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A Classic Revisited,
This review is from: All Mod Cons (Audio CD)
It continues to surpise me that this album is never really hailed with the frequently seen lists of 'Classic Albums' in the music press.
Paul Weller came of age on this album. The first two Jam albums were promising and vibrant, exciting and passionate - but essentially they lacked any real craft and finesse. They were very much a product of the time. When The Jam embarked on this album, it could easily have been their last after the disappointment of The Modern World. Instead of imploding and disappearing into obscurity along with The Ruts or 999, The Jam came up with their very best work.
The quality of the songwriting on this album is incredible given the age of Paul Weller when he wrote these songs. "Mr Clean", "Tube Station", "English Rose" and "To Be Someone" are wonderfully written songs and The Jam create an edgy, dynamic sound that truly stands the test of time.
"In The Crowd" and "It's Too Bad" were long-time live favourites and when Paul Weller recently re-introduced In The Crowd into his solo live set, the audience reaction was euphoric (backwards guitar sound and all). "Billy Hunt" appears on this album too and Graham Coxon's version is pretty much xeroxed from the one you hear on here and indeed you can almost picture a teenage Coxon singing along in his bedroom to this great collection of songs.
I never tire of this album - I do not think there is a weak song on it and it is by far the best album The Jam made and really is massively underrated by those supposedly in the know. As for this version- I can only give it a huge thumbs up all round and thoroughly recommend it.