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Every casual fan must decide how deeply to immerse themselves into a band’s catalog. For those looking for a concise, chronological set that doesn’t overstay its welcome, The Sound of The Jam is a worthy consideration. Serious fans will insist on further time spent with albums such as All Mod Cons, Setting Sons, and Sound Affects, but why argue with an album that includes the brash mod shudder of “In the City” and “The Modern World,” the magic of The Kinks’ “David Watts” (as big an influence as The Who), and such literary marvels as “To Be Someone,” “Mr. Clean,” “The Butterfly Collector," and “The Eton Rifles”? The band’s catchiest songs—“Going Underground” and “That’s Entertainment”—are bona fide classics in the U.K. and worthy of more attention in the U.S. By the end of their career, The Jam were flirting more boldly with R&B; songs such as “Town Called Malice” and “Beat Surrender” were also a clue as to where Paul Weller would take his next group, The Style Council.

Customer Reviews

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!

Must Have!

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

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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