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This Is The Modern World [CD]

The Jam Audio CD
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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 (4 Aug 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000006TZC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Life From A Window 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Don't Tell Them You're Sane 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. I Need You (For Someone) (Album Version) 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Here Comes The Weekend 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Remastered 1997 reissue of their debut album from 1977. 12 tracks, including In The City & Away From The Numbers. Universal.

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Jam album of all! 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mod Masterpiece 29 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars love this album 29 Aug 2013
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I hate it when people slag this album off and most have never listened to it I think its a great album lots better than in the city which I do like too but you can feel the change in the music leading up to there third album and masterpeace all mod cons if its so bad how come it still sells well 36 years on
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still getting the buzz! 15 Nov 2012
By PaulyG
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Often Overlooked Jam Classic 11 Oct 2003
By Mr. C. W. Smith VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Five months on from 'In The City' The Jam released 'This Is A Modern World', seen at the time as rushed and less forceful than the assertive aggressiveness of 'In The City' it has worn the years well.
Strarting off with the powerful 'Modern World' which when taken with the equally searching 'Combine' shows just how good a lyricist Weller was becoming.
Bruce Foxton's then throwaway 'London Traffic' is ironically more topical today than it was then. His most powerful Jam song the slightly disturbing 'Don't Tell Them Your Sane' sits well with Wellers best.
Weller's political position was becoming clearer as exersised in 'Standards' and the astute social commentary of 'In The Street Today', all this sat beside the power pop of 'London Girl' and 'Here Comes The Weekend' and the fine cover of 'In The Midnight Hour'.
All in all it is a good album pointing as it does to even greater things to come.
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3.0 out of 5 stars modern World
the best album. Only bought becuase I was collecting Jam albums, woukd not recommend to folk who do not like The Jam or Paul Weller.
Published 18 months ago by Kangie
3.0 out of 5 stars A leper with halitosis.
After the success of their debut album, The Jam decided to capitalise on the buzz by quickly creating some new product. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2010 by P. Frizelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Standards rule ok
This album covers a right variety of Paul Wellers musical moods.
Anger & Frustration - tracks 1,3,7
Observation - tracks 4,5,8
Teenage Adrenaline - track 10... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2009 by Slowhand
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best but hey, it's still The Jam
This CD has long been the topic of debate among Jam fans. Certainly by any measure it probably isn't up there with later classics such as All Mod Cons, Setting Sons and Sound... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2009 by Nostromo
4.0 out of 5 stars Life From a Window
The Jam's second album suffers from similar draw-backs to their thrashy debut in that its songs, while generally slightly more consistent, sound as if they've been laid down much... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2008 by Paul Ess.
5.0 out of 5 stars not as bad as all that!!
in my opinion and several others this album is pretty good,it was slated by the music press and critics,why? Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2007 by rb buck
3.0 out of 5 stars the worst of their 6 studio albums
Although this is a reasonable album and contains some excellent tracks, notably modern world and standards, it does lack the consistency of the other 5 studio albums. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2004 by Paul
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