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on 29 August 2012
If you are new to The Jam you are in for a treat!
The Jam never made a bad song, great singles band, some cracking B'Sides which often over shadowed the A'Side and some great Album tracks.
That's Entertainment : The Collection is an Excellent starting point.
With all great bands there are plenty of Greatest Hits collections to choose from but this budget collection has been thoughtfully compiled.

The classics are here 'Going Underground', 'Town Called Malice' 'The Eton Rifles' 'Tube Station 'Strange Town' and this albums title track but mixed with some lesser known album tracks including my favourite from All Mod Cons 'The Place I Love' and that standout album track from Sound Affects 'Man In The Corner Shop'. We also have 'The Butterfly Collector' possibly their greatest B'Side but a real curiosity is adding one live track from Dig The New Breed 'Set the House Ablaze' which for me was always a better sounding live track than it was on Sound Affects makes this a cleverly compiled collection.
Ok its missing 'Start!' and 'Beat Surrender' their two other No 1 singles and their debut 'In The City' and no Bruce Foxton tracks but as a nice rounded mix its a very fine collection.
Sleeve notes are also particularly good on this budget collection, well worth investing in. Best Jam compilation under a fiver!
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I never really liked the Jam when they were current and I can say that I like them more now than then.

This item was purchased for my son who has expressed an interest in the Sex Pistols and I felt that he needed a few more bands to examine and compare and so I have added to his collection an album of Clash Singles and of course this one. As he expands his knowledge of how modern music developed I dare say he will reflect on the stuff that I had before such as UB40.

What I think is tremendous is that music like this is being sought after by a boy born in 2000, demonstrating that whilst some of this stuff is quite old, it is not likely to be forgotten by those around when it was released and looks like it will be listened to for quite a while yet.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 November 2013
I now know that there are far more extensive collections of The Jam's music, but as someone who was initially only familiar with the big hits, this three pound (from most stores and Amazon at the time of writing) compilation was just what I was looking for at the time.

Among the tracks, most of which brilliantly portray typical English life and living, are 'That's Entertainment', 'Going Underground', 'Town Called Malice' and 'Down In The Tube Station At The Midnight', which were the reasons why I bought the CD. However, track 9 'Wasteland' quickly became my real favourite for a while.

'That's Entertainment: The Collection'' offers plenty of other hits, as well as album highlights, B sides ('The Butterfly Collector' is a great tune, deserving of an A side) and a live recording of 'Set The House Ablaze'.

The packaging is also very nice, the cover looks cool, and the booklet contains detailed liner notes, photographs, newspaper cuttings and memorabilia. I doubt that the compilation will ever offer up anything brand new to someone who is a already a fan (then again, I doubt that they are the target audience), but from a causal listener's point of view - I can't fault it. Well, it would have been nice to have Paul Weller and his men's later mega-hit 'Beat Surrender' as well, but nevertheless, this budget album was a great starting point for me.
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on 19 July 2014
This band were responsible for some of the greatest pop songs of the 70s/80s and this album has them all - although their presentation was more robust than Squeeze both groups wrote and performed some of the classics of the era
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on 1 January 2013
This is a great compilation album. Some interesting tracks and a cool looking sleve. Nothing new on this CD if you are already a fan though.
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on 6 April 2014
A great buy. Have not stopped playing it so thank you.
This was a treat to myself as wanted a cd that had all the best songs in one cd.
For a new Jam/Weller fan you cannot go wrong with this.
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on 25 July 2013
Sorry to say, but this must be the hundredth Jam compilation in the past 30 years after the superb "Snap" album, which was authorized by Weller, Foxton and Buckler shortly before the split of the band. Looking at the tracklist it's like a guided tour through the Jam's studio albums without offering listeners any alternate versions or unissued songs. Adding up to this I have the impression that the compiler didn't waste a lot of time for sussing out the songs on this CD, hence the inclusion of some of the weaker Jam tunes,like "I've changed my address"; "The place I love" or "Wasteland". If you're looking for real "Entertainment" you should stick to the original "Snap" Compilation (by the way: Polydor released a brushed up and digitalised version a couple of years ago) which has much more under the belt than this uninspired cheap instalment release which is ommitting so many of the tunes that listeners can expect from a "best of" album (eg "Start", "Away from the numbers", "When you're young","David Watts", "Beat surrender",).
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on 9 September 2012
In the anecdotal sleeve note to Spectrum Music's budget-priced collection of The Jam's work, the writer Tony Farsides refers to the band's fans obsessive concern for image and style. I'm pretty sure this neatly-presented 20 song CD will have managed to offend their aesthetic sensibilities in some way. But to a casual fan like myself, That's Entertainment provides an instructive sketch of their highly productive 5 year existence [1977-1982]. How does it accomplish this? Firstly, by including some of the hit singles with which their name has become synonymous - up-tempo high-energy songs like 'Down In The Tube Station At Midnight', 'Eton Rifles', 'Going Underground', and 'Town Called Malice'. Secondly, by focussing in on less well-known moments in their back catalogue, such as album tracks, live versions, and B-sides. Some of these selections - like 'Pretty Green', 'Saturday's Kids', and 'The Butterfly Collector' - are definitely better than others, no matter what the more starry-eyed zealots of the Woking trio would have you believe.
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on 8 December 2014
Great album great band just the most complete Jam.
Paul Weller and the boys reign supreme, brilliant.
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on 28 March 2015
You must like them if you are looking at this review just buy it ,sit back and enjoy the guys .....
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