two: I need you, London Girl, Here comes the weekend. Great songs played to perfection by a bunch of teenagers who created a sound of the times, always with a nod back to the mid sixties, but none the worse for that.
Forget the hype! This album is one of their best. The sight of Bruce Foxton leaping in the air on the back sleeve gives an indication of how electric this band were at this time. All Mod Cons was a masterpiece that made the group and secured Weller's status forever. This record paved the way for that to happen and is it's self a sharp and sussed overlooked cracker.
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