- 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)
The Gift (Super Deluxe Edition) Box set, CD+DVD
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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 super deluxe box set edition of The Gift has been put together.
• 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
Top Customer Reviews
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My childhood musical heroes. Many happy memories in this setPublished on 20 April 2015 by L. A. Luxford
While the packaging is nice with replica programme, photo's and lot of pics. The main reason for buying this is the music!
How disappointing is the mastering on this! Read more
Five stars for the music but the price is a bit steep.Published on 8 Jan. 2015 by Richard Carl Hetherington
Being a true Jam fan their last album was never my favourite. Paul Weller who has been my hero from day 1 right up to now was in a very experimental stage in his life! Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by H. Perera
An amazing package for the Jam fan in your life. If you don't know The Jam, where you been? The Gift was the last studio album and here it is given the deluxe treatment, you get 3... Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2013 by S. Watt
I haven't heard this as yet as I am expecting to receive this for Christmas.
I cannot comment on the sound cause as I say I haven't heard it. Read more