The Jolt CD
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- The first and probably only CD by Mod Revival legends The Jolt - Includes all of their self titled debut LP plus the singles Maybe Tonight , I Can t Wait , You re Cold and Watcha Gonna Do About It - Booklet contains detailed liner notes by Mod Revival expert Chris Hunt
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This being said this is a truly fantastic album, which certainly gives Weller & Co.'s debut a real run for its money. Comprising the much overlooked debut LP complete with the earlier and later singles this is effectively the entire recorded output from the short-lived newwave/mod combo from Wishaw, near Glasgow.
Tracks such as Mr. Radio Man, All I can do and Decoyed demonstrate sharp well crafted new wave songs, very much of the time but still sounding suprisingly contemporary, due to the quality of the performers. Don't forget; at this time there really was a lot of rubbishy punk and new wave acts around-this lot were tight and focused with the results evident within each of the 20 compositions.
Highpoints? There really isn't a duff track here! The whole of the album contains some real mod inspired gems. Don't forget this was out a full year before the Mod revivalists got going (Secret Affair, Chords, Lambrettas)
The final EP contains the Weller composed and future Jam B-Side 'Sea saw'. Released before the Jam included this as the flip to Eton Rifles, the version sounds so similar to the Jam that you are left wondering if the move to include this was planned as a goodbye and thank you to their (soon to be) enormously successful mentors.
For anyone interested in the birth of the Mod Revival around 79, this is as good an indicator as anything else. Truly one of the real quality acts of the new wave, The Jolt were just out of time. Too late and Mod for Punk. Too early and Punk for Mod.
OK, everyone has their favourite 'great lost' albums - but this truly is one of those. If you like your 60's-inspired bands to have a bit of bite to their sound and lyrics, then definitely give this one a try. There really ISN'T a duff track on it.
Best tracks are Watcha Gonna Do About It.
and [Can't You Tell] It's Over.
The cover of the Jam's See Saw is O.k
But not as good as The Jam's.