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Editors’ Notes

There are several Jam greatest-hits sets, and each does a very good job at summarizing the group’s U.K. accomplishments. The Very Best of The Jam features the single edits, mixes, and versions where possible. Since not everyone is interested in full-length album versions of songs but would rather hear the familiar radio versions, it makes good sense to consider this compilation. (In some cases, The Jam's album versions were rerecordings of the singles.) Here, “The Modern World” is even presented in its obscenity-censored version (though “The Dreams of Children” leaves in its curse word). Throughout, the remastered sound is bright and powerful. The Jam mastered and defined the sound of late-'70s mod, and Paul Weller proved to be a songwriter on par with his heroes Pete Townshend and Ray Davies, despite working within fewer years and with an international marketplace not as sympathetic to U.K. bands as during the '60s.

Customer Reviews

Good Compilation of an Underrated Band

This was my introduction to The Jam, and it's a pretty good one. You get the occasionally repetitive but energetic early songs, which are defiant punk, then the mainstream rock-sounding ones that still have a vaguely punk message, and the later soul-inspired singles which are hardly recognizable as the same band who wrote "In the City." Each of them grows on you. My favorites, though, would have to be "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight", a rapid-fire indictment of '70's Britain; "That's Entertainment", a catchy song about the daily hassles of urban life; Town Called Malice, apparently about urban decay; and "The Bitterest Pill", the story of a broken marriage. Despite this, they're not depressing songs - they just have a message. Unfortunately, this collection misses a lot - including "English Rose" and "Smithers-Jones", which I think belong on a 'very best' record.

O ya

My gosh. The jam rocks!

Mod revival not Punk!

This is a good introductory offering for The Jam. Most popular songs. Dig deeper and you'll be amazed. Paul Weller was and still is a brilliant song writer.

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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