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Cracking album? Yes! Cracking re-issue? Erm...
on 10 November 2010
I haven't bought this re-issue yet, and, to be honest, I probably won't until it's in a bargain bin somewhere. Why? Well, as an ardent Jam fan since 1979 I feel I've poured enough into their coffers without shelling out yet more money for, essentially, eight new tracks (seven if you already own the demo of 'Pretty Green' - which I do) This re-issue offers precious little to the dedicated fan like myself who's already got the album itself, 'Extras' and the box set. How many more times do we need to pay for the same material? The snippets of the unreleased tracks that are hosted on Amazon seem to hint that the demos offer relatively little that's at variance with the released versions of the songs. Yes, they are only snippets... but when you're paying for an album yet again, just to pick up seven new tracks, you want something meaty for your hard earned. The remastering may or may not be good... but to be honest I've yet to hear a remastered album that sounded so utterly different (in a positive way) that it made me sit up and comment! And yes, I do own a decent hi-fi!
Putting all of the above aside, if you're curious about The Jam, or perhaps a casual fan considering buying this album, stop reading now and start ordering! If this re-issue was the first time all the bonus tracks were being issued it would be nothing short of an absolute revelation!
It's not that I can't afford the asking price for this re-issue, I'm just not sure I want to. The only person it doesn't seem to be aimed at is the real fan. Strange.