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Album Review

Jam was the Little Angels' third album for Polydor Records and their first recording with new drummer Mark Richardson, who had recently replaced Michael Lee. Lee had been sacked for auditioning for the Cult without the band's permission, and apart from replacing him, the band continued with founding members brothers Bruce John and Jimmy Dickinson, Mark Plunkett, and lead vocalist Toby Jepson. Jam could almost be described as a lost classic of the hard rock genre, except at the time (the beginning of 1993) it was hardly lost, becoming a number one album for the band, albeit for just one week and holding two rather unwanted chart statistics: one of the biggest falls from the top position; and the shortest number of weeks (five) ever spend in the entire chart for a number one album. Yet soon after this major success, the Little Angels faded quickly back into obscurity, having toured as support for both Van Halen and Bon Jovi. Jam had all the ingredients of a major rock album — powerful melodic guitar-based songs, especially the album's opener, "Way That I Live," and its first single release, "Too Much Too Young," an anthemic singalong with Bryan Adams on guest vocals. Alternating with the rock tracks were softer ballads "Womankind," which not surprisingly became their biggest hit single, "The Colour of Love," and "Sail Away." Then after a brief interlude with the short guitar instrumental "S.T.W," it was back to the AOR format on the song "Don't Confuse Sex with Love," which inexplicably ended with a sample from Big Bopper's hit "Chantilly Lace," and the album closed with a rocking cover of the Kinks' "Tired of Waiting for You." A surprising major hit album, unfortunately all but forgotten years later, Jam was also released in a limited-edition double-CD format, the second CD being subtitled Live Jam with six tracks recorded at the Newport Centre in 1993, including three from their previous album, Young Gods; the title track from their first full-length album, Don't Prey for Me; "She's a Little Angel" from one of their early EPs; and a cover of the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."

Customer Reviews

Finally!

Music from my youth. Took you long enough to get this on here! A rough n ready Def Leppard, not as studio polished or harmony laden. Bryan Adams was so impressed with these guys on his tour, he did backing vocals on "Too much, too young". Riffs to keep your head bobbing and Toby's voice can belt out lyrics like an atomic blast! Still relevant, still cool, still as awesome as I recall.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The British hard-rock outfit Little Angels formed in Scarborough, England in 1987 while its members — vocalist/guitarist Toby Jepson, keyboardist Jimmy Dickinson, his guitarist brother Bruce, bassist Mark Plunkett and drummer Dave Hopper — were all attending university; at the outset, the group was forced to hone their craft primarily in area schools, as Jimmy Dickinson was too young to play clubs. Originally dubbed Mr. Thrud, Little Angels issued their debut mini-LP Too Posh to Mosh...
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