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Album Review

Direction Reaction Creation is the ultimate Jam package, offering 117 tracks over five discs — essentially the band's complete studio recordings. With a strict adherence to chronological order, the box presents each single followed by its B-side(s) (six of which appear on CD for the first time, including the brilliant "See Saw"), followed by the proper album tracks — oddly, though, the album versions of the singles are chosen in most places. Unfortunately, this approach sometimes disrupts the flow of the albums, especially in the case of All Mod Cons, which loses three tracks to the treatment, and Setting Sons, which loses "Eton Rifles" to a separate disc. This is a small point for purists to debate — the difference is really unnoticeable in light of the truly great music found on the discs. In addition to the regular studio tracks, disc five offers over an hour of studio demos — 22 previously unreleased tracks of considerably different takes of better-known material, a few never-before-heard Weller and Foxton originals, and some interesting covers like "Rain," "Dead End Street," and "Every Little Bit Hurts." A lavish 88-page booklet accompanies the set with great liner notes, an extensive band chronology and discography, and the band's complete gig list, along with plenty of rare photos and memorabilia. The Jam, simply put, were one the finest bands in rock & roll history, and Direction Reaction Creation offers the proof, showing both their remarkably rapid growth and their incredible consistency.

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The Jam were a great British band that were around in the late seventies to early eighties in Britain. Paul Weller is mostly well known for being the Mod-Father, and The Jam were very much loved and appreciated by The Mods in Britain at that time. Paul Weller was the main Singer/Songwriter of The Jam, and his stunning lyrical commentary of the social and politicial landscape of Britain at that time was and is to this present day stunningly honest. Weller has admitted on many occasions that he was angry at the time, about how the country was being run and governed, and this struck a chord with many teenage angst ridden kids at the time.

I'm sure many other people from all walks of life could relate to them as well. Unemployment at the time was in the millions, and many people could relate to The Jam. Life was hard, and the same can be said now as well. The songs are still so relevant today as they were then, and remain songs that will live long in the memory, almost timeless in many respects. But to find this out, you need to listen to the songs and judge for yourself? Fantastic songs, that stand out from so much of the music outhere today, that comes nowhere near the songwriting genius of Paul Weller. This is Weller's finest hour. SUPERB SONGWRITING TALENT. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ! !


Formed: 1975 in Woking, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The Jam were the most popular band to emerge from the initial wave of British punk rock in 1977; along with the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and the Buzzcocks, the Jam had the most impact on pop music. While they could barely get noticed in America, the trio became genuine superstars in Britain, with an impressive string of Top Ten singles in the late '70s and early '80s. The Jam could never have a hit in America because they were thoroughly and defiantly British. Under the direction of guitarist/vocalist/songwriter...
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