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For those who were around back in the day, over the years "Jagged little pill" has gained some sort of iconic status, as one of that decade's most seminal albums, and arguably the most celebrated angst-ridden album of recent times. Quite deservingly so, because this 13-track set proved to be a landmark for the '90s generation, who crowned Alanis Morissette as the voice of an era, who explored and expressed the emotional wreckage of youth and femininity in such an arresting manner, that her personal experiences became universal, rendering this album a contemporary classic. To celebrate the 20 years since its first release, this new, limited to 30,000 copies worldwide, 4-disc set seems like an essential purchase, being a spectacular package that further enhances the appeal of the original record.

CD 1 features the original album, newly remastered, overseen by Glen Ballard, producer and co-writer of "Pill". CD 2 contains 10 previously unreleased demos, that are either cut material in consideration for the record, or songs written after its release, all recorded between 1994-1998 (none of these are demos of songs from the album). This is the one of the most interesting aspects of this anniversary edition, as some of these tracks are pretty great, and could have been potential album tracks. It is historically significant, too, as on here is also included the first song Morissette co-wrote with Glen Ballard, the album producer, allegedly within an hour of their first meeting back in 1994 ("The bottom line"). CD 3 contains the acoustic re-recording of "Pill", released in 2005 to celebrate the album's 10th anniversary.

The set concludes with a previously unreleased, full live set from the Jagged Little Pill Tour, recorded in London at Subterranea, on 28 September 1995, on CD 4. Representative of AM's powerful and fragile performances, the set showcases her charismatic presence to the full. In addition to selecting music for the set, Morissette provides never-before-seen photos and other ephemera from the time, from hew own personal collection. She also contributes a fascinating new essay, reflecting back on this time in her life, along with stories behind the demos included on CD 2. Any fan of the album will absolutely love this, it is so insightful, enlightening, and revealing. And if you love Alanis as a personality, you'll admire how incredibly eloquent she is, as naturally expected.

As a longtime fan of Alanis' music, these songs sound so familiar, yet, still sound engaging, even 2 decades on. Listening to "Forgiven", for example, still makes me wish that it was graced with a video, although at the same time I'm enjoying it more as the hidden gem that it is. I can only find a fault in this excellent package. I wish this set was rounded out by an extra disc of B-Sides, to make this a fully comprehensive anniversary release. Other than that, everything about it is near perfect; the original songs, the bonus tracks, the brilliant remastering, the classy presentation and design of the set, the artwork (how great is this new version of the old cover?), the liner notes. "Jagged little pill: Collector’s edition" is the definitive edition of this inspired, inspirational and intellectual piece of work.

Jagged little facts:

- The album garnered great critical acclaim upon release, praising its thematic content, as well as Morissette's raw and arresting delivery
- It was released on June 13, 1995, through Maverick Records, which, according to her manager, Scott Welch, was the only label of all they had approached that did not pass on Morissette
- "Jagged little pill" was Morissette's first album released internationally. It produced 6 hit singles, and topped the albums charts in 10 countries
- Among its most prestigious accolades are 4 Grammy Awards, and 6 Juno Awards, awarded in 1996. It won a few more of both in the following year, too
- Due to the success of the album, Morissette toured worldwide for a total of 18 months. The video "Jagged little pill-Live", which chronicles the bulk of the tour, also won a Grammy Award for "Best Long Form Music Video"
- In 1996, it was the best-selling album worldwide, with 18.7 million copies sold, with 500,000 or more copies sold during more than 15 non-consecutive weeks. To date, global sales exceed 33 million
- It is the 4th best-selling album in Australian history, with 1+ million sales, certified 14× Platinum
- The album peaked at No. 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, helding the top spot for 24 weeks, and selling over 2 million copies, certified 2× Diamond
- The album topped the UK Official Albums Charts, and stayed in the charts for a total of 145 weeks, shipping more than 3 million copies, certified 10× Platinum
- It was No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 for 13 non-consecutive weeks, and certified 16× Platinum in the US for shipments of 16 million copies, and sales of 15 million copies
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on 24 January 2002
'Jagged Little Pill' was recently voted at number 42 in 'Q' music magazine's best 50 albums of the last 15 years. We're talking alongside Radiohead, Sringsteen, U2 and all the other music greats. Personally I think Alanis' music is a fantastic change to the current obsession with trashy teen pop which regurgitates the same old stuff every month. Pop artists bring out crappy albums in quick succession, but we have to wait over 2 years for something new from the truly great artists. This album has stood the test of time in my cd collection. There is a song for every mood (although non-fans claim Alanis is depressing.) Every one of her songs has something to say about an aspect of life, from religion to relationships. Alanis consistently produces some of the best lyrics I've heard in a long time. Its too easy for female lyricists to be labelled negatively, but anyone with brains can she this woman has talent.
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on 31 October 2015
The 4xCD Collector's Edition is lovely.... housed in a DVD-sized package with a long essay by Alanis, another by Glen Ballard, photos, collages and all the lyrics.

Not much needs to be said about the new remaster of Jagged Little Pill, but the 10 demos are a treat to hear and include a few fan favourites that were performed live during the JLP tour. The 2005 acoustic re-recording of JLP is an interesting take, and the 1996 live show is a great recording; much heavier than the studio album and captures the energy of Alanis and her super talented band.

Overall it's a worthy tribute to an album which struck a chord with so many way back in 1995, and well worth revisiting.
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on 8 December 2015
well where do i begin! 4 CD's,2 essays a whole lot of memories!!!

