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The Gift (Super Deluxe Edition) Box set, CD+DVD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (19 Nov. 2012)
  • Super Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B008O1AXNQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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)

Disc: 3

  1. Start!
  2. It's Too Bad
  3. Beat Surrender
  4. Away From The Numbers
  5. Ghosts
  6. In The Crowd
  7. Boy About Town
  8. So Sad About Us
  9. All Mod Cons
  10. To Be Someone
  11. Smithers - Jones
  12. That's Entertainment
  13. The Great Depression
  14. Precious
  15. Move On Up
  16. Circus
  17. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
  18. David Watts
  19. Mr Clean
  20. Town Called Malice
  21. But I'm Different Now
  22. "Trans - Global Express"
  23. In The City

Disc: 4

  1. Trans - Global Unity Express (Live video from Birmingham March 1982)
  2. Town Called Malice (Promo Video)
  3. Precious (Promo Video)
  4. The Bitterest Pill (Promo Video)
  5. Running On The Spot (Danish TV special)
  6. Circus (Danish TV special)
  7. Happy Together (Danish TV special)
  8. Ghosts (Danish TV special)
  9. In The Crowd (Danish TV special)
  10. Town Called Malice (Danish TV special)
  11. Pity Poor Alfie / Fever (Danish TV special)
  12. Precious (Danish TV special)
  13. Just Who Is The 5 O'clock Hero (Danish TV special)
  14. The Gift (Danish TV special)
  15. Move On Up (Danish TV special)
  16. Trans - Global Express (Danish TV special)
  17. Precious (Top Of The Pops - Recorded February 18 1982)
  18. Town Called Malice (Top Of The Pops - Recorded February 18 1982)

Product description

Product Description

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Jam’s final studio album--as well as the band's startling split-- this super deluxe box set edition of The Gift has been put together.

Contents:

• Four discs, in individual wallets

1. Disc 1 – The original album re-mastered, plus 10 singles/b-sides from the period, up to the split.

2. Disc 2 – Bonus tracks: 15 remastered demos & alternate tracks, 13 of which are previously unreleased.

3. Disc 3 – Live at Wembley December 1982. The complete concert from the last ever Jam tour (previously unreleased), featuring 23 remastered tracks.

4. Disc 4 – DVD compilation
o Promo clips (Town Called Malice / Precious / The Bitterest Pill)
o Trans-Global Unity Express tour – live tracks from Birmingham show:
Danish TV special (DR) The Gift album live in small studio with audience
o Top Of The Pops – 1982 - Town Called Malice / Precious

• Outer box in original striped bag style cover – ‘The Jam – A Gift’!

• Hardback 72-page, full-colour book including new interviews with Paul Weller, a new essay by John Harris and a forward by Paul Weller.

• Set of postcard prints

• Replica 1982 tour programme

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
The Jam's sixth & final studio lp was given the super-deluxe treatment by Universal in respect of 30 years since its release and 30 years since the bands split. This review is not going to breakdown each track (quality reviews already exist on Amazon) but is more on the overall presentation of the actual box set & its contents.

First impressions are positive as the lp sized candy striped box (based on the original paper bag that initial copies of the lp came in) looks very appealing. Inside we get a reproduction of the "Trans-Global Unity Express" tour program, 3x (A4 sized) prints housed in a smart wallet & a 72 page hardback book (which includes contributions & memorabilia from fans own personal collections) complete with a new interview from Paul Weller himself looking back on the album. The 4x discs are housed in individual card sleeves at the back of the book & this is what we get folks:

Disc 4 - Is the dvd and all the content on here has been available on YouTube for a few years now. You get the edited "Trans-Global Unity Express" gig from 21/03/82 (9 tracks) but we all know that the full version is out there including super-rare soundcheck footage of the band. The Spil-Op show (12 tracks) from 23/04/82 is also present here with the Danish subtitles thankfully removed. Three promo vids and the double helping of "Precious" & "Town Called Malice" from TOTP end the disc. There's no TV or live footage from Belgium, France, Holland, Sweden, Japan, Canada or the USA - a real shame as the lp was heavily promoted in these countries at the time.

Disc 3 (RT: 79:05) - Is the live cd from Wembley Arena 03/12/82 (23 tracks).
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I've been a long time fan of The Jam. I saw them seven times and have all the original vinyl albums. I agree with the previous reviews.
I think it's fair to say that this 'Deluxe Box Set' is aimed at, and will mostly sell to 'hard-core' fans, who wish to own the ultimate version of the album. Cleary a fair amount of effort has gone into this package, but sadly, more with the packaging than the actual content of the discs.

What really makes the content disappointing for me is the fact that the actual album has the stereo reversed - the left channel comes from the right and the right from the left!! For £80+ pounds, I'd expect the actual album to be carefully and acurately remastered. This is just amateurish!

Sadly, poor attention to details like this have been rife in CD releases of The Jam. The 'Direction Creation Reaction' box set was great. It was well put together and well mastered. However, some of the individual albums (Setting Sons, All Mod Cons)released at the same time had the left and right stereo channels reversed. The Live at the BBC CD was a mess - the limited edition Live at the Rainbow CD that came with it, had the stereo reversed halfway through the concert, so it appears that Paul and Bruce changed sides on stage halfway through the concert!! Then there's the recent 'remaster' of Sound Affects. The powerful, driving bass and drums sounding so thin and the treble so harsh. Had the engineer ever heard The Jam or referenced an original vinyl copy.

Anyway, I've digressed. I guess I stupidly believed that at this price I would get some really good quality recordings to listen to, but that's not the case. Even the live at Wembley CD is disappointing.
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Firstly, I would like to say that this is a well put together package. It also contains a nice piece of `personal' memorabilia in the Hardback 12"x12" book, namely a reproduction of a poster featuring images from the Trans-Global Express and Sound Affects tours. There with his arm raised, is my brother Adam at fourteen years of age. About six people to his right, wearing glasses, is me, aged nineteen. Next to me is my old friend Kelvin. This picture was taken at the wonderful Rainbow Theatre on 16th November 1980, during the Sound Affects tour. I can't believe how quickly time has flown : I now have two boys, aged nineteen and twenty one.

I was lucky enough to attend five Jam gigs in 1982 ;

In March at the Alexandra Palace on the Trans-Global Express tour, which is represented by the Stafford Bingley Hall show, featured on the DVD disc.

Three of the December shows at Wembley Arena, Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd (from which the live CD is taken) and Sunday 5th.

Finally, in more ways than one, the Brighton Conference Centre show on Saturday, 11th December.

I'm sure I don't have to say anything else for you to know why this release is so close to my heart. So why am I a little disappointed with it? I'll tell you :

Disc 1 contains The Gift along with Singles & B-Sides : The Precious 12" mix is included but not the live version of A Town Called Malice from the same release, recorded at the Hammersmith Palais. The Pity Poor Alfie (swing version) has been released before but was never issued as a B-side. Disgracefully, the versions of Stoned Out Of My Mind and War are not those released on the Beat Surrender packages. The former has Weller attempting to sing in a Falsetto range, in-keeping with the Chi-Lites version.
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