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Album Review

There certainly is no shortage of Jam anthologies on the market to appease the fan who needs everything (a massive five-CD box set) and the listener just wanting the greatest hits and nothing more (see Snap! for the most thorough portrait of the Jam's legacy). Gold falls in between the two poles by supplying one disc filled with 26 of their finest moments and a second disc of fan favorites, B-sides, and studio outtakes. While 49 songs might be a bit much for an introduction, or even a greatest-hits, it is a concise version of the box set. All of their most recognized anthems are here, and while there are odd omissions (for example "Art School" is replaced by "Butterfly Collector," no sign of "The Bitterest Pill" anywhere), they're minor complaints only die-hard fans would argue over. Not as immediately accessible as the 20th Century Masters collections, but definitely one for the shelves of those looking for a decent Jam compilation.

Customer Reviews

It's the system, hate the system, what's the system!?!

It's not all their best stuff but A.)It's all original versions of Jam songs, B.)it's NOT "From The Jam" and C.)it's not re-recordings or dodgy live versions (see 999, Bad Manners, The Specialsd et al). Not bad for iTunes eh? This band were my Beatles and they changed my life when I first heard "Private Hell" in 1980. The rest is history, perhaps eventually iTunes will get round to issuing their actual LP's here instead of a From The Jam "live" mini Lp.

Biography

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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