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Sound of the Jam [Import]

The JamAudio CD
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The Jam exploded onto the punk scene in 1977. Led by guitarist/singer Paul Weller, a young, sharp suited mod, who was inspired by Otis Redding, Dr Feelgood, The Who and the Sex Pistols in equal measure, with Bruce Foxton, the Motown influenced bassist and Rick Buckler, the metronome time keeper, they delivered their ferocious mission statement – In The City, a musical tribute to London ... Read more in Amazon's The Jam Store

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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • ASIN: B000CCU7OK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,842,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In The City
2. Away From The Numbers
3. Modern World
4. David Watts
5. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
6. It's Too Bad
7. To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time)
8. Mr Clean
9. English Rose
10. Butterfly Collector
11. Eton Rifles
12. Private Hell
13. Thick As Thieves
14. Smithers-Jones
15. Saturday's Kids
16. Going Underground
17. Start!
18. Liza Radley
19. Pretty Green
20. Boy About Town
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to an overlooked band! August 18, 2003
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It's already been said a million times, but I guess it bears repeating: the Jam were a smart band with an edge who were idolized in their native Britain but almost completely ignored by American listeners. It's sad, but very true. (In the States, Jam leadman Paul Weller was most famous for being the only featured singer who nobody could recognize in that Band Aid video of "Feed the World (Do they know it's Christmastime?") "Oh look there's Bono, George Michael, Boy George, and Simon Le Bon. But who's that guy?")
Now with "The Sound of the Jam" one can get an idea of what American listeners missed out on the late 70's and early 80's. This is a complilation of some of the best songs from the Jam's six studio albums and greatest singles. The CD lists the tracks in chronological order from the raw punkish sound of the band's early days to the soulish/Motown derived sound of its later effots including their most famous song- "A Town Called Malice," which was featured prominently in the movie "Billy Elliot."
This is really a terrific compilation for anyone curious about this band. As mentioned above the Jam's sound evolved greatly over time and this album allows a listener to follow that progression without the expense of buying every studio album. However, this CD is a teaser because once you start listening to the Jam chances are you're going to want to hear more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good start, but lacking November 3, 2005
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I was actually able to get my hands on the Jam's greatest hits collection Gold. It's a two-disc set with disc one being the UK version of Sound of the Jam. The only difference with the US and UK versions is that the UK has six more songs. So basically, I own Sound of the Jam, and it is hard to say I am not pleased with. It serves as perhaps the perfect start and introduction to this very under appreciated band. It's in a nice chronological order, so it's easy to see how far the band progressed in their short career. In America the Jam is a very underrated band and this CD shows how underrated they truly are.

Unlike most greatest hits compilations, this one is dominated by album cuts. This is both good and bad. The good is that songs that only big fans who own the albums hear, can now be heard by a wider audience. Great songs such as "Thick as Thieves "and" Ghosts, which are not usually put on other compilations, are now thrown with songs worth of their company. The bad part about the album track domination is that many great singles, some which helped define the band, are not present. "Strange Town" and "When You're Young" were some of the Jam's greatest singles and just flat out good songs, yet they are nowhere to be found. Neither is "Dreams of Children", which was the other half of their 1980 UK number 1 single. Even standout album tracks like `"A' Bomb on Wardour Street"', are not here.

While Sound of the Jam serves as probably the greatest introduction for this amazing band, there is a lot to be desired. Key tracks in the bands catalog are missing when they should definitely be on here. However, it is good and should be bought by anyone interested in the Jam, or late seventies-early eighties music for that matter.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great primer for a classic British band October 17, 2003
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Across their six albums, The Jam touched on virtually every style in existance, and this CD is a great chance to see that. Their roots were in the punk / new wave scene, but frontman Paul Weller also had a lvoe of soul, funk and jazz, as well as an itneresting socio-political approach that had a different kind of bile to the Sex Pistols - it was perhaps more positive and inspirational, even in their early days.
The selections are roughly 50/50 split between singles and album tracks, which means that a lot of singles are missing - although only the lush ballad The Bitterest Pill and the obscenely catchy When You're Young are really missed. Album tracks such as the poignant English Rose and the powerful Liza Radley are certainly among tehir finest tracks.
Their artisitc progression is quite easy to chart from the tracks here. With a love of 60s pop, they somewhat tagged onto the punk vibe in tehir early days, before coming into real form with the amazing, edgy Down In the Tube Station At Midnight, which builds into a truly stunning climax as its sad tale reaches its conclusion.
The Eton Rifles then burst them into the UK Top 10, with it's hilarious lyrics on the class struggle - "all that rugby puts hairs on your chest, what chance have you got agaisnt a tie and a crest?" - before they increasingly took influences form black American music. Start! is especially inventive, and seems to be several songs in one. The acoustic social commentary of That's Entertainment is perhaps their greatest track - no wonder its one of the few that still features in Paul Weller's solo set.
Having been heard in the film Billy Elliott, and covered by Britpoppers Gene, A Town Called Malice is their best known / least unknown song.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start for collection March 21, 2003
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It's a crime that the Jam are not as well known in the US as they are in the UK. Unlike many of their peers from the original punk explosion of 1977, the Jam expanded their sound with each release, becoming superstars in the UK along the way. Paul Weller, the trio's singer/songwriter, had a knack for mixing the personal and the political in songs that were simple in construct, yet catchy and powerful. With influences as diverse as 60's Motown (Check the bassline of "Town called Malice") and the Who, they cranked out one instant classic after another. This comp is a great start for neophytes, and will have you hunting down the rest of their amazing catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars That's entertainment!
Good compilation that misses on a few of my favorites but nevertheless covers the breadth and depth of one of the greatest bands to emerge from the U.K. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Klug
4.0 out of 5 stars You have all you need of the Jam in this CD
Great CD, I'm not a fan, but I enjoyed it very much. It contains all the songs you need to listen from this british group and that definitely defines it as one of the best of their... Read more
Published on October 10, 2010 by Adolfo Cespedes
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Beginners
There are a number of compilations available - including boxed sets, nearly 20 - for The Jam and this 20-track edition is a nice overview on what was a brilliant recording career... Read more
Published on December 3, 2008 by Best Of All
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Pop Explosion
Great collection. Drink a couple of cups of really strong coffee and listen to "Thick as Thieves"; the rush is like surfing a 6' peak at H.B. on a 5-10 twin fin in June.
Published on July 25, 2008 by Greg K. Afuso
4.0 out of 5 stars Where Is Funeral Pyre?
These are some really good songs especially the ones with a psychedelic component mixed in with the punk sound of The Jam. Read more
Published on March 31, 2008 by DAMPER
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting One Disc Anthology But There Are Better Versions Out...
This Japanese-made anthology of The Jam originally compiled in 2002 has got 26 tracks on one disc which makes this good value on the face of it. Read more
Published on February 7, 2007 by Frederick Baptist
5.0 out of 5 stars Music is Great, but BE CAREFUL!!!
The Jam is great and this collection is very comprehensive, but the DVD is not Region 1, and will not play on most DVD players in the US. Read more
Published on April 4, 2005 by BuckNaked2k
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect for A Single Disc Collection
I originally purchased the US version of "Sound Of The Jam", but was a bit disappointed that a couple of songs were not included ("It's Too Bad" being one of... Read more
Published on July 20, 2003 by Morgan4k
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