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The Jam: Direction, Reaction, Creation Audio CD
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The CD's contain The Jam's five studio albums plus all of their singles and B-sides spread over the first four discs, while disc five features an interesting set of demos and alternate versions. They do not contain any live material, but as I am not a completest this set gives me all the Jam material I could ever need.
In my opinion this makes any other Jam compilation obsolete...why bother when you can get their entire studio catalogue in such a beautifully presented set for such a ludicrously low price?
Highly recommended...just got to figure out where to keep it now!
I don't know why certain bands have such a impact on me but I can very often picture exactly where I was and who I was with on the first and/or the last time that I heard a particular track. For instance, 'A Town Called Malice' was a surprize performance offering to the entire school by our 4th year Secondary School class at Assembly - which went down very well indeed with the other kids but clearly not with most of the teachers or with the headmaster either, who were all expecting us to perform something rather tame out of West Side Story instead! - LOL! ;o>
As I grew up listening to The Jam, I also began to pick up on the subtle changes and influences in their style once originally collected and evolved out of the soundtracks of their own childhoods throughout the 1960's to the very height of Punk Rock, as The Jam eased themselves out of the rigid mould of just the typically sneering angry young mods of 'Eton Rifles' into tracks reflecting far more Rock, Soul, and Rhythm&Blues through to a much more funkier and even slightly disco-inspired New Wave backbeat that went all out in a glorious blaze of exuberant joyfulness with their last released single together - a final yet triumphant exaltation to ... "Come on boy, Come on girl, Succumb to the 'Beat Surrender'"
Even when frequently condemning certain aspects of life going on around them and demanding for both societal and political change, The Jam song lyrics still often reveal a deep and enduring warmth and affection for a much more idealised vision of their 'English Rose' which continues to echo my own feelings as well, and not just of at that time but also of even now, almost 33 years after the band broke up and went on in their separate ways.
This Ear book is really special, something to treasure as it gives such great pleasure to own - and I am simply thrilled to bits with mine ;o>
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All their songs and a great book too!
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