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  • Audio CD (19 Nov. 2012)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0098WZDVC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Happy Together
  2. Ghosts
  3. Precious
  4. Just Who Is The 5 O'clock Hero
  5. "Trans - Global Express"
  6. Running On The Spot
  7. Circus
  8. The Planner's Dream Goes Wrong
  9. Carnation
  10. Town Called Malice
  11. The Gift
  12. Precious (12")
  13. The Great Depression
  14. The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)
  15. Pity Poor Alfie / Fever
  16. Pity Poor Alfie (swing version)
  17. Beat Surrender
  18. Shopping
  19. Move On Up
  20. Stoned Out Of My Mind
  21. War

Disc: 2

  1. Skirt (demo)
  2. Get Yourself Together (demo) Originally released on 'Extras'
  3. Ghosts (instrumental demo)
  4. Just Who Is The 5 O'clock Hero (demo)
  5. Running On The Spot (demo)
  6. The Planner's Dream Goes Wrong (demo)
  7. Carnation (instrumental demo)
  8. Precious (demo) Originally released on 'Direction, Reaction, Creation'
  9. The Bitterest Pill (demo)
  10. Alfie (demo '2')
  11. We've Only Started ('old version')
  12. Only Started (instrumental demo)
  13. Shopping (AKA 'Paul's demo')
  14. Beat Surrender (demo)
  15. Solid Bond In Your Heart (demo)

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Jam’s final studio album--as well as the band's startling split-- this deluxe version of The Gift has been put together. Disc 1 is the original album remastered and includes 10 singles and b-sides from the period, up to the point that the band split. Disc 2 is made up of 15 remastered demos and alternate tracks, 13 of which are previously unreleased.


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If The Gift had "Beat Surrender" and a decent arrangement of "A Solid Bond" (which doesnt seem to exist) on it in place of "circus" and "The planner's dream went wrong," then most of the Jam fans criticising this would then regard this as a classic. Maybe also dropping the red-wedge style preaching of "Transglobal express" to a b side status and swapping it for "The Great Depression" would have sealed the job. But unfortunately those two better tracks were written just after this album, as a farewell, with Beat Surrender getting the nod over Solid Bond as the final single. Still, the Jam were never ones to load up albums with singles and this is why it must have been a lot of pressure on Weller to write a whole album off the cuff,when he was also keeping most of the best tracks to release as singles,leaving them off the albums altogether. There seemed to be a one single per album rule with the Jam so as not to rip off the fans who already had the tracks.Most bands do the opposite.
The single that was released off the Gift is also the best track, and that is "Town called Malice." I can still remember the exact place i was standing when i heard this for the first time.It was the first song that had ever had such an effect on me, maybe because i was living in a town exactly like "Malice." The song is absolutely majestic,combining an absolute positive with an absolute negative but bringing them together somehow in perfect harmony. If that's the best track then it is followed by Happy Together, Running on the spot and Carnation. Those are the 4 exceptional tracks and worth the price of the album.
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A good album gets the deluxe edition treatment. I remember buying this album in Clapham, as a young kid I strutted through the high street with the album clad in its lilac and white candy striped bag, singing 'A Town Called Malice' - those were the days. Never a classic album in my mind though, but one that helped shape my youth. My point in writing this review is this, in comparision to the remastered single version from 1997 this sounds a little less punchy and less vibrant. I'm slightly disappointed with the sound quality. However, the various demo's on the second disc make this a good purchase though - an early version of 'Absolute Beginners' ('Skirt')is very good as is the demo for 'A Solid Bond In Your Heart'.
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I am a huge Jam fan. Following on from the majestic Sound Affects I never really got The Gift. It seemed fractured and virtually unlistenable at the time. Plus it was very bleak lyrically, perhaps rather pompous.
I love the Deluxe version. All the very good Paul Weller solo albums show The Gift in a very different light. It's eclecticism is now its strength. Plus some knowledge of Northern Soul music helps a lot.
The punchy re-master sounds gorgeous and the album is a great play from start to finish. Plus the Bitterest Pill and Beat Surrender tracks and associated B-sides make a lot more sense than they did at the time.
Highest compliment is that it sounds contemporary whereas, say, Setting Sons does sound a bit dated.
Give it a listen and you won't be disappointed.
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A lot of Jam fans haven't really listened to this album. Shame really - people always pick out the singles as the highlights (Malice, Carnation, etc) but this album has a track that is, for me, the quintessential Jam track - it distils the best of their power-pop arrangements with the best of Weller's lyrics: It's called 'Happy Together'. Sing it in the bath a few times, and you'll see. Especially the lines ..."I never let my feelings fool you...." and later the "...thought I was an angel with no wings". Sing it and hear the 'lift' that the best songs on Sound Effects or All Mod Cons gave you.
Nothing captures the essence of seeing the Jam quite as much as Happy Together. Worth the purchase on its own.
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This is a more soulful album from The Jam. About as far from In the City as is possible to get. It showcases Paul Weller's interest in Motown more than any other Jam album, and is in some ways not surprising that the band split soon after recording it. But is is still distinctively a Jam album, and none the worse for that.
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I did hear this album back in the eighties when it was originally released and thought it was quite good at the time, however having recently purchased it for the first time I was very disappointed with it. I found it to be an unfocused piece of work, containing elements of funk, calypso and soul. A few tracks benefit from that, such as Precious, which is one of the strongest tracks on the album. The planner's dream goes wrong is the calypson influenced track is really quite bad. Town called malice is also a very good track, but the rest of it is poor and on the strength of this work it is just as well that The Jam split up. The evidnence provided on this album suggests that Paul Weller was running out of ideas.
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Here in the US the Jam's albums are out of print. There are some compilations discs, but the individual albums are gone. I was delighted to find that they're still available in the UK and that I could get them here. This may not be the Jam's best, but it's still a great record and I'm glad I picked it up. I also got "All Mod Cons," which is certainly better, but the gift if still pretty strong. I'm going to get the rest of them....
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