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Album Review

On their debut, the Jam offered a good balance between the forward-looking, "destroy everything" aggression of punk with a certain reverence for '60s beat and R&B. In an era that preached attitude over musicianship, the Jam bettered the competition with good pop sense, strong melodies, and plenty of hooks that compromised none of punk's ideals or energy, plus youth culture themes and an abrasive, ferocious attack. Even though the band would improve exponentially over the next couple of years, In the City is a remarkable debut and stands as one of the landmark punk albums.

Customer Reviews


An album that gets better and better with time. Its got lots of rough edges but is fascinating for the early glimpses of PW's talent, and the fact that there is a great young band here, banging their set down. It has the first Weller classic on it: the brilliant, powerful Away from the Numbers - a boy with big ideas in a small town, yearning to break away and find where life is. I wonder who that was?

Sounds from the street!!

Just a brilliant album that blasts on to the scene. Great tunes come thick and fast showing flashes of the talent to come. What stands it apart from all the other debuts of the time is Weller's unmistakeable talent fror tunes. Very brave in '77. Always loved "Art school" "Slow down" "Away from.." "Got by in time" etc A gloriously tight band- would blow most of todays crowd off the stage.

Sounds from woking

The was The Jam's first comercial album. Getting well into the Punk era of 1977. For me this is the greats album! that The Jam produced. with fast punky rythems of Art school, I've changed my address and In the City, you can't get into the jam with out listening to the album first. the lyrics that all the songs use have strong means. mainly about the life of 1977. This was the starting point for more great songs from The Jam, like All around the world, News of the world and Going underground.


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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