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This review is from: In The City (Audio CD)
'In The City', The Jam's pounding, caveman first album should be viewed as a statement of intent, rather than an initial explosion of creativity.
It has it's moments - the amazing 'Away From the Numbers' is one of the best things they ever recorded - but generally it has a horrible rushed feeling about it.
Evil magnate villains Polydor Records take the lions share of the blame. Signing a very young group on potential and then forcing them to release albums (two in less than a year!) isn't the wisest course of action, and it wasn't 'til the much more clarified and laid back Jam period of 'All Mod Cons' that things got satisfyingly serious.
'ITC' is a must for acolytes and it plots the subsequent Jam path vigorously, but it's not the best Jam album by a country mile.