CD 1 is the remastered version of the classic album! the songs have never sounded so good before clear,loud,crisp and full of passion!!
CD 2 is the reason i bought this! 10 demos recorded from the JLP sessions its always great to get new Alanis material and this sounds like it could of been a second version of this album! so brilliant
CD 3 is a brilliant disc! JLP Acoustic released in 2005 on the 10th anniversary its like this version honers both! i love the slight lyric change in Ironic
CD 4 is a live show from JLP tour from 95! and wow her live vocal is brilliant and the quality is brilliant :) it contains all the tracks from the original album

the whole package is amazing it comes in a book type case and has the lyrics for both the original album and the demo disc! It also has many unseen photos and the essays by Alanis and Glen Ballard are both brilliant and insightful to the whole recording sessions
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on 8 January 2003
An inspiring album that is peaceful, enjoyable and at the same time one you would want to dance along with. Jagged Little Pill is still Alanis' best album ever as well as being one of my all time favourite albums!
The hit of the album for quite a few people was the Grammy-award winning single of the year "you outta know"! Well...not exactly my thoughts. My friends and I always loved "ironic" even before the video was released. "Ironic" is a peaceful, fun, alternative musical theme that you would want to play constantly. It's Alanis' biggest "CD single sales" track being certified gold. If you enjoyed "thank you" you would enjoy this single. It's one of my all-time favourite records (see listmania list). Alanis is a great singer with a fabulous voice and a great writer. If you happen to enjoy this album you should check out "rug under swept" and "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie". But if you're only going to buy one Alanis album, this one should be it.
Ironic- The hit of the album for me. This alternative/pop trackis peaceful and very enjoyable.
U outta know- A rock bad-tempered constructive single.
Hand in my pocket- good voice variations and a good constant background beat.
You learn- A sweet catchy beat, second only to "ironic".
Head over feet- Another enjoyable new age type catchy single.
Wake up- the album's longest track, a solid sweet alternative rock hit!
Different songs in their own way make this album one that would be enjoyable for all Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, Enya, Shania Twain, Christina Aguilera, and U2 fans! If you like this album you should check out some of her other works (mainly "thank you" and "hands clean")!
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on 14 April 2006
An astonishing album that came from nowhere to take over the world in 1995. It still sounds brilliant today and it would be somewhere in my list of all-time favourite albums. This much soul, naked feeling and uplifting intelligence rarely co-incides with massive commercial success.

Every song on "Jagged Little Pill" is strong, even the odd one I personally am not so keen on. A freshness and energy come through on every track. On later albums Alanis sometimes comes across as self-indulgent, even self-obsessed, but here her screaming and ranting just sound honest and genuine. This woman has really had enough of being treated like dirt, make no mistake! Alanis goes right into her emotional and psychological troubles but empowers herself and the listener at the same time.

The production by co-writer Glen Ballard is subtle and not too sophisticated, which serves the songs well. The final song "Wake Up" is one of my favourites, a call to get up off your backside and take responsibility for your life. I love this album. Thank you Alanis, Glen Ballard and friends.
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on 24 February 2016
Great presentation & stunning albums so why the 3 stars? As a fan I already own 3 of the discs in other guises so feel it a little wrong to release a 'new' 4 disc set with only 1 unreleased disc... Just wished I had the option to buy the new disc separately!

However if you don't own any of the other albums this is a MUST buy - Morissette is easily the best female singer/songwriter of the 90's/00's and is a testament to her talent!
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on 25 July 2006
I was a young teenage girl when I first heard this album. I coveted this album; I enjoyed its energy and ballsy attitude towards the antagonists in Alanis' life and I loved that, even though I barely understood the nature of its lyrics, I could so easily remember those words and relate to them in my own way.

However, I'm alot older now and I can appreciate its intellectual value as well (alright, so it's not Homer). Alanis, although barely in her 20s at the time of writing, seems to have nailed some of people's most elusive behaviour through her effective use of metaphors, personification and similes. And she has written so much of this album in the second-person narrative; perhaps the reason why I felt so close to the album as a teenager. Whichever you listen to this album yourself, you will probably relate to its issues of trust, failure and expectation which, for Alanis' young perspective, are surprisigly astute. And angry. This is part of Alanis that you may not want to indulge in too much; there's alot of negative energy that just doesn't need to propositioned as a burden of your own.

So, listen at your discretion and comfort, and don't believe everything she says! ;-)
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on 23 February 2016
I have listened to some of Alanis Morissette's songs on the radio over the years and this is the first time I have brought one of her albums. I was watching some Pre-recorded VHS tapes that I had recorded nearly twenty years ago of some old James Bond Films which included the old commercial Breaks. One of the TV advertisements was for 'Jagged Little Pill' by Alanis Morissette, I thought the indie style music was very good so I brought the album. The songs have a very good rhythm and Alanis has a very strong voice with a emotional edge. There is some swearing and some of the lyrics are a little bit daft but overall it is a very good album and even my father likes it.
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on 4 November 2005
I'll make this short and sweet: Undoubtedly, Alanis at her best, arguably, the best album *EVER*. If you've just heard Ironic, and thought it was ok but forgettable I beg you to purchase this, Ironic isn't even the the sixth best song on there, it's one of those albums everyone has to own, and after a good listen, I'm sure you'll see why.
A timeless masterpiece.
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