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5.0 out of 5 stars
IF YOU SEE ME IN THE STREET LOOK AWAY!, 19 Jun 2006
1979...All Mod Cons....... the first penultimate Jam album.
The aggression of the first two albums is still here but with a certain style and class that puts it leagues above the rest so far.
The remaster is superb and although I cannot comment on the 5.1 mix it still comes across as having much more depth and clarity than any previous version. The drums and bass are crystal clear and really make you remember that Paul Weller wasn't the only contributer to the Jam sound. Foxtons bass is pounding throughout and Ricks drums are leading the way.
No doubt the fact you are looking at this review you know this album well, in which case you will know all the songs on the album. Even more exciting would be if you haven't heard it but are thinking about it.
The classic 'Tube Station', 'A' Bomb & 'David Wattts' are just the tasters.
'Mr Clean' is a song that still reminds of youthful energy and state of mind, seeing those that have more and wanting to destroy or rebel against.
'To Be Someone', a realisation that it could actualy be very nice to have all these things even if it is a shallow existance.
Weller has that rare art of being able to make you connect to his lyrics in a way that you feel like he is singing about you for you. Along with the power of his guitar and the 'Bloke up the road' style of vocals, this makes for one excellent package.
The original album had 12 tracks, this has an extra 14, made up of B sides and demos. A well worthy add on.
The second disc has a dvd documentary of the making of the album, with recent interviews with all three members.
Its great to see them all again talking 'Jam', even if they are in seperate locations.
It also contains a solo acoustic version of Weller singing 'English Rose'. I was hoping this would have been from that period but it is a up to date Weller performing.
Still worthwhile though.
Lets hope they repackage a few, if not all, of them in the near future.
'THIS WAS THE MODERN WORLD'...and for some of us still would be!!