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After the apotheosis of Sound Affects, The Gift exhibits early signs of dissolution within the Jam. Yet even as the trio’s all-for-one ethos was cracking they put forth the most diverse set of material of their career. The cascading rhythms and effects-laden guitars of “Happy Together,” “Precious,” and “Circus” push the Jam closer to the work of contemporaries like U2 and the Police. On the other hand, songs like “Ghosts,” “Trans-Global Express,” and “The Gift” indulge Paul Weller’s passion for R&B-inflected power pop. The Jam’s shift away from concise, kinetic rock would soon spur the departure of Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler, while Weller would continue to develop his R&B technique in the Style Council. The Jam’s parting shot ended up being “Town Called Malice,” a song whose portrait of a decaying community is belied by an uptempo, if wistful, Motown shuffle. Still it is a stanza from “Ghosts” that stands as the best epitaph for a group who knew how to combine excitement and melancholy: “So why are you frightened - can't you see that it's you / At the moment there's nothing - so there's nothing to lose / Lift up your lonely heart and walk right on through.”

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This album was, and always shall be a classic. It's too bad the Jam aren't still around, although we are still fortunate enough to have the Modfather, Mr. Weller, carrying on. The Jam started something exciting, something I wish would again come back so I wouldn't have to put up with useless, talentless crap like Britney and Ashlee Simpson (her "singing" aggravates my tinnitus) who not only can't sing but more than likely don't even write their own songs. And Ashlee's boyfriend who also sports the initials PW....well, I won't even discuss him. Bring back The Jam, bring back the men who can write, the men who can play the hell out of their instruments, bring back the Modfather(s), bring back the entire library and bring back the Mods!

the Jam's Gift is a Gift to us All

there are in existence very few perfect albums; an album that is as relevant, exciting, toe-tappin', and demanding of your attention a quarter of a century after its release as it was the first time an audience heard it is rare. the Gift is one of those extraordinary albums. the Gift moves perfectly from one song to the next, and has not one song i ever skip over. on the ultimate Desert Island Disks list, this one sits squarely in the top five for English Language!

Too knackered to think so give me time to come round.....

This LP takes me back. Discovering The Jam in 1980 and being weaned on "Setting Sons" and "All Mod Cons" etc I'll admit this one took awhile for me to digest when I took a bus to a mall several towns away to buy this when it came out in 1982. But it grew on me and what did you know it wound up being their last, which isn't a bad thing. At least The Jam never made an equivalent to "Combat Rock" and it's FM radio commercialization or stuck around w/ a hundred line-up changes like The Stranglers. Tunes like "Running On The Spot" or "Carnation" or "Just Who Is The 5 O'clock Hero" are the songs of my youth. Glad they're here for others to enjoy and who knows maybe they'll be songs of someone else's youth.


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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