The Sound of The Jam (U.S.)
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||In the City||The Jam||2:19||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Away from the Numbers||The Jam||4:03||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Modern World||The Jam||2:31||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||David Watts||The Jam||2:56||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Down in the Tube Station at Midnight (Single Edit)||The Jam||4:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||To Be Someone (Didn't We Have a Nice Time)||The Jam||2:30||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Mr. Clean||The Jam||3:29||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||English Rose||The Jam||2:50||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Butterfly Collector||The Jam||3:09||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Eton Rifles||The Jam||3:59||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Thick as Thieves||The Jam||3:40||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Going Underground||The Jam||2:56||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Start!||The Jam||2:31||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Liza Radley||The Jam||2:32||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Pretty Green||The Jam||2:37||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||That's Entertainment ("The Sound Of The Jam" Version)||The Jam||3:34||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Tales from the Riverbank (Remixed Alternate)||The Jam||3:26||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Town Called Malice||The Jam||2:54||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Ghosts||The Jam||2:10||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Beat Surrender||The Jam||3:25||$1.29||View In iTunes|
If you already own the long out of print Greatest Hits set, then there's no real reason to invest in Sound of the Jam, which, predictably, repeats the majority of that program. However, for latecomers this provides an excellent overview of the output of one of Britain's most distinctive and influential new wave bands. The album's 20 tracks proceed in chronological order, documenting the Jam's progression from sharp, aggressive mod-influenced rock ("Modern World," "In the City") to explicitly Motown-influenced post-punk R&B ("Town Called Malice"), with frequent forays into surreal balladeering ("Butterfly Collector") and ambiguous love songs ("English Rose"). The band's sociopolitical stance is not always comprehensible, especially to American ears (and particularly to American ears born somewhere around the time these songs were written), but it clearly has something to do with populist politics, open-hearted romance, and some kind of gentle socialism. That such sentiments could translate into reliably tight, beautifully constructed guitar pop with a serrated edge is a testament both to frontman Paul Weller and his fellow bandmembers. Weller would later go on to make records of an increasingly unpredictable and inconsistent nature with the Style Council, but as Sound of the Jam makes clear, his first band got the best of his prodigious early talent. Highly recommended. [The British version of this album includes six additional tracks.]
Please Republish the Original Jam Albums
While this "Greatest Hits" album is great, it is a disservice to not have the original albums available. For example, Setting Sons is a true original punk era classic, and one of the great all time rock albums. But it is fragmented by the "hits" approach here on the ITMS. It's a shame that lesser artists from the same era have their catalogs fully represented, but one of the most influential bands from the original punk era are relagated to this partial approach.
The sound of the Jam
UK music at its best 29 years later down in the tube station still strikes a chord. The Modfather(Paul Weller) is due to perform a couple of these numbers at the Brits. I cannot wait. Reform the Jam Paul, if only for one year we want you back!
Watching this band live was simply amazing! They were the gods of mod, and were influential to countless others well beyond the mod community. Great music with meaning (read the lyrics and while the politics are English, the ideals are universal). While iTunes is wonderful in many ways, it continues to lack in selection. This is but a taste of this incredibly relevant band!
Formed: 1975 in Woking, Surrey, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s